Thomas Patereskos is an Associate in the Planning, Environment and Local Government team at Harwood Andrews. 

Thomas has experience in advising both public and private sector clients on statutory and strategic planning processes, and advising on and appearing in matters at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) and Planning Panels Victoria.

Prior to joining Harwood Andrews, Thomas worked as a Senior Lawyer at Court Services Victoria, as a manager of member support in the Planning and Environment List at VCAT and as a lawyer at a national firm. Thomas has also previously worked as the Senior Associate to the Honourable Justice Garde, President of VCAT.

Thomas was admitted to legal practice in 2014. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Commerce (Management) from Monash University and is currently completing a Master of Laws at the University of Melbourne. Thomas was accredited as a mediator in 2013 and was appointed a Tribunal member at Football Federation Victoria in 2018.

 Thomas’s key areas of practice include:

  • Statutory and strategic planning issues

  • Section 173 agreements

  • Advising, preparing and appearing in VCAT and Panel hearings

  • Instructing Counsel on behalf of the City of Yarra in relation to the Johnston Street Activity Centre

  • Instructing Counsel on behalf of the City of Yarra in relation to the Yarra Development Contributions Plan

 Thomas’s professional commitments include:

  • Member of the Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association (VPELA)


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