Full Name: Anthony M Thomas
Phone:+61 3 9225 7095
Chambers: William Crockett Chambers
Room: 07XX
Date of Admission: 13 Mar 1998
Called to the Bar: 6 Apr 1998
Qualifications: BA; LL B (Hons)


Tony Thomas has a broad practice handling complex commercial & construction disputes, 'white collar' tax matters and commissions of inquiry. He has active chambers in Melbourne (Crockett) and Sydney (Blackstone) and a door tenancy in Brisbane (Level 18 at 239 George). 

Tony has appeared regularly in State and Territory Supreme Courts (Vic, NSW, QLD, SA, ACT), the Federal Court and in large international and domestic arbitrations. From June 2014 to October 2014, he was counsel for Public Transport Victoria and the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure in the first public hearings of IBAC. 

Tony has been recommended as a Leading Construction & Infrastructure Junior Counsel, New South Wales in Doyles Guide in 2017 and 2016. 

He can be contacted in chambers in Melbourne on (03) 9225 7777, in Sydney on (02) 9220 9899 or on his cell on 0412 397 950.


Commercial Litigation (construction & IP)

confidential arbitration

2012 - 2014 (Perth). Arbitration before the Hon. Neville Owen, Western Australia. $100+ construction dispute. Award pending.

Institute for Eye Research Pty Ltd v CooperVision Inc, in the matter of Biofinity contact lens.
2010 - 2012 (Sydney / San Francisco). International Court of Arbitration, 50+ technology dispute; heard in San Francisco. Counsel for Institute for Eye research Ltd, with Bryan Merryman of White and Case (Los Angeles office). Award in favour of Institute for Eye Research Ltd.

Brien Holden Vision Institute v CooperVision Inc, in the matter of the Avaira contact lens.
2011 - 2012 (Sydney / San Francisco). International Court of Arbitration. $20m+ technology dispute; counsel for Brien Holden Vision Institute, with Bryan Merryman of White & Case (Los Angeles). Settled.

Built Environs Pty Ltd v Saunders International Limited.
2009 - 2012 (Adelaide) $10m+ construction dispute; arbitration pursuant to order made by Supreme Court of South Australia & adoption hearing. See: Built Environs Pty Ltd v Saunders International Limited [2012] SASC 111

Vision CRC & Anor v CIBA Vision
2011 (Sydney / Dallas). $25m intellectual property dispute. Counsel for Vision CRC. Settled.

Downer EDI v Iluka Mining Pty Ltd
2008 - 2009 (Melbourne) $150m construction dispute; Supreme Court of Victoria. Junior counsel for Downer EDI. Settled.

Other matters:
In the matter of Montmartre Holding SA (recovery of proceeds of crime); briefed by Schellennberg Wittmer, Geneva. (2009 - 2011)

Walton Construction Pty Ltd v Bendigo Regional Institute of TAFE; construction dispute; settled.

White Collar Crime (tax fraud)

"Operation Wickenby" 2007 - 2014; counsel for confidential client group.

Public Law

Briefed as counsel for State Government departments and agencies (directly and through the Victorian Government Solicitor's Office) in various confidential matters.


In the matter of M.L-N(2013+); instructed by Madgwicks.

In the matter of Le Clerc (2011-2012); instructed by Simmons & Simmons LLP (London).

In the matter of de Figueiredo (2008-2010), with Appleby (Jersey).


Research Fellow, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne (1992-1995), based at Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies).

Senior Advisor, Department of Premier & Cabinet (Victoria) (1996-1997)


New South Wales v Bovis Lend Lease Pty Ltd (formerly Civil & Civic Pty Ltd) [2007] Aust Torts Reports 81-917

Unit 11 Pty Ltd v Sharpe Partners Pty Ltd [2006] 150 FCR 405

Egglishaw v Australian Crime Commission (No 3) (2009) 259 ALR 458

Egglishaw v Australian Crime Commission (No 2) (2009) 253 ALR 354; (2009) 71 ATR 570

Australian Crime Commission v Magistrates' Court of Victoria (2007) 173 A Crim R 572

A2 v Australian Crime Commission [2006] FCAFC 147; (2006) 155 FCR 456

Egglishaw v Australian Crime Commission (2006) 230 ALR 254; [2006] FCA 819

S v Australian Crime Commission [2006] FCAFC 5; (2006) 149 FCR 361; (2006) 226 ALR 619

B v Australian Crime Commission (2005) 225 ALR 117; (2005) 89 ALD 26; (2005) 61 ATR 449


The Law of Trade Secrets & Personal Secrets, 2nd Edition, Dean (2002 Thomson). Author of Chapter - "Freedom of Information".

A Governor for the Seventh State: Codifying the Reserve Powers in a Modern Constitutional Framework [1999] UWALasRw 15; (1999) 28(2) University of Western Australia Law Review 225


LLB (Hons)(Melb), BA (Melb)

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Areas of Practice


  • Building and Construction
  • Intellectual Property


  • Appellate
  • Proceeds of Crime/Money Laundering


Also Entitled to Practise in

  • Queensland
From 18 Jun 2009, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

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