Tom French
Partner, Perth
Tom specialises in commercial dispute resolution (including litigation, arbitration, and adjudication) in projects & construction, energy & resources, and professional practices.

He regularly advises principals, contractors, and engineers on project disputes, including in respect of infrastructure and construction on significant mining and resources projects in the Asia Pacific region and significant commercial projects in the Perth metropolitan area.

Tom has appeared in all superior courts in Western Australia and New South Wales, and the Federal Court and Full Federal Court of Australia, on appeals, trials, and interlocutory matters. He has also appeared in the High Court of Australia.

Career highlights

  • Representing a top tier contractor in arbitration proceedings in respect to a dispute arising out of the construction of infrastructure on a significant iron ore project in Western Australia;
  • Representing a national contractor in the Supreme Court of
    Western Australia in relaiton to disputes arising out of the construction of the Perth Children's Hospital;
  • Representing top tier contractors and developers in respect of disputes in the Supreme Court of
    Western Australia arising out of the construction of a significant commercial building in the Perth CBD;
  • Representing a top tier contractor in respect of disputes in the Supreme Court of
    Western Australia arising out of the construction of Optus Stadium;
  • Advising an international contractor in respect to disputes arising out of the construction of the Combined Cycle Power Plant on the Ichthys LNG Project;
  • Representing an international contractor in respect to a dispute in the Supreme Court of Western Australia arising out of the construction of a loading platform facility on the Wheatstone LNG Project;
  • Advising a large public oil and gas company in relation to the explosion of a pipeline feeding into Western Australia;
  • Appeared as counsel for a top tier national contractor in the Supreme Court of New South Wales in relation to a significant dispute involving the construction of a commercial strata complex;
  • Representing a principal in the Supreme Court of Western Australia relation to a professional indemnity claim on a mining production plant in Africa
  • Representing an insurer defending a professional indemnity claim in the Supreme Court of Western Australia against engineers in relation to the design of a mining production plant in the Dominican Republic;
  • Representing a contractor in arbitration proceedings arising out of a significant resource project in Queensland.
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