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Osborne Clarke LLP

Work Department

Commercial Disputes


Tom is a commercial litigation Partner with considerable experience of representing major corporates in high-value and complex commercial disputes, corporate investigations and fraud-related matters.

He is regularly retained on matters with an international dimension. He is regularly retained by one of the Big  Four Accountancy firms, certain major American Film and TV corporations, one of the pre-eminent fine art auction houses and various major financial services organisations.

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Tom qualified in 1991 at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and joined Osborne Clarke in February 2013 from Wragge & Co LLP.

Lawyer Rankings

South West > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Bristol

(Leading individuals)

Tom EllisOsborne Clarke LLP

Noted for its stellar expertise in data protection litigation, Osborne Clarke LLP handles high-end shareholder disputes, contractual claims, financial services litigation and boardroom proceedings, with demonstrable capability in cross-border cases. Catherine Wolfenden leads the team and Clare Robinson acts for clients across the technology and business sectors, while Peter Clough standouts for his experience in cross-border disputes across the energy, technology and financial services industries. Charlie Wedin handles cyber and data-related claims and Charles Crowne focuses on financial services disputes, including pensions litigation. Tom Ellis, who acts for corporates in commercial disputes, investigations and fraud-related mandates, remains a key contact in the group.

South West > Insurance > Professional negligence

Accountancy and financial services, construction and real estate, as well as pensions are central pillars for Osborne Clarke LLP‘s professional negligence practice. Acting on behalf of both claimants and defendants, the team sports extensive expertise in regard to FCA and regulatory matters. Accountants and clients in the financial sector turn to Tom Ellis for his longstanding experience in defending them against professional negligence claims. Charles Crowne and associate director Katherine King are also key contacts for financial services litigation in addition to pension disputes.

London > Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious

At Osborne Clarke LLP, clients range from traditional financial services companies to alternative lenders and fintech providers. Other recognised practitioners include Tom Ellis and recently promoted partner Nick Price, who are singled out as ‘real heavyweights with great caseloads‘. In October 2022, the team benefitted from the arrival of Benedicte Perowne, formerly of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, who has extensive experience handling all aspects of interactions with the FCA and PRA, from authorisations, to notifications, to enforcement. Rachel Couter oversees the offering.

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market

(Leading individuals)

Tom Ellis – Osborne Clarke LLP

Particularly active in technology, financial services, and energy and natural resources-related disputes, Osborne Clarke LLP‘s ‘team of highly capable and experienced individuals‘ has an enviable track record in heavyweight cross-border disputes. ‘One of the most successful commercial litigators of his generation‘, Tom Ellis leads the practice from Bristol where Charlie Wedin routinely handles large cases and senior partner Peter Clough acts in large-scale commercial and contractual disputes; Andrew Bartlett is sought out for cases featuring challenging jurisdiction, governing law and international enforcement issues; and Jane Park Weir is a highly rated corporate and commercial litigator. The next line of experienced practitioners comprises CIS disputes leader Artem Doudko, and legal director Alfred Church, who frequently advises on jurisdictional and procedural issues. Nick Price, who acts in disputes in the payments, crypto assets, and fintech sectors, and complex commercial disputes specialist, Nina Lazic, were made partners in 2022 and 2023, respectively.

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil

A large London-based firm with several overseas offices, Osborne Clarke LLP  deals with complex international, multi-jurisdictional fraud and high value disputes with a particular focus on Middle Eastern and CIS countries. Boasting a large international network, the firm is well positioned to handle high-value and multi-jurisdictional matters; it is also notable for its expertise in the burgeoning field of cybersecurity and online payment fraud. Another key area of focus is bribery, corruption and fraud within the global energy and infrastructure industries, where these matters remain a hot topic. The practice is led by Tom Ellis who represents major accountancy firms, media conglomerates and financial services organizations.