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Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

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Thomas Williams

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Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

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Commercial disputes and regulatory


Thomas is a barrister and partner, based in the firm's London office. He has 15 years' experience of complex litigation and arbitration. He has appeared frequently as an advocate in the High Court (including the Commercial Court) and the Court of Appeal, and has acted in arbitrations under all of the major institutional rules, as well as ad hoc arbitrations under the Arbitration Act 1996. He accepts appointments as an arbitrator and is on the panel of arbitrators at the LCIA and the SCC. He is an Advocate of the DIFC Courts.

Thomas acts for States, financial institutions, multinational corporations, funds, directors and shareholders, trustees and beneficiaries, liquidators and receivers. Much of his work involves complex cross-jurisdictional issues and the conflicts of laws, such as asset-tracing and the enforcement of judgments and arbitral awards. He has substantial experience advising on international disputes, and frequently works with overseas lawyers in common law and civil law jurisdictions.


Called to the Bar, Lincoln's Inn 2002; partner, Bond Dickinson 2017; partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP on combination in November 2017.


Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Young International Arbitration Group, International Association of Defence Counsel.


St John's College, Cambridge (MA), Durham University (LLM).

London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Oil and gas

Within: Oil and gas

The 'precise and relevant' oil and gas team at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is 'excellent on all accounts', according to one client. Practice head Paul Stockley and Aberdeen's Richard Cockburn are both noted as 'switched on and service-minded' and recently welcomed Thomas Williams from Boodle Hatfield LLP as litigation and international arbitration partner. Chrysaor instructed the firm to handle its acquisition of a number of North Sea assets from Shell, and Serica appointed the firm to assist with its takeover of BP's interests in the Bruce, Keith and Rhum gas fields in the North Sea. Tom Beezer is based in Southampton and represented Endeavour Energy in its dispute with joint venture partners regarding the costs of rig decommissioning operations in the North Sea. On the domestic front, Alex Hirom continues to advise Barking Power on the contractual aspects of the conversion of a large gas-fired power plant in East London.

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Power (including electricity and renewables)

Within: Power (including electricity and renewables)

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP represents developers, major utility companies, leading energy companies such as Vattenfall and Orsted, and independents. Recent corporate highlights include Sebastian Briggs 's advice to longstanding client RES on the sale of the Port Tyne battery storage project, while Simon Hughes oversaw a number of project developments such as the Dudgeon offshore wind farm and associated mandates such as the construction of a landward cable to connect the plant to the National Grid and the real estate aspects the incoming OFTO disposal. Ofgem appointed practice head Chris Towner , planning partner Jon Bower and construction expert Alex Hirom to assess the implications of developing a new regime to competitively tender new, separable and high-value transmission assets. The dispute resolution offering recently represented an electricity generator in a dispute with a utility provider arising from its SSA under the leadership of Ian Newcombe ; Thomas Williams recently joined the energy disputes team from Boodle Hatfield LLP .

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