Ian Thomas

Ian  Thomas


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Solicitor, England and Wales 1993
Solicitor and barrister, South Australia and High Court of Australia 2010

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Academic Qualifications

University of Cambridge (First Class Honours in Law) 1987 - 1990

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation
    • Professional Liability Law
    • Wills and Estates
  • Commercial Litigation
    • Banking Finance & Securities Law
    • Commercial Law - General
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Contractual Disputes
    • Corporations and Securities Law
    • Equity and Trusts
    • Insolvency, Bankruptcy and Liquidation Law
    • Partnership disputes
    • Professional Negligence and Tortious Claims other than Personal Injury
    • Trade Practices and Competition Law


Professional Experience

1993 - 1997 Solicitor, Veale Wasbrough, Bristol, UK
1997 - 2008

Allen & Overy LLP, London, UK.  Senior Associate and then Counsel and Head of the Partnership Office.

2008 - 2011

Finlaysons, Adelaide.  Overseas lawyers and then Special Counsel following admission in South Australia.

2011 - 2014 Partner, Finlaysons, Adelaide
2014 - 2016 Barrister, Edmund Barton Chambers, Adelaide
2016 Barrister, Bar Chambers, Adelaide

Recent Experience

  • Junior counsel in trial of dispute concerning rights to sell the minerals produced by a joint venture (Supreme Court, led by Alan Archibald QC and Brendon Roberts SC)
  • Junior counsel in pending appeal concerning duties of voluntary administrator and liquidator (Supreme Court, led by Mark Hoffmann QC)
  • Junior counsel in significant dispute concerning quality and fitness of industrial equipment (Supreme Court, led by Tom Cox SC, settled at mediation)
  • Counsel in trials in District and Magistrates Courts
  • Counsel for UK liquidators of Astra Resources Ltd, as interveners in ASIC v Astra Resources Ltd (Federal Court)
  • Counsel on various interlocutory matters in Federal, Supreme, District and Magistrates Courts

Examples of recent publications and seminars

An introduction to financial services litigation, Law Society of South Australia (June 2014)

Recovery of payments made by mistake, Law Society of South Australia Bulletin (July 2014)

Conflicts of interest: an in-house perspective, Legalwise Seminars (November 2014)

Proportionate liability: Where are we now? Legalwise Seminars (March 2015)

Proportionate liability (with Brendon Roberts SC), for South Australian Bar Association annual conference (October 2015)

Damages for breach of commercial contracts, for South Australian Bar Association (December 2015)