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Tom Sprange QC provides advocacy and strategic advice in significant, high-value and complex disputes for  a diverse range of clients, including corporations, sovereign states, financial institutions and individuals. A partner in our Trial and Global Disputes practice, Tom acts in a broad array of disputes under local, private and public international law.  He is described by his peers as: “Mensa-like intellect with a down-to-earth attitude”, “A-star advocate, he just walks in and understands everything" ,  “a superb advocate”, “class act”, “remarkable,” a “super lawyer,” “a real star,” “fantastic”, “a very sharp legal mind”, “an excellent advocacy choice across dispute resolution forums”, “a sharp intellect" who praise "the precision, energy and tenacity he projects in front of tribunals and judges" “, and highlight his "great cross-examination skills", describing him as “a unique coming together of legal insight, commercial nous and practical living/implementation”

Tom has appeared in over 75 cases  in the Chancery and Queens Bench divisions of the High Court and the Court of Appeal in a broad array of disputes. He has particular expertise in cases relating to sovereign immunity, acts of state, conflicts of law, interpretation of contracts, civil fraud, injunctive relief and claims arising from arbitration proceedings.

Tom has acted as counsel in more than 250 international arbitrations in the leading arbitration institutes, including the International Chamber of Commerce, London Court of International Arbitration, American Arbitration Association, Stockholm Chamber of Commerce the Court of Arbitration for Sport and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes. He also regularly sits as an arbitrator.

He has experience working with clients in numerous sectors, including energy, mining, projects, construction, telecommunications, technology, financial services, real estate, pharmaceuticals, fashion and sports.

Tom is the Managing Partner of the London Office and is a member of the Firm's Policy Committee.

He is highly ranked in the latest editions of the Chambers Global, Chambers UK, Chambers Europe, Legal 500 UK and Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration, Asset Recovery and Construction directories for Arbitration and Dispute Resolution, as well as listing for Civil Fraud and Energy in the former. He is described as: “a unique coming together of legal insight, commercial nous and practical living/implementation”,  “a superb advocate”, “class act”, “remarkable,” a “super lawyer,” “a real star,” “fantastic,” “impressive,” “smart, percipient and energetic, ” and “commercially astute and a great lawyer” with sources adding that “his advocacy skills are brilliant” and he has “experience in a range of sectors, including aviation, energy and finance.” and that “he is very responsive, sharp and quick to seize the key issues”, that "He has good, sharp comments at every stage of proceedings and really contributes a lot," "He's smart - he thinks and understands quickly and he's good at forming case strategy." "He is a top-level litigator with years of experience and he is extremely responsive." "He is very effective as arbitration counsel." Sources also say Thomas is a “thoroughbred arbitrator who is incredibly smart, ” a “heavyweight arbitration lawyer” and “technically excellent and very creative, with a strong knowledge base and good problem-solving skills”.  Furthermore, Thomas is said to combine a “Mensa-like intellect with a down-to-earth attitude” and “an unparalleled work ethic and outstanding attention to client needs”; possess “extensive commercial arbitration expertise”; to “not just go the extra yard in defending his client’s position, but the extra mile”; to be an “accomplished solicitor advocate”; "Tom is an extraordinary litigator. He has a sharp intellect from a legal standpoint and is commercially astute." "He is sensible as a solicitor and impressive as an advocate"; "He is an extremely high-quality advocate and his work is very impressive in this space". "An A-star advocate, he just walks in and understands everything". "He is clever, fast, reasonable, logical, knowledgeable, experienced and creative" and has "great cross-examination skills."

