Called to the bar: 1988

Appointed to silk: 2003

Tom Blackburn is one of the leading media law and defamation silks in Australia, regularly appearing for both plaintiffs and media defendants in Federal and State Courts, including for the main newspaper, television and new media groups in Australia, both at first instance and on appeal. His practice in this area includes breach of confidence and privacy cases, contempt, anti-discrimination cases as they affect the media, disputes under the Broadcasting Act and administrative/public law. He also practices in commercial and corporate law, and has appeared in a number of contractual and corporate disputes in the Supreme Court. His experience in injunctions and urgent relief applications is extensive. He has appeared in Federal and State Courts in a number of aviation matters involving the Civil Aviation Act and regulations and the Warsaw Convention. He is a licensed pilot and former Treasurer of AOPA.

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Core Practice Areas

  • Appellate
  • Aviation
  • Communications and Media
  • Corporate
  • Defamation
  • Equity and Commercial


Inquiries to Banco’s clerk can be emailed to Alternatively, please call (02) 8239 0201.


Level 5, 65 Martin Place, Sydney NSW 2000

Tel: 8239 0260


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