Tom Leary is a leading junior specialising in commercial litigation, civil fraud and international arbitration, including investment treaty disputes, and public law.

Tom has extensive experience appearing both as sole and junior counsel in the Commercial Court and in arbitrations in London and internationally, including Singapore and Malaysia. Recent work includes a US$1.6bn ICC arbitration relating to allegations of conspiracy and breaches of a joint venture agreement, a US$400m six week LMAA arbitration following the termination of a construction contract for a semi-submersible drilling rig and an appeal to the Singapore Court of Appeal concerning a natural gas development.  

Tom studied law at Oxford, Leiden and Toronto, before obtaining a BIICL Certificate in International Investment Law and Dispute Resolution. He also spent a year working as the Judicial Assistant to Lord Mance at the UK Supreme Court.

Tom is a member of the Welsh Government B Panel of Junior Counsel (Public Law) and the Attorney General’s C Panel.

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Commercial

Tom’s commercial litigation experience includes civil fraud, banking and finance, international trade, energy and natural resources, joint ventures, share-purchases, insurance, insolvency, and general contractual disputes.

Tom is also particularly known for his expertise in international arbitration, including investment treaty disputes. He has appeared as sole and junior counsel in arbitrations in London and internationally, including Singapore and Malaysia (please see dedicated arbitration section).

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Arbitration

A leading junior, Tom is particularly known for his expertise in international arbitration, including investment treaty disputes. He has appeared as sole and junior counsel in arbitrations in London and internationally, including Singapore and Malaysia. 

Recent work includes a US$1.6bn ICC arbitration relating to allegations of conspiracy and breaches of a joint venture agreement and a US$400m six week LMAA arbitration following the termination of a construction contract for a semi-submersible drilling rig.

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Civil Fraud, Asset Recovery & Injunctive Relief

Tom advises and represents clients in all areas of Chambers' civil fraud practice, including injunctive relief.


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Public & Regulatory

Tom's practice includes acting for companies, community groups, NGOs, government departments, pro bono organisations, and local authorities in a wide-range of public law disputes.

He is a member of the Welsh Government B Panel of Junior Counsel (Public Law) and the Attorney General’s C Panel.

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Public International Law

Tom acts for clients across various areas of public international law, including investor-state disputes and human rights cases.

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Achievements

Education

  • BA (Hons) (Oxon) Law with Law Studies in Europe 
  • Erasmus Year, European and Public International Law (Leiden) 
  • LLM (Toronto)
  • Certificate in International Investment Law and Dispute Resolution (BIICL)

Publications

  • ‘Access to justice in the 21st century: how can it be maximised?’, winner of the Jonathan Brock Memorial Essay Competition (Runner-Up) Prize 2017.
  • ‘Non-Disputing Parties and Human Rights in Investor-State Arbitration: Bernhard von Pezold v Republic of Zimbabwe (case comment) (2017) 18(5–6) Journal of World Investment & Trade 1062.


Academic Awards

  • Jonathan Brock Memorial Essay Competition (Runner-Up) Prize (2017)
  • Walter Wigglesworth Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2013)
  • Canadian Rhodes Scholars Foundation Scholarship (2010–2011)
  • Lord Mansfield Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2010)
  • Hardwicke Entrance Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2010)
  • John V Lovitt Prize for Jurisprudence, Christ Church, University of Oxford (2008)
  • Lovells Scholarship, Christ Church, University of Oxford (2007–2010)
  • Slaughter and May Prize for Constitutional Law, University of Oxford (2007)

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