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Jack Tipple

Bachelor of Laws (Hons Class I, University of Sydney) Bachelor of Arts (Germanic Studies and Psychology, University of Sydney)

Special Counsel - Sydney

Areas of Expertise

Dispute Resolution & Litigation

Expertise

Jack has more than 12 years’ experience in commercial and general disputes litigation, including more than six years in regulatory investigations and commissions of inquiry. He has acted for a federal regulator and professional services firms and has a wealth of experience acting for mid to large companies across manufacturing, infrastructure, recruitment, professional indemnity insurance and service industries, as well as for company directors and professionals.

Jack regularly acts in complex multi-party commercial disputes and has appeared at all levels of NSW state and federal courts, as well as before the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) and various federal regulatory bodies.

Jack advises his clients on all stages of the dispute resolution process, including alternatives to litigation. Adept in the court room, the mediation room and the client meeting room, Jack’s approach to resolving disputes is informed by understanding his clients’ business and operational objectives. His awareness of the reputational and business disruption risks associated with protracted litigation enables Jack to provide pragmatic and commercially sensible advice at all times.

In recent years, Jack has developed a special interest in, and has authored several articles on, the emerging space of ‘ESG’ regulation and litigation, including in relation to investment behaviour, greenwashing and the extension of climate related duties of care.

As Chair of the firm’s LGBTQ+ network, HR Pride, Jack’s passionate advocacy of the necessity for, and the benefits of, an inclusive workplace is driven by his desire to better serve the diverse nature of the clients that he advises.

Experience

Jack’s recent experience includes:

  • acting for and advising the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) in relation to Federal Court of Australia proceedings against Westpac Banking Corporation alleging insider trading, statutory unconscionability and breaches of its financial services licence
  • acting for two of the ‘Big 4’ professional services firms in defence of litigated and pre-litigated claims of audit negligence and misleading and deceptive conduct under federal consumer protection legislation
  • acting for a state legal professional indemnity insurer and various legal practices, partnerships and sole practitioner solicitors in pre-litigated and litigated professional indemnity claims for negligence, breach of retainer, breach of trust and breach of fiduciary duty claim
  • advising a state legal professional indemnity insurer on complex indemnity, causation, proportionate liability and contribution defences
  • advising shareholders in relation to claims for shareholder oppression and misleading and deceptive conduct relating to investments
  • advising a national recruitment company in relation to a claim for misleading and deceptive conduct
  • acting for company directors in defence of claims for breach of directors duties, insolvent trading and misleading and deceptive conduct claims under the Australian Consumer Law and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001
  • acting for two individual respondents and two corporate respondents in Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) prosecution proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia involving complex claims of cartel conduct and giving effect to exclusionary provisions in the area of government licensing and regulation in the mining sector
  • acting for an Australian electrical accessory manufacturer in Federal Court of Australia proceedings involving multiple claims of registered trademark, design and patent infringement, common law passing off and misleading and deceptive conduct in contravention of consumer protection legislation
  • acting for individuals at public inquiries and private examinations relating to six operations at ICAC
  • acting for individuals and corporate entities in relation to regulatory investigations conducted by ASIC and the ACCC.

Membership

Law Society of NSW

City of Sydney Law Society

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Business Association

Publications

11 October 2022 - Knowledge

Future of climate change litigation against governments

#Government, #Dispute Resolution & Litigation, #Planning, Environment & Sustainability

In this instalment of our ongoing ESG series, we look at some recent climate change cases brought against government bodies and predict what the main risks are for the future.

13 July 2022 - Knowledge

ESG investing – ASIC releases new ‘greenwashing’ guidance

#Superannuation, Funds Management & Financial Services, #Dispute Resolution & Litigation, #Regulatory

ASIC has released guidance setting out the main risks relating to ‘greenwashing’ sustainability-related investments, products and services and what those who offer such products can do to avoid it.

15 June 2022 - Knowledge

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) explained: Five important considerations for companies and their lawyers

#Corporate & Commercial Law, #Dispute Resolution & Litigation, #Planning, Environment & Sustainability

The term ‘ESG’ is becoming increasingly popular in the world of business and investment. Apart from knowing that it stands for environmental, social and governance, what does the term really mean and why is it important for your business?