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Tom has extensive experience of advising and acting on a wide range of real property and commercial landlord and tenant disputes, as well as on professional negligence cases arising from property transactions. He is a member of the Property Bar Association, and is ranked in both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 for his property litigation practice.

Tom has a particular experience of and interest in high profile claims involving protestors and squatters, with clients including HS2 and leading energy firms. He acted as sole counsel for Cuadrilla in the important Court of Appeal decision in Cuadrilla Bowland v Persons Unknown [2020] EWCA Civ 9 which upheld committal orders for breach of a ‘persons unknown’ injunction, and has acted in several High Court cases to obtain such injunctions. 

Tom’s broader chancery practice means that he is particularly well suited to, and enjoys, cases spanning multiple practice areas including issues of trusts of land, insolvency and contractual disputes arising from sale purchase, overage, joint venture or development agreements. 

He has recent experience in the resolution of property disputes in arbitration and by expert determination, including: 

  • Acting for a purchaser in seven-day arbitration to determine the purchase price of a substantial property portfolio as part of a complex corporate takeover (led by Andreas Gledhill QC); and 
  • Appearing (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.

Tom also advises and acts upon property disputes in Caribbean jurisdictions.