We see advocacy as a key deliverable of the twenty-first century law firm.
Advocacy capability forms an integral part of our global Dispute Resolution practice, offering our clients an accessible and economic one-stop-shop service, advising on and preparing all aspects of cases before all courts and tribunals – either from the outset or ‘parachuting in’ in particularly complex or urgent cases.
Our experienced advocates work throughout our global network providing worldwide coverage that means we can offer clients bespoke cross-border teams within different time zones to provide round-the-clock advice; of particular importance when applying for or defending urgent injunctions and orders.
As our advocates share office-space, case papers, culture and training with other team members working on the case, they gain a shared and detailed understanding of the dispute from day one and can lead the strategy from the outset. Briefing is quick and informal with simpler, more effective lines of communication and case preparation.
We are able to operate on hourly rates or alternative fee arrangements, dispensing with brief and refresher fees. This means our clock stops when the case settles, often leading to significant costs savings.
Our experience extends to all aspects of oral and written advocacy in domestic and international litigation, arbitration and mediation hearings. We have particular expertise in jurisdiction challenges, the recognition and enforcement of judgments and arbitral awards, injunctions in support of foreign proceedings, letters of request and witness statements in support of foreign proceedings.
In the Supreme Court of Gibraltar at the trial of claims for dishonest assistance and knowing receipt brought by the liquidators of Marrache & Co: Lavarello & Hyde v Jyske Bank (Gibraltar) Ltd (2017)
The Midas Claims Group
In the Commercial Court, CA and the Supreme Court in the first decision on the application of the Solicitors Minimum Terms and Conditions to multiple claims against a firm of solicitors and in the underlying actions against the firm for breach of trust in the Chancery Division: AIG v The International Law Partnership
A global energy company
Appearing as advocate for in a US$5.5 billion claim in fraud and breach of warranty arising from the purchase of oil and gas assets under the SIAC Rules seated in Singapore (English law)
Government of Malaysia
Appearing as advocate for the in a US$1.2 billion ad hoc arbitration against the Republic of Singapore concerning the interpretation of a bilateral treaty
Royal Bank of Scotland
In applications concerning the proper law for determining the scope of legal advice privilege in English litigation (In re the RBS Rights Issue Litigation  EWHC 3161 (Ch))
JKX Oil & Gas Plc
In successfully defending a challenge to an Award made under the UK-Ukraine Bilateral Investment Treaty (Ukraine v. JKX Oil & Gas Plc, Commercial Court, October 2017 (judgment confidential))
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Tom is a QC and head of Herbert Smith Freehills' advocacy group. He is a leading advocate in courts and tribunals at interim, trial and all appellate levels both in England and Wales and a number of offshore jurisdictions. He is also a Deputy High Court Judge and acts as arbitrator.