Senior Solicitor
LLB (Hons), BA

Current practice

Tom has a broad civil litigation practice representing Victoria Police, government departments, office holders, and ministers. 

Tom's practice focuses on litigation in areas including: 

  • common law tort claims;

  • contracts litigation and recoveries;

  • subpoenas, discovery, and other interlocutory civil procedure disputes;

  • inquests in the Coroner's Court of Victoria;

  • examinations in the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission;

  • policing and Sheriff's matters; and

  • supervision orders under the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1997.

Experience

Tom has worked at VGSO since 2016, where he has specialised in litigated civil disputes and inquests. His experience has included acting in:

  • common law personal injury claims in the context of policing and corrections;

  • the Operation Ross public examinations of police conduct in the Ballarat area before IBAC;

  • reviews and applications pertaining to supervision orders under the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1997;

  • a Coroner's Court inquest into a double homicide;

  • applications for writs of habeas corpus; and

  • applications for, and objections to, orders for discovery and subpoenas.

Before coming to VGSO, Tom worked as an articled clerk and then practiced as a solicitor in a private commercial firm, primarily in litigated tort and insurance disputes. Tom later worked on commercial consultancy projects as a contracts manager at University College London, which involved setting up projects, budgeting, drafting and negotiating contracts, and resolving disputes. 

Memberships and professional associations

  • Law Institute of Victoria 

  • Institute of Public Administration Australia