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 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 and CIETAC arbitration rules. He relocated to Asia in 2014 after practicing in London, and 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.
Tomas is recognised by the leading directories, including as a Next Generation Partner (Legal 500) and Arbitration Future Leader (WWL). Client feedback includes "an extremely talented lawyer with excellent judgement and impressive advocacy skills."
Tomas' recent experience includes:
- A Chinese upstream company in a multi-billion dollar commercial fraud (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
- An international bank in a SIAC arbitration in Singapore (Singapore law) relating to a structured financial product, and related proceedings in Mauritius
- A US investor in a SIAC arbitration in Singapore (English law) successfully obtaining an “anti suit” injunction to halt ongoing court proceedings in Thailand
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.