Thomas is a Senior Associate in the Dispute Resolution group in the Dubai office of Watson Farley & Williams.

He specialises in commercial dispute resolution, with experience of litigation (London High Court and Dubai International Financial Centre Courts), arbitration (including LMAA, LCIA, ICC), mediation and advisory work on litigation risk and avoidance.

He regularly acts for major corporates and high net worth individuals in all types of international contentious matters within the Middle East and in the UK. He has particular experience in the maritime sector, advising banks and shipowners on contentious matters involving charterparties, guarantees and finance documents.

Thomas previously worked in the London office of Watson Farley & Williams and is a fluent Dutch, German and French speaker. He is listed by Legal 500 as a recommended lawyer for Dispute Resolution: Arbitration and International Litigation.

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  • Representing major Middle East owner in LCIA arbitration concerning the fitting of scrubbers to fleet of five vessels.
  • Representing high net worth individual in LCIA arbitration proceedings concerning dispute arising from failed sale of yacht.
  • Advising major Saudi based petrochemical company on disputes covering JV disputes, competition law issues and shipping disputes.
  • Acting for syndicate of banks in LCIA arbitration proceedings against defaulting borrowers/guarantors. Overseeing strategy for enforcement of arbitral award in onshore UAE Courts.
  • Acting for syndicate of banks in UAE arrest proceedings over two vessels before the onshore UAE courts.


  1. 2010 – 2011 · Kaplan Law School, LPC
  2. 2009 – 2010 · City Law School, GDL
  3. 2006 – 2009 · London School of Economics, International History (BA)

memberships & associations

  1. Law Society of England and Wales