Tom Barry practises in corporate, commercial and tax law, including competition, insolvency, regulatory and administrative law matters. 

Tom has particular experience in litigation arising from complex transactions, M&A, corporate disclosure, warranty and indemnity insurance, directors’ duties and shareholder disputes as well as matters of contractual or legislative interpretation.  He is recognised for his ability to apply the law to situations involving accounting, economic, financial or valuation evidence.

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

Tom has 10 years experience as a solicitor and was the leader of teams in high profile matters including:

  • for the Bainbridge shareholders in oppression proceedings in 2016 regarding Grill’d;
  • for the State of Victoria to bring the East West Link project to an end in 2015; and
  • for Asahi in Federal Court proceedings which settled in 2014 for NZ$220m to Asahi.

Tom has sat on not for profit boards and subcommittees 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 will complete his final subject of a Master of Laws at the University of Melbourne in 2017 having specialised in tax and competition law.

Tom is reading with Dr Catherine Button and his senior mentor is Charles Scerri QC.

Selection of recent matters

Matters in which Tom acted as the lead senior lawyer before coming to the Bar include:   

  • Acted for the Bainbridge parties in Bainbridge Grill'd Pty Ltd v Simon Crowe; Federal Court Proceeding VID581/2016 (9 day trial in November 2016);
  • Acted for the Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development in disputes arising from the terms of airport leases granted by the Commonwealth;
  • Acted for Cargill in Cargill Australia Limited v Viterra Malt Pty Ltd; Supreme Court of Victoria S ECI 2014 000146;
  • Acted for the Commonwealth Department of Health in Epworth Foundation v Megan Keaney; Federal Court Proceeding VID265/2015 (settled);
  • Acted for the State of Victoria through the Department of Premier and Cabinet to bring the East West Link Project to an end in 2015;
  • Acted for and advised various publicly listed corporations, government and private clients in further disputes, including for the interests of Spotless, Wesfarmers, Rio Tinto, the Commonwealth Department of Health, Orica and Orora.

Tom has also acted as a solicitor on large commercial transactions and M&A both at the front end and in subsequent disputes, including:

  • Acted for KordaMentha in respect of the sale of the Timbercorp forestry assets and subsequent disputes.

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PH +61 3 9225 7309

Chambers: Room 3821
Ninian Stephen Chambers
140 William Street
Melbourne 3000

Practice Areas

Civil Appeals
Securities and Investments
Real Property
Professional Liability
Corporations Law
Corporate Insolvency
Consumer Protection Law
Contractual Disputes
Building and Construction
Environment and Planning
Valuation of land rating and tax appeals
Compulsory acquisition of land compensation
Commissions and other inquiries
Judicial Review and administrative law


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


BComm, LLB (Hons) (Melb)