Tom Leary is a leading junior specialising in all areas of commercial litigation, civil fraud, international arbitration, sport, and public law (particularly commercial judicial review). 

Most of Tom's work has a strong international element, raising issues of jurisdiction and foreign law, with clients coming from all around the world, including CIS, the Middle East, India, China, South East Asia and offshore jurisdictions. He was appointed to the AIAC's Panel of Arbitrators from 2021.

Tom is a member of the Welsh Government B Panel of Junior Counsel (Public Law) and the Attorney General’s C Panel.


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Commercial

Tom’s commercial litigation experience includes civil fraud, banking and finance, international trade, energy and natural resources, joint ventures, share-purchases, insurance, insolvency, and general contractual disputes.

Tom is also particularly known for his expertise in international arbitration, including investment treaty disputes. He has appeared as sole and junior counsel in arbitrations in London and internationally, including Singapore and Malaysia.

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Arbitration

A leading junior, Tom is particularly known for his expertise in international arbitration, including investment treaty disputes. He has appeared as sole and junior counsel in arbitrations in London and internationally, including Singapore and Malaysia. He has extensive experience of arbitral appeals and of the LCIA, ICC, SIAC, UNCITRAL, AIAC, LMAA and GAFTA rules.

Tom was appointed to the AIAC's Panel of Arbitrators in 2021.

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Civil Fraud, Asset Recovery & Injunctive Relief

Tom specialises in civil fraud, including injunctive relief, jurisdiction, recovery, receivership, issues of foreign law, corporate duties and insolvency. He has extensive experience working for corporate and individual clients in Russian, the Middle East, and offshore jurisdictions.


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Sport

Tom acts for clubs, players, regulators, managers, agents and sponsors in a wide range of agency, sponsorship, and other contractual or commercial disputes.

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Public & Regulatory

Tom frequently acts, both led and unled, on wide-ranging public and regulatory matters, for companies in commercial judicial reviews, community groups, NGOs, government departments, pro bono organisations, and local authorities.

He is a member of the Welsh Government B Panel of Junior Counsel (Public Law) and the Attorney General’s C Panel.

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Public International Law

Tom acts for clients across various areas of public international law, including investor-state disputes and human rights cases.

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Achievements

Education

  • BA (Hons) (Oxon) Law with Law Studies in Europe 
  • Erasmus Year, European and Public International Law (Leiden) 
  • LLM (Toronto)
  • Certificate in International Investment Law and Dispute Resolution (BIICL)
  • Hague Academy of International Law Summer Programme 

Publications

  • ‘Access to justice in the 21st century: how can it be maximised?’, winner of the Jonathan Brock Memorial Essay Competition (Runner-Up) Prize 2017.
  • ‘Non-Disputing Parties and Human Rights in Investor-State Arbitration: Bernhard von Pezold v Republic of Zimbabwe (case comment) (2017) 18(5–6) Journal of World Investment & Trade 1062.

Appointments

  • AIAC (Asian International Arbitration Centre) Panel of Arbitrators (2021)

Academic Awards

  • Jonathan Brock Memorial Essay Competition (Runner-Up) Prize (2017)
  • Walter Wigglesworth Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2013)
  • Canadian Rhodes Scholars Foundation Scholarship (2010–2011)
  • Lord Mansfield Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2010)
  • Hardwicke Entrance Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2010)
  • John V Lovitt Prize for Jurisprudence, Christ Church, University of Oxford (2008)
  • Lovells Scholarship, Christ Church, University of Oxford (2007–2010)
  • Slaughter and May Prize for Constitutional Law, University of Oxford (2007)

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