Tom has a wide experience of commercial disputes of varying sizes and types, including large scale High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court litigation, mediation and investigations. Many of the cases on which he has worked have been international in nature and Tom has advised in relation to proceedings in a number of different jurisdictions. He has a particular interest in class actions and is a contributor to the firm's textbook: Class Actions in England and Wales.
Tom’s' expertise includes, banking disputes, commercial contract disputes, shareholder disputes, professional negligence, pharmaceutical and healthcare disputes, claims for breach of directors' duties, and cases involving fraud and insolvency.
Tom has recently been seconded to the firm's core Brexit team with responsibility for co-ordinating the firm's coverage of Brexit for clients, with a particular emphasis on dispute risk. Tom has worked closely with client, sector and practice teams across the firm's global network in relation to the challenges and opportunities of Brexit for clients.
Tom's experience includes advising:
- RBS Group and four former directors in defending shareholder litigation brought by shareholder and investor groups in connection with the Group's 2008 Rights Issue
- a listed mining company in relation to the defence of a class action brought in the High Court in London on behalf of 2000 members of a Zambian community alleging environmental claims
- Bell Pottinger LLP in conducting an independent investigation into whether the reputation management agency orchestrated a campaign in South Africa which breached any ethical principles
- Nortel Networks UK (in administration) and 18 other European Nortel companies in relation to the fall-out of the global insolvency and sale of the Nortel group
- Former directors and officers of a facility management and construction services company in relation to matters arising from the company's high-profile liquidation, including Select Committee inquiries
- Philip Noble in defending multi-million pound claims by former partners in relation to the demerger of the Noble Organisation, a national leisure empire before the High Court
- Patrick McKillen in seeking relief for unfair prejudice and for damages in tort for conspiracy to cause loss by unlawful means against various parties, including Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay, before the High Court and Court of Appeal
Tom has a First Class degree in Law from the University of Durham. He is a qualified Solicitor Advocate.