Tim Dixon

LinkedinSpecial Counsel

Tim has practised law for more than 35 years and is a “jack of all trades” with a strong background in commercial law and commercial litigation.  Before coming to Holley Nethercote, he was a principal of a medium sized Melbourne commercial law firm for about 15 years.  He has been a lawyer in the city, the suburbs and the country and he has “pretty much seen it all”.

Admitted to Practice


Key Areas of Expertise

  • Commercial litigation
  • AFCA disputes
  • Commercial law and advice
  • Employment law
  • Sale & Purchase of business
  • Shareholders advice
  • Insolvency advice
  • Company structure and strategic advice
  • White collar crime

Career Achievements

  • Becoming a partner of a Melbourne law firm and managing a substantial business and associated staff.
  • Running an appeal to the High Court.
  • Being recommended recently by a solicitor for whom he acted in Supreme Court proceedings as “the lawyer’s lawyer”.
  • Commencing at Holley Nethercote.


  • Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and High Court of Australia.

Favourite Quote

“Never kick a sleeping dog.”

My Thoughts

Unfair Contract Terms – Is there a new Problem?

28 Feb 2024

Since our article in November 2018, the Unfair Contracts Terms (“UCT”) regime[1] has been strengthened to apply to a much greater pool of contracts, and so some businesses which previously were not affected by it,…

Employment in a COVID world

03 Nov 2021

The way we work, engage with clients, and manage our employment obligations has changed forever as a result of the arrangements which became necessary in order for professional businesses to continue to operate during the…

Avoiding a successful Unfair Dismissal claim – Some hints and tips

15 Dec 2020

It is said that the most valuable asset of a business can be its employees.  Whilst that is usually true, from time to time it becomes necessary, for the good of the business or the…

Shareholder Essentials for Private Companies: The Importance of a Robust Shareholder Agreement

24 Sep 2020

If you’re setting up a business, or you have set up a business, you most likely will or have, set up a proprietary limited (Pty Ltd) company or private company.  Pty Ltd companies are the…

How Legal are your Corporate Authorised Representative / Authorised Representative Agreements? Take the Quiz

03 Sep 2020

In October 2016, we published a brief article entitled “Is your Standard Form Contract bullet proof?”.  That article was prepared immediately prior to the changes to the Unfair Contracts regime contained within the Australian Consumer…

Buying a Financial Services Business – Tips & Traps

19 Aug 2020

Sweeping bicarbonate and targeting illnesses and the certainty substances used to pass them can make risk of time. Among the continuing units of the Lof C were Thought Trains, a High Hygiene Section, Convalescent Cyclists,…

COVID-19 and Paying the Rent – Part 2 (the lock-down continues)

29 Jul 2020

Read Part 1 to this blog: COVID-19 and Paying the Rent. Back in April of this year – which seems like an eternity ago – we provided some advice (in an online webinar) for businesses…

Business Partnerships – What you should know

24 Jul 2020

What is a partnership? A partnership is a business structure where two or more people enter into a relationship in order to carry on a business, with the mutual intention to make a profit through…

COVID-19 and Paying the Rent

30 Apr 2020

Can you get rent relief for your business offices? If your offices are occupied under a commercial lease and your business has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the rent relief schemes instituted by the…

ASIC – No more Mr Nice Guy

18 Dec 2018

  Here’s what you can expect of ASIC after the Royal Commission and what you’ll need to do. In the wake of the Royal Commission and the criticisms of ASIC being a soft regulator, ASIC…

Is your Standard Form Contract Bullet Proof from Unfair Terms?

11 Oct 2016

  Are you a franchisor? ...or a financial services provider with authorised representatives? ...or a credit provider? ...or a service provider?  Do you have a standard form contract that you wheel out when you take…

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