Tom Silvester is of counsel in the Darwin project office, practicing in the International Dispute Resolution Practice Group. Tom’s dispute resolution practice includes a strong focus in the areas of “back end” construction across a variety of industries including public infrastructure and civil works, oil and gas and major projects.

    Tom’s other dispute resolution practice areas include:
    • Security of payments;
    • Administrative law;
    • Contracts;
    • Debt recovery;
    • Negligence;
    • Insolvency; 
    • Industrial relations; and 
    • Workers' compensation. 
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    • Acting for a civil construction company in respect of a series of delay and consequential loss claims and liquidated damages counter claims against a Statutory Body in relation to a civil works upgrade project in remote Northern Territory. Tom provided assistance in contract administration, claims management and securing payment via adjudication to put its client in a position to secure a successful outcome.
    • Acting for a construction contractor in multiple security of payment adjudications and court litigation relating to the construction of a marine supply base.
    • Acting for government and contractors in respect of multiple security of payment adjudications and subsequent judicial review applications in the Supreme Court.
    • Acting on behalf of a construction company in its defence of alleged right of entry contraventions under the Fair Work Act (Cth) in the Federal Court of Australia. 
    • Acting on behalf of the Minister for Lands, Planning and the Environment and the Attorney-General of the Northern Territory in respect of a judicial review application to quash the Minister’s decision to issue an exceptional development permit for the development of a shopping centre. Decision recorded as Joondanna Investments Pty Ltd v the Minister for Lands Planning and the Environment & Anor [2014] NTSC 58.    
    • Advising an insurer in relation to workers compensation claims management and policy.
    • Acting for administrators in the administration of insolvent companies.


    • Australian National University, Graduate Diploma, Legal Practice, 2010
    • Charles Darwin University, Bachelor of Laws, 2010


    • Northern Territory, 2010
    • High Court of Australia, 2010
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