Tom Jarvis > Johnson Winter & Slattery > Melbourne, Australia > Lawyer Profile

Johnson Winter & Slattery

Work Department

Dispute Resolution, Competiiton/ Antitrust




Tom is a litigator, specialising in regulatory disputes, corporate and commercial litigation, competition, antitrust and administrative law.

Tom has acted in, and has successfully concluded, commercial and civil disputes for Government Departments, Agencies, GBE’s and statutory authorities, large corporations and major professional services firms, including matters that require a keen appreciation of political and cultural sensitivities and reputational risk.

Tom’s particular skill lies in the strategic management of protracted legal disputes – to pre-empt, resolve or litigate them. With nearly 30 years’ experience, Tom is well placed to identify the legal issues and commercial drivers behind a dispute and where possible, to formulate a strategy for the resolution of that dispute which aligns with the objectives of his client. Tom has successfully negotiated favourable settlements in many instances well prior to trial, resulting in significantly reduced costs for his clients. He is an advocate for legal project management and the application of technology to streamline the delivery of litigation services.

Tom has extensive experience litigating before Australian courts on behalf of clients from a wide variety of industry groups, including the banking, construction, energy, financial services, FMCG, franchising, government, infrastructure, manufacturing, media, primary industry, professional services, resources, retail, technology and transport sectors.


Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD)
Advisory Board Member (since 2011), Competition and Consumer Law Program, Melbourne University Law Masters
Competition and Consumer Committee of the Law Council of Australia
Federal Litigation Section of the Law Counsil of Australia


Bachelor of Laws, University of Adelaide
Bachelor of Economics, University of Adelaide
Admitted to the High Court of Australia, the Federal Court of Australia and the Supreme Courts of South Australia, Western Australia and New South Wales

Lawyer Rankings

Australia > Financial services regulatory

Johnson Winter & Slattery is highlighted for combining ‘robust knowledge and skill’ with ‘a personalised service’. Its expertise spans all aspects of financial services regulations and the regulatory regimes relevant to funds/superannuation funds. Austin Bell is active on the Financial Services Council and other bodies that consider regulatory reforms, in addition to guiding clients through regulatory regimes. Simon Haddy, who joined as a partner from Herbert Smith Freehills in 2019, advises corporates on the regulatory aspects of their transactions, and Tom Jarvis (in Melbourne) has acted for ASIC in high- profile cases.

Australia > Competition and trade

Led out of Sydney by Aldo Nicotra and Sar Katdare, Johnson Winter & Slattery’s competition and antitrust team ‘consistently delivers accurate advice’ across a wide-ranging scope of competition, regulatory and consumer law issues. The practice is particularly active in merger control matters and high-profile ACCC investigations. Further, the group is noted for its ability to handle referrals from Germany and Belgium due to the expertise of Melbourne-based special counsel Wolfgang Hellmann. Also based in Melbourne, Tom Jarvis is a standout practitioner in the contentious competition arena. The group expanded its offering in the investigations realm with the appointment of special counsel Andrew Willekes from Norton Rose Fulbright.

London > Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax

Watson Farley & Williams LLP advises on transactions, tax consultancy matters and disputes, with specialist expertise in the energy and transport sectors; advising ship lessees on complex high-value disputes with HMRC is a key area of focus. Richard Stephens has specialist maritime tax expertise and Tom Jarvis has a strong background in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Chris Kilburn heads up the corporate group services practice.

London > Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m)

Energy, healthcare, and real estate are sector specialisms for the private equity team at Watson Farley & Williams LLP. The practice is active advising on investments, acquisitions and disposals in these areas, working alongside the firm’s tax, projects and regulatory practices to service clients. Practice head Chris Kilburn focuses on the energy sector, including renewable energy. Andy Savage handles both UK and cross-border transactions, particularly in Africa; elsewhere, Tom Jarvis is noted for his work on the tax structuring of transactions.