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 the Waterfall III insolvency litigation, a six-week hearing of a US$200m+ claim against a Caribbean state for breach of a development agreement and an energy dispute concerning the supply of off-shore borehole drilling.
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:
- The Waterfall III insolvency litigation (led by Stephen Atherton and Tony Beswetherick).
- US$2m+ share-purchase dispute concerning payments out of an escrow account.
- £2m+ energy dispute concerning the supply of jack-up barge for off-shore borehole drilling.
- £800,000 High Court claim concerning an alleged mutli-stage boiler room fraud involving the sale of "fancy" coloured diamonds.
- 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).