Tom Barry practises in commercial, regulatory and public law. 

He acts regularly in high profile disputes arising from complex transactions and major infrastructure projects. 

He is recognised for his business acumen and ability to apply the law to commercial and financial dealings.

Tom acted recently for:

  • The State of Victoria, a State entity, a Department Secretary and a Minister in proceedings in the Supreme Court of Victoria and the Victorian Court of Appeal challenging a major transport project;
  • The world’s largest privately owned corporation in a 111 day Supreme Court trial involving allegations of misleading or deceptive conduct and breach of warranties in a AUD$420m business sale; and
  • The Commonwealth of Australia in successful Federal Court proceedings involving the proper construction of an Airport Lease. 

Prior to coming to the Bar, Tom was a Senior Lawyer at Gilbert + Tobin and a Senior Associate at Corrs Chambers Westgarth.  

Recent experience

Recent matters Tom has acted in include:

Other experience

Before coming to the Bar, Tom was the lead senior lawyer of teams in high profile matters including:

  • for Bainbridge Grill'd in shareholder oppression proceedings in 2016 relating to Grill'd;
  • for the State of Victoria to bring the East West Link project to an end in 2015; 
  • for Asahi in Federal Court proceedings involving claims of misleading or deceptive conduct and breach of warranties in a business sale which settled in 2014 for NZ$220m to Asahi; and
  • for Mirvac Limited in the Trade Union Royal Commission in 2015 and, separately, in the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry in 2011 and 2012.  

Tom is the Chair of an aged care facility for residents with a background in homelessness, and has sat on not for profit boards and sub-committees since 2011.  He lectured economics at the University of Melbourne in 2007 and 2008 and tutored law at Newman College and economics at five residential colleges as an undergraduate. 

Tom has a Master of Laws from Melbourne University, specialising in tax and competition law subjects.

Tom read with Dr Catherine Button QC and his senior mentor was Charles Scerri QC.

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PH +61 3 +61 3 9225 7309
Email [email protected]

Chambers: Room 3111
Aickin Chambers
200 Queen Street
Melbourne 3000

Practice Areas

Alternative Dispute Resolution
Civil Appeals
Commercial Law
Transport Law
Class Actions
Property & Probate
Banking & Finance
Bankruptcy Law & Insolvency Law
Building Law & Construction Law
Competition Law & Consumer Law
Contractual Disputes
Corporations Law & Securities Law
Insurance Law & Professional Negligence Law
Common Law
Energy Law & Resources Law
Equity & Trusts
Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions
Royal Commissions
Professional Negligence
Property & Probate
Land Valuations
Land Acquisition
Public Law & Administrative Law
Tax Law & Revenue Law


Admitted to the Legal Profession:
11 Dec 2007
Signed Victorian Bar Roll:
04 May 2017


BComm, LLB (Hons) (Melb); LLM (Melb)