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Bede Haines


Bede undertakes a diverse range of work including litigating and advising on contractual disputes, trade practices disputes, property and corporate disputes and insolvency matters.


His experience includes:

  • acting for a large international software company in Federal Court of Australia proceedings concerning the implementation of software and infrastructure on a telecommunication company‚Äôs national network
  • advising private equity firms, including in respect of the exercise of contractual rights, matters affecting shareholders and investors, including appearing in commercial arbitration
  • advising on disputes concerning the exercise of contractual options, including call and put options, options to purchase and options to renew contractual obligations
  • providing advice in relation to sale of land disputes, including disputes with mortgagees, off-the-plan sales and the termination of contracts
  • advising corporate trustees of unit trusts, including in relation to the exercise of contractual rights
  • appearing for a publicly-listed media company in recent Supreme Court litigation concerning the exercise of contractual rights and misleading and deceptive conduct
  • Full Federal Court and High Court litigation concerning litigation funding
  • advising creditors in respect of their rights during insolvency and bankruptcy, including acting in Supreme and Federal Court applications.


17 January 2022 - Knowledge

Strengthening contracts for future lockdowns

#Property, Planning & Development, #COVID-19

Learning lessons from lockdowns and equipping new contracts for future lockdowns.

14 January 2022 - Knowledge

2022’s new NSW COVID-19 leasing laws

#Property, Planning & Development, #COVID-19

The COVID-19 leasing moratorium has been extended to 13 March 2022. We explain the new laws and highlight key considerations for landlords and tenants.

07 December 2021 - Knowledge

More COVID-19 retail and commercial leasing changes

#Property, Planning & Development, #COVID-19

Even though NSW’s COVID-19 leasing laws end on 14 January 2022, changes are still being made. How will these changes impact landlords and their tenants?

10 November 2021 - Knowledge

NSW Government Bulletin


We review a case where a government authority made a mistake that adversely affected an individual, and explore why a court’s ability to assist the individual was limited.

20 October 2021 - Knowledge

Counterintuitive delight – breaking and entering into your own house

#Property, Planning & Development

We explore an unusual situation where a person, including a landowner with a legal right to enter their own land, can commit an offence for breaking and entering into a home or building they own or rent.

06 October 2021 - Knowledge

Off-the-plan contracts: A tale of two stories

#Property, Planning & Development

When off-the-plan contracts go wrong, what can you do, and cannot do?

27 September 2021 - Knowledge

More changes to NSW’s COVID-19 retail and commercial leasing laws

#Property, Planning & Development, #COVID-19

The NSW Government has made some small but important changes to the State’s COVID-19 leasing laws, including the reclassification of tenants as an impacted lessee and lease renegotiation for those who are no longer impacted.

16 August 2021 - Knowledge

COVID-19 leasing law changes in NSW

#Property, Planning & Development, #COVID-19

The NSW Government has recently updated its COVID-19 leasing laws. The new regulation, a reintroduction of the 2020 laws, includes renegotiations between landlords and tenants, reference to the National Code of Conduct and rent reductions.

19 July 2021 - Knowledge

Do COVID-19 lockdowns frustrate leases?

#Property, Planning & Development, #COVID-19

Expanded COVID-19 restrictions on trading may have you wondering if your lease is frustrated. This is not likely and we explain why.

15 July 2021 - Knowledge

New COVID-19 leasing laws affecting NSW retail and commercial tenancies during lockdown

#Property, Planning & Development, #COVID-19

On 14 July 2021, the NSW Government’s new Retail and Other Commercial Leases (COVID-19) Regulation 2021 took effect. It’s different from the 2020 leasing laws, and we consider what it means for landlords and tenants.

21 December 2020 - Knowledge

Another round of COVID-19 retail leasing and commercial leasing laws

#Property, Planning & Development, #Dispute Resolution & Litigation, #COVID-19

NSW’s COVID-19 leasing laws are again being extended. Uncannily, this coincides with increases in community COVID-19 and state borders closing.

14 December 2020 - Knowledge

Trespass and implied licences: The High Court considers entry to land

#Dispute Resolution & Litigation

When do you have an implied right to enter land, and when might an entry become a trespass? A recent High Court decision offers clarification on both scenarios.

26 November 2020 - Knowledge

Commercial contracts – defining words, adopting legislation and dealing with contingencies

#Corporate & Commercial Law, #Dispute Resolution & Litigation

Contracts generally need defined terms, they provide conciseness and comprehensibility. But, defining a word is hard.

20 November 2020 - Knowledge

New South Wales begins weaning off COVID-19 rent relief

#Property, Planning & Development, #COVID-19

The NSW Government will begin a weaning process for landlords and tenants for when the current C-19 rent moratorium ends on 31 December 2020.

23 October 2020 - Knowledge

NSW Government extends COVID-19 leasing protections

#Property, Planning & Development, #COVID-19

The NSW Government has issued legislation extending the COVID-19 retail and commercial leasing relief . We outline what the legislation entails.

25 September 2020 - Knowledge

NSW commercial and retail leasing protection being extended

#Government, #Property, Planning & Development

The NSW Government has announced an extension to the COVID-19 laws protecting retail and commercial leases. The laws were to end on 24 October 2020, and will now extend to 31 December 2020. A bill detailing the changes is expected this week or next.

02 September 2020 - Knowledge

Transitioning from the COVID leasing protections – Sneakerboy reveals some issues

#Dispute Resolution & Litigation, #COVID-19, #Property, Planning & Development

Rolling back the COVID leasing laws may not be smooth, especially where lease terms are yet to be renegotiated.

19 August 2020 - Knowledge

How to find solutions to stakeholder disputes in a climate of uncertainty

#Corporate & Commercial Law, #Dispute Resolution & Litigation

We are seeing, as you would expect in the current times, more disputes between shareholders, directors, partners and other stakeholders.