Chancery: Trusts and Probate
Drafting Particulars in respect of claims under a testamentary trust in relation to (1) an option clause and (2) a charging clause.
Assisting his supervisor in a Commercial Court claim concerning breaches of a repurchase agreement in which there was uncertainty as to the quantum of damages;
On behalf of a leading biotech company, assisting his supervisor in a mediation concerning a licensee’s breach of a manufacturing and development agreement;
Assisting his supervisor in two arbitrations (ICSID rules) under bilateral investment treaties concerning fair and equitable treatment, most-favoured nation clauses, and the interrelationship of EU or other ‘municipal’ law and international law in the context of a sovereign debt restructuring;
On behalf of an oil and gas exploration company, assisting his supervisor in two arbitrations under ICC rules concerning (1) the application of an “area of mutual interest” clause and (2) alleged breaches of a joint operating agreement;
Assisting his supervisor in a further ICC arbitration concerning the energy sector giving rise to complex questions of res judicata and issue estoppel; and
Assisting in an arbitration under LCIA rules concerning alleged breaches of an investment agreement by a juice concentrate company.
Providing advice in respect of recent decisions of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.
Assisting his supervisor to prepare a public law challenge on the basis of assurances given by a public body over an 8-year period;
Acting pro bono for three distinguished international NGOs, drafting their reply submission to a Law Commission Consultation Paper on the protection of official data;
Acting for the requested person in a rare defence to extradition on Art. 6 ECHR grounds;
As a pupil, Thomas assisted his supervisors in two multi-billion Euro claims before ICSID tribunals concerning sovereign debt restructuring, bond ‘haircuts’, and the interrelationship of EU or other ‘municipal’ law and international law. He also has experience of arbitrations under ICC, LCIA, and SCC rules, ranging in subject matter from farm-in clauses in the oil and gas sector to loan financing to claims by media networks. Outside of his practise, Thomas has been retained by the U.S. Department of Commerce Commercial Law Development Program to advise on the drafting of model rules, to coach teams for the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration moot, and to train arbitrators from Afghanistan after the passage of that country’s inaugural Commercial Arbitration Act. Tom is also a member of the ICC Young Arbitrators’ Forum, Young ICCA, and Young ICSID.