Tom is an Associate Director in Osborne Clarke's Commercial Disputes team and advises clients on complex disputes and investigations.

Tom acts for clients across Osborne Clarke's sectors, with a focus on financial and professional services and digital business.  Tom spends the majority of his time working for large professional and financial services clients on business critical disputes, and also has extensive experience working for emerging and established technology companies.   The disputes that Tom advises upon often have an international element, and Tom has recently advised clients on multi-million dollar disputes with connections to the US, India, Morocco, Lebanon and Europe.

Tom also has detailed experience of obtaining and defending injunctions and claims relating to employees exiting businesses and on team moves.

In addition to handling disputes, Tom works closely with clients on both sensitive internal and regulatory investigations, and he has particular recent experience dealing with investigations and enforcement action by the UK's Financial Reporting Council.

Helping you succeed in tomorrow's world

I often advise clients on compliance with their disclosure obligations in the face of ever growing volumes of documents and the effect that changing working practices are having on the control of information.  As part of this, I stay on top of technology and have experience of using a range of advanced tools to save clients time and cost.

Tom is proud to have been described as 'Fantastic' in the 2020 edition of the Legal 500.

Work

Dell EMC

Obtaining anti-suit relief for Dell EMC in relation to (a) a claim in Morocco from a local distributor regarding a cloud implementation project ([2017] EWHC 2397 (Comm)), and (b) claims in Lebanon in relation to a breach of an alleged exclusive distribution clause ([2018] EWHC702 (Comm)).

Major Russian bank

Advising a number of defendants to a c.$100m claim connected to the collapse of a major Russian bank.

Channel island fund

Advising on a high-value audit negligence claim involving a channel island fund.

Ex-Directors of a football club

Obtaining a successful result at trial in a dispute involving breach of duty by the ex-Directors of a football club ([2019] EWHC 26 (Ch)).

Client confidentiality

Obtaining a springboard injunction to restrain the use of a client's confidential information by an ex-employee.

Italian public authority

Advising an Italian public authority on an interest rate swap dispute, involving complex issues of jurisdiction and conflict of laws.

Confidential FRC investigations

Advising in relation to a number of confidential FRC investigations, both in relation to the Audit Enforcement Procedure and the Accountancy Scheme.

Audit Negligence claim

Advising one of the 'Big Four' firms on two audit negligence claims concerning the collapse of a number of offshore funds, with claimed losses exceeding £20million.

Internal and regulatory investigation

Advising a professional services client on a series of fraud investigations, including advising on cross-border regulatory, criminal and civil aspects of the investigations.

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