“They are quite commercial in their approach and don’t escalate matters; rather they find the most efficient way to deal with things”

Chambers UK 2020

“A highly respected litigation boutique with expertise in a wide range of contentious corporate matters”

Chambers UK 2020

“They can really go toe to toe with magic circle firms”

Chambers UK 2020

“An excellent boutique litigation firm”

Chambers UK 2020

“They have really had our backs in a very innovative way”

Chambers UK 2020

“They are absolutely brilliant – very good at the big picture, very effective communicators and very easy to get on with.”

Chambers UK 2020

“Signature has provided us with steady-handed advice and I can honestly recommend their tightly-knit team to anyone in need of sound legal advice”

Chambers UK 2020

“Noted expertise in handling cases related to alleged benchmark manipulation and mis-selling, as well as significant shareholder disputes”

Chambers UK 2020

“Well known for its representation of oligarchs and other high net worth individuals”

Chambers UK 2020

“Prominent dispute resolution boutique with a strong record acting on behalf of claimants against major banks and financial institutions in complex litigation matters”

Chambers UK 2020

“The amount of deep thought that goes into each piece of work is extraordinary”

Chambers UK 2020

“Brilliant client care coupled with sound legal judgement”

Chambers UK 2020

Signature “has developed a deep bench of talent, which means even with the high demand for their services they consistently maintain a high quality”

Chambers UK 2020

“Highly responsive, intelligent and commercially astute lawyers”

Chambers UK 2020

“They demonstrate the ability to formulate, plan and implement a sophisticated global strategy”

Chambers UK 2020

“They are impressive in the way they deal with very complex cases”

Chambers UK 2020

The Firm’s “tactical and strategic vision is unparalleled, and the practice has a great range of partners and associates”

The Legal 500 UK 2020

“A strong focus on large, complex cases that are often cross-border”

The Legal 500 UK 2020

“A highly experienced team of partners who have in-depth knowledge of commercial dispute resolution”

The Legal 500 UK 2020

“Outstandingly successful”

The Legal 500 UK 2020

“Dedicated litigation experts with experience in handling every element of large-scale and highly complex commercial disputes, frequently involving multiple parties and jurisdictions.”

Chambers UK 2019

“Prominent dispute resolution boutique with a strong record acting on behalf of claimants against major banks and financial institutions in complex litigation matters.”

Chambers UK 2019

“A highly specialised dispute resolution firm, with a strong focus on large, complex and often cross-border cases.”

The Legal 500 UK 2019

Dispute resolution boutique Signature Litigation LLP handles large, high-profile professional negligence claims, often with a cross-border element, for claimants and defendants.

The Legal 500 UK 2019

“The practice advises on all aspects of large-scale banking litigation.”

The Legal 500 UK 2019

“The hallmarks of the team are that they are responsive, commercial, conflict-free, flexible … a client gets Magic Circle quality.”

Chambers UK 2019

“They have a lot of experience in multi-jurisdictional, high-value litigation. They are a boutique firm that is growing in size considerably but which can still provide a personal, flexible service.”

Chambers UK 2019

“Adept at handling multiparty and cross-border disputes, particularly those related to banking.”

Chambers UK 2019

“Their advice is sound and their strategic approach is excellent. I would recommend them without hesitation.”

Chambers UK 2019

“The firm is extremely focused on high-quality litigation”.

Chambers UK 2019

“Noted expertise in handling cases related to alleged benchmark manipulation and mis-selling, as well as significant shareholder disputes”.

Chambers UK 2019

“A first-class firm with a positive, collaborative culture of integrity”.

The Legal 500 UK 2019

Dedicated litigation experts with experience in handling every element of large scale and highly complex commercial disputes, frequently involving multiple parties and jurisdictions.

Chambers UK 2019

Biography

Tom has nearly 20 years’ experience in complex and high value commercial litigation and arbitration, spanning many business sectors and often involving multiple jurisdictions.

