Simon Thomas


Barrister

Admitted:
17 Apr 2007
Bar:
22 Oct 2020
Location:
Room 2204, Owen Dixon Chambers West,
525 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, 3000
Call Foley’s on 03 9225 7777 to discuss availability
PROFILE

Simon has a broad practice and currently accepts briefs in all areas, with a particular focus on administrative, regulatory, criminal and quasi-criminal matters. He has 15 years’ experience advising on and appearing in proceedings before Victorian and international courts and tribunals.

Simon has appeared in judicial review and merits review proceedings, and has defended and prosecuted disciplinary and regulatory matters, including investigations into corruption, fraud, bribery, and corporate crime. He has also participated in judicial, governmental and regulatory inquiries, including in commissions, inquests, and boards of inquiry.

Immediately prior to coming to the Bar, Simon was Senior Associate to the Honourable Justice Taylor of the Supreme Court of Victoria. He was involved in her Honour’s work in complex trials, plea hearings and appeals, as well as in matters involving judicial review. Before that, Simon was a lawyer with the United Nations for 10 years, based in New York, Afghanistan, and Paris. He acted as counsel for the Secretary-General in litigation and arbitration in administrative, human rights, criminal, commercial, and tort law matters. He has also been the lead advisor on specific investigations to the former Chief Justice of Tanzania and Chief of Prosecutions of the Rwandan War Crimes Tribunal.

Simon is also admitted to the Bar in New York and holds law degrees from Monash University and the University of Melbourne, for which he has received scholarships and honours respectively. He has a long history of volunteering and is on the Executive Committee of the International Commission of Jurists (Victoria).

Simon is reading with Raelene Sharp and his Senior Mentor is Peter Gray QC.

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AREAS OF PRACTICE

Criminal Law
Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions
International Law
Public Law & Administrative Law

Profile1

Simon has a broad practice and currently accepts briefs in all areas, with a particular focus on administrative, regulatory, criminal and quasi-criminal matters. He has 15 years’ experience advising on and appearing in proceedings before Victorian and international courts and tribunals.

Simon has appeared in judicial review and merits review proceedings, and has defended and prosecuted disciplinary and regulatory matters, including investigations into corruption, fraud, bribery, and corporate crime. He has also participated in judicial, governmental and regulatory inquiries, including in commissions, inquests, and boards of inquiry.

Immediately prior to coming to the Bar, Simon was Senior Associate to the Honourable Justice Taylor of the Supreme Court of Victoria. He was involved in her Honour’s work in complex trials, plea hearings and appeals, as well as in matters involving judicial review. Before that, Simon was a lawyer with the United Nations for 10 years, based in New York, Afghanistan, and Paris. He acted as counsel for the Secretary-General in litigation and arbitration in administrative, human rights, criminal, commercial, and tort law matters. He has also been the lead advisor on specific investigations to the former Chief Justice of Tanzania and Chief of Prosecutions of the Rwandan War Crimes Tribunal.

Simon is also admitted to the Bar in New York and holds law degrees from Monash University and the University of Melbourne, for which he has received scholarships and honours respectively. He has a long history of volunteering and is on the Executive Committee of the International Commission of Jurists (Victoria).

Simon is reading with Raelene Sharp and his Senior Mentor is Peter Gray QC.