Tom O’Brien

Date of admission to the Bar


Tom is a leading commercial junior counsel, university medallist and former High Court associate.

He acts for leading individuals, companies and partnerships including, Mrs Gina Rinehart, Mr James Packer, CBA, Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd, Consolidated Press Holdings Ltd, Deutsche Bank, Telstra, Asciano, Aurizon, Colgate, Foxtel, Suncorp, UGL and KPMG. He has appeared for various governments, governmental bodies and sporting organisations, including the State of New South Wales, the Insurance Commission of Western Australia (in the Bell litigation), Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, V8 Supercars, and Godolphin.

He regularly appears unled in various courts and arbitrations and recently appeared unled in an ICC arbitration in Paris, successfully defending a claim brought against his clients in relation to an oil pipeline in Iran.

A selected list of Tom’s reported appearances is contained in his CV which can be downloaded below.

Tom accepts briefs in all areas, including:

  • Administrative & public law
  • Appellate practice
  • Arbitration
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial & corporate law
  • Constitutional law
  • Equity
  • Insolvency & bankruptcy
  • Professional liability
  • Public & private international law
  • Real property

Masters of Laws (Sydney University)
Bachelor of Laws (University Medal) (Macq)
Bachelor of Arts (Macq)

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F: + 612 9232 7626
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