Tom practises across the main areas of Chambers' work, with expertise in public and administrative, EU and competition, commercial and sports law. His clients include central government, regulators (such as Ofgem, Ofcom and the Office for Students), and a wide range of private entities. He has a particular specialism in aviation, EU and regulatory law. Tom edits the Competition Bulletin, a blog of competition law views from Blackstone Chambers.

He is regularly instructed in cases before most divisions of the High Court, the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court, the Court of Justice of the European Union and the Court of Arbitration for Sport. He has been instructed as sole counsel in cases before the High Court, Court of Appeal and Court of Justice of the European Union.

Tom is a member of the Attorney General's C panel of counsel. He has also been called to the Irish Bar. He is recognised by both of the leading independent legal directories (Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners).

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Public & Regulatory

Tom has a general public law practice, appearing for both claimants and defendants in judicial review and other administrative proceedings. He is a member of the Attorney General's C panel of counsel. 

He has particular experience of regulatory issues in various sectors (including energy, telecommunications and higher education). 

In the energy context, he has advised or represented both regulators (including Ofgem and the Oil and Gas Authority) and businesses in relation to high-profile energy issues such as the RIIO 2 price controls, the domestic energy price cap, the offshore transmission regime, smart-metering, and fracking. 

In the higher education context, Tom has appeared for the Office for Students in the first challenges brought against its new regulatory regime under the Higher Education and Research Act 2017 in the High Court and Court of Appeal.

In the telecommunications context, Tom has advised or represented both Ofcom and businesses in relation to spectrum award issues, consumer protection enforcement proceedings and annual licence fees. 

As part of his aviation practice, Tom has further represented airlines in regulatory enforcement proceedings brought by the Civil Aviation Authority, the Competition Markets Authority and in a judicial review of the Civil Aviation Authority.

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EU & Competition

Tom has significant experience of competition and EU law. He has been involved in a wide range of cases raising such issues before the High Court, Competition Appeal Tribunal and the CJEU. 

As part of his aviation practice, Tom has been instructed in several preliminary references to the CJEU concerning aspects of EU aviation law, including flight delay compensation and the lawfulness of charging optional price supplements. 

He has been instructed in both follow-on damages proceedings in the High Court and in appeals against regulatory Chapter I infringement decisions before the Competition Appeal Tribunal. He is currently instructed in proceedings under the Enterprise Act 2002 concerning alleged breach of undertakings given to the CMA following a merger investigation. He also frequently advises on state aid issues.

Tom further has experience in price control matters, appearing in both the RIIO ED1 and RIIO 2 energy price control appeals before the CMA. 

Tom was called to the Bar of Ireland in 2020 and is a member of the Law Library.

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Commercial

Tom has been involved in a wide range of commercial cases in the Commercial Court, Chancery Division and arbitration proceedings. He has experience in areas such as fraud, asset recovery, and injunctive relief. He is instructed as sole counsel and as part of a wider team.

Tom appeared in the Supreme Court in Bott & Co Solicitors Ltd v Ryanair, a case which will test the scope of the solicitor's equitable lien in a modern context (judgment is awaited). In 2021, he will also appear in a three-week commercial trial in the Chancery Division (in a dispute concerning the extent of two consultants' shareholding in a telecommunications company). 

Tom further has experience of group and managed litigation, including the VW NOx emissions litigation, the mobile telephone voicemail interception litigation (the "phone-hacking" litigation), and the construction industry vetting information litigation. He is frequently instructed as sole counsel on commercial matters in the High Court. 

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Telecommunications

Tom has been involved in a range of telecommunications cases, advising and representing MNOs and other entities in the sector on regulatory and other matters. Recently, he represented Ofcom in the Competition Appeal Tribunal in consumer protection enforcement proceedings and in the High Court and Court of Appeal in relation to the auction of the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz spectrum. He is currently representing a telecommunications company in a Chapter I infringement investigation brought by Ofcom, which is likely to proceed to the Competition Appeal Tribunal.

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Sport

Tom has gained a wide experience of sports cases before a variety of tribunals. He has been involved in disputes between sports clubs and owners, before sports disciplinary panels, and between clubs or individuals and regulators. He recently appeared in the Court of Arbitration for Sport for the International Association of Athletics Federations in a disciplinary case concerning the corruption of officials of a member federation.

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Media & Entertainment

Tom has been instructed in a range of cases in the field of media, entertainment and technology and has appeared in IPEC and Chancery Divison proceedings. His experience includes commercial disputes concerning licensing agreements, agency, and copyright, as well as regulatory matters. 

Tom has a particular interest in legal issues arising in the field of art, cultural property and luxury goods, including: export licensing; artists' resale rights; copyright; title issues; mis-attribution; and spoliation. He is currently instructed in High Court proceedings raising issues concerning the provenance and authenticity of works alleged to be by Turner and Degas. He further successfully assisted Nick De Marco for the third defendant in the QBD trial of Ecclestone v Khyami [2014] EWHC 29 (QB), a claim by Tamara Ecclestone for the unlawful conversion of a Lamborghini Aventador. He is a member of the Institute of Art and Law. 

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Civil Liberties & Human Rights

As part of his public law practice, Tom regularly appears in cases raising human rights issues in the Administrative Court and Court of Appeal. He recently appeared in High Court proceedings concerning the scope of concept of "possessions" for the purposes of A1P1 and regulatory proceedings concerning the right to a fair trial in the context of complaints of sexual harassment. He has been instructed by clients in relation to applications to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. 

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Environment

As part of his public law and energy practice, Tom regularly appears in cases concerning the environment and claims under the Aarhus Convention. Recently, Tom has advised or represented regulators and claimants in matters concerning fracking, badger-culling and the renewable energy regime. He has further been involved in the VW NOx emissions litigation.

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Energy

Tom has significant experience in the field of energy regulation. He regularly advises regulators and businesses on various aspects of the UK and EU energy regulatory regime. Recently, he has been involved in cases concerning price controls, the domestic energy price cap,  the onshore oil and gas regime, smart-metering, and offshore renewable transmission. In 2015, Tom spent 5 months on secondment to Ofgem.

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Achievements

Education

Classics (BA Hons, Oxon): First Class (fifth in year); Graduate Diploma in Law (City): Distinction; BPTC (Kaplan): Outstanding.

Prizes & Scholarships

  • Prince of Wales Scholarship (Gray’s Inn)
  • The Times Law Prize (Second Place) (The Times/One Essex Court)
  • David Karmel Award (Gray’s Inn)
  • Henry Wilde Prize (for the top mark in philosophy papers in Finals across all Honours Schools including philosophy) (University of Oxford)
  • Invitation to sit the All Souls Prize Fellowship Exams (University of Oxford)
  • Comparative Philology Prize (University of Oxford)
  • Scholar of New College (University of Oxford)


Prior to joining Chambers, Tom worked in the office of capital defence attorney in Houston, Texas, assisting clients facing the death penalty. While in Texas, Tom observed and participated in a full capital murder trial, in which his client escaped the death penalty. 

Before coming to the Bar, Tom worked as a Classics teacher of students aged thirteen to eighteen at Westminster School.

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