As a barrister of more than 40 years standing, Thomas has had the privilege of appearing as counsel in landmark cases in various branches of the law in all the courts of Malaysia, including the Privy Council in London, which was Malaysia‚Äôs highest court until 1985. Thomas has had more than 150 reported cases and countless unreported cases. He has been singled out consistently and regularly as one of Malaysia‚Äôs leading litigation lawyers by independent international publications such as The Asia Pacific Legal 500, Which Lawyer, Who‚Äôs Who Legal (The International Who‚Äôs Who of Business Lawyers), Commercial Litigation Lawyers of Asia and Chambers Asia.
‚ÄúWidely regarded as one of the top lawyers in the country.‚ÄĚ
Chambers Asia Pacific
In the corporate field, he has appeared in Company, Liquidation, Receivership and Insolvency matters. In the commercial sphere, he has acted in Banking, Hire Purchase, Contract, Intellectual Property, Sale of Goods, Wills, Trusts and Land Law cases. Thomas has appeared in complex litigation involving bonds and other sophisticated financial instruments. In Public Law, Thomas specialises in constitutional and administrative law cases. He has also been very active in statutory interpretation disputes ranging from petroleum, asset management, securities law and local government.
‚ÄúHe will be the cream at the top, strategic, clever,‚ÄĚ says a peer.
‚ÄúWe appear together often and I think highly of him.‚ÄĚ
Thomas has acted in ground-breaking high profile litigation involving two State Governments in relation to their off shore oil and gas claims. He has also acted for two other State Governments in constitutional and judicial review disputes. He has represented regulatory authorities as lead counsel in their complicated civil litigation matters at the apex court. Thomas is regularly consulted by other law firms and appointed senior counsel in their litigation. He often appears as lead counsel for the Malaysian Bar in intricate and controversial cases.
‚ÄúTommy Thomas has an excellent
based on success in some of Malaysia‚Äôs most significant court cases in recent years.‚ÄĚ
The Legal 500
He is presently involved in the largest litigation arising out of the ill-fated MH 370 disappearance in 2014, the trial of which will commence in the High Court at Kuala Lumpur.
‚ÄúTommy Thomas has always been there. He is a strong advocate and counsel,‚ÄĚ says one competitor‚ÄĚ
He was a member of the Bar Council for over a decade. He was Editor of its publication, Insaf from 1984 to 1987 and Secretary in 1995-1997.
‚ÄúPeers have frequently used the word ‚Äėfantastic‚Äô
when describing his expertise.‚ÄĚ
Thomas regards himself as a social scientist, having abiding interests in economics, politics and history. He has written extensively and presented papers on these subjects at various fora. He has published 2 books of essays on these subjects.
‚ÄúTommy is the king. He has an unparalleled combination
of skills, knowledge and sense, which enables him to remain a top dog,‚Äô notes one competitor.‚ÄĚ