I’m a partner in the commercial dispute resolution team, advising a wide range of clients in complex or high value litigation, often with an international dimension.
Known for my pragmatic approach, I regularly advise businesses or business people to help them understand / avoid risks and resolve disputes through negotiation, mediation (or other alternative dispute resolution) or Court action.
As the head of the Food and Drink team, I often work with clients in this sector and have a particular interest in viticulture.
Areas of expertise:
- Commercial litigation
- Alternative dispute resolution / negotiation
- Complex contractual disputes
- Post-transactional disputes
- Shareholder disputes
- Partnership disputes
Qualifications and memberships
- Qualified in October 2011
- Member of the Association of Partnership Practitioners
Successfully represented Noksel Çelik Boru Sanayi A.Ş., a specialist Turkish steel pipe manufacturer in a multi-million dollar, cross-border contractual dispute in the High Court ( EWHC 68 (Comm)).
Acting for an international media and advertising agency in relation to a multimillion pound dispute with an exhibition centre for breach of contract/force majeure.
Acting for a large multinational company to obtain an urgent injunction to prevent one of its former employees and his current employer from missusing its confidential information.
Providing strategic advice to the investors of a SAAS company in relation to a $2.5 million investment and loan facility.
Advising a Kuwaiti company and its director in relation to the termination of a franchise agreement with a well-known coffee chain and associated claims/personal guarantee.
Acting for a specialist IT company in relation to a six figure claim against a Formula 1 team.
The organisation as a whole has been an invaluable source of support - Tom Bourne in particular making himself available at all times through a crisis situation. His knowledgeable, calm and empathetic manner, and his grasp of complex situations gives a feeling of total confidence.
Legal 500 2022
He is empathetic, thinks outside the box and looks for tailored solutions which work best for us.
Chambers and Partners
The Cripps team was diligent, attentive and on top of things throughout the proceedings. We were successful in almost all of our claims and Cripps’s assistance in attaining that result was very valuable.
Deputy General Manager of Financial & Administrative Affairs at Noksel Çelik Boru Sanayi A.Ş.
Myself and my colleagues will never forget the level of support you gave us during a very difficult time (probably the most difficult workwise that I have ever gone through). It really made it possible to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and feel confident that we could get there.