Tim practises in commercial law, public law and tort. He has appeared before State and Federal Courts and Courts of Appeal and international tribunals.
In commercial law, Tim has advised and appeared in international and domestic arbitrations and class actions as well as matters involving trusts, financial services, resources, insolvency, commercial leases, competition law, consumer protection and building and construction.
In public law, Tim has advised and appeared in matters involving constitutional law, administrative law and freedom of information. In administrative law, Tim has appeared in professional discipline and migration matters.
In tort law, Tim has advised and appeared in professional negligence, trespass, battery, conversion, defamation and other matters involving intentional torts.
Before coming to the bar Tim spent six years at Allens, in the competition and commercial litigation departments, leaving as a senior associate. He worked on a range of complex commercial disputes, including international arbitrations, class actions, competition matters, tax litigation, High Court challenges to the constitutional validity of legislation and regulatory investigations.
Tim has undergraduate honours degrees in law and philosophy from the University of Melbourne, where he received several academic prizes, including the contract law prize and the Hastie Scholarship for placing first in philosophy final honours. He also obtained a Masters degree with honours in philosophy from the University of Cambridge as the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust’s Fulton Australia Scholar.
Tim read with Dr Paul Vout QC, and his senior mentor is David Batt QC.
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Commercial and consumer law experience
Acting for the CITIC parties in several proceedings concerning the Sino Iron Project in the Pilbara.
In the matter of Avance Energy Solutions Pty Ltd (ACN 167 959 426) (2019-) - Supreme Court of Victoria - acting for the defendant shareholder and company in oppression proceedings concerning an HVAC services company (unled)
Bougainville Copper Ltd v RTG Mining Inc & anor  VSC 231 - acting for the prospective defendant in successfully resisting an application for preliminary discovery (led by David Batt QC)
Poole v Australian Pacific Touring Pty Ltd (2018-2021) – Federal Court – acting for the defendant package tour company in a test case concerning whether a cancellation clause is unfair under s 23 of the Australian Consumer Law (led by Greg Harris QC)
Australia Pacific Airports (Melbourne) Pty Ltd v DXC Eclipse Pty Limited & anor (2019-2021) – Supreme Court of Victoria – acting for the plaintiff in a software development and implementation dispute (unled)
The Toronto-Dominion Bank v Bennett (2019-2020) – Supreme Court of Victoria – acting for the plaintiff seeking to enforce a foreign judgment at common law (unled)
In the Matter of Freestyle Technology Limited (ACN 121 520 128) (2019) – Supreme Court of Victoria – acting for a technology start-up company in oppression proceedings (unled)
Hui v Esposito Holdings Pty Ltd (2017) 345 ALR 287  FCA 648; (2017) 345 ALR 352  FCA 728 – acting for the respondents in an application to set aside a partial award and remove an arbitrator under the International Arbitration Act (led by Greg Harris QC)
Mance v Mance & ors; Mance Holdings Pty Ltd & ors v Mance & ors – Supreme Court of Victoria – acting for the plaintiff / defendant in related equity, trusts and misuse of confidential information proceedings (led by Peter Collinson QC)
Director, Consumer Affairs Victoria v Nightingale Electrics Pty Ltd & anor  FCA 279 – acting for the respondents in relation to various alleged breaches of the Australian Consumer Law (led by Georgina Costello QC)
Deutsch v Deutsch – Victorian Court of Appeal – acting for the appellant in relation to a security for costs application, mediation and general advice on appeal on damages decision (unled)
Advising and appearing unled in the Supreme Court, the County Court and VCAT in relation to various commercial disputes, including trusts, contract, applications for default judgment and building and property
Acting for an affected third party in relation to potential claims under the Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement (led by Jeremy Kirk SC)
Acting for the claimant in an international arbitration under the HKIAC Rules concerning software development and financial services (led by Greg Harris QC)
Acting for the respondents and counterclaimants in an international arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules concerning drilling services for an offshore gas platform (led by Greg Harris QC with Dean Luxton)
Acting for the claimant in an international arbitration under the UNCITRAL Rules concerning the sale of a dairy production business to international investors (led by Greg Harris QC)
Acting for the claimant in a domestic arbitration over the construction of a feed mill (unled)
Acting as tribunal secretary in various international arbitrations, both institutional (under the ICSID rules) and ad hoc
Administrative and public law experience
Dr Piesse v Medical Board of Australia – acting for a medical professional the subject of disciplinary proceedings, including in  VCAT 742 (unled)
Advising the Commonwealth Department of Treasury concerning proposed amendments to the Competition and Consumer Law (led by Rowena Orr QC)
Advising on the possibility of a challenge to the validity of certain Commonwealth taxation and social welfare legislation (unled)
Advising on the likely constitutional validity of proposed legislation to regulate the oil and gas industry (led by Peter Hanks QC)
Appearing for the applicants in various reverse freedom of information applications in VCAT (unled)
Appearing for the applicants in various applications for judicial review of migration decisions (unled)
Tort law experience
Khoury v Kirwan (No 4)  VSC 333 -- acting for the successful applicant for orders seeking punishment for contempt of court arising from breach of the Harman undertaking in defamation proceedings (unled)
Hanley v National Australia Bank Limited – Supreme Court – acting for the defendant in professional negligence proceedings (led by Rowena Orr QC and Premala Thiagarajan)
Hawes v Taualii & ors – Supreme Court – acting for the plaintiff in relation to allegations of trespass, battery, conversion, undue influence, unconscionability and unjust enrichment (led by Dr Paul Vout QC)
Johnstone v Johnstone & anor – Supreme Court – acting for the plaintiff in relation to allegations of assault, battery, undue influence and unjust enrichment (unled)
Updating author, Intentional Torts, The Laws of Australia, Thomson Reuters