Defamation, privacy and harassment
Tom joined Brett Wilson in May 2017 from Schillings International LLP.
Tom has acted for claimants in a wide range of media and commercial litigation disputes. He has been involved with a number of important recent cases in the High Court. Tom’s litigation experience enables him to run cases efficiently from the outset, focusing on how to achieve a client’s objectives in the most cost-effective way.
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Tom’s work has included:
Breach of Confidence/Privacy:
Tom was a key part of the claimant’s legal team in the case of Brevan Howard Asset Management LLP v Reuters Limited and others  EWHC 644 (QB) in which Mr Justice Popplewell granted an application for an interim injunction preventing the disclosure of the claimant’s sensitive commercial information. The injunction was upheld by the Court of Appeal.
Tom has advised celebrities on their legal rights in respect of unwanted paparazzi attention and has secured substantial compensation payments for victims of phone hacking.
Tom was an integral member of the team that acted for a corporate claimant in a libel and malicious falsehood claim against a national newspaper. The case settled following the claimant’s acceptance of a Part 36 Offer.
In 2016, Tom secured an apology in a national newspaper on behalf of the UK boss of a leading health and beauty retailer following publication of a false allegation that he had been sacked.
Tom has provided both pre and post publication advice to a number of prominent individuals on their rights in respect of defamatory articles. These have included a Cabinet Minister, a best-selling fiction author and the founder of an American hedge fund.
Tom was part of the claimants’ legal team in an application for a final injunction brought pursuant to section 3 of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997. The claim was brought against multiple defendants and settled against each of them on confidential terms shortly before trial.
Tom secured the removal of an article from The Sun’s website which contained his client’s inaccurate and outdated personal data.
In 2015, Tom acted for the claimant in resisting the defendant’s application to set aside a default judgment in the case of Avanesov -v- Shymkentpivo  EWHC 394 (Comm). The case focused heavily on the Denton criteria, which remain relevant to the conduct of all media and commercial litigation.
Tom always seeks to ensure that his clients achieve successful outcomes at a proportionate cost.
In 2016, he acted for the entertainer David Walliams and model Lara Stone in resisting an application by a photo agency to recover additional liabilities (see: Stone & Anor v Flynet Pictures UK Limited  EWHC B3 (Costs)). This case is important in setting out what a party needs to show in order to recover a success fee and insurance premium from the other side in harassment proceedings.