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Tim Webster

Practice Area Leader - Litigation
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, and is a member of the firm's Global Advisory Committee.

Mr. Webster has extensive experience and skill in company critical litigation and in managing complex and sensitive matters, including the defence of large class actions.

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.

He is recognised by Chambers Asia Pacific and Legal 500 Asia Pacific for Dispute Resolution – Australia and ranked as one of Australia's leading alternative dispute resolution and litigation lawyers by Best Lawyers.


  • Recognised as one of Australia’s leading lawyers in Alternative Dispute Resolution (2016 – 2021) and Litigation (2019 - 2021), Best Lawyers
  • Recognised in Dispute Resolution (2016 – 2020), Legal 500 Asia Pacific
  • Recognised in Dispute Resolution (2018 – 2020), Chambers Asia Pacific
  • Recognised in Dispute Resolution (2019 – 2020), Chambers Global
  • "Tim Webster …, is able to bring a commercial and litigation mindset to all matters." (Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020)
  • Recognised in Regulatory Compliance and Investigations (2019), Legal 500 Asia Pacific
  • "Practice head Tim Webster is respected by peers as an 'experienced, effective operator.' He is praised by referees as a particularly powerful and successful representative of their interests, both in litigation and in heading it off, one noting: 'He really does make your company feel looked after'" (Chambers Asia Pacific 2018)
  • Department head Tim Webster is described as ‘a strategic thinker and agile problem-solver’ (Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018)

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.

Additional Information

  • "Settlement (Civil Litigation)," Australian chapter in Thomson Reuters' Practical Law, Cross-Border Dispute Resolution, March 2017
  • "Opinions as Assumptions – Court Rejects Expert Evidence of $170 million Claim," Law Society of NSW Journal, July 2012
  • 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 a claim by Hastings Funds Management against the shareholder vendors of a waste methane gas powered electricity generation business against a significant claim (AUD40 million) for alleged breach of warranties contained in a share sale agreement, misleading or deceptive conduct and insider trading claims.
  • Representing parties in numerous Court approved Schemes of Arrangement, including in the matters of Biosceptre International Limited, Unity Mining Limited, RESIMAC Limited and Everlight Radiology Limited.
  • Representing a US based manufacturer of locomotives in a dispute (USD24 million) with the Australian purchaser in relation to alleged defects and warranty issues.
  • Representing a large construction contractor in relation to the fraudulent misappropriation of funds by its accounts payable manager, including obtaining extensive freezing orders over the employee's bank accounts and assets.
  • 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 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 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 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 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 aluminium smelter.