Thomas is a barrister and partner, based in the London office. He has 15 years' experience of complex litigation and arbitration. He has appeared frequently as an advocate in the High Court (including the Commercial Court) and the Court of Appeal, and has acted in arbitrations under all of the major institutional rules, as well as ad hoc arbitrations under the Arbitration Act 1996. He accepts appointments as an arbitrator and is on the panel of arbitrators at the LCIA and the SCC.
He acts for States, financial institutions, multinational corporations, funds, directors and shareholders, trustees and beneficiaries, liquidators and receivers. Much of his work involves complex cross-jurisdictional issues and the conflicts of laws, such as asset-tracing and the enforcement of judgments and arbitral awards. He has substantial experience advising on international disputes, and frequently works with overseas lawyers in common law and civil law jurisdictions.
Examples of recent experience include:
- Representing a Ghanaian bank in Commercial Court proceedings against an Indian guarantor
- Acting for an AIM listed financial advisory company on contentious regulatory matters, and related litigation in the Commercial Court
- Counsel for a property developer in a Chancery Division professional negligence claim against his solicitors, arising out of an option agreement
- Representing a JV party in LCIA arbitration proceedings arising from the purchase of an electricity distribution network in Nigeria
- Acting for Lebanese and Iraqi individuals in an ad hoc arbitration to recover sums due from the borrow under a ship finance facility
- Counsel for a JV party in an ICC arbitration arising out of a construction project in Saudi Arabia
- Representing a multi-national oil & gas company in various ICC arbitrations and related litigation matters arising out of long-term gas sales agreements.