Tom has a broad practice with a predominant focus on commercial litigation and arbitration, insolvency, company and partnership, employment and sports law as well as work in the fields of public law, civil liberties and human rights. Many of Tom’s cases are at the intersection of two or more of these practice areas. He has a particular depth of experience in litigation involving issues of fraud, dishonesty and misfeasance.  Tom frequently works in large teams and enjoys the experience of working collaboratively within larger litigation teams, including teams made up of lawyers from a number of jurisdictions.  Having previously worked on secondment for a large US firm of solicitors in London, he understands what solicitors look for in junior counsel and is responsive, easy to work with and gives clear, strategic advice. Tom regularly conducts first instance and appellate litigation (both led and unled) in the UK courts and arbitration (before institutional rule and ad hoc tribunals).  He also acts before a range of professional, disciplinary and regulatory tribunals and is experienced in conducting investigations, including highly sensitive internal investigations.  Tom’s practice has a significant international dimension, before transnational courts and adjudicative bodies, national courts and in overseas arbitration. He has been involved in litigation, inter alia, in the BVI, Cayman Islands, Hong Kong, Switzerland and Singapore and is currently acting in litigation and arbitration ongoing in the Cayman Islands, BVI, Asia, Africa and Europe. 

Tom has consistently been ranked in both Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners and is currently listed as a leading junior in the fields of Commercial Litigation, Civil Fraud, Employment, Sport, Civil Liberties & Human Rights and International Human Rights. Recent comments include that he is "impressive even in the top echelons of the commercial Bar, where he operates. He is going places" (Legal 500, 2022),  "extremely calm and measured under pressure, unflappable in the face of urgent requests and applications.  He is also extremely bright" (Legal 500, 2022), "technically excellent, but also unusually good on the tactical side for his year of call" (Chambers and Partners, 2018)  and highlight that "his advocacy is of the highest calibre" (Legal 500, 2017). 

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Commercial

Tom acts in a broad range of commercial disputes both in the civil courts and by way of arbitration, from litigation involving allegations of fraudulent wrongdoing, to contractual, insolvency and company related disputes, often with an international dimension. He acts both led and unled in commercial litigation and arbitration and in injunctive and interim relief applications. 

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, Norwich Pharmacal orders, confidentiality orders and orders for specialist forensic interrogation of computer hardware.

Tom also has experience of a number of company law disputes.

He enjoys working in large teams, including interdisciplinary teams and those spanning different legal jurisdictions.  

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Civil Fraud, Asset Recovery & Injunctive Relief

A large part of Tom's practice concerns allegations of fraud and misfeasance, and urgent injunctive applications from search and computer imaging orders, to injunctions for delivery up and restraint of abuse of misappropriated confidential information, freezing orders and Norwich Pharmacal relief (amongst others).  

Many of these cases are resolved at or prior to the interlocutory stage upon provision of suitable undertakings (and often therefore remain confidential), whilst others form part of broader commercial and insolvency related litigation, often with an international dimension.  

Tom enjoys the pace and urgency of injunctive applications and the collaborative work that is required across the solicitor and counsel teams to bring such matters before the Court on an urgent basis. 

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Arbitration

Tom has a substantial arbitration practice, with  an even balance of arbitration and Court-based litigation.  Tom conducts arbitrations under LCIA, ICC, HKIAC and other institutional rules as well as ad hoc arbitrations and is adept at adapting his legal style as between litigation and arbitration and in light of the forum, applicable procedural arbitral rules and Tribunal. 

Tom's arbitral practice spans commercial, insolvency-related and company law, employment, partnership and sports disputes (including at the Court of Arbitration for Sport). 

He acts as sole counsel and as junior counsel before all arbitral tribunals. 

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Employment

Tom has a significant employment practice, much of which is at the intersection of employment and commercial law (including injunctive applications from springboard injunctions, to restraints of misappropriation of confidential information, search and computer imaging orders and restrictive covenants and team moves work) as well as broader experience of a wide variety of employment-related litigation and advisory work in the High Court, employment tribunals and in arbitration.  

In recent times, Tom has acted in a range of tribunal cases including whistleblowing, discrimination, unfair and wrongful dismissal and unlawful deductions from wages.

He also deals with issues at the intersection of employment, commercial and company and partnership law, including share and incentive disputes, partnership disputes and commercial disputes with employment dimensions.   

Tom is a contributing author to Employee Competition: Covenants, Confidentiality and Garden Leave.

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Sport

Tom has an unusual breadth and depth of experience in all areas of sports law and he is rated for sports law in the leading independent directories Chambers UK and Legal 500.  He has extensive experience of a broad range of sporting disputes, including civil and commercial litigation concerning Club/Club, Club/Player and Club/Agent commercial disputes, sports regulation, competition law in sport, the vicarious liability of sporting bodies, anti-doping, ethics and disciplinary proceedings before sports governing bodies and anti-doping panels and safeguarding issues.  He also has significant experience conducting investigations.  In recent years he has acted in cases in Formula 1, football, rugby, cricket, canoeing, rowing, squash, sailing and athletics. 

Recent highlights include acting for HRH Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in the shareholder and associated disputes before the English High Court (Business and Property Courts) over the Premier League football club Sheffield United, acting in a large Premier League Managers' Arbitration Tribunal dispute, acting for the International Canoe Federation before the Court of Arbitration for Sport and working on a range of sports ethics cases, including disciplinary cases against the leadership of Athletics Kenya, in his capacity as 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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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. Tom has previously worked on secondment at Ofgem, the national gas and electricity markets regulator. 

Recent highlights of Tom's public law work include acting for the claimant company in the case of R (Corbiere Ltd) v Secretary of State for the Home Department, judicially reviewing the decisions of the SSHD and SSJ to deport a foreign criminal convicted of stealing confidential investment strategies from his former employer prior to the employee having delivered up the stolen confidential information and the challenge to the SSHD's passport policy in R (Elan-Cane) v SSHD, on behalf of a non-gendered person seeking access to non-gender specific passports (currently subject to appeal to the Court of Appeal). 

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Civil Liberties & Human Rights

Tom undertakes a range of human rights work, both litigation and advisory and is currently involved in first instance and appellate human rights challenges before the UK Courts, international and transnational Courts, including in Africa and Asia.  

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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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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EU & Competition

Tom has a good knowledge and experience of competition law having previously worked for the Competition Commission on merger inquiries and market investigations.  

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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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.

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