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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:

South Australia

  • 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

  • Royal Commission

  • Federal Court of Australia

  • High Court of Australia


Our current and previous clients include:

  • Associations (club, state, national)

  • Athletes (national and international)

  • Community organisations

  • Family and small businesses

  • Government (SA)

  • Individuals

  • Joint ventures and partnerships

  • International companies

  • Listed companies

  • Not for profits

  • Player Associations (national)

  • Political parties (national)

  • Sports agents

  • Sports clubs

  • Sports organisations (national)