Thomas Raphael QC is one of 2015's new silks, and has been a tenant at 20 Essex St since November 2000. He has a busy practice in the fields of general commercial law and private international law, with a particular focus on banking, financial services, shipping, commodities, offshore energy, insurance and reinsurance, and a growing practice in cross-over cases involving intellectual property, competition law, and commercial law.
He is recommended by Chambers UK Bar Guide as a leading silk for Banking and Finance and Commercial Dispute Resolution and by the Legal 500 for Banking and Finance, Commercial Dispute Resolution, and Shipping. He has been described by the Chambers UK Bar Guide (2016) as "Extremely bright and a very strong advocate."
Thomas was part of the team which won the House of Lords case of Masri v CCC (No 4)  1 AC 903. He recently led a team of four counsel including another senior silk in the major jurisdiction dispute of Fujifilm Kyowa v AbbVie Biotechnology  EWHC 2204.
He is the author the "The Anti-Suit Injunction" (OUP), the standard work on anti-suit injunctions, which has recently been cited with approval and adopted by the Commercial Court, Court of Appeal, and the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice, in a large number of cases, including Deutsche v Highland  EWCA Civ 725 and C-536/13, Gazprom OAO.
He frequently appears in commercial arbitrations, before the ICC, LCIA and other trade specific arbitral forums including the LMAA, LME and RSA, in cases concerning subjects such as mobile telephone contracts, international construction, superyachts, shipbuilding, charterparties, commodities, patent licensing and FRAND.
Thomas accepts appointments as an arbitrator and has sat as arbitrator in international arbitrations. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
He also acted as an expert witness of English law in foreign courts, including the French, Italian and Belgian courts.
He speaks fluent French.