Tom practises in all of chambers’ main practice areas: Public Law and Human Rights, Employment, Professional Discipline and Regulation, Commercial, Sport, Media and Entertainment. He has appeared in practice and during his pupillage before a range of tribunals including the High Court, Court of Appeal, Competition Appeal Tribunal, General Court of the European Union, sports arbitral tribunals, and commercial arbitral tribunals. Tom has appeared as a sole advocate in the High Court, county courts and employment tribunals. In 2015, Tom spent five months on secondment to Ofgem.

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Public & Regulatory

Tom has been involved in a wide range of public law cases. In particular, Tom has gained significant experience of regulation in the energy and telecommunications sectors. He has advised and acted for MNOs and other entities in the field of telecommunications. In 2015, he spent five months on secondment to Ofgem. While there, Tom was instructed on and assisted Ofgem with the appeal brought by British Gas against Ofgem’s RIIO-ED1 price control decision for the electricity distribution sector. Since then, Tom has continued to advise Ofgem and private entities in relation to energy regulation matters.

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Commercial

Tom has been involved in a wide range of commercial cases both instructed as junior counsel and during pupillage, gaining experience in areas such as fraud and insurance, both in arbitration proceedings and in the High Court. Recently, Tom 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. Tom has further been involved in the litigation brought by the Libyan Investment Authority against Société Générale and in a high value commercial arbitration relating to corporate governance issues.

In addition, Tom is frequently instructed as sole counsel on commercial matters in the county court and High Court. He has represented litigants successfully at numerous county court trials.  

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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. 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. Recently, Tom has undertaken work advising both public authorities and private individuals on the implications of EU sanctions regimes. Tom is a regular contributor to the Blackstone Chamber's Competition Bulletin.

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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, both contentious and non-contentious in the field of media, entertainment and technology. 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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