“He is excellent and has expertise and wisdom beyond his years” (Legal 500, 2016).

“A junior who is going places; he is hardworking, incisive and good with clients” (Legal 500, 2015).

Tom has a commercial practice, with particular specialisms in: Banking & Financial Services, Civil Fraud, Commercial disputes, Insurance and Professional Liability.

He has significant trial experience in both arbitration and litigation, particularly as sole counsel. He has also appeared in the Court of Appeal as sole counsel. His caseload includes issues of jurisdiction and foreign law (e.g. Caribbean, Middle East and Italian).

Recent cases include:

  • Godfrey Morgan Solicitors (a firm) v Mr Michael Armes [2017] EWCA Civ 323: sole counsel in Court of Appeal; concerning CPR 19.5
  • Pietro Gatto (T/A AG Avvocati Gatto) v Allianz SPA (2017) LTL 20/2/2017: sole counsel for insurers in coverage dispute (Italian law)
  • Seery v Leathes Prior (a firm) [2017] EWHC 80 (QB): sole counsel defending claim against a firm of solicitors
  • Rahim v Arch Insurance Co (Europe) Ltd [2016] EWHC 2967 (Comm): junior counsel (led by Graham Chapman QC) in coverage dispute
  • Arbitration between IAAF v Rita Jeptoo (2016): ad-hoc clerk to Court of Arbitration for Sport in anti-doping rule violation dispute
  • Arbitration between X v Y (2016): junior counsel (led by Roger Stewart QC and Anneliese Day QC) in a claim by a joint venture in relation to a nuclear installation
  • Eyland & Sons Ltd v (1) TSL Turton (2014) Ltd (2) Steven Bond [2015] EWHC 3942 (QB): sole counsel resisting claim for conversion, causing loss by unlawful means and conspiracy
  • Arbitration between X v Y (2015): sole counsel in a dispute about responsibility for payment of insurance premiums against Clive Freedman QC
  • D & G Cars Ltd v Essex Police Authority [2015] EWHC 226 (QB): junior counsel (led by Patrick Lawrence QC) resisting claims of conspiracy and corruption in a police force

 

Areas of Expertise

Banking & Financial Services
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Tom is recommended by the Legal 500 as a leading junior in Banking and Finance.

Tom’s financial services experience includes acting for regulators, regulated firms and customers of those firms in both contentious (civil and regulatory) and non-contentious spheres. He has appeared successfully for the regulated against the FCA before the RDC. He has been both seconded to and instructed by the FSA/FCA. He also has experience of cases involving FOS and the FSCS.

He has acted in claims involving FOREX traders, insurance brokers, investment managers, mortgage brokers and pension advisers.

He also acts regularly in banking matters, including claims relating to loans, guarantees, mortgages, Consumer Credit legislation and the Payment Services Regulations 2009.

Clients include the FCA, Bank of Scotland Plc, Santander UK Plc, Bradford & Bingley Plc, Mortgage Express, Egg Banking Plc, Nationwide Building Society, Clydesdale Bank Plc as well as individuals and corporates.

Civil Fraud
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Tom has significant experience in Civil Fraud matters, including the preparation of freezing injunctions. His caseload has included matters alleging breach of confidence, breach of fiduciary duty, deceit, inducement of breach of contract, conspiracy to injure by unlawful means, corruption, conversion, fraudulent bank transfers, mortgage fraud and transfer of a shareholding without consent.

He has been counsel (led and sole) in several fraud cases which have proceeded to judgment.

Tom is a member of the CFLA.

Cases

Rahim v Arch Insurance Co (Europe) Ltd

Defending allegations of dishonesty made against solicitor by insurer in Commercial Court trial, led by Graham Chapma...

[2016] EWHC 2967 (Comm)
[2016] EWHC 2967 (Comm)
Rahim v Arch Insurance Co (Europe) Ltd

Defending allegations of dishonesty made against solicitor by insurer in Commercial Court trial, led by Graham Chapman QC

Pietro Gatto (T/A AG Avvocati Gatto) v Allianz SPA

Resisting application to add a claim of fraudulent misrepresentation against an insurer’s alleged agent (Italian la...

