Mr Tom Gentleman > Chambers of George Bompas QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of George Bompas QC
4 Stone Buildings
LINCOLN'S INN
LONDON
WC2A 3XT
England

Work Department

Specialist in commercial litigation, company law, financial services and insolvency. Recommended as a leading junior in the major directories.

Position

Tom is a leading commercial chancery junior. His practice covers the full range of commercial law, but he has particular expertise in civil fraud, company law, shareholder disputes, insolvency, banking and financial services. He appears in large scale litigation in the Commercial Court, the Chancery Division and in arbitration. He acts as a sole advocate, or as a senior junior in a larger counsel team.

Tom regularly works overseas, with recent cases in the British Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, and Guernsey. He has been called to the Cayman Islands bar.

Career

Called 2005; Lincoln’s Inn.

Memberships

Chancery Bar Association; COMBAR.

Education

Christ Church, University of Oxford (MA Modern History, Scholar); City University, London (GDL); Lord Brougham Scholar, Lincoln’s Inn.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

Tom Gentleman4 Stone BuildingsTom has a calm and relaxed demeanour which helps to reduce the stress of working on a highly pressurised matter. His drafting and legal analysis is very strong.

4 Stone Buildings is considered a ‘leading commercial chambers with top tier juniors and some of the best silks at the commercial/Chancery Bar‘. Clients also appreciate its ability ‘to take instructions in a wide range of areas with particular strength in commercial company and fraud disputes‘. Members regularly find themselves on the largest disputes to hit the market, such as  Autonomy Corporation v Lynch in which Richard Hill QC, Sharif Shivji QC and Tom Gentleman are all involved for various parties – the matter sits against a broader backdrop of multiple civil and criminal cases concerning HP’s takeover of Autonomy. George Bompas QC also achieved a notable decision on behalf of the appellant in the Supreme Court in Marex Financial Ltd v Carlos Sevilleja Garcia, a case re-examining the law on reflective loss.

London Bar > Company and partnership

(Company - Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

Tom Gentleman4 Stone BuildingsHis drafting and legal analysis is very strong.

4 Stone Buildings has an impressive reputation in company litigation relating to directors duties, shareholder disputes and breaches of fiduciary duty. Jonathan Crow QC is a go-to barrister for cases destined for the Supreme Court and Privy Council, with recent highlights involving complex issues at the cross-sector of charity and company law. Supported by Sharif Shivji and Tom Gentleman, Richard Hill QC represented Autonomy founder Michael Lynch, who is defending civil fraud claims of over $5bn, in litigation currently running in parallel with an extradition request from the United States. Mandates often incorporate multiple jurisdictions, regularly with significant offshore aspects; John Brisby QC is assisting EY Bermuda with various investigations and potential claims while Orlando Fraser QC led 2021 silk Hermann Boeddinghaus QC and Eleanor Holland in a 12-day trial in the BVI Commercial Court. Andrew De Mestre QC is sought out for high-stakes trials, having been instructed by the claimants in Travelport v WEX, an expedited trial arising from a $1.7bn takeover affected by Covid-19.