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Tom is a litigator, specialising in regulatory disputes, corporate and commercial litigation, competition, antitrust and administrative law.
Tom has acted in, and has successfully concluded, commercial and civil disputes for Government Departments, Agencies, GBE’s and statutory authorities, large corporations and major professional services firms, including matters that require a keen appreciation of political and cultural sensitivities and reputational risk.
Tom’s particular skill lies in the strategic management of protracted legal disputes - to pre-empt, resolve or litigate them. With nearly 30 years’ experience, Tom is well placed to identify the legal issues and commercial drivers behind a dispute and where possible, to formulate a strategy for the resolution of that dispute which aligns with the objectives of his client. Tom has successfully negotiated favourable settlements in many instances well prior to trial, resulting in significantly reduced costs for his clients. He is an advocate for legal project management and the application of technology to streamline the delivery of litigation services.
Tom has extensive experience litigating before Australian courts on behalf of clients from a wide variety of industry groups, including the banking, construction, energy, financial services, FMCG, franchising, government, infrastructure, manufacturing, media, primary industry, professional services, resources, retail, technology and transport sectors.
Acting in commercial disputes involving the construction of commercial agreements and claims for breach of warranty, wrongful termination of contract, rectification, specific performance, rating and valuation of land and economic loss.
Acting for the responsible entity of an investment trust operating in the aged care services sector defending allegations of misappropriation of trust monies and responding to an investigation by ASIC, representing the managing director of a listed mining company in relation to an ASIC investigation into suspected contraventions of directors’ duties and provisions governing related party transactions, and acting for the majority shareholders of a private company in a proceeding before the Supreme Court of Victoria alleging oppression against a minority shareholder arising out of conduct interfering with the sale of a business.
Acting both for and against the ACCC in respect of numerous high profile enforcement actions arising under the anti-competitive and consumer protection provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act, in particular concerning cartel conduct, resale price maintenance and consumer protection, as well as in private litigation alleging contraventions of the Act.
Regularly acting for Government departments, agencies and statutory authorities, having represented the Victorian Departments of Treasury and Finance, Human Services and Sustainability and Environment, Victorian Managed Insurance Authority, Victoria Police, the Victorian Workcover Authority, VicRoads and various Commonwealth departments and agencies. Tom has extensive experience advising in relation to appearances before parliamentary inquiries.
Retained by legal and accounting firms to defend professional negligence claims against them.
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