Tom has a broad commercial practice in both arbitration and litigation. His work includes civil fraud, insurance and reinsurance and disputes arising out of construction projects.
Much of Tom’s work has an international dimension. He has a particular interest in the Middle East, where he has been very active since the establishment of the DIFC Courts. Tom collaborated with Michael Black QC in drafting the Rules of the DIFC Courts and was subsequently instructed to draft the rules of the Dubai World Tribunal, together with various papers, protocols and rule changes for the Courts.
Tom has been involved in some of the most significant cases before the DIFC Courts and the Dubai World Tribunal. Recent instructions include Taaleem PJSC v National Bonds Corporation (CFI, 2010 – 2016) (with Vernon Flynn QC), a US$100m dispute concerning a property transaction, involving allegations of breach of trust and Nakheel v Souq (DWT, 2011 – 2015) (with Michael Black QC), a AED1bn dispute about a property transaction and the construction of several buildings on the Palm, Dubai.
A significant part of his recent work has involved the enforcement of New York Convention awards. He appeared in Honeywell v Meydan  2 Lloyd’s Rep 133 in which the Defendant raised every Convention defence. The decision is of particular interest on the application of the public policy defence to allegations of bribery.
Tom has acted in many of the claims to enforce foreign judgments and awards in the DIFC Courts. Leading judgments include DNB Bank v Gulf Eyadah (CA, 25 Feb 2016), a landmark decision on the use of the DIFC Courts as a “conduit” jurisdiction for the enforcement of foreign judgments in Dubai. Tom also appeared in Eagan v Eava (CFI, 28 Nov 2014), the first judgment to examine the DIFC Court’s enforcement jurisdiction, Fiske v Firuzeh (CFI, 5 Jan 2015), confirming the constitutionality of the DIFC’s enforcement laws and Eagan v Eava (CFI, 29 July 2015) on public policy.
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