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Credentials

LL.M., University of New South Wales, with distinction

L.P.A.B. Dip. Law, University of Sydney, Australia

Dubai International Financial Centre Courts

England and Wales

Ireland

Law Society of New South Wales

New South Wales

Ranked for International Arbitration


CHAMBERS EUROPE, 2022

Ranked for International Arbitration, Energy and Fraud


CHAMBERS UK, 2022

Ranked for Arbitration and Dispute Resolution


CHAMBERS GLOBAL, 2022

Ranked for Arbitration and Dispute Resolution


Chambers Global, 2017

Ranked for International Arbitration and London Fraud


Chambers UK, 2017

Ranked for International Arbitration


Chambers Europe, 2017

Ranked for International Arbitration, Dispute Resolution and Civil Fraud


Legal 500 UK, 2017

Ranked for International Arbitration and Commercial Litigation


Who’s Who Legal

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Recognition

Ranked for International Arbitration


CHAMBERS EUROPE, 2022

Ranked for International Arbitration, Energy and Fraud


CHAMBERS UK, 2022

Ranked for Arbitration and Dispute Resolution


CHAMBERS GLOBAL, 2022

Ranked for Arbitration and Dispute Resolution


Chambers Global, 2017

Ranked for International Arbitration and London Fraud


Chambers UK, 2017

Ranked for International Arbitration


Chambers Europe, 2017

Ranked for International Arbitration, Dispute Resolution and Civil Fraud


Legal 500 UK, 2017

Ranked for International Arbitration and Commercial Litigation


Who’s Who Legal

Matters

ICSID proceedings involving claims for $2 billion arising from claims for expropriation and breaches of national security, acts of terrorism and acts of state.

Commercial Court proceedings relating to terrorist financing, money laundering, acts of state and immunity.

An ICC arbitration regarding a $35 billion Treaty dispute between two sovereign states relating to oil and gas transportation rights, acts of state and local law issues.

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ICSID proceedings involving claims for $2 billion arising from claims for expropriation and breaches of national security, acts of terrorism and acts of state.

Commercial Court proceedings relating to terrorist financing, money laundering, acts of state and immunity.

An ICC arbitration regarding a $35 billion Treaty dispute between two sovereign states relating to oil and gas transportation rights, acts of state and local law issues.

Commercial Court proceedings relating to a $2.5 billion fraud and enforcement claim including freezing orders and actions in 25 jurisdictions worldwide.

Two related UNCITRAL arbitrations involving claims in excess of $3.5 billion against the Government of India.

Commercial Court and related appeal proceedings with respect to a $500 million claim for damages against a sovereign wealth fund.

LCIA proceedings with regards to claims exceeding $1.5 billion with respect to Middle East based extractive industries dispute.

Commercial Court and related appeal proceedings with regards to $68 billion sovereign wealth fund and the act of state and one voice doctrines

ICC proceedings relating to petrochemicals dispute including range of issues from defects, delay and interim relief.

Recent English and International Court Experience

Cascade Investments NV v. Republic of Turkey (ICSID Case No. ARB/18/4)

Hexagon Holdings (Cayman) Limited v (1) Dubai International Financial Centre Authority (2) Dubai International Financial Centre Investments LLC [2019] DIFC CFI 013, 2 March 2022

Various Airfinance Leasing Companies v Saudi Arabian Airlines Corp [2021] 12 WLUK 562

World Anti-Doping Agency v. Swimming Australia, Sport Integrity Australia & Shayna Jack CAS 2020/A/7579 / CAS 2020/A/7580

Various Airfinance Leasing Companies v Saudi Arabian Airlines Corp [2021] EWHC 2330 (Comm)

Alta Trading UK Ltd (formerly Arcadia Petroleum Ltd) v Bosworth [2021] 4 W.L.R. 72

Various Airfinance Leasing Companies v Saudi Arabian Airlines Corp [2021] EWHC 2904 (Comm)

Sierra Leone v. SL Mining [2021] EWHC 929 ( Comm)

Shapoorji Pallonji and Co Pvt Ltd v Yumn Limited [2021] EWHC 862 (Comm)

ConocoPhillips v. Chrysaor E&P Limited [2021] 3 WLUK 524

Sierra Leone v. SL Mining [2021] EWHC 286 (Comm)

