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International Arbitration

Tom’s international arbitration practice includes disputes under the LCIA and ICC Rules, and applications to challenge arbitration awards under the Arbitration Act 1996.

Recent experience:

  • WSB v FOL [2022] EWHC 586 (Comm) – challenges to a JAMS arbitration award under ss. 67, 68 and 69 AA 1996, including how such challenges interact with the new Commercial Court Guide and Civil Procedure Rules.
  • Quaestus Capital Pte Ltd v Union Pacific Capital Ltd [2021] 11 WLUK 449. Successful resistance of Claimant’s application to vary an order obtained under s.44 of the Arbitration Act 1996 in support of a $13m loan dispute. Issues included relationship between parallel proceedings in England, Hong Kong and Bahamas, and role of non-party custodians.
  • Acting on challenges under s.67, s.68 and s.69 of the Arbitration Act 1996 to a JAMS Arbitration Award concerning rights to collateral under $45m loan agreement.
  • Acting for Middle Eastern state gas company as part of a three counsel team in an ICC Arbitration in Geneva arising out of long term gas supply contracts. Claims circa $5bn.
  • Advising on ICC Arbitration arising out of Joint Operating Agreement for exploration and development of petroleum operations in the Middle East.
  • Acting for the Claimant in a $20m ICC arbitration arising out of the Madoff fraud (led by Alan Gourgey QC)
  • Fieldfisher LLP v Pennyfeathers Limited [2016] EWHC 566 (Ch). Successful resistance of administration application on basis that the alleged debt was subject to an arbitration agreement. Issues included the effect of a prior arbitration and of the arbitration agreement.
  • Advising on an application to set aside an arbitration award of the London Beth Din
  • An arbitration of a dispute arising out of property surveying in the UK, under LCIA Rules

Tom has also written and spoken on the interrelationship of arbitration and insolvency.