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Tom Rudkin

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Farrer & Co

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Tom is an Associate in Farrer & Co's Reputation Management practice, and is also a member of the firm's Sports Group. Tom provides reputation management, contentious media and IP advice to a full range of the firm's clients, including individuals, corporates and institutions. He has experience advising both claimants and defendants on defamation, privacy, contentious data protection, cyber security, harassment, and copyright and trademark law. He works alongside communications advisers, investigative firms, and IT and cyber security specialists to help devise strategies on, and responses to, sensitive issues where the reputational risk is significant.

Tom frequently advises sports organisations and individuals on contentious, regulatory and commercial matters. His clients include international and national sports governing bodies, as well as a number of professional sportsmen and women and other sports organisations. Tom's experience includes advising Farrer & Co's sports clients on various forms of dispute resolution (comprising litigation, arbitration at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and mediation), internal investigations, disciplinary and selection issues, and the drafting of key policies (such as those relating to anti-doping and the selection of athletes for major events).

Tom has spent time in-house on two separate secondments at the Lawn Tennis Association.


Tom joined Farrer & Co as a trainee in 2011 and qualified in September 2013. He spent five months on secondment at the Lawn Tennis Association in 2013.


BA in Classics – Corpus Christi College, Oxford; GDL and LPC – BPP Professional Education

London: Risk advisory

Reputation management

Within: Reputation management

Headed by the ‚Äėsuperb‚Äô Julian Pike, the practice at¬†Farrer & Co¬†acts for high-profile individuals, charities, celebrities, organisations and publishers. The practice acted for Princess Tessy of Luxembourg on matters related to her divorce proceedings in the High Court, and advised the Football Association in relation the Select Committee inquiry into its handling of allegations of discrimination made against Mark Sampson. Tom Rudkin¬† is also recommended. Michael Patrick left the firm.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Sport

With 'a long history of acting for sports governing bodies on weighty matters', Farrer & Co has 'a strong sports pedigree'; governance, integrity and safeguarding are core strengths, though the team also has longstanding experience in event-staging. Julian Pike has 'great experience' and 'a very good understanding of the needs and pressures faced by his clients'; he advised the Football Association (FA) on the Select Committee inquiry into its handling of bullying and discrimination allegations lodged against former England women's manager Mark Sampson. Senior litigator Adrian Parkhouse is 'calm and effective, with a sound knowledge of the sector', and knows 'exactly what clients expect'; he defended PGA European Tour against a damages claim worth over £200,000, relating to its staging of the golf tournament. Henry Sainty assisted UK Athletics with staging the IAAF World Athletics Championships and the IPC World ParaAthletics Championships in 2017; he also advised the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) on its agreement with The Queen's Club to stage the Aegon Championships. Other clients include the International Canoe Federation and Billericay FC. Kate Allass is 'a strong, effective litigator'; the 'extremely sharp' Paul Jones is 'a great person to have on your side'. Associate Tom Rudkin is widely recommended.

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