Tom Leary has a broad commercial practice in line with Chambers’ profile. He acts in a wide range of commercial disputes and has represented clients in the High Court (Queen’s Bench and Chancery Divisions), the County Courts and arbitration, including CCMCs and a range of interlocutory applications (e.g. freezing injunctions, relief from sanctions and extensions of time).
Tom is regularly led as junior counsel in High Court litigation and heavy arbitrations, including a six-week hearing of a US$200m+ claim against a Caribbean state for breach of a development agreement and an on-going US$300m+ UNCITRAL arbitration arising out of a contract for off-shore drilling services.
Prior to commencing practice at the Bar, Tom studied law at Oxford, Leiden and Toronto. He also worked as the editor of the official law reports for a variety of off-shore jurisdictions and as the Judicial Assistant to Lord Mance in the Supreme Court.
Tom's recent work includes:
- Acting as sole counsel for the claimant in a £2m+ energy dispute concerning the supply of a jack-up barge for off-shore borehole drilling.
- Acting as sole counsel for a defendant in a c.£800,000 High Court claim concerning an alleged multi-stage boiler room fraud involving the sale of "fancy" coloured diamonds.
- Acting for a major national oil company in a US$300m+ UNCITRAL arbitration in a dispute under a drilling services contract (led by Duncan Matthews QC and Edward Ho).
- Six-week arbitration concerning a US$200m+ claim against a Caribbean state for breach of a development agreement, expropriation of concessions, breaches of lease and defamation (led by John Passmore QC).
- Acting for Charterers in an arbitration concerning damage to a chemical tanker following over-pressurisation of the cargo tanks during loading (assisting Charles Kimmins QC and Thomas Corby).
- Advising a national provider of telecommunication services on potential claims under several Telemetry Agreements.