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International Arbitration

Tom has advised upon and acted in a range of domestic and international arbitrations, and arbitration disputes are forming an increasing part of his practice.

Notable recent examples include: 

  • Acting (with John Wardell QC) in an ongoing c.$50m dispute between a private service provider and the government of an offshore jurisdiction about the sums due and/or the extent of any historic overcharging under an agreement for the provision of key public services (ICC Rules). 
  • Acting (as sole counsel) on a two day hearing in a DIFC-LCIA arbitration in Dubai for the recovery of a loan advanced for the purchase of petrochemicals. 
  • Acting (with Andreas Gledhill) for a purchaser in seven-day arbitration to determine the purchase price of a substantial property portfolio as part of a complex corporate takeover. 
  • Acting (as sole counsel) on a two day arbitration in Doha (under the Arbitration Rules of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce) on a multi-million dollar claim made by a security provider for unpaid invoices following the termination of their security services contract with an oil and gas company.

Tom also has experience of:

  • Expert determination processes, and appeared (with Jonathan Seitler QC) in the Court of Appeal in Great Dunmow Estates Ltd v Crest Nicholson Operations Ltd [2019] EWCA Civ 1683, concerning the extent of an expert valuer’s ability to determine the parameters of their own task in a dispute under a contract for the sale of land.
  • Challenging arbitration awards, e.g. (with Michael Bloch QC) on a claim to set aside a shipping arbitration award on the ground that the award had been procured by fraud: Nestor Maritime SA v Sea Anchor Shipping Co Ltd [2012] EWHC 83 (Comm).