Tim is a Special Counsel in our Public Sector team, specialising in regulatory advisory services, statutory interpretation, administrative law, Government procurement and contracting and outsourcing arrangements. 

Tim provides advice which is legally correct, solution-oriented, on time and on budget.  His advice takes account of Government's core policy objectives.  He understands the issues which are particularly relevant to Government, including the processes for making legislation and by-laws, the State's and Councils' financial accountability regime, and administrative law requirements for making statutory decisions.  He has a particular focus on advising both private and Government clients on commercial arrangements which incentivise positive outcomes and have appropriate KPIs in core government services, such as electricity, water and health.

Tim worked as a research officer to the Justices of the High Court and has a Masters in Law from Cambridge University.  He has advised public sector and private clients, both in Australia and overseas, in public law, regulatory and commercial matters for 15 years.  This gives Tim a well-rounded skill set and broad perspective on the matters that count for Government and private clients.

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Government Services

Regulatory: Tim advises public and private entities on the interpretation of legislation, the scope of statutory powers and functions, the State's financial and accountability framework and public sector governance.  Tim has particular experience in helping public sector agencies develop regulatory frameworks, including preparing consultation papers, providing submissions to parliamentary committees, preparing drafting instructions; preparing regulations and drafting ministerial briefing documents.

Procurement and contracting: Tim regularly advises purchasers and providers of services in relation to Government procurement. Tim advises on compliance with government procurement policies (such as the Queensland Procurement Policy), particularly in the context of major infrastructure projects.

Statutory interpretation: Tim regularly provides statutory interpretation advice to his clients, and training for decision-makers and others who administer or enforce legislation.

Local Government: Tim regularly advises Councils on matters arising under the Local Government Act 2009, including disclosure of interest issues, councillor conduct obligations, and Ombudsman inquires.  Tim also regularly advises on right to information and public interest disclosure issues for Local Government.

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Administrative and Public Law

Tim regularly provides advice to a range of State Government agencies and Local Governments on administrative law and decision-making matters. Tim provides advice which is timely and pragmatic - and helps clients to make decisions which best manage their legal risk.

Regulatory: Tim advises public and private entities on the interpretation of legislation, the scope of statutory powers and functions, the State's financial and accountability framework and public sector governance.  Tim has particular experience in helping public sector agencies develop regulatory frameworks, including preparing consultation papers, providing submissions to parliamentary committees, preparing drafting instructions; preparing regulations and drafting ministerial briefing documents.

Statutory interpretation: Tim regularly provides statutory interpretation advice to his clients, and training for decision-makers and others who administer or enforce legislation.

Judicial Review: Tim has extensive experience conducting judicial review matters in the Supreme Court and in QCAT.  Tim advises on claims regarding Government decision-making processes and natural justice issues.  These matters have often involved high profile issues and the balancing of competing priorities for Government. 

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Governance and Compliance

Regulatory: Tim advises public and private entities on the interpretation of legislation, the scope of statutory powers and functions, the State's financial and accountability framework and public sector governance.  Tim has particular experience in helping public sector agencies develop regulatory frameworks, including preparing consultation papers, providing submissions to parliamentary committees, preparing drafting instructions; preparing regulations and drafting ministerial briefing documents.

Procurement and contracting: Tim regularly advises purchasers and providers of services in relation to Government procurement. Tim advises on compliance with government procurement policies (such as the Queensland Procurement Policy), particularly in the context of major infrastructure projects.

Statutory interpretation: Tim regularly provides statutory interpretation advice to his clients, and training for decision-makers and others who administer or enforce legislation.

Local Government: Tim regularly advises Councils on matters arising under the Local Government Act 2009, including disclosure of interest issues, councillor conduct obligations, and Ombudsman inquires.  Tim also regularly advises on right to information and public interest disclosure issues for Local Government. 

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Healthcare and Life Sciences

Tim has undertaken many projects that involve advising on legal issues relating to clinical and/or health provider governance.

Major private provider: Tim advised a major private health provider regarding its contractual obligations for the provision of treatment to public patients under an outsourcing arrangement.  Tim developed an in-depth understanding of all issues concerning the treatment of public patients in private hospitals, including appropriate payment regimes, the setting of KPIs and contractual measures for incentivising performance and accountability.

State Hospital and Health Service: Tim advised a HHS regarding the establishment of a new research centre with two other institutions  This involved drafting key elements of the project agreements, including with respect to the proposed governance arrangements and risk allocation provisions.

State Hospital and Health Service: Tim advised a HHS on the statutory transfer of certain land and buildings from the State of Queensland to the HHS, including undertaking due diligence for the transfer. This involved analysing a range of statutory transfer instruments. Tim organised a team of junior lawyers and ensured that the work was completed by the most appropriate and cost effective lawyers.

Major finance institution: Tim prepared a risk analysis of a proposal to enter a PPP with a State HHS.  The report analysed the key legal risks of entering into an agreement with the HHS and what legal liabilities that HHS may have, as a statutory body, to meet its obligations.  The report evaluated complex issues such as the sovereign risks of contracting with statutory bodies and key financial accountability obligations owed by the HHS as a statutory body. 

Queensland Hospital and Health Services: Tim regularly prepares complex but practical advices for the HHSs advising on the risk of personal liability that might be encountered by Board members of the Services. Tim has also prepared submissions to the Treasurer seeking approval to enter into appropriate indemnity arrangements under the State financial accountability framework. 

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