Mr Tom Stewart Coats > Chambers of Elspeth Talbot Rice KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Elspeth Talbot Rice KC
XXIV Old Buildings
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Tom’s experience includes general commercial disputes (both litigation and arbitration), banking and financial services disputes, aviation, trusts and estates litigation, company and insolvency law, and public international law. Tom has a particular interest in complex multi-jurisdictional disputes, whether for companies, private clients or states, which involve multiple forums and different systems of law.

Tom appears in both court proceedings (in the UK and offshore) and in arbitration. He is happy to be instructed on his own or as part of a larger team. Tom has recently appeared unled against KCs in eight significant hearings in the English High Court and in the DIFC Courts.

Tom regularly appears in applications for urgent injunctive relief, including for pre and post-judgment freezing orders, proprietary injunctions, Norwich Pharmacal and Bankers Trust orders, and passport orders.

Prior to joining XXIV, Tom was an associate at a boutique law firm, Omnia Strategy LLP, where he specialised in arbitration (both investment treaty and commercial) and public international law.

Tom is registered to appear as an advocate before the DIFC Courts and has a busy practice before those courts. He has also recently acted or advised in relation to matters in Jersey, Guernsey, Bermuda, Gibraltar, the Isle of Man, Hong Kong, the onshore UAE courts, and in ICC, LCIA, DIFC-LCIA and ICSID arbitrations.


Call: 2014


Commercial Bar Association

Chancery Bar Association

LCIA Young International Arbitration Group

Young ICCA


ICC Young Arbitrators Forum

Part II Registered Practitioner before the DIFC Courts


BA Classics – Jesus College, Cambridge

GDL (Distinction, top 5 overall) – City University, London

BPTC (Outstanding) – City University, London

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Aviation

(Rising stars)Ranked: Tier 1

Tom Stewart CoatsXXIV Old Buildings ‘A highly effective advocate, with an exceptional depth of experience and expertise in the aviation sector.’

XXIV Old Buildings is a ‘great aviation and commercial litigation set’ which frequently acts for aviation lessors, airlines and manufacturers. Steven Thompson KC is well-known for handling aviation maintenance, lease, sale and purchase agreements. Arshad Ghaffar  is a popular choice for aircraft lessors, while Bajul Shah  deals primarily with disputes relating to dry leasing, mortgages and forfeiture issues. Erin Hitchens has appeared in various interim matters in the Commercial Court and Tom Stewart Coats is instructed in regulatory matters.

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Tom Stewart Coats – XXIV Old Buildings ‘Tom is a truly excellent barrister who has been doing a good volume of arbitration work, and has established his name in this field. He can manage very large cases very well.’