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Call: 1985    QC: 2008

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Practice Overview

Tom has acted in numerous reported and high-profile cases and cross-border disputes before a large variety of tribunals in a number of different jurisdictions. Much of his work stems from collapses of complex investment structures and from high-value cross-border private client disputes.

He has developed a substantial offshore practice and is one of very few barristers who have had full and not merely ad hoc practising certificates in both the BVI and the Cayman Islands. Hence he has acted for a variety of different parties in hedge fund and banking disputes. Bear Stearns, Re Sphinx, Re Medley Opportunity Fund in the Cayman Islands and Kingate Global Fund v Kingate Management Ltd in Bermuda.

He is regularly called upon to give expert evidence on both UK and offshore law in the US on matters of company law and the liability of fiduciaries.

Many of the cross-border disputes such as SAAD v AHAB have involved asset tracing in the context of commercial or financial fraud but he has had to apply this knowledge in cases in which the primary focus might be as diverse as professional negligence, financial services, shareholder disputes or even judicial review.

Tom has also been involved in a number of leading high value trust and probate cases. Although these cases or his involvement tends to be confidential, reported examples include well-known decisions such as Walker v Stones and Al Bassam in the UK, Re A v N and Re Circle Trust in the Cayman Islands and Wang Din Shan v Nina Wang in Hong Kong.

Tom is ranked as a leading silk in Chambers & Partners, 2021 which describes him as “A fantastic trial advocate – he is excellent in court.”, “A devastating cross-examiner. A real iron fist in a velvet glove.”, “He is excellent and knows the Caymans inside out.” and is “Very creative and an intellectual powerhouse.”

The Legal 500 2021 edition describes Tom as “He is is user-friendly, client-focused and easy to work with, able to grapple with the most complex of cases.” “An extremely effective cross examiner and very effective with clients.” and the “Standout star of the offshore bar – extremely bright and a pleasure to work with.”

The previous Chambers & Partners 2020 edition describes Tom as “an outstanding intellect, an amazing advocate and great at strategy. Very approachable, always responds in a timely fashion, always gets everything done – a solicitor’s dream”.