(2017) LTL 6/2/2017
(2017) LTL 6/2/2017
Pietro Gatto (T/A AG Avvocati Gatto) v Allianz SPA

Resisting application to add a claim of fraudulent misrepresentation against an insurer’s alleged agent (Italian law)

D & G Cars Ltd v Essex Police Authority

Resisting claims of conspiracy and corruption in a police force, as junior to Patrick Lawrence QC

[2015] EWHC 226 (QB)
[2015] EWHC 226 (QB)
D & G Cars Ltd v Essex Police Authority

Resisting claims of conspiracy and corruption in a police force, as junior to Patrick Lawrence QC

Eyland & Sons Ltd v (1) TSL Turton (2014) Ltd (2) Steven Bond

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[2015] EWHC 3942 (QB)
[2015] EWHC 3942 (QB)
Eyland & Sons Ltd v (1) TSL Turton (2014) Ltd (2) Steven Bond

Defending claim for conversion, causing loss by unlawful means and conspiracy as sole counsel

Re I Fit Global Ltd

Pursuing unfair prejudice petition involving purported removal of petitioner’s shareholding

[2013] EWHC 2090 (Ch)
[2013] EWHC 2090 (Ch)
Re I Fit Global Ltd

Pursuing unfair prejudice petition involving purported removal of petitioner’s shareholding

Commercial Dispute Resolution
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Tom has a broad Commercial practice. He has appeared as sole counsel in trials in the Chancery Division, Commercial Court and the Queen’s Bench Division, as well as in arbitrations.

Experience includes:

  • Unfair prejudice petitions
  • Supply of goods disputes
  • Sale of goods disputes
  • Product liability matters
  • Director’s liability disputes
  • Defending/pursuing enforcement action
  • Pursuing and resisting injunctions

Tom is a member of COMBAR.

Cases

Pietro Gatto (T/A AG Avvocati Gatto) v Allianz SPA

Acting for insurers in Commercial Court coverage trial (sole counsel) (Italian law)

(2017) LTL 20/2/2017
(2017) LTL 20/2/2017
Pietro Gatto (T/A AG Avvocati Gatto) v Allianz SPA

Acting for insurers in Commercial Court coverage trial (sole counsel) (Italian law)

Pietro Gatto (T/A AG Avvocati Gatto) v Allianz SPA

Resisting application to add a claim of fraudulent misrepresentation against an insurer’s alleged agent (Italian la...

(2017) LTL 6/2/2017
(2017) LTL 6/2/2017
Pietro Gatto (T/A AG Avvocati Gatto) v Allianz SPA

Resisting application to add a claim of fraudulent misrepresentation against an insurer’s alleged agent (Italian law)

Seery v Leathes Prior (a firm)

Defended firm of solicitors at trial (sole counsel)

[2017] EWHC 80 (QB)
[2017] EWHC 80 (QB)
Seery v Leathes Prior (a firm)

Defended firm of solicitors at trial (sole counsel)

Rahim v Arch Insurance Co (Europe) Ltd

Defending allegations of dishonesty made against solicitor by insurer in Commercial Court trial, led by Graham Chapma...

[2016] EWHC 2967 (Comm)
[2016] EWHC 2967 (Comm)
Rahim v Arch Insurance Co (Europe) Ltd

Defending allegations of dishonesty made against solicitor by insurer in Commercial Court trial, led by Graham Chapman QC

Eyland & Sons Ltd v (1) TSL Turton (2014) Ltd (2) Steven Bond

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[2015] EWHC 3942 (QB)
[2015] EWHC 3942 (QB)
Eyland & Sons Ltd v (1) TSL Turton (2014) Ltd (2) Steven Bond

Defending claim for conversion, causing loss by unlawful means and conspiracy as sole counsel

D & G Cars Ltd v Essex Police Authority

Resisting claims of conspiracy and corruption in a police force, as junior to Patrick Lawrence QC

[2015] EWHC 226 (QB)
[2015] EWHC 226 (QB)
D & G Cars Ltd v Essex Police Authority

Resisting claims of conspiracy and corruption in a police force, as junior to Patrick Lawrence QC

Makar v Russell Jones & Walker

Application to strike out professional liability claim (Commercial Court)

