Tony was admitted as a solicitor in October 2007. He is a member of the Law Society of NSW and practices in Laurieton on the mid-north coast.
He started out his career as a cadet auditor, before becoming a lawyer and working as a paralegal and a litigation solicitor.
He now works across a number of areas of law, including commercial litigation, insolvency, debt recovery, corporations law, defamation law and appellate jurisdiction.
Tony has acted for a respondent in the High Court of Australia, in which the respondent was successful, and for a client in proceedings in the High Court of New Zealand. He was admitted to the High Court of New Zealand in August 2017.
He also acted for Kempsey Shire Council and was successful in the matters of Kempsey Shire Council v Slade & Anor  NSWLEC 135, Kempsey Shire Council v Slade (No 2)  NSWLEC 10 and Slade v Kempsey Shire Council  NSWCA 25 (all related matters). In these proceedings, the court was required to consider the meaning of “reasonable suspicion” in relation to the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 for the first time.
Tony is thorough in seeking to understand the issues and circumstances that present to the client, to ensure he addresses all aspects of the matter appropriately. He believes that this is an asset in litigation, where a case can turn on the smallest piece of evidence, and where a thorough understanding of the client – and their business where necessary – assists.
Tony’s publication Cleaning up pollution and the cost of reasonable suspicion: Kempsey Shire Council v Slade was co-authored with Mark Maconachie (Barrister, Ground Floor Wentworth Chambers) and published by Local Government Reporter, Volume 16 No 3 in May 2017.
When not working, Tony enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf (quite poorly) and enjoying the pace and lifestyle of the mid-north coast.