Swaine Legal is a boutique law firm specialising in corporate & commercial disputes, and liquor licensing, gaming & hospitality.

We deliver strategic, efficient and practical legal solutions that consider our clients’ broader commercial objectives.

Based in Adelaide, South Australia, we have experience acting for a diverse range of clients, from start-ups and fledgling enterprises to large-scale businesses and high-net worth individuals.

Corporate & Commercial Disputes

“We focus on solving your problems when they happen and anticipating them so they don’t.”

Business-related dispute resolution is a key focus of our practice. We are here to resolve your immediate disputes, and can also advise you on what lessons can be learnt from the past so that similar legal problems can be avoided in the future.

We deliver commercially-focused solutions to efficiently and effectively resolve disputes because we know that it’s not just about proving a legal point, it’s about your commercial success.

Services we offer

Dispute Avoidance & Pre-Litigation

Like it or not, disputes are a risk that all businesses face but you needn’t let them set you back. We can assist you with identifying potential risks and advise you on practical strategies to minimise your commercial risks and avoid disputes. We can also assist in resolving potential or anticipated disputes at the earliest stage before they become contested.

Dispute Resolution

We recognise that litigation is time-consuming and expensive and so we aim to keep disputes and potential conflicts out of court via alternative dispute resolution mechanisms and out-of-court settlements. We have extensive experience in mediation, arbitration and expert determination proceedings.

Litigation & Appeals

There are times when disputes can only be resolved through the court system. In these instances, we are well placed to protect your interests with our diligent and assertive approach. We have experience litigating in all Australian jurisdictions including the High Court and Federal Court.

Liquor Licensing, Gaming & Hospitality

“We provide clear-cut legal solutions so that you can concentrate on what you do best – building your business.”



We advise on a range of issues affecting licensed premises including liquor licensing, gaming and hospitality matters. We are at the forefront of developments in the industry and provide practical and commercial advice that adds value to our clients’ businesses.

Services we offer

Licence Applications

Whether you are opening a new licensed premises or your business is growing, we are here to demystify the application process and help you secure the licence best suited to your needs. Our services include applications for a new licence and variations to existing licence conditions, and applications to transfer or relocate licences.

Disciplinary Proceedings & Objections to Licence Applications

We have a strong track record in all contested liquor licensing matters. Whether you face disciplinary proceedings as a licensee or you object to an application for a new licence, we can advise you on the best course of action.

Ongoing support and advice

As your business grows, new opportunities and challenges will inevitably arise. You may need to alter your existing licence conditions or you may be pursuing a new opportunity. We can provide ongoing support and advice through each stage of your business’ development.

Tim Swaine Principal

Prior to founding Swaine Legal in 2013, Tim was Special Counsel in Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution at one of South Australia’s leading law firms. He has over 12 years’ experience in top tier national and South Australian law firms in the areas of dispute resolution & commercial litigation, and liquor licensing, gaming & hospitality.

Tim’s broad commercial disputes background enables him to understand his clients’ every-day business realities, pressures and priorities and to provide solutions to a wide range of commercial and corporate legal problems.

Tim has a passion for liquor licensing, gaming and hospitality and has a considerable history advising owners of late night venues and other licensed premises on a range of issues regarding their licences and other business matters and disputes. He is the Co-Founder and current President of the Late Night Venue Association of SA Incorporated.

Committed to his clients’ success, Tim is known for his strong work ethic and straight-forward, commercial approach.

Ground Floor
18-20 Grenfell Street, Adelaide, SA 5000

(08) 8231 5535 / 0419 846 847

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