Prior to joining Signature Litigation, Tom was Head of the Commercial Disputes Group at Freshfields. He has a wide-ranging practice based on managing high value, commercial disputes in sectors such as consumer products and retail. He has represented clients in high-profile, strategic negotiations, successfully managed their most reputationally sensitive risk issues and litigation, and run complex disputes in the UK’s senior appellate courts and the CJEU.

Tom is an expert at predicting when problems are likely to come to the boil and using innovative and legal tech solutions to solve them when they do. He is a market leader in applying e-disclosure to complex commercial litigation, having trained a group of High Court judges on this issue.

He has recently advised on managing cyber security risks and the impacts of Brexit. He has sat on the Brexit Law Committee, which the Lord Chancellor established to develop, with the UK Government, strategies for maintaining and enhancing the utilisation after Brexit of English law and the UK Courts.

Tom has advised a number of multinationals and private equity houses on litigation and risk issues in deal contexts.

Tom also specialises in advising on complex, contentious regulatory issues for high net worth individuals and corporates, and challenging EU and national laws.

Highly ranked in the Chambers UK Guide for his commercial litigation expertise, Tom is described in the 2020 Guide as “extraordinarily good” and an “utter pleasure to work with and enormously talented, with a sixth sense for where a case is going and very sound judgement”. The Guides have also noted that Tom is “amazingly dedicated with strong credentials in international litigation” and that he is both “practical and commercial”.

In 2015, he was invited by the Commercial Court to sit on the Court’s Users’ Committee. Since then, Tom has played an active role in discussions around procedural reforms and the potential impacts on the UK Courts of Brexit.

Tom is also well-known for his longstanding commitment to pro bono work, having represented Save the Children, someone seriously injured in the London 7/7 bombings and the family of one of the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing victims. In 2016, Tom brought a successful intervention in the UK Supreme Court on behalf of both the Office of the Children’s Commissioner and the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants.

Experience

Commercial Litigation

  • Advising a worldwide automotive manufacturer on emissions issues in the UK.
  • Advising a California-based tech company on a potential dispute with a developer of one of the top ten most popular entertainment apps in the US.
  • Advising Cargill in its long running dispute against one of the largest steel manufacturers in India. In 2019, Tom successfully obtained summary judgment in favour of Cargill and an award of default compensation at a rate of LIBOR plus 12%. This was one of the first cases to apply the UK Supreme Court’s seminal decision in Cavendish Square v Makdessi [2015] UKSC 67, which redefined English law as to when contractual obligations are an unenforceable penalty.
  • Acting for a major bank in one of the most significant pieces of post-credit crunch litigation in the English Courts and then obtaining one of the largest non-party costs orders ever made.  To enforce the resulting judgment debt, Tom successfully had equitable receivers appointed and defeated a subsequent attempt to set aside their appointment.  Related proceedings include obtaining Norwich Pharmacal relief in England and Wales and Guernsey, litigation in the Turks and Caicos Islands, proceedings in the Court of Appeal of England and Wales determining the UK’s contempt of court jurisdiction against foreign defendants, successful enforcement action in the Norwegian Supreme Court (leading to the sale of a key asset in 2020), and a US trial in late 2019.
  • Acting for Deutsche Bank in its dispute with Unitech, one of the first cases to consider the civil consequences of alleged LIBOR manipulation. This case had been to the Court of Appeal on a number of interlocutory points (including LIBOR) and at trial in 2019, the Court entered judgment (on the first day of the trial) against Unitech for approximately USD $315m.
  • Advising Accenture in its multi-million pound dispute with Centrica (British Gas) over the design and implementation of the largest billing system ever installed for a major utility company.
  • Acting for Hutchison 3G in a dispute with its network software supplier concerning delays in production and quality.
  • Representing a multinational in its successful defence of English High Court group litigation proceedings brought by a group of landowners, claiming for environmental damage allegedly caused by the construction of an oil pipeline.
  • Acting for a global feed business on litigation strategy issues in the context of a potential dispute with a leading private equity house.

