David Thomas


David Thomas

2005 Law Scholar

Scholarship biography (at time of award)

David Thomas graduated equal first in his class of 276 from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours and a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours. He earned several awards including University Medals in both of his degrees. After graduation, David worked as a Solicitor with Mallesons Stephen Jaques and as Associate to Justice William Gummow AC.

David was awarded the Scholarship to complete a BCL at Magdalen College, University of Oxford.

Studied at: University of Oxford

Current Biography

David appears across Australia in complex commercial, corporate, revenue, trade practices and constitutional matters. He has appeared in High Court appeals in each of these areas.

Clients for which David has acted include 20 banks in Australia’s largest commercial dispute (the Bell litigation), NAB in market misconduct proceedings concerning the Bank Bill Swap Rate, Woolworths in arbitral proceedings concerning its Masters business, the Rinehart children in trust litigation against Gina Rinehart, Multiplex in landmark class action proceedings, the ATO in fraud proceedings against Mrs Radhika Oswal, Mr John Kinghorn in proceedings against ICAC, and the Commonwealth in constitutional cases concerning the mining and carbon taxes.

David regularly appears unled against Senior Counsel, at both trial and on appeal.

David has been recognized in Best Lawyers in Australia, Doyle’s Guide to Leading Barristers (both NSW and Australia-wide) and Who’s Who Legal.

David was awarded University Medals in both Law and History at University of Sydney. David subsequently received a BCL (with Distinction) from the University of Oxford, while holding the Menzies Memorial Scholarship in Law.

Prior to coming to the Bar, David was Associate to Justice Gummow at the High Court of Australia and a solicitor at Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons) in Sydney.

Scholarship Year: 2005

Fields of Interest

Civil Law, Law