For Tom Mead, South Australia’s regional communities are more than just places to visit, or locations on a map. They’re in his blood.
Tom has lived and worked in the Mt Barker area for more than 25 years, but that is only one part of the journey for the well-travelled country lawyer.
After completing his law degree, Tom didn’t jump straight into his legal career. Looking for life experience he went to the opposite extreme, and spent a year in the Australian outback working as a Jackeroo on a Northern Territory cattle station stocked with over 50,000 head of cattle.
Armed with an even stronger understanding of rural communities, Tom started out as a lawyer in the Clare Valley, had a stint in Darwin, returned to Adelaide and then settled in Mt Barker.
While he covered a lot of ground over five years, Tom developed the broad skills required to be a successful regional lawyer. He’d worked on both the plaintiff and defendant sides of personal injury law, commercial matters of all kinds, complex estate matters and set up and managed his own law practice.
Tom is an asset to his farming clients. As a part-time farmer himself, Tom speaks the language and understands the legal issues unique to farming, particularly relating to succession planning.
He has a passion for Wills, estate planning and litigation. Tom is inspired by the fascinating stories of his clients and their loved ones, and thrives on the challenge of finding solutions to the most difficult estate problems.
Tom is truly committed to the Adelaide Hills community, which includes helping the less fortunate through the Mt Barker and Strathalbyn branch of the St Vincent De Paul Society, a charitable organisation of which he is a past President and current member.
He also maintains strong ties to the Northern Territory community, frequently visiting Darwin to assist clients.
Above the skills and experience it is this empathy and down-to-earth nature which is most appealing to clients. Under Tom’s guidance the legal process becomes far less daunting, and the solution immediately becomes clearer.
Bachelor of Laws, University of Adelaide
Admitted to practice 1985
My Areas of Expertise
- Corporate & Commercial
- Real Estate and Property
- Wills and Estate Planning
- Estate Disputes
My Professional Interests
- Member of the Law Society of SA
- Member of St Vincent De Paul, Mt Barker/Strathalbyn (former President)
Media & Blog Posts
How Do I Set Up My New Business?
TGB's Tom Mead addresses some frequently asked legal questions by startup founders, entrepreneurs and new business owners.Read more
Make a Will: Don't Make the Same Excuses as Everyone Else
Tom Mead highlights the importance of having a valid Will and addresses some of the common excuses people often make.Read more