[2012] EWHC 3681 (Comm)
[2012] EWHC 3681 (Comm)
Makar v Russell Jones & Walker

Application to strike out professional liability claim (Commercial Court)

Re I Fit Global Ltd

Pursuing unfair prejudice petition involving purported removal of petitioner’s shareholding

[2013] EWHC 2090 (Ch)
[2013] EWHC 2090 (Ch)
Re I Fit Global Ltd

Pursuing unfair prejudice petition involving purported removal of petitioner’s shareholding

Construction & Engineering
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Tom has significant experience of construction disputes, both in litigation and arbitration. He has acted in employer-contractor disputes and in cases involving a variety of construction professionals.

Costs
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Tom has considerable experience in the field of costs, in both inter-partes and solicitor-client disputes. He appears regularly in detailed assessments, as specialist costs counsel at CCMCs dealing with budgeting issues and at appeals.

He has particular experience of the application of the fixed costs regime, recoverability of ATE premiums, enforceability of CFAs, the Solicitors Act 1974, applications for security for costs, costs budgeting, provisional assessments, non-party costs orders, Part 36 and assignment issues.

He presents talks on topical costs issues and has authored articles for Butterworths Civil Costs Newsletter.

Cases

Cadwallader v Akzo Nobel UK

(2014) LTL 23/7/2014
(2014) LTL 23/7/2014
Cadwallader v Akzo Nobel UK
Insurance & Reinsurance
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Tom has experience of acting as both Counsel and as a paper arbitrator in insurance matters. He acts for both policyholders and insurers. He is particularly familiar with professional indemnity, employers’ liability, public liability and motor policies.

He has completed a secondment in Mayer Brown LLP’s insurance department, helping him to understand insurance cases from an instructing solicitor’s perspective. He has also spent time at Lloyd’s shadowing underwriters.

Tom is a member of BILA.

Cases

Pietro Gatto (T/A AG Avvocati Gatto) v Allianz SPA

Acting for insurers in Commercial Court coverage trial (sole counsel) (Italian law)

(2017) LTL 20/2/2017
(2017) LTL 20/2/2017
Pietro Gatto (T/A AG Avvocati Gatto) v Allianz SPA

Acting for insurers in Commercial Court coverage trial (sole counsel) (Italian law)

Rahim v Arch Insurance Co (Europe) Ltd

Defending allegations of dishonesty made against solicitor by insurer in Commercial Court trial, led by Graham Chapma...

[2016] EWHC 2967 (Comm)
[2016] EWHC 2967 (Comm)
Rahim v Arch Insurance Co (Europe) Ltd

Defending allegations of dishonesty made against solicitor by insurer in Commercial Court trial, led by Graham Chapman QC

Pietro Gatto (T/A AG Avvocati Gatto) v Allianz SPA

Resisting application to add a claim of fraudulent misrepresentation against an insurer’s alleged agent (Italian la...

(2017) LTL 6/2/2017
(2017) LTL 6/2/2017
Pietro Gatto (T/A AG Avvocati Gatto) v Allianz SPA

Resisting application to add a claim of fraudulent misrepresentation against an insurer’s alleged agent (Italian law)

International Arbitration
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Tom has broad experience of International Arbitration as junior counsel, sole counsel and tribunal secretary (to the Court of Arbitration for Sport). He has acted as sole counsel at several final hearings. He is also experienced in challenging and seeking enforcement of arbitration awards.

Tom is a member of YIAG.

Cases

Piergorgio Bucci v Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI)

Acting as ad-hoc clerk to the Court of Arbitration for Sport

CAS 2010/A/2283
CAS 2010/A/2283
Piergorgio Bucci v Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI)

Acting as ad-hoc clerk to the Court of Arbitration for Sport

International Tennis Federation v Marin Cilic

Acting as ad-hoc clerk to the Court of Arbitration for Sport

CAS 2013/A/3335
CAS 2013/A/3335
International Tennis Federation v Marin Cilic

Acting as ad-hoc clerk to the Court of Arbitration for Sport

Marin Cilic v International Tennis Federation

Acting as ad-hoc clerk to the Court of Arbitration for Sport

CAS 2013/A/3327
CAS 2013/A/3327
Marin Cilic v International Tennis Federation

Acting as ad-hoc clerk to the Court of Arbitration for Sport

Arbitration between P v Q

Acting in a partnership dispute at a final hearing (sole counsel)

(2012)
(2012)
Arbitration between P v Q

Acting in a partnership dispute at a final hearing (sole counsel)

Arbitration between X v Y

Acting in a dispute about responsibility for payment of insurance premiums against Clive Freedman QC at a final heari...

