Obituary - Timothy Olsson Jacobs



It is with deep regret that the Bar Council informs members of the death yesterday evening of Timothy Olsson Jacobs. Tim Jacobs was 47 (born 1 September 1970).

Tim went to school at Ferny Creek Primary School, Upwey High School and then Melbourne High School.

He graduated BA, LL B (Hons) from Monash and served Articles with Kerry Duncan at Minter Ellison. He was admitted to practice in April 1996 and remained with Minter Ellison as a Solicitor for a little over a year.

He served as Associate to the Honourable Justice Howard Olney AM in the Federal Court of Australia for 1½ years; then came to the Bar taking the March 1999 Readers Course. He read with Michael McDonald (later QC; now Supreme Court Judge).

Tim quickly established a specialist practice in Workplace Relations Law. He became a sought-after Junior to Leaders of the Industrial Bar and, both as a Junior and alone, regularly appeared in the Supreme and County Courts, the Federal Court and the Fair Work Commission. He presented a number of substantial papers in his area of expertise in the Bar Continuing Professional Development program.

He was an active contributor on the Committee of the Industrial Bar Association for 9 years (2006-15), as Secretary for the last three years.

Tim was a very good footballer. He played with the Olinda Ferny Creek Football Netball Club, winning the 1986 Under-17s Best & Fairest Award; and the 1993 Senior Best & Fairest Award. In 1996, he played with the Yarra Valley Mountain District League team. He retired at the end of the 1997 season, 120 Senior games to his credit. A passionate Collingwood supporter, he took his young daughters to the football, and they both began playing – so Tim took on coaching, which he did very successfully for 4 years – coaching teams to two Grand Finals.  

A Service to Celebrate Tim’s Life will be held on Wednesday 7 March 2018 at 11 am at One Community Church, 184 Surrey Road, Blackburn. 

Click here to download the Victorian Bar Tributes notice from the Age. 

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