Tom Percy was born in Kalgoorlie where his family ran a hotel for many years. He attended Scotch College and UWA, graduating in 1977 and was admitted to legal practice the following year.
In 1984 Tom was elected to the WA Bar Association and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1997.
Tom practices primarily in the area of criminal law, specifically jury trials and superior Court and Tribunal appeals. In 2006 he received the Community Service Award from the Law Society of WA and in 2007 he was awarded the WA Civil Justice Award by the Australian Lawyers Alliance. In 2013 Tom was awarded the WA Law Society’s Lawyer of the Year Award and in 2021 was named one of Australia’s Most Influential Lawyers.
He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Australian Criminal Law Journal, a member of the National Criminal Law Consultative Committee and a former State President and National Director of the Australian Lawyers Alliance.
Tom is a columnist with The Sunday Times and The West Australian and features regularly on Perth radio. He is also a prominent musician and songwriter, performing regularly around Perth.
In his spare time Tom likes to go to the football, the races and the cricket. He is a current Board member of the WACA and the East Perth Football Club, where he was awarded life membership in 2006. He is also a member of Perth Racing and he is the Patron of the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Race Club. Tom is also a long-suffering member of the Fremantle Football Club.
Tom is also an author who has published a recent book, The Curate’s Egg.
STM Article – Throw the book at them
Kalgoorlie Miner Article – Tom cracks it as an author
The Brief Magazine Article – Book Review: The Curate’s Egg
The Mercury Article – My verdict? It’s a cracker
Southerly Magazine Article – QC’s novel explores hope for one good egg
Western Australian Bar Association (elected 1984)
Editorial Board of the Australian Criminal Law Journal
National Criminal Law Consultative Committee
Australian Lawyers Alliance
Law Society of Western Australia
Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association
The Criminal Lawyers' Association of Western Australia