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Chambers of Mark Howard QC and Helen Davies QC

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Brick Court Chambers (Chambers of Mark Howard QC and Helen Davies QC), Thomas Plewman QC, London, ENGLAND

Thomas Plewman QC

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Brick Court Chambers (Chambers of Mark Howard QC and Helen Davies QC)


A highly regarded South African silk who moved to London in 2010.  His substantial advocacy experience quickly translated into a practice specialising in large commercial trials across a wide field, laying the basis for his appointment as a QC in 2016 after less than 6 years of London practice. Chambers and Partners describe him in 2018 as a "very hard-working, tenacious barrister who is incisive and clear-thinking in his advice." "His brain is working many steps ahead of everyone else in the courtroom."

He has an extensive commercial litigation practice and appeared in cases listed in The Lawyers’ top 20 for each of 2017, 2015, 2013 and 2011 - Holyoake v Candy (2017, Ch), Cattles Group v PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP (2015, settled after opening submissions filed),  Deutsche Bank AG v Sebastian Holdings Inc [2013] EWHC 3463, British Sky Broadcasting Limited and Others v Office of Communications [2012] CAT 20.  In 2017 he acted in amongst others Holyoake v Candy, with claims for conspiracy and duress of £130 million; in the investment management company dispute Signia Wealth v Dauriac, as well as a claim for an indemnity arising out of the catastrophic failure of an an industrial printing press in Contact Print and Packaging Ltd v Travelers Insurance Company Limited(on all of which judgments are awaited). He acts for Goldman Sachs in its dispute with Novo Banco over the effect of Portuguese resolution measures applied to a failed bank, which will be heard in the Supreme Court in 2018, and represents the erstwhile Financial Director of RSM Tenon Inc in proceedings brought by the FRC under the Accountancy Scheme.  In 2016 he appeared in the Court of Appeal in Novo Banco v Goldman Sachs and acted for Baker Tilly in professional negligence claims brought by Exsus Travel, for some of the shareholders of Omega Group Limited in the trial of unfair prejudice claims brought against the company in  the BVI, for  Autonomy Corporation Limited in its actions to recover losses from erstwhile directors and others arising from Hewlett Packard's £8bn acquisition of Autonomy and for Ticketus LLP in its attempts to recover the losses suffered on the advance purchase of Rangers’ season tickets following the Club’s liquidation. His breadth of experience equips him to act across wide ranging commercial fields, from banking and company law to competition, and auditors’ and solicitors’ professional negligence to breach of copyright and confidential information.


B  Com  (UCT,  cum  laude);  LLB  (Wits,  cum  laude);  BCL  (Oxon).  Graduated  as  top  LLB  student  in  his  year  and was  awarded  a  Rhodes  Scholarship  for  South  Africa  in  1990.

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