Tom has a broad commercial and chancery practice across the range of Chambers’ work. His experience includes general commercial disputes (often including conflicts of law and jurisdiction), arbitration, trusts and estates litigation, banking and financial services disputes, and public international law.
Tom appears in both court proceedings (in the UK and offshore) and in arbitration. He is happy to be instructed on his own or as part of a larger team. As well as acting as counsel, Tom accepts appointments as a tribunal secretary in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations under a variety of institutional rules or ad hoc.
Tom has a particular interest in investor-state arbitration having previously been an associate at a law firm specialising in investor-state arbitration and public international law.
Tom is registered to appear as an advocate before the Courts of the Dubai International Financial Centre.
Full details of Tom’s experience are set out below. A selection of current and recent cases include:
- Acting for a North African state in an investment treaty arbitration arising out of two large infrastructure projects allegedly worth US$300 million
- Acting in a large and complex trusts dispute before the DIFC Courts
- Advising on a proposed US$600 million claim against an African state
- Acting as sole counsel in an LCIA arbitration in the technology sector
- Acting in a LCIA arbitration between CIS parties
- Acting in a DIFC-LCIA arbitration in the telecommunications sector
- Acting in an English Commercial Court claim arising out of the sale of an aircraft
- Acting for a US financial institution in a US$1billion claim against a UK bank
- Acting for a prominent international businessman in a potential claim between parties to a joint venture
Areas of experience
BA Classics – Jesus College, Cambridge
GDL (Distinction, top 5 overall) – City University, London
BPTC (Outstanding) – City University, London
Commercial Bar Association
Chancery Bar Association
LCIA Young International Arbitration Group
ICC Young Arbitrators Forum
Part II Registered Practitioner before the DIFC Courts
“Central banks or sovereign wealth funds as investment treaty arbitration claimants?”  10 JIBFL 592 (co-authored with Lucas Bastin).
Lectures and Seminars
Tom provides lectures and seminars on any subject within his practice areas. He has recently given talks on: (1) full protection and security claims arising out of civil wars; (2) the law of state immunity in England and the DIFC; (3) the development of the common law in English and international commercial courts; (4) allegations of corruption in investment arbitration; (5) the effect of post-breach benefits on the quantum of damages in commercial litigation; (6) freezing orders and anti-suit injunctions before the DIFC Courts; and (7) the interaction between trust litigation and matrimonial finance disputes.
VAT Number: 257034316
Registered name: Thomas William Stewart Coats