Mr Toomey SC commenced practice as a barrister in 1999, having practised for 6 years before that as a solicitor, during which time he conducted many major personal injury cases.
He has been a councillor of the New South Wales Bar Association for 13 of his 17 years at the Bar, serving as Honorary Secretary of the Association for part of that period and for many years as a member of the Association’s Finance Investment and Audit Committee. Mr Toomey is presently a member of a Professional Conduct Committee and of the Common Law Committee of the Association.
Mr Toomey has appeared as counsel, at trial and on appeal, in many fields of practice, including common law, equity, criminal and administrative law. He specialises in all areas of tort law – including medical and other professional negligence, personal injury (including asbestos diseases), and intentional torts – and in the fields of insurance and administrative law.
Mr Toomey also appears at Coronial Inquests and Commissions of Inquiry. He was a member of the working group of the NSW Bar Association concerned with formulating submissions to the 2015 Gleeson inquiry into the legislation governing the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption.
Mr Toomey has appeared in many cases involving the application of interstate and foreign law and frequently appears in interstate courts, particularly in the ACT. He appears both at trial and at the appellate level in all his fields of practice.
Mr Toomey was appointed Senior Counsel in 2015.