Sian Thomas, Legal Director
Sian established Sian Thomas Lawyers to provide a personal, approachable and solution oriented legal practice in 2016. Sian values supportive and respectful relationships and brings to Sian Thomas Lawyers a diverse and unique legal background.
Prior to the establishment of the practice, Sian worked for a major national firm acting for energy and resource clients and has also worked in-house for a number of major energy companies in Queensland. Sian has support the transition of 4 Queensland irrigation schemes from Queensland government ownership to locally owned and managed Schemes. In addition, she has worked in a policy development role for South East Queensland (SEQ) Council of Mayors during the SEQ water restructure, and in the not-for-profit legal sector where she conducted general litigation in a variety of contexts.
Sian’s experience includes:
- Local Management of Irrigation Assets: Sian has supported Local Management Boards in St George, Theodore, Emerald and Eton with the transition of irrigation assets owned by SunWater to locally owned not for profit organisations. Sian has negotiated transfer agreements with Government and supported the development of offer documents to assist customers to decide whether to support Local Management and take an interest in the local entity.
- South East Queensland Water Restructure: Acting in a policy capacity for the South East Queensland Local Government Council of Mayors during the 2010 water restructure. The restructure resulted in the transfer of Council assets to new statutory bodies (Unity Water and Queensland Urban Utilities). The role required wide consultation and negotiation with technical experts from each of the Local Governments to develop regulatory policy positions associated with the planning legislation and then advocating for those positions with the State. Many of the regulatory changes developed through those forums have been incorporated into legislation.
- Supporting water infrastructure business case development in Queensland.
- Acting for disability support services to provide general contracting advice and NDIS contract readiness
- Acting, whilst solicitor at the Townsville Community Legal Service (TCLS), in a wide range of matters including consumer protection, social security legislation and appeals processes, neighbourhood matters and judicial review. Work included appearances in the Social Security Appeals Tribunal, District Court and Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
Bachelor of Laws 1999 (University of Queensland), Bachelor of Arts (South East Asian and Australian Indigenous History) (James Cook University, Townsville) 2000. Admitted to practice: Supreme Court of Queensland (2002) and High Court of Australia (2008)