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.
- Banking & Finance
- Building & Construction
- Class Actions
- Commercial Arbitration
- Contractual Disputes
- Corporate Insolvency
- Corporations & Securities
- Equity & Trusts
- Real Property
- Wills & Probate
- Class Actions
- Commissions & Inquiries
- Major Torts
- Aged Care
- Commissions & Inquiries
Bachelor of Laws (Hons)
Bachelor of Arts (Hons)
State and Territory Courts and Tribunals
Federal Court of Australia
High Court of Australia
Directed v OE Solutions – acting for Korean manufacturer defending claims of breach of equitable duties, contract and Copyright Act1968 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
Fuller v Allianz Australia Insurance Ltd (Add-On Insurance Class Action) – acting for Allianz in SCV class action, led by Bret Walker SC and M Borsky QC
Rockment Pty Ltd T/A Vanilla Lounge v AAI Limited T/A Vero Insurance – acting for Suncorp in respect of contested insurance claim arising out of COVID-19 business interruptions. Separate question referred to Full Court of FCA by Allsop CJ regarding construction of an exclusion clause, led by Jeremy Kirk SC and David Lloyd SC
Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry – long-term brief acting for multinational insurer, led by Bret Walker SC, J. Lockhart SC and Terry Mehigan SC
Fabbro v Blue Rock Melbourne Pty Ltd – acting for insured accountants in claim of professional negligence in VSC, issues as to limitation of liability under professional standards scheme, unled
Advising CGU in respect of large scale claimed indemnity on Business Insurance Policy for Public and Product Liability, led by B. Quinn QC
Gold Coast Marine Aquaculture Pty Ltd v HTC Trading Pty Ltd – claims against Commonwealth and other entities concerning breaches of biodiversity security rules and regulations in respect of the white spot syndrome outbreak in Queensland’s prawn farms, led by G. Harris QC
Kamasaee v Commonwealth of Australia (Manus Island Class Action) – acting for a defendant, on instruction from Lloyds syndicate, in complex tortious claim involving foreign and public international law (act of state), led by G. Harris QC
Advising confidential client upon complex operations and compliance with Anti-Money Laundering Counter-Terrorism Financing Act2006 and Financial Transaction Reports Act1988, led by P. Gray QC
Michos v Eastbrooke Medical Centre – acting for medical services provider in VSC defending claims of breach of the Health Records Act2011, unled including in multiple VSCA appeals
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
Acted for numerous directors and officers in liquidator examinations, ASIC examinations and ensuing litigation
Acted for numerous parties in oppression proceedings under the Corporations Act 2001 as well as for parties in insolvency and liquidation related disputes, including in related class actions
Associate, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (ACIArb).