(2015)
(2015)
Arbitration between X v Y

Acting in a dispute about responsibility for payment of insurance premiums against Clive Freedman QC at a final hearing (sole counsel)

Professional Liability
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Tom is instructed by both claimants and defendants in the professional liability sphere and is able to use his specialist financial services and insurance experience (which has included two secondments at what was the Financial Services Authority) to assist with claims against financial services professionals and insurance brokers, as well as when dealing with coverage issues relating to professional insureds.

He also has considerable experience of claims involving allegedly negligent tax advice.

Experience includes disputes arising from the provision of services by:

  • Accountants
  • Architects
  • Estate agents
  • Financial services professionals
  • Insurance brokers
  • Lawyers
  • LPA receivers
  • Mortgage brokers
  • Pensions advisers
  • Surveyors
  • Schools

Tom is a member of the PNBA.

Cases

Seery v Leathes Prior (a firm)

Defended firm of solicitors at trial (sole counsel)

[2017] EWHC 80 (QB)
[2017] EWHC 80 (QB)
Seery v Leathes Prior (a firm)

Defended firm of solicitors at trial (sole counsel)

Makar v Russell Jones & Walker

Application to strike out professional liability claim (Commercial Court)

[2012] EWHC 3681 (Comm)
[2012] EWHC 3681 (Comm)
Makar v Russell Jones & Walker

Application to strike out professional liability claim (Commercial Court)

Godfrey Morgan Solicitors (a firm) v Mr Michael Armes

Sole counsel in Court of Appeal; concerning CPR 19.5

[2017] EWCA Civ 323
[2017] EWCA Civ 323
Godfrey Morgan Solicitors (a firm) v Mr Michael Armes

Sole counsel in Court of Appeal; concerning CPR 19.5

Public Law & Human Rights
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Tom has acted for and against public authorities and regulators.

Areas of experience include judicial review, public procurement and social security.

Cases

D & G Cars Ltd v Essex Police Authority

Resisting claims of conspiracy and corruption in a police force in context of public procurement exercise, as junior ...

[2015] EWHC 226 (QB)
[2015] EWHC 226 (QB)
D & G Cars Ltd v Essex Police Authority

Resisting claims of conspiracy and corruption in a police force in context of public procurement exercise, as junior to Patrick Lawrence QC

Sports Law
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Experience includes:

  • Acting as ad-hoc clerk to Court of Arbitration for Sport
  • Advising British Horseracing Authority in relation to a potential inquiry

Cases

Piergorgio Bucci v Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI)

Acting as ad-hoc clerk to the Court of Arbitration for Sport

CAS 2010/A/2283
CAS 2010/A/2283
Piergorgio Bucci v Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI)

Acting as ad-hoc clerk to the Court of Arbitration for Sport

International Tennis Federation v Marin Cilic

Acting as ad-hoc clerk to the Court of Arbitration for Sport

CAS 2013/A/3335
CAS 2013/A/3335
International Tennis Federation v Marin Cilic

Acting as ad-hoc clerk to the Court of Arbitration for Sport

Marin Cilic v International Tennis Federation

Acting as ad-hoc clerk to the Court of Arbitration for Sport

CAS 2013/A/3327
CAS 2013/A/3327
Marin Cilic v International Tennis Federation

Acting as ad-hoc clerk to the Court of Arbitration for Sport

Qualifications & Memberships

Tom was called to the Bar in 2007. Before commencing practice, he read Classics at Worcester College, Oxford University. He undertook the CPE at City University and the BVC at BPP. During these two years he was awarded Lord Mansfield, Lord Brougham, Hardwicke and Hubert Greenland scholarships by Lincoln’s Inn.

Tom is a member of BILA, CFLA, CHBA, COMBAR, FSLA, PNBA and YIAG.

 

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