EU Law and Judicial Review

  • Advising a high profile body in the insurance sector in connection with public law issues engaged by the UK Government’s position on a contentious EU directive and in connection with potential UK Supreme Court proceedings and related contribution claims.
  • Obtaining a reference from the English High Court and then bringing proceedings in the CJEU to challenge the legality of the EU’s revised Tobacco Products Directive.
  • Bringing judicial review/constitutional challenge proceedings in the English High Court, Court of Appeal, the UK Supreme Court, the Australian High Court and the Irish Courts against bans on the branding of certain consumer products.
  • Acting for the Office of the Children’s Commissioner and the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants in the 2016 UK Supreme Court hearing of R (on the application of MM (Lebanon) v Secretary of State for the Home Department.
  • Advising a global product manufacturer on complex challenges to UK and EU food law.

International Arbitration, Civil Fraud and Risk Management

  • Representing members of the Privinvest Group in connection with a US$2bn claim brought against Credit Suisse by the Republic of Mozambique. The claim relates to supply agreements and supporting financial instruments and guarantees entered into by state-owned enterprises dedicated to the development of Mozambique’s offshore Exclusive Economic Zone and supporting international investment into its oil and gas reserves. The claim engages allegations of bribery of Mozambican government officials.
  • Advising a major multinational in relation to complex and high value ICC arbitration proceedings involving a six-week hearing in 2019.
  • Advising a UK plc in the energy sector in connection with complex LCIA arbitration proceedings.
  • Leading a team advising in complex cross border litigation involving allegations of fraud, conspiracy and breach of directors’ duties. The litigation involved freezing and asset disclosure injunctions being granted in favour of an entity connected to an ultra high net worth individual and a related jurisdictional dispute being appealed to the UK Supreme Court and a successful preliminary reference to the CJEU.
  • Advising manufacturers and retailers of food, feed and consumer products in connection with numerous safety issues, including global product recalls and an investigation into the cause of a multi-million dollar food contamination crisis.
  • Advising a leading manufacturer of consumer products on data integrity and disclosure risk management in the context of a global migration to Microsoft Cloud.
  • Advising clients on appearances before UK Parliamentary Select Committees.

Press Coverage

Auditor regulation and litigation – down to the wire(card)? – Finance Digest – 6 August 2020

Mortgage arrears-handling failures cost Lloyds dearly – Compliance Monitor – July 2020

Warranty Claims Litigation May Surge Due To COVID-19, Brexit – Law360 – 31 July 2020

The UK Government Has Refused to Compensate Dealers Affected by Its Ivory-Trading Ban. Here’s Why That Has Big Implications – Artnet – 24 July 2020

Auditor regulation and litigation – down to the wire(card)? – Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence – 16 July 2020

Deloitte faces record £15m fine for Autonomy audit failings – London Loves Business – 10 July 2020

The Angelic Grace of judicial pragmatismLitigation Futures – 15 June 2020

Witness statements – evolving or endangered? – The Law Society Gazette – 15 June 2020

FCA fines Lloyds $80M for mistreating mortgage customers – Compliance Week – 12 June 1010

Priti Patel insists ‘it’s not MY plan’ after Ryanair boss vows to ‘block travel quarantine’ by the end of THIS WEEK as airlines and businesses join legal fight – Daily Mail – 8 June 2020

Ryanair’s O’Leary says UK quarantine will be quashed or droppedThe New York Times – 8 June 2020

Ryanair’s O’Leary says UK quarantine will be quashed or droppedReuters – 8 June 2020

APPOINTMENT OF THE WEEK – TOM SNELLING AT SIGNATURE LITIGATION – Edward Fennell’s Legal Diary – 4 June 2020

Signature Litigation snaps up Snelling – New Law Journal – 31 May 2020

Signature signs up Snelling – CDR – 28 May 2020

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