Motorola Solutions Inc v Hytera Communications Corp Ltd [2021] EWCA Civ 11

Hexagon Holdings (Cayman) Limited v. DIFC [2020] DIFCoA CFI 013/2019

C v. D Ltd and X [2020] EWHC 1283 (Comm)

Mohamed v. Breish [2020] EWCA Civ 637

Motorola Solutions Inc v Hytera Communications Corp Ltd [2020] EWHC 980 (Comm)

National Bank of Kazakhstan v Bank of New York Mellon SA/NV London Branch [2020] EWHC 916 (Comm)

Hexagon Holdings (Cayman) Limited v. DIFC [2019] DIFC CFI 013

Mohamed v. Breish [2020] EWHC 696 (Comm)

Tsareva v Ananyev [2019] EWHC 2414 (Comm)

Mohamed v Breish [2019] EWHC 1765 (Comm)

Chung v Silver Dry Bulk Co Ltd [2019] EWHC 1479 (Comm)

National Bank of Kazakhstan v Bank of New York Mellon SA/NV [2018] EWHC 3282 (Comm)

Stati v Kazakhstan [2018] EWCA Civ 1896

Montvale Invest Ltd (In Liquidation) v Terra Raf Trans Traiding Ltd [2018] EWHC 1507 (Ch)

Stati v Kazakhstan [2018] EWHC 1130 (Comm)

Monde Petroleum SA v Westernzagros [2018] EWCA Civ 25

Bank and Clients Plc v King [2017] EWHC 3099 (Comm)

Arcadia Energy Petroleum Ltd v Bosworth [2017] EWHC 3160 (Comm)

Stati v Kazakhstan [2017] EWHC 1348 (Comm)

Silver Dry Bulk Co Ltd v Homer Hulbert Maritime Co Ltd [2017] EWHC 44 (Comm)

Matters

ICSID proceedings involving claims for $2 billion arising from claims for expropriation and breaches of national security, acts of terrorism and acts of state.

Commercial Court proceedings relating to terrorist financing, money laundering, acts of state and immunity.

An ICC arbitration regarding a $35 billion Treaty dispute between two sovereign states relating to oil and gas transportation rights, acts of state and local law issues.

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Matters

ICSID proceedings involving claims for $2 billion arising from claims for expropriation and breaches of national security, acts of terrorism and acts of state.

Commercial Court proceedings relating to terrorist financing, money laundering, acts of state and immunity.

An ICC arbitration regarding a $35 billion Treaty dispute between two sovereign states relating to oil and gas transportation rights, acts of state and local law issues.

Commercial Court proceedings relating to a $2.5 billion fraud and enforcement claim including freezing orders and actions in 25 jurisdictions worldwide.

Two related UNCITRAL arbitrations involving claims in excess of $3.5 billion against the Government of India.

Commercial Court and related appeal proceedings with respect to a $500 million claim for damages against a sovereign wealth fund.

LCIA proceedings with regards to claims exceeding $1.5 billion with respect to Middle East based extractive industries dispute.

Commercial Court and related appeal proceedings with regards to $68 billion sovereign wealth fund and the act of state and one voice doctrines

ICC proceedings relating to petrochemicals dispute including range of issues from defects, delay and interim relief.

Recent English and International Court Experience

Cascade Investments NV v. Republic of Turkey (ICSID Case No. ARB/18/4)

Hexagon Holdings (Cayman) Limited v (1) Dubai International Financial Centre Authority (2) Dubai International Financial Centre Investments LLC [2019] DIFC CFI 013, 2 March 2022

Various Airfinance Leasing Companies v Saudi Arabian Airlines Corp [2021] 12 WLUK 562

World Anti-Doping Agency v. Swimming Australia, Sport Integrity Australia & Shayna Jack CAS 2020/A/7579 / CAS 2020/A/7580

Various Airfinance Leasing Companies v Saudi Arabian Airlines Corp [2021] EWHC 2330 (Comm)

