Tom practises across a number of areas of Chambers’ practice, in particular, Commercial, International Arbitration, Sports, Regulatory, Public and Human Rights law. His practice has a particular focus on commercial dispute resolution. He regularly conducts first instance and appellate litigation in the English courts and tribunals, institutional rule and ad hoc arbitrations and proceedings before a range of professional, sporting and regulatory tribunals.  Tom has a significant international dimension to his practice and has worked on litigation in Europe before the CJEU and ECtHR and internationally including in the BVI, Cayman Islands, Hong Kong, Switzerland and Singapore. Tom is ranked in the leading independent legal directory Chambers UK 2016.

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Commercial

Tom acts in a broad range of commercial disputes both in the civil courts and by way of arbitration, with particular experience of litigation involving allegations of fraudulent wrongdoing, often with an international dimension. 

Tom has been involved in a range of commercial litigation and advisory work in the energy, insurance and re-insurance, pharmaceutical, sports and media sectors.  These cases have involved applications, inter alia, for injunctive relief including search orders and orders for specialist forensic interrogation of computer hardware. Tom also has experience of a number of business restructuring matters. 

In 2014, Tom spent 6 months working principally on two substantial linked LCIA arbitrations.

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Sport

Sports litigation constitutes a significant part of Tom’s practice and he is rated for sports law in the leading independent directory Chambers UK in both the 2015 and 2016 editions.  He has extensive experience of a broad range of sporting disputes, including civil and commercial litigation concerning sports regulation, agency and commercial disputes, competition law in sport and the vicarious liability of sporting bodies and anti-doping and disciplinary proceedings before sports governing bodies and anti-doping panels.  

Tom serves as the Legal Secretary to the Ethics Board of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). 

Tom acts as an independent reviewer of case to answer determinations made by UK Anti-Doping in respect of a range of potential anti-doping violations by athletes in different sports. 

Tom regularly gives talks on topics of current interest in the field of sports law.  He is a contributor to the Blackstone Chambers Sports Law Blog.

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Media & Entertainment

Tom has acted for clients and advised on a range of commercial issues in the field of media and entertainment. 

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Public & Regulatory

Tom undertakes a range of regulatory, public and administrative law work, with a particular emphasis on regulatory litigation and advisory work, especially with a commercial dimension. 

He is currently involved in ongoing advisory work on a number of matters for regulators and NGOs.  Shortly after commencing practice, Tom undertook a five month secondment at Ofgem, the national gas and electricity markets regulator, working on Ofgem’s development of the national rollout of smart metering.

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Civil Liberties & Human Rights

Tom undertakes a range of human rights work, both litigation and advisory. 

Tom’s human rights work includes a range of work with an international dimension. He has published on the legal position and status of LGBT people in China and his research has been cited in Country of Origin Information in the UK, France and Canada.

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EU & Competition

Tom has a good knowledge and experience of competition law having worked for the Competition Commission on merger inquiries and market investigations part-time in 2008 – 2009.  

Tom has significant experience of the application of competition law in the context of professional sport (see Sports section above).  

Tom has been involved in a variety of cases involving competition and European law.

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Employment

Tom has experience of a wide variety of employment-related litigation and advisory work, including financial/commercial claims arising in the context of relationships of employment or concerning economic torts connected to employment and agency relationships.

Tom has acted in a range of Employment Tribunal cases covering unfair and wrongful dismissal, unlawful deduction from wages, protected disclosures, redundancy, race, disability and sex discrimination. 

Tom is a contributing author to the forthcoming edition of Employee Competition: Covenants, Confidentiality and Garden Leave and is also a contributing author of Tolley’s Discrimination in Employment Handbook.

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Achievements

Education

BA (Hons) (Oxon.) First Class; Diploma in Chinese (Mandarin) (Peking University, Beijing), Diploma in Law (City, London)

Prizes & Scholarships

  • Phoenicia Scholarship (Bar European Group, 2010)
  • Inner Temple Internship Award (Inner Temple 2009)
  • Princess Royal Scholarship (Inner Temple, 2008)
  • Inner Temple Major Exhibition (Inner Temple, 2007)
  • College Prize (Wadham College, Oxford University 2006 for Final Honours School results

Tom received a scholarship from Inner Temple in 2009 and bilateral grant funding from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to conduct research in Beijing on the legal status and position of LGBT people in China. His research has been published in English and Chinese, including by the ILGHRC. 

Other relevant experience

Tom worked in political affairs for the European Commission’s Delegation to China, in Beijing in 2007.  He was involved in human rights, domestic and foreign policy monitoring and project work.

VAT registration number: 995402003

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