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Tom Hillyard
Tom Hillyard
Tom Hillyard Special Counsel
t: +61 2 9373 1478
o: Sydney

Tom Hillyard

Special Counsel

About Tom

Tom is a litigator, specialising in administrative law. He regularly advises and appears for government departments and agencies in dispute resolution involving reviews of government decisions.

What he does

Tom represents Commonwealth and state departments and agencies as a solicitor advocate in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Federal Circuit Court, Family Court and Federal Court. He has experience acting for and advising government clients across a number of different areas and has undertaken multiple secondments to Commonwealth clients.

Who he works with

Tom works with various Commonwealth and state government departments and agencies.


Tom has a Juris Doctor and Bachelor of International Studies from the University of Sydney.

Life before Sparkes

Before joining Sparke Helmore in 2016, Tom worked as a judge’s associate in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia.

Life outside of Sparkes

Tom is an avid traveller with a particular interest in South America and Spain—this has led him to try to learn Spanish…con mucha dificultad

He is also a keen sports fan and, in particular, a long-suffering NSW Waratahs fan. On Thursday evenings, however, it’s Tom’s teammates who are long-suffering as he does his best approximation of a touch football player.

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