Tim is a partner in Gilbert + Tobin’s Tech + IP group specialising in Technology + Digital.

    Tim has significant experience working on information technology, telecommunications and broadcasting matters, such as outsourcing, systems integration, cloud and platforms, payment system arrangements and data arrangements. Tim’s work in this area spans the entire lifecycle of projects, from procurement, contracting and negotiation, contract management, and disputes (including software audits and disputes). Tim works across the entire set of contract documentation, not only the front-end terms but also assisting in the development and negotiation of service descriptions, service levels, governance regimes and pricing documentation.

    Tim also works on novel and complex contracting matters generally, including matters as diverse as strategic alliance arrangements, distribution agreements, and concession agreements.

    Tim also advises on a number of regulatory areas related to the above areas of practice, particularly privacy and data, and consumer law issues (with a particular focus on unfair terms, including compliance reviews and responding to regulatory investigations). Tim’s privacy and data experience includes:

    • assisting organisations to assess and comply with their privacy obligations, particularly businesses in highly regulated industries such as financial services or healthcare, or businesses undertaking new and innovative marketing activities. This includes advising on federal, state and health-records legislation;
    • advising on privacy-related issues in a transactional context. Such transactions include cloud computing and other offshoring arrangements, data sharing and analytics arrangements, M&A, insolvencies and complex transactions generally; and
    • advising on privacy failures and data breach issues, including on reporting obligations to, and investigations conducted by, privacy regulators.

    Legal 500 2021 states: “The leader of the Technology and Digital practice, Tim Gole is a remarkably smart, down to earth and patient partner with an extraordinary work ethic. Tim provides amazing service, sets expectations well, and is highly available despite clearly having a flourishing practice”.

    Tim’s experience includes advising:

    • Australian Big-Four Bank on a range of ongoing and new strategic IT programs, including substantial renegotiations of agreements for the provision of a share trading platform on a white-label basis with two major wholesale clients; the procurement of data warehouse systems; working with the Bank’s innovation group including on cloud sourcing projects; and advising on a number of claims against IT vendors in relation to significant incidents.
    • A range of clients on their outsourcing arrangements generally, including two of Australia’s big-four banks, a large Australian superannuation fund, Perpetual, The Travel Corporation, Carnival, ClearView, Xero and the ASX.
    • Australian Payments Plus (the merger of BPAY, eftpos and the New Payments Platform) on various matters including in relation to Osko, the first overlay service to be provided on Australia’s New Payments Platform.  Tim’s work has included extensive development and redrafting of the scheme rules associated with each of these schemes.  
    • The ABC for many years in relation to the broadcaster’s national transmission services agreements with Broadcast Australia, satellite services with Optus, and a range of other technology-related matters.
    • GrainCorp on the $350m sale of its liquid terminals business, and in particular the long-term storage agreement with ANZ Terminals for GrainCorp’s continued use of storage capacity following the sale.
    • Insignia Financial (formerly IOOF) on its $975m acquisition of ANZ’s wealth management business, including in relation to the former strategic alliance agreement between IOOF and ANZ.
    • The NSW Government on the $2.6b privatisation of the State’s land titling registry, including ongoing advice in relation to data and interoperability matters.
    • Calvary Healthcare on its delivery of hospital-in-a-home services to patients across Adelaide, as part of a joint venture with Medibank, and as engaged by the South Australian Government.
    • Australian Big-Four Bank and Great Southern Bank (formerly Credit Union Australia) on the procurement of new core banking systems.

    Ranked as Leading Individual for IT and Telecoms and Data Protection

    The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2024

    Ranked in Band 2 in TMT: Information Technology

    Chambers and Partners ASIA-PACIFIC 2024

    Tim was recognised in the areas of Commercial Law, Information Technology Law, Outsourcing Law, Privacy and Data Security Law and Telecommunications Law.


    Recognised as "Lawyer of the year" for Privacy and Data Security Law


    Recognised as a Leading Individual in IT and Telecoms and Data Protection


    Recognised in Outsourcing Law, Privacy & Data Security Law, Information Technology Law, Telecommunications Law


    Recognised as a Recommended Technology, Media & Telecommunications lawyer (NSW)


    “The leader of the Technology and Digital practice, Tim Gole is a remarkably smart, down to earth and patient partner with an extraordinary work ethic. Tim provides amazing service, sets expectations well, and is highly available despite clearly having a flourishing practice”.

    The Legal 500 ASIA-PACIFIC 2021

    "A strong technical lawyer, a strategic thinker and an absolute pleasure to work with.”

    The LEGAL 500 ASIA PACIFIC 2019