Tony Thomas

Contact Details

Phone: (03) 9225 7095
Mobile: 0412 397 950
Fax: (03) 9078 2670
Clerk: Foleys List

Mr. Thomas has a broad commercial law and white collar crime practice.  He appears in commissions of inquiry (IBAC and the like), State Supreme Courts (particularly NSW and Victoria) and in international arbitrations.  For the past 7 years, he has continuously represented offshore and onshore clients who have been targeted by "Project Wickenby"(ATO, ACC, AFP, AUSTRAC).

Areas of Expertise

  • White collar crime
  • Extradition
  • Commercial litigation (Construction & IP)
  • Taxation

Professional Background


White Collar Crime (tax)

"Operation Wickenby" 2007 - 2014; counsel for confidential offshore client group, with Schellenberg Wittmer (EU), Quinn Emanuel (Washington DC) and Colin Biggers & Paisley (Sydney).

'Project Wickenby' (2014-); counsel for confidential on & offshore client group, instructed by Colin Biggers & Paisley (Sydney)

In the matter of Montmartre Holding SA (recovery of proceeds of crime); briefed by Schellennberg Wittmer, Geneva. (2009 - 2011)


In the matter of M N-L (2013+); instructed by Madgwicks).

In the matter of Le Clerc (2011-2012); instructed by Simmons & Simmons LLP (London).

In the matter of de Figueiredo (2008-2010), with Appleby (Jersey).

Commercial Litigation (construction & IP)

Austrian Energy (AE&E Australia Pty Ltd, in liq) v Sino Iron Pty Ltd
2012 - 2014 (Perth). Arbitration before the Hon. Neville Owen, Western Australia. $100+ construction dispute, with Simpkins SC. Award pending.

Institute for Eye Research Pty Ltd v CooperVision Inc, in the matter of Biofinity contact lens.
2010 - 2012 (Sydney / San Francisco). International Court of Arbitration, 50+ technology dispute; heard in San Francisco. Counsel for Institute for Eye research Ltd, with Bryan Merryman of White and Case (Los Angeles office). Award in favour of Institute for Eye Research Ltd.

Brien Holden Vision Institute v CooperVision Inc, in the matter of the Avaira contact lens.
2011 - 2012 (Sydney / San Francisco). International Court of Arbitration. $20m+ technology dispute; counsel for Brien Holden Vision Institute, with Bryan Merryman of White & Case (Los Angeles). Settled.

Built Environs Pty Ltd v Saunders International Limited.
2009 - 2012 (Adelaide) $10m+ construction dispute; arbitration pursuant to order made by Supreme Court of South Australia & adoption hearing, with Dempsey SC. See: Built Environs Pty Ltd v Saunders International Limited [2012] SASC 111

Vision CRC & Anor v CIBA Vision
2011 (Sydney / Dallas). $25m intellectual property dispute. Counsel for Vision CRC. Settled.

Downer EDI v Iluka Mining Pty Ltd
2008 - 2009 (Melbourne) $150m construction dispute; Supreme Court of Victoria. Junior counsel for Downer EDI, with Rudge SC. Settled.

Public Law

Briefed as counsel for State Government departments and agencies (directly and through the Victorian Government Solicitor's Office) in various confidential matters.