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Thomas Steward’s practice encompasses all areas of international arbitration and commercial litigation, including shipping, international trade, shipbuilding, commodities, and civil and cyber fraud.
For several years now he has been ranked in the legal directories, including the current edition of The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners, where he is described as “absolutely brilliant.” He is also a co-author of Cyber Risks and Insurance: The Legal Principles.
Tom is frequently instructed to appear in arbitration or in the High Court, both led and un-led, and has often appeared on his own against leading silks. He has undertaken secondments at several of the major law firms in London, and has deep and wide-ranging experience of all aspects of litigation and arbitration.
Tom’s experience covers all the major arbitral institutions (LMAA, LCIA, SCMA, ICC) and includes all kinds of contractual disputes. He is often instructed as sole counsel for urgent applications for injunctions and related relief in the High Court, and has wide experience of asset freezing and tracing (including freezing injunctions, both domestic, worldwide and under the Court’s Chabra jurisdiction, applications for Norwich Pharmacal orders and related applications for disclosure).
Tom is a “go-to” junior on matters relating to shipping and international trade, and has acted in a huge of shipping cases (over 500). He acts in confidential arbitrations, and is regularly instructed in associated applications in the High Court, including applications for interim relief, and appeals under the Arbitration Act 1996.
He previously taught the International Trade module at BPP Law School.
Tom is often asked to give opinions for use in foreign proceedings, and his advice has been sought for proceedings including Spain, Italy and Japan.
Tom has considerable experience of shipbuilding disputes, having advised on numerous issues including variations, delay and disruption, financing, and cancellations.
The majority of Tom’s work in this area is confidential or private, but Tom has acted in a huge number of applications for urgent injunctive relief, and he has been described by one firm of solicitors as the “go-to” counsel for urgent injunctions.
He is often instructed as sole counsel for urgent applications for injunctions and related relief in the High Court, and has wide experience of applications for delivery up, asset freezing and tracing (including freezing injunctions, both domestic, worldwide and under the Court’s Chabra jurisdiction), urgent relief following APP frauds, applications for Norwich Pharmacal orders and related applications for disclosure, and urgent injunctions in support of arbitration under s. 44 of the Arbitration Act 1996.
Tom is also regularly instructed on applications for anti-suit relief, and has several reported cases in the area, including The Aquavita Eternity  EWHC 892 (Comm); Amelie Navigation Corp v Ugo Hannah Energy Limited  12 WLUK 15; The Anna Bo  2 Lloyd’s Rep 578.
He is also a co-author of Cyber Risks and Insurance: The Legal Principles
Tom has advised and acted in numerous “wet shipping” disputes before the Admiralty Courts. His experience includes salvage claims (including Lloyd’s Open Form), collision claims (and references to the Admiralty Registrar on quantum), vessel arrests and court-ordered sales of vessels.
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