Tom Warner Portrait

Tom Warner

Bar roll 2009 Admitted 2005
  • Commercial Law Tort Law
  • Public Law
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Thomas Warner is an experienced commercial and public law junior counsel.

His practice primarily involves contract, major torts, equity and trusts, insurance, trade practices, corporations, banking, insolvency and regulatory law. He has significant experience in class actions, royal commissions and complex multi-party litigation, arbitrations and inquiries.

Thomas read with Kevin Lyons QC (now Justice Lyons).

Immediately prior to coming to the Bar, Thomas was Associate to Justice Vickery in the Supreme Court of Victoria.  Prior to that Thomas worked in London as an Associate in Herbert Smith’s Banking Litigation group (now Herbert Smith Freehills).  He completed articles at Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

Thomas graduated with first class honours degrees in both Laws and Arts from the University of Tasmania.  He also received a number of academic prizes.

Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation.


Chambers & Clerk

Aickin Chambers
Level 30 Room 1

200 Queen Street 
Melbourne VIC 3000 

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Jane King

03 9225 8558


Commercial Law
  • Appellate
  • Banking & Finance
  • Building & Construction
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial Arbitration
  • Competition
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Corporate Insolvency
  • Corporations & Securities
  • Equity & Trusts
  • Insurance
  • Real Property
  • Wills & Probate
Tort Law
  • Class Actions
  • Commissions & Inquiries
  • Major Torts
  • Negligence
Public Law
  • Aged Care
  • Commissions & Inquiries



Bachelor of Laws (Hons)

Bachelor of Arts (Hons)




Entitled to practise in

State and Territory Courts and Tribunals

Federal Court of Australia

High Court of Australia

Recent Cases

Directed v OE Solutions – acting for Korean manufacturer defending claims of breach of equitable duties and Copyright Act in FCA, led by M. Osborne QC; judgment reserved following 38 day trial, 28 days of which were conducted by way of video depositions pursuant to a COVID-19 protocol of Beach J

JBAM & Anor v LBA Capital Pty Ltd & Ors – acting for international lenders alleging almost $400m in finance was funded to Australian entities following breaches of contract and the ACL; obtained Freezing Order in SCV unled; then led by Claire Harris QC

Gold Coast Marine Aquaculture Pty Ltd v HTC Trading Pty Ltd [2020] FCA 684 – obtaining preliminary discovery against Commonwealth and another entity concerning possible claims regarding breaches of biodiversity security rules and regulations, led by Greg Harris QC

Britmar (Aust) v F E Accommodation – acting for owner of mining tenements in the Northern Territory seeking urgent relief in FCA, led by Philip Solomon QC

Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry – acting for Allianz Insurance, led by Bret Walker SC, J. Lockhart SC and Terry Mehigan

Kamasaee v Commonwealth of Australia (Manus Island Class Action) – complex tortious claim involving foreign and public international law (act of state), led by G. Harris QC

Michos v Eastbrooke Medical Centre­­ – acting for medical services provider defending claims of breach of the Health Records Act 2011 (Vic), unled

Advising upon Anti-Money Laundering Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 (Cth) and Financial Transaction Reports Act 1988 (Cth), led by P. Gray QC

Rockman v IPR Nominees Pty Ltd – trustee/equity dispute in VSC and VSCA (approx. $40m), led by P. Crutchfield QC

Charlesworth Nominees Pty Ltd v Charlesworth – trustee/equity dispute in VSC (approx. $30m), led by M. Osborne QC

Appointed as arbitrator of approx. $3m dispute seated in Melbourne, unled

Berry (AGA Insurance) v APT Australia – defending claim of breach of ACL for “unfair” standard term contracts in FCA, – led by G. Harris QC

Fabbro v Blue Rock Melbourne Pty Ltd – acting for insured accountant in claim for professional negligence in VSC, unled

In the matter of the Hastie Group­ – acting for directors and officers in liquidator’s examinations in FCA

Vaugh v Becton – acting for company defending claim of breach of Corporations Act arising out of ASX statement, led by G. Harris QC


Associate, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (ACIArb).