Tobin Meagher

Clayton Utz
Partner Sydney

Tobin is a superb lawyer with excellent legal and commercial skills.

– Chambers, Asia Pacific


Tobin specialises in complex commercial litigation and disputes, particularly contractual, corporate governance, M&A and property related disputes. He also has deep experience in cross-border regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings by authorities such as ASIC, the AFP, and the ACCC. He's skilled in anti-bribery and corruption and other white-collar crime matters, and also advises clients on compliance risk management.

Notable Work
  • Corporate Executives Defence: acted for the former CFO of collapsed retailer Dick Smith Holdings Ltd in defending related proceedings brought by receivers and two groups of securities' class action plaintiffs.
  • Global extractives company: Representing in respect of internal and governmental investigations into alleged foreign bribery.
  • Liquidators: acted for the liquidators of various finance companies in seeking the recovery of over $200M in losses and other relief against various parties, including two international banks, in relation to alleged 'back-to-back' loans set up for the purpose of evading Australian tax.
  • Barangaroo Delivery Authority (now Infrastructure NSW): acted in defence of proceedings brought by Lendlease and Crown in relation to a major contractual dispute regarding the development of Central Barangaroo.
  • ASX-listed company: acted in respect of multi-agency investigations and an internal investigation into alleged bribery by an overseas subsidiary pre-acquisition.
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch: acted in Federal Court proceedings alleging misleading and deceptive conduct in relation to an M&A transaction.
  • Rio Tinto Ltd: acted in civil penalty proceedings brought by ASIC in the Federal Court concerning an alleged failure to promptly impair mining assets in Mozambique.
  • Origin Energy: acted in two related commercial arbitrations concerning a significant 'force majeure' dispute arising from two major generator transformer failures at the Eraring power station.
  • Woolworths Ltd: acted in relation to a major criminal investigation, and related civil proceedings, which involved working closely with the NSW Fraud Squad.
  • White collar crime: Acted in a variety of matters, including matters involving payment of secret commissions, conspiracy to defraud, financial accounting manipulation and theft.
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