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Thomas Plewman QC

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


Highly regarded South African silk who moved to London, commencing practice in 2010, primarily in commercial litigation and professional negligence. He has quickly attracted UK work at a very high level. He was the lead counsel for BT in the Pay-TV litigation in BSkyB v Ofcom [2012] CAT 20; acted for Sebastian Holdings in the $8bn dispute Deutsche Bank AG v Sebastian Holdings [2013] EWHC 3463 (Comm) and is acting for PriceWaterhouseCoopers in the £1.6bn professional negligence claim brought against it by the Cattles Group which goes to trial in October 2015 and the claims recently issued by Autonomy Corporation and Hewlett Packard against Michael Lynch and other relating to the $11bn acquisition of Autonomy in 2011. Judgments in other cases in which he has recently appeared include: QOGT Inc v IOGT Ltd [2014] EWHC 1628 (Comm); Cavendish CF LLP v KIMS [2014] EWHC 1282 (Ch); Fortress Value Recovery Fund I LLC v Blue Skye Special Opportunities Fund [2013] EWHC 14 (Comm); Brit Inns Ltd (In Liquidation) v BDW Trading Ltd 145 Con LR 181; Bethell Construction Ltd v Deloitte and Touche [2011] EWCA Civ 1321; Erlson Precision Holdings Ltd v Hampson Industries Plc [2011] EWHC 1137 (Comm) and Everton Football Club Company Ltd v Sail Group Ltd [2011] EWHC 126 (QB). His practice in South Africa covered a wide spectrum of commercial matters, including insurance, company law, intellectual property, accountant’s professional negligence, banking and mining law. He has continued since his move to advise on substantial South African matters and acted as an expert witness on South African law in Jersey in Investec Trust (Switzerland) SA v The Philip Gutkin Family Trust (PL2009.315). He brings to practice as a junior counsel in England an exceptional degree of high-level practical litigation experience.


Barrister and senior counsel for the Republic of South Africa; silk (South Africa) 2008; relocated to London from South Africa 2009; junior and silk on the Johannesburg Bar Council.


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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Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

Within: Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – 2016 silks

Thomas Plewman QC - Brick Court Chambers ‘Incisive and clear-thinking in his advice, both orally and on paper.’

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Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence – 2016 silks

Thomas Plewman QC - Brick Court Chambers ‘A very experienced barrister, who is measured, clear and pragmatic.’

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