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Linda Tapiolas

With extensive experience in both law and accounting, Linda provides practical and commercial advice to a range of clients.

As a partner in Cooper Grace Ward’s commercial team, Linda specialises in providing tailored advice and support services to accountants, financial planners and other professional advisers.

Linda provides technical advice on complex tax, capital gains tax (CGT) and Division 7A issues, and acts on business sales and acquisitions to ensure clients achieve commercial and tax effective outcomes.

Prior to joining Cooper Grace Ward, Linda worked as an accountant for 18 years, advising clients on capital gains, business acquisitions, and restructuring, providing her with a unique insight into her current clients’ business environment. She also regularly conducts seminars and training on topics including business structuring, CGT small business concessions and Division 7A issues.

  • Bachelor of Laws – Queensland University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Business – Queensland University of Technology
  • Graduate Diploma of Advanced Taxation – University of New South Wales
  • Solicitor – Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants
  • Chartered Tax Advisor
  • Doyle’s Guide 2018 – Recommended Lawyer – Commercial Law
  • Doyle’s Guide 2020 – Recommended Lawyer – Tax Law
  • Doyle’s Guide 2021 – Leading Lawyer – Tax Law
  • Tax Adviser of the Year Award 2021
  • Recognised in the best lawyer category in the 2021 Client Choice Awards
  • Best Lawyers Australia (since 2018) – Trusts and Estates.


  • Advising in relation to a wide range of income tax issues, including capital gains and Division 7A issues.
  • Advising on structuring of business asset sales and share sales.
  • Providing advice on business succession (including bringing key employees into the business).
  • Providing advice regarding objections against income tax assessments.
  • Advising on payroll tax, fringe benefits tax and duty tax.


  • Providing advice in relation to purchase and sale of business assets.
  • Advising on share purchase and sale agreements.
  • Advising on shareholder agreements.
  • Providing structuring advice.

Areas of Expertise


Podcast: Coffee with CGW – Get to know Linda Tapiolas

Join us for a coffee chat with private client partners Linda Tapiolas and Scott Hay-Bartlem as we delve into Linda's background, explore her life outside work, and discuss what gets her excited about her work in this candid conversation.

Cooper Grace Ward leads 2023 Tax rankings

Doyles Guide has released the 2023 rankings of tax law firms and lawyers in Queensland, and Cooper Grace Ward again leads the market.

Land Valuation Amendment Bill 2023 (Qld)

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