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Tom McPhail

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Farrer & Co

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Tom advises on a broad range of contentious matters for individuals, institutions and corporate clients. He has experience at all stages of the litigation process from pre-action advice to trial. Tom recently co-authored Shepherd v Fox Williams LLP and others,  which appeared in the E-Commerce Law Reports, volume 14, issue 03 in August 2014


Trained at Farrer & Co (2012-2014) and qualified as a solicitor in September 2014.


University of St Andrews (MA); BPP Law School (GDL and LPC)

London: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Farrer & Co provides ‘spot-on advice and has built up a very strong and experienced team of litigators who are able to handle the most complex and high-value disputes with total professionalism and commitment’. Jeremy Gordon is ‘in a class of his own, with immense experience and a stellar list of satisfied clients’. Toby Graham has ‘a huge reputation for complex, high-value cases which he runs with tremendous determination and intelligence’. Recently promoted partner Charlotte Fraser has ‘proved herself as an excellent litigator with a track record of successfully working on a range of difficult and highly complex cases’. The ‘outstandingElizabeth Sainsbury (counsel) ‘is able to drill down to the core issues of the case quickly and well’. Joanna Poole is ‘fantastically capable, cool, calm and very effective’, and Adam Carvalhohas learnt well from the wise heads at the firm and is now really coming into his own, demonstrating very sound judgement and instincts and an encyclopaedic knowledge of this area’. Associates Tom McPhail and Luca del Panta are ‘rising stars – they are both industrious and pay great attention to detail’. The group routinely acts in the most complex and high-value disputes with an international dimension, with particular strength in offshore jurisdictions. Among its recent work, it successfully acted for the widow of a deceased wealthy landowner and farmer in Lincolnshire; the deceased had made a new will and the claim was for the will to be admitted to probate in solemn form.

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