William Thomas specialises in commercial law.
His practice includes arbitration, corporate, construction, insurance, shipping and other commercial disputes.
Before coming to the Bar, Will was a solicitor at Allens in the commercial litigation group. He was also an Associate at the Federal Court of Australia. He is a reporter for the Federal Court Reports and the Federal Law Reports.
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).
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UDP Holdings Pty Ltd v Ironshore Corporate Capital Ltd (2016) 51 VR 60;  VSC 400 (Supreme Court of Victoria, 2016) – Successful application to stay a proceeding in the Supreme Court of Victoria pending the outcome of a related arbitration. Led by Wendy Harris QC, instructed by Norton Rose Fulbright Australia.
Arbitration under the Rules of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (Singapore, 2017) – Commercial arbitration in relation to liability arising from a recall of defective products. Led by Tim Margetts QC, instructed by Wotton + Kearney.
Flash Lighting Company Ltd v Australian Kunqian International Energy Co Ltd (Supreme Court of Victoria, 2017-18) – Trial in relation to alleged breaches of directors' duties, accessorial liability, breach of trust and knowing receipt under Barnes v Addy. Judgment reserved. Led by Tim Margetts QC, instructed by Baker McKenzie.
Owners Corporation No 1 PS613436T v L U Simon Builders Pty Ltd (Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, 2018) – Ongoing dispute concerning claims arising from the cladding fire at the Lacrosse Building in November 2014. Led by David Curtain QC, instructed by Wotton + Kearney.
Easton Builders Pty Ltd v Glyndon Developments Pty Ltd (Building and Property)  VCAT 850 (Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, 2016) – Application for security for costs in a domestic building dispute. Led by Robert Craig, instructed by Gadens.
M A & J Tripodi Pty Ltd v Swan Hill Chemicals Pty Ltd  VCC 526 (County Court of Victoria, 2016-18) – Trial of claims concerning product liability, professional negligence and damages for loss of opportunity. Led by Tim Margetts QC, instructed by Wotton + Kearney.
Victorian Workcover Authority v Braid Logistics Australia Pty Ltd (Supreme Court of Victoria, 2016-18) – Ongoing workers' compensation claim arising out of injury allegedly sustained in handling shipping containers. Led by Michael Thompson QC and Matthew Harvey, instructed by Norton White.
Country Fire Authority v Hmood Al Ali Al Khalaf Trading (Federal Court of Australia, 2017-18) – Dispute concerning statutory charges levied against a shipowner for attending to extinguish a fire on a vessel. Settled before trial. Led by Matthew Harvey, instructed by AusShip Lawyers.
Director of Public Prosecutions (Tas) v LD Shipping Pty Ltd & Others (Magistrates' Court of Tasmania, 2017-18) – Ongoing regulatory prosecution alleging contraventions of the Animal Welfare Act 1993 (Tas) arising from the alleged death of livestock during a sea voyage across Bass Strait. Unled, instructed by HFW.
Swan Hill Chemicals Pty Ltd v MA & J Tripodi Pty Ltd  VSCA 264 (Supreme Court of Victoria, Court of Appeal, 2016) – Appeal from a discretionary decision by a judge granting leave to amend a statement of claim at the end of a trial. Led by Tim Margetts QC, instructed by Wotton + Kearney.
Falaras v Gouletsas  VSC 495 (Supreme Court of Victoria, 2017) – Application for leave to appeal from a decision of VCAT seeking to set aside a consent order on jurisdictional grounds. Unled, instructed by Aitken Partners.
Morad v El-Ashey  FCA 1136 (Federal Court of Australia, 2017) – Application for relief in relation to alleged breaches of the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 (Cth). Unled, instructed by Pearsons Lawyers.
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Banking & Finance
Bankruptcy Law & Insolvency Law
Building Law & Construction Law
Civil Procedure Law
Competition Law & Consumer Law
Corporations Law & Securities Law
Insurance Law & Professional Negligence Law
International Commercial Law
Equity & Trusts
Powers of Attorney
Choice of Law / Jurisdiction
Conflict of Laws
Private International 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