Mr Alastair Tomson > Chambers of George Bompas KC > London, England > Barrister Profile

Chambers of George Bompas KC
4 Stone Buildings


Alastair has an international litigation and advisory practice with experience of High Court and appellate proceedings, and international arbitration (ICSID, ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL), across banking and financial services, natural resources, company, insolvency and general commercial disputes. Has represented the Government of Rwanda in a number of natural resources arbitration disputes since 2011. Experience of Greek banking sector securitisations and multi-jurisdictional disputes involving cryptocurrencies. Regularly instructed in the DIFC, both at first instance and appellate level, including high-value banking, civil fraud, and oil and gas litigation.


Reported cases of note include: Mikadze v Del Rosso [2023] EWHC 2165 (KB); Massun v Mousi & Others [2022] DIFC CA 003 (DIFC Court of Appeal); Bay View Group LLC and The Spalena Company LLC v. Republic of Rwanda, ICSID Case No. ARB/18/21; Dansingani & Anor v Canara Bank [2021] EWCA Civ 714 (CA); Al Sadeq v Dechert LLP & Ors [2021] EWHC 1149 (QB); Kaamil v Kaawa [2020] CFI 032 (DIFC); Syndicate Bank v Dansingani [2019] EWHC 3439 (Ch); Michel v Michel [2019] EWHC 1378 (Ch); Marme Inversiones 2007 SL v Natwest Markets Plc [2019] EWHC 366 (Comm); Re Maud [2019] Ch. 15; Al Khorafi v Bank Sarasin Alpen [2018] DIFC CA 010; Aabar and Edgeworth v Maud [2018] EWHC 1414 (Ch); Marme Inversiones 2007 SL v RBS [2016] EWHC 1570 (Comm); Deutsche Bank AG v Unitech [2016] 1 W.L.R. 3598.


Called 2004, Lincoln’s Inn. Registered in Part II of the register of the Dubai International Financial Centre courts (2015). Called to the Bar of Rwanda for specific matters (2014).


Contributor to OUP’s ‘Annotated Companies Legislation’.
“No-assignment clauses and bank insolvency”, Corporate Rescue and Insolvency (CR&I) 2014, 7(6), 228-230 (co-authored with Andrew Rose).


French (working knowledge)




Old Swinford Hospital, Stourbridge; King’s College, Cambridge (1996 BA Hons); University of Birmingham (2003 CPE); Inns of Court School of Law (2004 BVC – Outstanding); Lord Mansfield, Lord Haldane and Kennedy Scholarships and Buchanan Prize from Lincoln’s Inn.


Cricket, reading, playing and listening to music.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Financial services regulation

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

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London Bar > Company

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Alastair Tomson4 Stone Buildings ‘Alastair has a clinical drafting style that is naturally persuasive and inherently logical, and he keeps a very clear and calm head in even the most heavily fought litigation.’

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Alastair Tomson4 Stone Buildings ‘Great work ethic, likes to think outside the box and work towards creative solutions. A great team player.’

London Bar > Insolvency

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Alastair Tomson4 Stone Buildings

4 Stone Buildings places insolvency and reconstruction as a central area of focus, with the set known for its involvement in high profile and high value insolvency work. Members of chambers have also represented the government on insolvency matters, including Tiran Nersessian, who was instructed by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to advise on the insolvency elements of the Horizon scandal, including the predicament of a cohort of postmasters who found themselves bankrupt. ‘Stand-out silk’ Jonathan Crow KC, was instructed in a multi-million dollar claim in Byers v Saudi National Bank which was brought by the liquidators of two insolvent companies against a bank for knowing receipt of funds paid in breach of trust. Alastair Tomson is frequently led by Richard Hill KC and John Brisby KC, having been instructed on noteworthy bankruptcy cases. Zara McGlone is noted for her work for Ofgem – she acted as sole counsel for the energy regulator in several cases concerning the insolvencies of energy suppliers.

Middle East: The English Bar > Commercial

(Leading juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Alastair Tomson 4 Stone Buildings