“My case was handled with care, skill & on budget. Sterling Legal is strong and different.”
“Thanks to Lamia Daher, the security for costs strategy was brilliant, and I won my case.”
“I won the unwinnable case, thanks to Tom's tactical skills & strategies.”
Tom has over 23 years’ experience in law and management, 20 of which has been at the helm of Sterling Legal.
Tom is a Harvard Law School trained negotiator, and is regularly consulted to advise and act for high net worth individuals, both in Australia and abroad.
He has an enviable stable of clients, and has notably, acted as a mandate for Marina Picasso (the heir and granddaughter of the famed artist, Pablo Picasso) in relation to a $300 million art deal and where he spent time in Paris and Geneva.
He has also had considerable success in Court and recently, won a multi-million dollar family law case, which awarded his female client 85% of the matrimonial pool – one of the largest awards you can obtain in the Family Court.
His property, building & construction division is also well known for its depth of skill & experience. His team appear, document & advise on all aspects of the land development process including on innovative acquisition arrangements (options), local government and planning, land & environment court, Security of Payment Act disputes, off-the-plan sales conveyancing, strata, and commercial leasing.
Tom has a Masters of Law and Management degree from the University of New South Wales & has completed the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School.
With a special interest in innovation & systemised operations, Sterling Legal was one of the first practices in Australia to be endorsed with the ISO 9001 Quality Assurance certification.
As well as his considerable experience in business, Tom is a passionate community, social & refugee justice advocate as well as an active humanitarian. He is the Co-founder/Chairman of AusRelief, & was a Councillor on Cumberland Council (one of Australia's largest Council's) until December 2021.
He is also the co-founder and director of the Centre for Arbitration & the Resolution of Disputes (CARD), a former non-executive director of Chanel International Pty Ltd & former President of the Lebanese Moslem Association (LMA).
On Australia Day (2020), Tom was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for his many years of dedicated service to the law, to local government, and to the community.
"Our lawyers are highly skilled and accessible. Our size enables the Partners to give personal attention to every matter. When you call, we ensure you speak to a lawyer for preliminary advice. If we can assist , a free consult is provided. In certain cases, we act on a ‘no win – no charge’ basis."
Lamia Daher, Partner