Thomas Liu
Thomas Liu

Thomas practices in all areas of public law, commercial law and criminal law.

Thomas frequently appears in public law and commercial matters in the Federal Court, Supreme Court of NSW, Federal Circuit Court, Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Fair Work Commission, and various other state courts and tribunals. He has particular expertise in matters involving public entities such as economic regulators, revenue authorities, government agencies, state owned enterprises, and local councils. His commercial experience includes acting in disputes for listed companies (such as NAB, PwC, AVJennings), private companies, and group members in representative proceedings.

Thomas also acts in criminal law matters and is on the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions external junior counsel panel.

Prior to joining the Bar, Thomas worked as a solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills and Clayton Utz. As a solicitor he primarily worked on matters involving tax disputes (Federal and State), corporate regulation, representative proceedings, insolvency and administrative law. Thomas was also a legal officer in the human rights section of Legal Aid NSW where he worked on public interest litigation.

Thomas was previously the Associate to Justice Buchanan in the Federal Court of Australia. He speaks fluent Chinese (Mandarin).


  • Admitted to the New South Wales Bar: 2017
  • Admitted as a Solicitor in New South Wales: 2013


  • LLM (Cambridge) 2016
  • BInSt / LLB (Hons) (UNSW) 2012
  • Georgetown University - Bachelor of International Studies (OSP)
  • Presentation on ‘Assessing Damages and Other Remedies’, Litigation Section Seminar at Holding Redlich, Sydney, 23 November 2017.
  • Paper on ‘Republicanism and the Rule of Law’, Emerging Research Seminar Series, Christ’s College, Cambridge, 29 April 2016 .
  • Paper on ‘Section 570 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) and Protection from Costs’ – Presented at the Federal Court Judges’ Conference, Brisbane, 19 March 2015.