Tim is widely recognised for his expertise in handling complex matters involving property, professional indemnity, D&O, public and products liability and construction insurance policies. He is highly experienced in litigation, arbitration and mediation across a range of jurisdictions and sectors, including construction, mining and resources, energy, oil and gas.

Tim is qualified in both Australia and the UK and regularly advises multi-national corporations, insurance and reinsurance companies, Lloyds’ underwriters and financial institutions on claims, coverage issues and recoveries.

Tim is recognised as a leading lawyer for Insurance Law by The Best Lawyers in Australia 2021 and 2020, and was mentioned in the Legal 500 UK rankings during his time in London (2011-2014).

Directors + Officers

  • Acting as defence counsel for a high-profile executive director of an ASX-listed mining and exploration company in a claim that alleged breaches of directors’ duties arising from a failure to conduct sufficient due diligence before making an investment in an international mining project.
  • Acting as defence counsel for an officer of a large international consolidated services company regarding allegations of misleading and deceptive conduct in the course of negotiating a large commercial services conduct.
  • Acting as coverage and monitoring counsel for underwriters in relation to a D&O claim brought against several directors and officers of an ASX-listed manganese mining and exploration company, arising from alleged breaches of directors’ duties.

Professional Indemnity 

  • Acting as defence counsel for an ASX listed engineering services contractor in claims arising from the design and construction of a mine processing facility in the UK. This complex high-value claim involved a range of technical issues (including low frequency noise emissions) and legal issues (including liability issues arising under English law).
  • Acting as defence counsel for an ASX-listed EPCM contractor with regard to a claims relating to the design and construction of mine processing facilities at a major West Australian iron ore mine.
  • Acting as defence counsel for a multinational professional services company in a claim alleging that it breached its professional duties in providing advice and services for a major West Australian infrastructure project.

Public + Products Liability

  • Advising underwriters on coverage issues arising from a large number of claims made against a major Australian home building company relating to the use of ‘waffle slabs’.
  • Acting for insurers in claims made under a historical Lloyds’ liability policy. The claims arose from class actions in the Australian courts that sought damages for individuals who had been catastrophically injured by exposure to pharmaceutical products.
  • Advising insurers on large claims arising out of the Black Saturday bush fires.

Property (First party)

  • Advising on coverage in a material damage and business interruption claim arising from a fire at a mobile telephone exchange.
  • Advising insurers on coverage under a material damage and business interruption policy regarding water damage to a nightclub and on a related dispute.
  • Advising insurers on coverage under a material damage and business interruption policy regarding a claim for damage to the external glazing system of an office building.

Subrogated Recoveries

  • Conducting a recovery claim against a geotechnical engineer arising from advice given about the design and construction of a mining facility in Africa.
  • Advising insurers on coverage under a contract works policy regarding water damage to tunnel boring machines in the course of a major infrastructure project in the Middle East.
  • Advising insurers on subrogation prospects and strategy regarding damage to an offshore oil production riser.

Construction + Contract Works

  • Advising insurers on coverage under a contract works policy regarding damage to beach replenishment’s works on a Pacific island caused by a tropical cyclone.
  • Advising insurers on coverage in claims made under a construction all risks policy arising out of the failure of a layer of asphalt laid as part of upgrade works on a major highway.

Energy, Mining + Power

  • Advising insurers on coverage regarding a large claim made under a construction all risks policy relating to defects identified in the welds forming part of a pipeline system delivering coal seam gas (CSG) to a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility.
  • Advising insurers on policy coverage arising from damage to an onshore pipeline, which formed part of an onshore oil production facility and the contamination of surrounding land.
Areas of Expertise
  • Construction + Contract Works
  • Directors + Officers Liability
  • Industrial Special Risks
  • Management Liability
  • Product Liability + Recall
  • Professional Liability
  • Property Damage (Third Party)
  • Subrogated Recoveries

Industry Representation
  • Energy, Mining + Power
  • Oil + Gas
  • Property
  • Construction + Infrastructure

Professional Affiliations
  • Australian Insurance Law Association