Partner-in-Charge Melbourne

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Tim L'Estrange has a distinguished career of more than 30 years in private practice and as general counsel to one of Australia's top five-listed companies.

Tim has worked for global-listed companies and entities in a variety of jurisdictions. His extensive experience in strategic litigation and corporate governance issues, combined with his intimate knowledge of the demands placed on boards, make him a unique resource to clients who deal with complex disputes and regulatory challenges.

Prior to joining Jones Day in 2013, Tim was a senior executive with ANZ Bank, where he was successively general counsel and company secretary, managing director of Europe and America, and global head of governance. During this time he was heavily involved in major M&A transactions, domestic and international litigation, and regulatory investigations, particularly with Australian and U.S. authorities.

More recently, Tim has represented boards and corporations on Royal Commission into Bank and Financial Services, prosecution of claims by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA), Coronial Inquiries into workplace fatalities, regulatory advice into potential breaches of Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) reporting obligations, commercial disputes, cross-border investigations, crisis management, and effective compliance and ethics programs. In particular, he has provided counsel on Australia's Criminal Code in relation to bribery and corruption, money laundering, and economic trade sanctions. He also has assisted corporations in improving assurance structures to the board and management regarding key company governance policies. He has advised on whistleblower complaints, competition and trade practices issues, shareholder and joint venture disputes in the energy and resource sector, professional negligence, directors' duties, and cross-border insolvency and reconstruction issues.


  • Former Chairman of IOOF defends disqualification proceedings brought by APRAJones Day is defending George Venardos in disqualification proceedings brought against the directors acting for George Venardos, a current director and former Chairman of IOOF Holdings Limited ("IOOF"), in a prosecution commenced by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority ("APRA") in the Australian Federal Court.
  • ICWA and JN Taylor Finance (in liquidation) challenge liquidator's decision to review or re-adjudicate a proof of claim admitted over 20 years agoJones Day is acting for the Insurance Commission of Western Australia ("ICWA") in proceedings commenced by JN Taylor Finance Pty Ltd (in liquidation) and ICWA in the Supreme Court of Western Australia seeking to reverse a liquidator's decision to review or re-adjudicate a proof of claim that was admitted in the liquidation of The Bell Group Limited in the amount of approximately $291 million over 20 years ago.
  • ICWA protects its interests as creditor and funder in Bell Group liquidationsJones Day is acting for the Insurance Commission of Western Australia ("ICWA"), a Western Australian government entity, in proceedings commenced in the Supreme Court of Western Australia concerning the distribution to creditors of over $1.8 billion in the liquidations of the Bell Group.
  • Bank of Queensland seeks counsel in Banking Royal Commission inquiryJones Day acted for Bank of Queensland Limited and its subsidiaries in the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.
  • Senior officers of ICWA and State Solicitors Office of Western Australia obtain orders setting aside liquidator examination summonses and production ordersJones Day acted for the CEO and General Counsel of the Insurance Commission of Western Australia ("ICWA"), and the State Solicitor and a senior lawyer of the State Solicitors Office of Western Australia, in a successful Federal Court of Australia application to set aside examination summonses and production orders obtained by the liquidator of Bell Group NV (in liquidation).
  • Highlands Pacific Limited defeats Board spill motionsJones Day advised Highlands Pacific Limited (HIG) on a Board spill requisition and subsequent special meeting of shareholders where the Board spill motions were defeated.
  • Highlands seeks counsel regarding dispute under Frieda River joint venture with PanAustJones Day is acting for Highlands Pacific on the feasibility study dispute under the Frieda River joint venture agreement with PanAust Ltd.
  • U.S. medical device manufacturer makes administrative submissions before Australian Department of HealthJones Day advised a U.S. medical device manufacturer on administrative submissions before the Department of Health and in landmark competition policy litigation against the Minister for Health in Australia.
  • USG forms $1.6 billion plasterboard and ceilings joint venture with Boral Limited in Asia, Australia, and Middle EastJones Day advised USG Corporation in its formation of a strategic 50/50 $1.6 billion plasterboard and ceilings joint venture with Boral Limited in Asia, Australia, and the Middle East, known as USG Boral Building Products.
  • SunPower purchases shares of Diamond EnergyJones Day advised SunPower Corporation on the purchase of shares of Diamond Energy Pty Ltd from Lend Lease Ventures Pty Ltd and Potentate Investments Pty Ltd and D Kamp.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • May 9, 2019
      Social Justice - "Corporate Commitment to Human Rights in Australia"
    • April 28, 2015
      Individuals and Competition Law in Australia, Japan and the United States
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