Tom practises in all of chambers’ main practice areas: Public and Regulatory Law, Human Rights, Commercial, EU and Competition, Sport, and Media and Entertainment. He has appeared before a range of tribunals including the High Court, Court of Appeal, Employment Tribunal, and various sports, arbitral and disciplinary tribunals. 

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Public & Regulatory

Tom has been involved in a wide range of public law cases. He has particular experience of regulation in the energy and telecommunications sectors. He regularly advises Ofgem and energy businesses and has advised on (or appeared in litigation relating to) several high-profile energy issues of recent years (such as the RIIO-ED1 appeal to the CMA, various other price control matters, competition in the retail market, and the connections scheme). In 2015, he spent five months on secondment to Ofgem. In the telecommunications sector, Tom has appeared in high profile cases relating to spectrum awards and annual licence fees. 

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Commercial

Tom has been involved in a wide range of commercial cases in the Commercial Court, Chancery Division and arbitration proceedings. He has experience in areas such as fraud, asset recovery, and injunctive and Norwich Pharmacal relief. Tom recently represented a defendant in the high profile construction industry vetting information litigation and has further represented applicants and respondents in injunction cases and high-profile fraud claims. He is frequently instructed as sole counsel on commercial matters in the High Court and county courts. 

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EU & Competition

Tom has been gained significant experience of competition and EU law matters. He has been involved in a wide range of cases before the High Court, Competition Appeal Tribunal and the General Court of the European Union. Recently, Tom has acquired significant experience advising clients in the aviation sector on EU law issues. His competition experience includes involvement in follow-on damages claims in the High Court (including the Visa litigation) as well competition investigations by the CMA, Ofcom and Ofgem. His general EU law experience includes involvement in Francovich damages claims (such as Delaney v Secretary of State for Transport [2014] EWHC 1785 (QB)), immigration cases (such as Nazia Ahmed v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] EWCA Civ 995), judicial reviews raising EU law issues (such as R (Gibraltar Betting and Gambling Association) v Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport [2015] 1 CMLR 28) and applications to annul Commission and Council decisions.

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Telecommunications

Tom has been involved in a range of telecommunications cases, advising and representing MNOs and other entities in the sector on regulatory and other matters.

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Media & Entertainment

Tom has been instructed in a range of cases in the field of media, entertainment and technology and has appeared in IPEC and Chancery Divison proceedings. His experience includes commercial disputes concerning licensing agreements, agency, and copyright, as well as regulatory matters. Tom is further well-versed in legal issues arising in the field of art, cultural property and luxury goods, including: export licensing; artists' resale rights; copyright; title issues; mis-attribution; and spoliation. He successfully assisted Nick De Marco for the third defendant in the QBD trial of Ecclestone v Khyami [2014] EWHC 29 (QB), a claim by Tamara Ecclestone for the unlawful conversion of a Lamborghini Aventador. He is a member of the Institute of Art and Law. 

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Sport

Tom has gained a wide experience of sports cases before a variety of tribunals. He has been involved in disputes between sports clubs and owners, cases before sports disciplinary panels, and further disputes between clubs and regulators. Recently, he successfully represented an football agent applying to stay High Court proceedings in favour of arbitration.

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Civil Liberties & Human Rights

Tom has been involved in a wide range of human rights cases in practice. In addition to the cases listed below, Tom has been involved in litigation in the Court of Appeal concerning whether or not the Secretary of State for Defence had complied with its procedural duty under Articles 2 and 3 ECHR in investigating extra-judicial deaths in Afghanistan.

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Civil Fraud, Asset Recovery & Injunctive Relief

Tom has gained significant experience of fraud cases and others involving claims for injunctive relief. He has represented both applicants and respondents to injunction applications and was recently involved in a high profile fraud claim involving a world-wide freezing order with a value of US$160m.

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Public International Law

Tom has been involved in a wide range of public international law cases, in particular those raising issues of state and diplomatic immunity. In addition to the cases listed below, Tom assisted Lord Pannick QC and Shaheed Fatima QC in Harb v Aziz [2014] EWHC 1807 (Ch), a case raising issues of whether or not the agent of a Head of State can benefit from immunity and whether or not a Head of State’s immunity endures following his death. Tom has further advised on state immunity issues relating to human rights and other claims brought directly against officials of foreign states.

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Employment

Tom has acted in a wide range of employment cases, and is frequently instructed as sole counsel to advise clients and appear in employment tribunals. He has worked for both claimants and respondents on issues relating to unfair dismissal, discrimination, redundancy, wages claims, and disputes concerning parental leave. He also has represented parties in employee competition and injunctive proceedings.

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Achievements

Education

Classics (BA Hons, Oxon): First Class (fifth in year); Graduate Diploma in Law (City): Distinction; BPTC (Kaplan): Outstanding.

Prizes & Scholarships

  • Prince of Wales Scholarship (Gray’s Inn)
  • The Times Law Prize (Second Place) (The Times/One Essex Court)
  • David Karmel Award (Gray’s Inn)
  • Henry Wilde Prize (for the top mark in philosophy papers in Finals across all Honours Schools including philosophy) (University of Oxford)
  • Invitation to sit the All Souls Prize Fellowship Exams (University of Oxford)
  • Comparative Philology Prize (University of Oxford)
  • Scholar of New College (University of Oxford)


Prior to joining Chambers, Tom worked in the office of capital defence attorney in Houston, Texas, assisting clients facing the death penalty. While in Texas, Tom observed and participated in a full capital murder trial, in which his client escaped the death penalty. 

Before coming to the Bar, Tom worked as a Classics teacher of students aged thirteen to eighteen at Westminster School.

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