Tom Price > Gowling WLG > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Gowling WLG
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Work Department

Automotive; Energy; Dispute Resolution; Natural Resources; Mediation; Professional Liability; Baltic States; Central and Eastern Europe; Channel Islands; Show all


Partner, Head of the CIS and CEE desk


Tom Price is a partner you can trust to deal with your most complex and high value cross border commercial disputes. Based in Gowling WLG’s Birmingham and London offices, he has over twenty years’ experience resolving disputes (usually of a cross border nature) quickly and cost effectively, both in the English courts and through international arbitration in numerous arbitration centres around the globe. Tom is also an expert in jurisdictional issues, cross border enforcement of judgments and arbitral awards and the taking of evidence in cross border disputes.

Whilst Tom deals with disputes involving clients from many jurisdictions and in many sectors, he spends much of his time acting for clients from the CIS and Central and Eastern Europe and in the energy and natural resources sectors. His clients range from state owned industries through to owner-managed businesses and individuals.

His current and recent matters include a substantial dispute concerning the supply of industrial equipment in the mining sector, defending Ukrainian interests in a claim for commission from the sale of gas field in Ukraine, claims concerning the expropriation of assets by an African government, a claim against a central Asian government over the unlawful termination of mining rights and the enforcement of an English judgment and subsequent tracing of assets in Russia, Cyprus and the BVI.

Tom is a very thorough practitioner always seeking to obtain a clear understanding of your business and the issue in hand.

When not engaged in client work, Tom regularly speaks to audiences around the globe on cross border issues. In addition to heading the firm’s CIS and CEE desk he is also co chair of the International Bar Association Litigation Committee.


Assisting a major UK bank defend a number of claims for mis-selling of structured products arising from the collapse of Lehmans’. Strategic advice was necessary as the consequences in one claim could be felt across a number of other claims.

Representing numerous clients in applications to take evidence for use in foreign (usually US) proceedings. Such applications are important as without proper focused advice in this specialised areas client can be mired in time-consuming hearings and document production exercises.

Co-ordinating the efforts of a Russian individual seeking to enforce a substantial US judgment in various jurisdictions around the world, including England, Russia, Cyprus and the BVI. We assisted by bringing pressure to bear on the defendant through legal proceedings in various jurisdictions to achieve a significant settlement.

Assisting a Kenyan construction company fight off an attempt by its opponent to circumvent arbitration proceedings with English proceedings. The dispute centred around a project in Rwanda and claims for payment under a bond.

Helping a Mexican Steel manufacturer resolve a dispute over steel supplies from a Swiss trading group.

Ensuring a major energy group quickly resolved a dispute over contaminants in a North Sea oil pipeline. The matter required not just a grasp of the legal issues but also of the technical specification of the fluids. The dispute required fast resolution to avoid the pipeline being shut with significant consequences for all concerned.



Lawyer Rankings

West Midlands > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Birmingham

Gowling WLG‘s ‘superb team of dedicated lawyers‘ are experienced in a range of commercial and corporate disputes and post-M&A disputes. The group is ‘highly proficient in the IT disputes world‘ — Patrick Arben and Helen Davenport are key names to note — and counts health and safety, insurance, procurement, data privacy, bribery, corruption and fraud disputes among its other areas of expertise. Contentious regulatory expert Andrew Litchfield leads the team, which includes Tom Price, who handles a range of cross-border disputes and ‘has substantial CIS region expertise‘; Andrew Smith, who has particular experience in contractual disputes; and Davinia Gransbury, who focuses on corporate governance, civil fraud, directors’ responsibilities and duties, and contentious insolvency matters.

London > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

Gowling WLG‘s commercial arbitration practice acts under all major institutional rules, as well as ad hoc proceedings, and it has sector experience in the IP, technology, life sciences, natural resources, and construction and engineering industries. With extensive arbitration experience, Gordon Bell leads the international arbitration practice, which includes Birmingham’s ‘experienced disputes partnerTom Price. In 2021, construction and infrastructure disputes partner Mike Stewart was recruited in January from Wikborg Rein, while Michael Darowski joined McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP in May.