Alta Trading UK Ltd (formerly Arcadia Petroleum Ltd) v Bosworth [2021] 4 W.L.R. 72

Various Airfinance Leasing Companies v Saudi Arabian Airlines Corp [2021] EWHC 2904 (Comm)

Sierra Leone v. SL Mining [2021] EWHC 929 ( Comm)

Shapoorji Pallonji and Co Pvt Ltd v Yumn Limited [2021] EWHC 862 (Comm)

ConocoPhillips v. Chrysaor E&P Limited [2021] 3 WLUK 524

Sierra Leone v. SL Mining [2021] EWHC 286 (Comm)

Motorola Solutions Inc v Hytera Communications Corp Ltd [2021] EWCA Civ 11

Hexagon Holdings (Cayman) Limited v. DIFC [2020] DIFCoA CFI 013/2019

C v. D Ltd and X [2020] EWHC 1283 (Comm)

Mohamed v. Breish [2020] EWCA Civ 637

Motorola Solutions Inc v Hytera Communications Corp Ltd [2020] EWHC 980 (Comm)

National Bank of Kazakhstan v Bank of New York Mellon SA/NV London Branch [2020] EWHC 916 (Comm)

Hexagon Holdings (Cayman) Limited v. DIFC [2019] DIFC CFI 013

Mohamed v. Breish [2020] EWHC 696 (Comm)

Tsareva v Ananyev [2019] EWHC 2414 (Comm)

Mohamed v Breish [2019] EWHC 1765 (Comm)

Chung v Silver Dry Bulk Co Ltd [2019] EWHC 1479 (Comm)

National Bank of Kazakhstan v Bank of New York Mellon SA/NV [2018] EWHC 3282 (Comm)

Stati v Kazakhstan [2018] EWCA Civ 1896

Montvale Invest Ltd (In Liquidation) v Terra Raf Trans Traiding Ltd [2018] EWHC 1507 (Ch)

Stati v Kazakhstan [2018] EWHC 1130 (Comm)

Monde Petroleum SA v Westernzagros [2018] EWCA Civ 25

Bank and Clients Plc v King [2017] EWHC 3099 (Comm)

Arcadia Energy Petroleum Ltd v Bosworth [2017] EWHC 3160 (Comm)

Stati v Kazakhstan [2017] EWHC 1348 (Comm)

Silver Dry Bulk Co Ltd v Homer Hulbert Maritime Co Ltd [2017] EWHC 44 (Comm)

Credentials

LL.M., University of New South Wales, with distinction

L.P.A.B. Dip. Law, University of Sydney, Australia

Dubai International Financial Centre Courts

England and Wales

Ireland

Law Society of New South Wales

New South Wales

Ranked for International Arbitration


CHAMBERS EUROPE, 2022

Ranked for International Arbitration, Energy and Fraud


CHAMBERS UK, 2022

Ranked for Arbitration and Dispute Resolution


CHAMBERS GLOBAL, 2022

Ranked for Arbitration and Dispute Resolution


Chambers Global, 2017

Ranked for International Arbitration and London Fraud


Chambers UK, 2017

Ranked for International Arbitration


Chambers Europe, 2017

Ranked for International Arbitration, Dispute Resolution and Civil Fraud


Legal 500 UK, 2017

Ranked for International Arbitration and Commercial Litigation


Who’s Who Legal

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Recognition

Ranked for International Arbitration


CHAMBERS EUROPE, 2022

Ranked for International Arbitration, Energy and Fraud


CHAMBERS UK, 2022

Ranked for Arbitration and Dispute Resolution


CHAMBERS GLOBAL, 2022

Ranked for Arbitration and Dispute Resolution


Chambers Global, 2017

Ranked for International Arbitration and London Fraud


Chambers UK, 2017

Ranked for International Arbitration


Chambers Europe, 2017

Ranked for International Arbitration, Dispute Resolution and Civil Fraud


Legal 500 UK, 2017

Ranked for International Arbitration and Commercial Litigation


Who’s Who Legal