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Tom Cassels

Dispute Resolution Partner, London

“I am an experienced dispute resolution practitioner, with a particular focus on public and competition law. I aim to provide clients with practical solutions to business critical problems.”

Overview

Professional experience

Education and qualifications

Overview

Tom is a commercial litigator noted as a leading practitioner in public law and competition litigation. Tom advises household name clients on high-profile disputes and investigations as well as preparing senior management for appearance at Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) hearings, public inquiries and select committee hearings and judicial reviews.

Tom works in close collaboration with lawyers from the firm’s other market-leading practice areas, including Corporate, Banking and Financial Regulation in cross-office, multidisciplinary teams.

Work highlights

Tom has acted for clients in many major public and competition law disputes, investigations and commercial litigation. Recent experience includes representing:

  • Visa in its defence of multiple claims in Interchange fee litigation
  • AF/KM in defence of multiparty, follow-on litigation relating to Air Cargo
  • Three, a mobile telephone operator, on various aspects of its regulated business, including a number of appeals to the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT), judicial review and proceedings before the Court of Appeal
  • Three in its dispute with EE relating to delivery of Free Carrier sites
  • the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), in a case involving a grant to another English registered charity, Big Win Philanthropy
  • Reckitt Benckiser on a product liability issue facing one of its subsidiaries, Oxy RB
  • the BBC on aspects of its competition and regulatory functions

Professional experience

Tom is a trustee of the Social Mobility Foundation, a charity that aims to make a practical improvement in social mobility for young people from low-income backgrounds.

Tom often acts in pro bono cases, including for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Save the Children. Other cases include representing:

  • the AIRE Centre in litigation concerning refugee status of children fleeing from the migrant camps of Calais
  • supporting the team running the “Twitter Joke Trial”

Education and qualifications

Tom studied law at Queen’s College, Cambridge University.