Tom Johnston is the founder and Principal of Johnston Legal + Advisory.
Tom is a pragmatic, strategic and perceptive commercial litigator and sports lawyer with over 14 years’ experience in large litigation, commissions and inquests, corporate governance, risk management and sport law in top and mid-tier law firms in Sydney and Adelaide.
Originally from the Far North Coast of NSW, Tom graduated from the University of Sydney with Honours in Arts and Honours in Law.
Tom commenced working with leading national firm, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, in Sydney in 2005. Tom worked in the commercial litigation team at Corrs until 2010, when he joined Swaab Attorneys in Sydney. In 2016, Tom moved to Adelaide and joined Crawford Legal as a Litigation Partner.
Tom has recently established Johnston Legal + Advisory.
Tom is currently a Board Director of The Disability Trust (NSW), a Board Director (Vice-Chair) of Inclusive Sport SA (SA), the Honorary Solicitor to Rugby Union SA, a tribunal panel member of the State Sport Disputes Centre (Sport SA), a member of the Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association (ANZSLA) and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).
We have appeared in the following jurisdictions:
Licensing Court of SA
Magistrates Court of SA
District Court of SA
Supreme Court of SA
Environment, Resources and Development Court of SA
New South Wales
Local Court of NSW
District Court of NSW
Supreme Court of NSW
NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal
Independent Commission Against Corruption
NSW Coroners Court
Commonwealth of Australia
Federal Court of Australia
High Court of Australia
Our current and previous clients include:
Associations (club, state, national)
Athletes (national and international)
Family and small businesses
Joint ventures and partnerships
Not for profits
Player Associations (national)
Political parties (national)
Sports organisations (national)