William Thomas practises primarily in commercial, construction, insurance and maritime law.

Cases in which Will has been briefed include:

  • A substantial dispute over amounts payable under a share sale agreement, involving claims for misleading or deceptive conduct, breaches of directors’ duties and knowing receipt of trust property: Flash Lighting Company Ltd v Australian Kunqian International Energy Co Pty Ltd [2018] VSC 711 (Led by Tim Margetts QC, instructed by Baker McKenzie)


  • The first trial of claims in Victoria concerning combustible aluminium cladding, arising from the fire at the Lacrosse building in Melbourne in November 2014: Owners Corporation No 1 PS613436T v L U Simon Builders Pty Ltd [2018] VCAT 286 (Led by David Curtain QC, instructed by Wotton + Kearney)


  • A successful application to stay a proceeding pending the outcome of a related arbitration, in the context of a claim under a warranty and indemnity insurance policy: UDP Holdings Pty Ltd v Ironshore Corporate Capital Ltd (2016) 51 VR 60; [2016] VSC 400 (Led by Wendy Harris QC, instructed by Norton Rose Fulbright Australia)


  • A successful defence against an application under the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 (Cth) concerning alleged unlawful interception of emails: Morad v El-Ashey [2017] FCA 1136 (Unled, instructed by Pearsons Lawyers)


  • An arbitration under the Rules of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) involving subrogated claims arising from a recall of defective products (Led by Tim Margetts QC, instructed by Wotton + Kearney)


Before coming to the Bar, Will was a solicitor at Allens in the commercial litigation group and an associate to a judge of the Federal Court of Australia.

Will holds a Bachelor of Laws with first class honours from the University of Melbourne, as well as a Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma in Modern Languages in Japanese. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb).

Click here to view Will's CV, which includes a list of selected appearances.

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Chambers: Room 1226
Owen Dixon Chambers West
525 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne 3000

Practice Areas

Merit Appeals
Civil Appeals
Commercial Law
Transport Law
International Commercial Law
Asia Practice
Banking & Finance
Bankruptcy Law & Insolvency Law
Building Law & Construction Law
Civil Procedure Law
Class Actions
Competition Law & Consumer Law
Contractual Disputes
Corporations Law & Securities Law
Insurance Law & Professional Negligence Law
Common Law
Workers Compensation
Insurance Law
Equity & Trusts
Real Property
Powers of Attorney
International Law
Choice of Law / Jurisdiction
Conflict of Laws
Private International Law
Professional Negligence
Public Law & Administrative Law
Transport Law
Admiralty Law / Maritime Law


Admitted to the Legal Profession:
12 Nov 2013
Signed Victorian Bar Roll:
05 May 2016


LLB (Hons), BA, Dip Mod Lang (Japanese) (Melb)

Also Entitled to Practise in

All Australian States and Jurisdictions