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Trent Thorne

Partner – Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Trent has a passion for solving complex, multifaceted problems and leveraging his niche knowledge of the law to help achieve successful outcomes for clients. He is detail-orientated and takes a curious and innovative approach to his client representations.

Trent has over 20 years of experience acting for clients across a range of industries including, food and agribusiness, regional and real estate. He has substantive experience advising on a variety of commercial matters including complex commercial disputes, financial, corporate and regulatory matters, negotiations, alternative dispute resolution and major pastoral property transactions.

He is known for his commitment to the agricultural sector and extensive skills in alternative dispute resolution and has acted for major agribusiness entities, large property developers, multinational resource companies, major Government Owned Corporations and large corporate entities. Trent’s experience also includes seeking urgent interlocutory injunctions, defending and prosecuting class actions and resolving licensing and regulatory disputes.

Known for his down to earth and pragmatic style, Trent is focused on providing practical and commercial advice to his clients.

Prior to joining Hamilton Locke, Trent worked for McCullough Robertson and Ashurst.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Food and Agribusiness; Real Estate; Dispute Resolution

 

AWARDS

  • Best Lawyers (Australia), Agriculture and Rural Affairs, 2021, 2023
  • Best Lawyers (Australia), Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2020, 2023
  • Doyles, Recommended Leading Agribusiness Lawyer - Queensland, 2020

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons 2A) -The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Commerce – The University of Queensland
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice – Australian National University
  • Admitted to practice in Queensland and the High Court of Australia

 

SELECTED REPRESENTATIONS

  • Acting for biotechnology start-up company in relation to negligence and misleading and deceptive conduct action against major university commercialisation company.
  • Acting for major national property development company in successfully defending complex $40 million class action claim for negligence, misleading and deceptive conduct and breaches of the Corporations Act.
  • Acting for major national property development company in respect of $18 million claim for breach of contract.
  • Acting for a private client regarding investment fraud and the issuing of Mareva orders
  • Acting for major Queensland property development company in relation to grant of licence dispute with Principal Body Corporate.
  • Advising GOC in respect of a dispute relating to the provision of dredging services to a major Queensland port and the interaction of maritime unions.
  • Acting for liquidator in relation to proceedings commenced by receiver regarding the determination of the appropriate corporate entity to receive rebate income from major electrical product suppliers.
  • Advising Consolidated Pastoral Company in relation to complicated pastoral sale and leaseback transaction for Carlton Hill Station in Western Australia.
  • Advised Australian Agricultural Company on the purchase of major pastoral properties in Queensland and Northern Territory.
  • Advised a major cotton producer on the purchase of major cotton aggregations in Queensland and New South Wales.