Tom has an extensive background in commercial disputes, with particular experience in international and domestic arbitration, construction law, shareholder and joint venture disputes, as well as corporate and regulatory matters. He has acted in disputes arising in a range of industries, including energy, mining, infrastructure, banking, telecommunications and technology.
He has specialist experience in international arbitration, having practised in this field in London, Sydney and Perth, including advising on arbitrations under a range of arbitral rules (ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, ACICA, SCC, etc.) and in several arbitral seats in the Asia-Pacific and elsewhere. For several years, he has been a guest lecturer on the International Commercial Arbitration course at the University of Western Australia Law School.
In addition to his arbitration work, Tom has acted in major commercial litigation in state and federal jurisdictions in Australia. He also has extensive experience of mediation and expert determination.
Before coming to the Bar, he was a partner of the global law firm Clyde & Co, practising mainly in international arbitration and construction/energy disputes. Earlier in his career, he spent several years at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in London, and at Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons) in Sydney. He began his career as Associate to the Hon. Justice Bleby of the Supreme Court of South Australia. In 2012, he became qualified as a Solicitor-Advocate (Civil) in England and Wales.
Tom has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws (with first class honours) from the University of Adelaide and a Master of Law from the University of Cambridge (where he was awarded a Cambridge Commonwealth Trust bursary).
Tom accepts briefs in all areas of commercial law and in civil regulatory matters. He also accepts appointments as arbitrator and mediator.