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Achieving outcomes that make a difference to people’s lives is what Timothy finds most satisfying about the law. And it’s the results he achieves that has seen him build a base of loyal clients who’ve stuck with him for many years.
“Developing personal, deep relationship over time with clients is most important. It allows me to understand their business so I can help with any problem that arises. Experience means chances are I’ve done it many times before.”
His clients are predominantly SMEs and family owned businesses. Tim’s two longest-held clients include a fourth generation, very sophisticated large chicken processing company and a well-known Australian brand that’s been making pickled onions and gherkins for over 100 years.
Since 1998 he’s focused on corporate and commercial work specialising in family-owned businesses and foreign owned subsidiaries, commercial litigation and insolvency. He is also a notary public.
Tim is well respected within his areas of expertise, has extensive networks including through the Executives’ Global Network, and known for his commercial nous.
Tim helped set up the St James Ethics Centre, now the Ethics Centre, and sat on the board for 25 years. The Ethics Centre has been an agent for change for more than 30 years, encouraging senior management/CEOs and boards to look at their business from an ethical point of view and take ownership of that aspect of their business. The Ethics Centre challenges boards and has reviewed the culture in cricket, rugby leadership and the Australian Olympic Committee.
Tim acted for a Voluntary Administrator when a deed of company relationship was proposed by another small mining company that involved all the shares within a publicly listed company. As it was a compulsory acquisition under the Corporations Act, an application to the court had to be made and then an expert valuation report was required, as well as ASIC and then court approval, without which the transaction could not have gone ahead. The application was successful.
A German client acquired a large rural $20 million dollar property in Australia that required Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) approval urgently. This matter was a race to get done and only through quick thinking and efficiency was this acquisition a success.