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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.


25 September 2020 - Knowledge

NSW commercial and retail leasing protection being extended

#Government, #Property & Real Estate

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 & Real Estate

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.

18 August 2020 - Knowledge

COVID-19 leasing laws bring a new dynamic to claims for relief against forfeiture

#Dispute Resolution & Litigation, #Property & Real Estate, #COVID-19

A recent leasing dispute illustrates how COVID-19 laws may affect a court’s decision to enable an evicted tenant to return to its premises.

29 April 2020 - Knowledge

Update: NSW’s COVID-19 retail and commercial leasing laws

#Property & Real Estate, #Dispute Resolution & Litigation, #COVID-19

The NSW Government has now passed laws affecting retail leases in NSW. This includes a schedule in the Conveyancing Act’s regulations that also applies to commercial leases more generally.

08 October 2019 - Knowledge

Sale of land and cooling-off: Auctions and withdrawing a property

#Dispute Resolution & Litigation

A recent NSW case on the sale of residential land and cooling-off asks some interesting questions. When does an auction take place? What makes an auction commence? How is a property passed-in at auction? How does this differ from the property being withdrawn?