Trevor Thomas

Trevor is an engineer and lawyer and has worked on some of the most significant construction and infrastructure projects in Australia and abroad.

In addition to being a partner at HWL Ebsworth, he teaches Construction Law at the University of Melbourne and is widely published in domestic and international journals. His articles have been cited with approval in a number of Supreme Court and Court of Appeal cases.

He was the inaugural winner of the Brooking Prize (Society of Construction Law Australia), the inaugural winner of the Tom Yuncken Award (Law Council of Australia), two high commendations for the Hudson Prize (Society of Construction Law UK) and runner up for the Normal Royce Prize (Society of Construction Arbitrators UK).


Trevor’s recent experience includes advising:

  • National Broadband Network – Fixed Line Rollout: headed a project to develop, negotiate and execute all of the new, performance based, construction contracts for the entire fixed line rollout of the nbn, valued at over $5 billion. He also settled contractual claims of over $100 million with 5 construction companies related to a number of legacy nbn contracts;
  • National Broadband Network – Telstra HFC Network: the lead negotiator for NBN Co negotiating the terms of the acquisition, migration and development of the HFC network. This involved a total programme of work of approximately $6.5 billion;
  • Melbourne Airport – Runway Development Program: the lead negotiator for the development of a third runway at Melbourne Airport. This is being procured pursuant to a managing contractor contract with a novated design consultant. This represents a very significant investment by Melbourne Airport;
  • OSARs PPP: for the Broadspectrum / Amey joint venture on the Outer Suburban Arterial Roads PPP. The JV was a subcontractor for part of the design and construct package and was the main contractor for the 20 year maintenance package. The $1.8 billion project is being delivered as an availability PPP;
  • Fortescue Metals Group: for FMG on various EPC Contracts for the development of the Cloudbreak and Christmas Creek mines and the Solomon Hub site; and
  • Port of Melbourne – Victoria International Container Terminal: VICT was appointed by the Port of Melbourne in 2014 to design, construct and operate Australia’s first fully automated container terminal. Trevor acted for VICT in the negotiation of these contracts with the Port of Melbourne.

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