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Tim Webster

Practice Area Leader - Litigation
+61.2.9513.2500
Fax +61.2.9513.2399

Mr. Webster is a highly respected commercial litigator who handles disputes for the firm's corporate clients in a range of industries. He currently serves as the co-practice area leader of K&L Gates' global Litigation and Dispute Resolution group.

Mr. Webster has extensive experience and skill in company critical litigation and in managing complex and sensitive matters.

He has particular expertise in the strategic handling and resolution of disputes or potential disputes, enforcement of contractual rights and obligations, and Corporations Act matters, including directors’ duties and shareholder rights and remedies.

Mr. Webster is a fully qualified mediator and has considerable experience in, and knowledge of, appropriate dispute resolution vehicles, including arbitration, mediation and facilitated negotiation.

Achievements

  • Recognised in Legal 500 Asia Pacific for dispute resolution, 2017
  • Recognised as one of Australia’s leading alternative dispute resolution lawyers, Best Lawyers, 2017

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Law Society of New South Wales member
  • Resolution Institute member

Speaking Engagements

Mr. Webster regularly presents seminars and training on topical litigation issues, including legal professional privilege and its application to in-house corporate lawyers.

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  • Acting for an international building products company in its defence of a substantial (NZD1.5 billion) claim brought by the New Zealand Ministry of Education in the High Court of New Zealand.
  • Defending a property development company against significant claims (AUD170 million) of alleged breach of fiduciary duty and misleading or deceptive conduct, in connection with the settlement of prior litigation concerning the acquisition of a large development site.
  • Representing a construction engineering company in all litigation (AUD60 million plus) arising from a collapse during construction of the Lane Cove Tunnel in Sydney.
  • Representing a US defence contractor in relation to contract disputes arising from a large project (AUD340 million plus) to supply a new defence communications system to the Australian Department of Defence.
  • Defending the shareholder vendors of Envirogen against a significant claim (AUD40 million plus) for alleged breach of warranties contained in a share sale agreement, misleading or deceptive conduct and insider trading claims.
  • Representing a global mining machinery manufacturer in relation to product liability claims brought by Rio Tinto concerning the alleged failure of hydraulic underground mine roof supports.
  • Litigating a significant claim by a major building products company against CSR (AUD40 million plus) in relation to the liability to remediate environmental contamination present across five sites in three different States.
  • Representing an Isle of Man hedge fund in litigation seeking urgent declarations and injunctions in relation to the adjournment of a general meeting of unit holders specifically requisitioned to replace the responsible entity of a listed trust, or alternatively, to wind up the trust.
  • Representing a construction engineering company in litigation (AUD7 million plus) arising in relation to the construction of the Epping to Chatswood rail line in Sydney.
  • Representing a large construction company in a major dispute with a contractor concerning the construction of the Mt Piper to Marulan 500kV electricity transmission line.
  • Representing an electricity distributor in a significant and large dispute with BHP Billiton (AUD50 million plus) under a long term power purchase agreement following the partial privatisation of the electricity industry by the New South Wales (NSW) Government.
  • Representing a property developer defending a claim under section 37A of the Conveyancing Act 1919 (NSW) to set aside the transfer of property on the basis that the transaction was undertaken with intent to defraud creditors. The case was eventually determined on appeal to the High Court of Australia.
  • Representing iNova Pharmaceuticals in a range of matters since it was created following the disaggregation of 3M Pharmaceuticals in 2006.
  • Representing a state owned electricity generator over a period of 15 years on many contract and other disputes under coal supply contracts, design and construct contracts, power purchase agreements and gas supply agreements.
  • Acting in a State Government sponsored facilitation of a dispute between an electricity generator and an aluminum smelter.