Admitted to practice 2004


Thomas McFarlane is an experienced litigator, with a broad practice in commercial, civil, public law and appellate matters.

He has a particular focus upon large scale and complex disputes, including in the areas of contract, corporations, insolvency, construction, professional negligence, trusts and estates. He regularly appears in the Federal and Supreme Courts and various arbitral and other tribunals.

Thomas joined the independent bar in 2020, following an extended period in private practice, including most recently as Principal at Lipman Karas (now LK Law) in Adelaide. He commenced his career as an Associate to the Honourable Chief Justice Robert French AC, during his Honour’s time as a justice of the Federal Court of Australia, before working in large firms in Perth and London.

Thomas’ tertiary qualifications include an Honours Degree in Law (First Class), a Bachelor of Arts (International Relations) and a Master of Arts by thesis (International Law), all from Flinders University. In 2018, he was admitted as an Attorney in New York.


A detailed CV is available upon request.

Professional Memberships

  • South Australian Bar Association
  • Australian Restructuring and Turnaround Association (ARITA)
  • INSOL International

Practice Areas

  • Civil and Commercial
  • Public Law
  • Appellate
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Banking and Finance
  • Bankruptcy and Commercial Insolvency
  • Building and Construction
  • Commercial Arbitration
  • Competition and Market Conduct
  • Consumer Protection and Trade Practices
  • Construction, Projects and Infrastructure
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Corporations
  • Equity
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • Insurance
  • Partnerships
  • Professional Negligence / Liability
  • Real Property
  • Restraint of Trade
  • Securities and Investments
Common Law
  • Appellate
  • Conflict of Laws / Choice of Law
Criminal Law
  • Appellate
  • Appellate
  • Inheritance Family Provision
  • Real Property
  • Trusts
  • Wills and Estates
Family Law
  • Appellate
  • Property
Public Law
  • Appellate
  • Administrative Law and Judicial Review
  • Commissions and Other Inquiries
  • Local Government, Planning and Environment