Tom is a former engineer who ran his own construction company for over 20 years, completing many projects in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors, before entering the legal profession.
Tom has a wide range of experience in handling commercial disputes with a focus on construction and engineering. His wealth of practical business experience coupled with his knowledge of engineering and construction give him a significant advantage in dealing with disputes.
He is a capable advocate and has often acted as counsel for clients, both in formal court hearings and in negotiations. He is a strong supporter of alternative forms of dispute resolution and his ability to quickly cut to the essential issues of a dispute and to make an assessment of the likely outcome has resulted in the early and cost effective resolution of many disputes. He is a trained mediator and his engineering and construction background assist him in bringing parties in conflict to sensible and commercial resolutions of disputes in these areas.
Tom is a regular contributor to the Australian Construction Law Journal and has been teaching contract management to contractors and Government departments since 2000. Tom’s book on Construction Law was rewritten in 2013 and forms the basis for courses in the management of construction contracts that Fenwick Elliott Grace has presented in various States across Australia.
Construction & Engineering, Commercial Dispute Resolution, Environment and Planning, Administrative Law
Bachelor of Engineering
Graduate Diploma in Property
Bachelor of Laws (Honours – 1st class)
Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
Law Society of South Australia
Law Society Northern Territory