Mr Alastair Tomson > Chambers of George Bompas QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of George Bompas QC
4 Stone Buildings


Litigation-focussed international 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. Instructed in several proceedings involving interest rate swap mis-selling and the manipulation of LIBOR and EURIBOR. Has represented the Government of Rwanda in several sets of natural resources arbitration disputes since 2011. Experience of international 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.

Recent cases of note include: 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); 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 Royal Bank of Scotland Plc [2016] EWHC 1570 (Comm); Deutsche Bank AG v Unitech Global Ltd [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). Publications: contributor to OUP’s ‘Annotated Companies Legislation’.

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)


CIArb; COMBAR; Chancery Bar Association; Arbitration Club – Financial Sector Branch.


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.


Football, cricket, reading, family, playing and listening to music.

Lawyer Rankings

Middle East: The English Bar > Commercial

(Leading juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Alastair Tomson 4 Stone Buildings ‘Alastair’s strengths are his ability to understand the essential elements of a dispute quickly, to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of a case, to draft whatever is required quickly and efficiently, to present the case forcefully and persuasively in court and to work well under pressure and time constraints. Alastair is an excellent advocate.’

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Alastair Tomson4 Stone BuildingsVery hardworking and happy to roll his sleeves when there is a deadline. He has a fantastic grasp of the documents and is a QC in the making.

4 Stone Buildings brings a huge amount of experience to the table, with several top name silks and juniors. The set has excellent credentials for insolvency-related banking disputes, but also regularly acts on broader finance litigations, including cross-border and offshore claims. Notable highlights include Sharp & Ors v Blank & Ors in which Richard Hill QC acted for the claimant group of Lloyds bank shareholders in a trial that concluded in 2020 with judgment on a costs point. The highly-rated Sharif Shivji QC has a prominent role acting for Credit Suisse in Republic of Mozambique v Credit Suisse, and is also leading two juniors in a major banking dispute before the DIFC. Juniors such as Christopher Harrison, Alastair Tomson and James Knott have also made a good impression on the market.

London Bar > Company and partnership

(Company - Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Alastair Tomson4 Stone BuildingsHe is a trusted advisor who gives clear advice.

London Bar > Financial services regulation

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Alastair Tomson4 Stone BuildingsA junior who is great at taking the time to understand the problem from the client’s point of view.