Tomas specialises in cross-border and regional Asian disputes.
Tomas is a member of Herbert Smith Freehills' Southeast Asia disputes practice. He has a broad commercial practice covering arbitration and cross-border litigation, with a focus on the energy, aviation and TMT sectors. He has recent experience of commercial fraud, joint venture, contract and investment treaty claims.
Tomas acts as counsel (advocate) and arbitrator and has experience of matters under the SIAC, HKIAC, ICC, LCIA, VIAC (Vietnam) and CIETAC arbitration rules. He has also acted in multi-jurisdictional matters including proceedings in Singapore, Hong Kong, India, the PRC, England, Thailand and Mauritius. He is a member of the firm’s India and Philippines desks.
According to the most recent directories:
- “Tomas Furlong is someone who clients describe as 'level-headed and who considers matters carefully.' He offers expertise across a range of commercial disputes in the energy and commodities space and is increasingly involved in technology and fraud matters.” (Chambers Asia Pacific 2022, Arbitration Singapore, Up and Coming practitioner and Band 1 practice).
- "Tomas Furlong garners praise as 'a measured and persuasive advocate' who is 'in the detail and extremely diligent'“ (Who’s Who Legal, Arbitration Future Leaders 2022).
- “Tomas Furlong is experienced in the TMT and energy sectors as well as disputes relating to private equity and sovereign fund investments” (Legal 500 2022, Singapore International Arbitration, Next Generation Partner and Tier 1 practice).
Tomas graduated from the University of Oxford with a first class undergraduate (MA) and graduate degree (BCL). After teaching at Oxford, he qualified as a barrister in England and Wales and a solicitor in Hong Kong.
Experience & expertise
- A Chinese upstream company in successful multi-billion dollar commercial fraud claim (SIAC arbitration in Singapore) and related enforcement proceedings in Singapore
- An Asian power company in an emergency arbitration in Singapore (SIAC arbitration in Singapore) and a related arbitration in India
- An Asian telecoms company in investment treaty claims against a South Asian state
- Asian LNG buyers on various disputes, including currently a SIAC arbitration in Singapore (Singapore law) relating to non-delivery.
- A US investor in a SIAC arbitration in Singapore (English law) successfully obtaining an “anti-suit” injunction to halt ongoing court proceedings in Thailand.