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Tom Hibbert

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Tom Hibbert is Global Head of RPC's Commercial Disputes practice and a senior partner in the Financial Disputes team. He specialises in investment banking disputes, particularly in the capital markets and arising from structured finance, derivatives and fund management, fraud related disputes and insolvency/restructuring. Tom acts primarily for institutional investors (continental/foreign banks and financial institutions, hedge funds, pension funds and investment vehicles for, for example, high-net-worth individuals) often in dispute with the largest investment banks.

Significant cases: JPMorgan Chase v Springwell Navigation Corporation, acting for the investor in a $500m claim involving allegations of mis-selling, negligent advice and misrepresentation relating to emerging markets securities; acting for CF Partners in its breach of confidence claim against Barclays Bank and Tricorona arising from Barclays’ purchase of Tricorona; advising one of the largest financial institutions in Germany in claims arising from the ratings downgrade of a Swap Counterparty and contractual interpretation in relation to a synthetic CDO; advising one of Europe’s largest insurers in relation to claims for rectification of documentation for a synthetic CDO; acting for Bank St Petersburg in its successful proceedings against Vitaly Arkhangelsky; acting for the Federal Republic of Nigeria in actions against JP Morgan, Shell and ENI arising from the corrupt allocation of the OPL 245 oil block.


Qualified in 1993 and worked in banking litigation group at Richards Butler. Made a partner in 1999. Co-head of banking litigation at Richards Butler in 2006 and held the same position at Reed Smith following the merger in 2007. Joined Reynolds Porter Chamberlain in December 2009 as head of financial disputes. Co-author of ‘Banking Litigation’ published by Sweet & Maxwell. 


Windsor Boys School; Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge University (1989 History (MA Cantab) First Class Honours); College of Law, Guildford (1990 Common Professional Examination; 1991 Law Society Finals (Distinction)).


Reading; cinema; walking; Arsenal Football Club.

London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Within: Leading individuals

Tom Hibbert - RPC

Within: Banking litigation: investment and retail

RPC's 'depth and availability is superb'. The banking and financial markets disputes team is one of the few City firms that is able to act for European regional banks, pension funds, hedge funds, and the investment vehicles of high-net-worth individuals against investment banks. It is also regularly involved in contentious insolvency and restructuring situations. Simon Hart is head of financial disputes, global head of commercial disputes Tom Hibbert, who is 'heads and shoulders above the rest of the banking litigation community', also leads the banking and financial litigation team, and Andy McGregor has extensive experience of managing banking disputes that arise from structured finance and derivatives. Alan Williams was made partner and Charlotte Henschen and Dan Hemming are experienced senior associates.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

RPC's 'extremely strong commercial litigation team is engaged in some of the most high-profile disputes in the market'. The well-established disputes practice frequently receives referrals from Magic Circle and US firms, and can draw upon its own specialist contentious teams that cover disputes in banking and finance, commodities, tax, employment, real estate, IP, IT, insurance, construction, competition, and media. Geraldine Elliott is commercial disputes head, Tom Hibbert is global commercial disputes head, and Simon Hart is head of financial disputes. Other experienced practitioners are Davina Given and senior associates Daniel Wyatt and Laura Martin.

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