Thomas Barnard > Irwin Mitchell > Crawley, England > Lawyer Profile

Irwin Mitchell
The Pinnacle
RH10 1JH

Work Department

Commerical litigation


Senior associate


Tom acts for a range of clients in high value, complex and cross-border commercial disputes. He has particular expertise dealing with contractual disputes, company and shareholder disputes, professional negligence claims, insurance disputes and insolvency and restructuring issues. Tom also acts regularly for both insurers and insureds in relation to coverage disputes, complaints to the Financial Ombudsman Service and in judicial review proceedings.

Tom has a particular focus on the sport and entertainment sector and is recognised as a leading sport lawyer. Tom frequently acts for football clubs (including domestic and international teams), athletes, sponsors and international and national sport governing bodies on a range of contractual and regulatory matters.

Tom also acts for musicians, managers and record and publishing companies in relation to a variety of issues.

Lawyer Rankings

South East > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex

Advising household names, national and international companies and financial services institutions, the Gatwick-based commercial litigation team at Irwin Mitchell continues to be instructed in tax, insolvency, directors’ duties and shareholder-related disputes. Specialising in commercial contract, liability and professional negligence disputes is team head Katie Byrne, who often assists insurance companies and financial institutions. Recently promoted partner Thomas Barnard, who also leads the firm’s sports department, focuses on commercial disputes and risk advisory work in the sports, media and entertainment industries. Robert Parks offers experience in dealing with contractual, partnership and shareholder disputes, as well as knowledge of professional negligence issues, acting for private and corporate clients.

South East > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment

(Rising stars)

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