Called to Bar: 2008

Tim Breakspear has a commercial practice with a particular speciality in major infrastructure, mining, resources and construction projects. He has appeared in some of the most significant arbitration, trial and appeal cases in this area with dispute values up to a billion dollars.

He appears both unled and with Australian and English leading counsel, in major commercial arbitrations throughout Australia and in Singapore. He is an Approved Arbitrator by the NSW Bar Association and an Associate of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration.

His Commercial List caseload encompasses a range of general commercial litigation including contract disputes, telecommunications, commercial leases, proprietary estoppel, misleading and deceptive conduct and strata title.

He is listed in the Australian Financial Review's Best Lawyers in Australia 2017 for construction/infrastructure.

Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific Guide 2019 Band 1 in Construction & Infrastructure - "an outstanding junior who is widely lauded for his exceptional performance on construction and infrastructure cases." "His work is excellent, he's really responsive and his written work is really exceptional. That's what sets him apart; he's really good on his feet but his written work is superlative."

Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific Guide 2018 - Band 1 in Construction & Infrastructure - "continues to attract glowing praise from market sources, one of whom comments: 'He is the best junior barrister in construction. He is an intelligent lawyer, is excellent on his feet, and has a great rapport with the Bench."

Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific Guide 2017 - Band 1 in Construction & Infrastructure: "an 'outstanding' construction specialist ... 'Tim's strategic input into a matter is without doubt the most valuable advice a client can get' ... 'His drafting and advocacy are outstanding.'" .  

Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific Guide 2016 - Band 1 in Construction and Infrastructure, with clients describing him as "a class act" and "incredibly efficient."

Doyle's Guide 2018 (Australia wide) "preeminent" junior counsel in construction and infrastructure cases.

Doyle's Guide 2017 (Australia wide) - "leading" arbitration junior counsel.

Doyle's Guide 2017 (Australia wide) "preeminent" junior counsel in construction and infrastructure cases.

Doyle's Guide 2015 and 2016 (Australia wide) - "preeminent" junior counsel in construction law.

Doyle's Guide 2015 and 2016 (New South Wales) "preeminent" junior counsel in construction law.

Doyle's Guide 2014 (New South Wales) - " Market leader" in construction law: "Breakspear has emerged as the 'clear standout' and an 'absolute star' and 'sat comfortably as the states most favoured Junior Counsel'"

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Core Practice Areas

  • Appellate
  • Arbitration
  • Building, Construction and Technology
  • Commercial
  • Equity/Property
  • Professional Liability


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