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Tom Fairclough

Call 2015

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Tom practises across the full range of Chambers’ work, and is particularly interested in commercial and employment litigation, especially where conflicts of laws issues arise.

Prior to joining Chambers, Tom graduated first in his year from the University of Reading, achieved a distinction in a master’s degree from University College London, and was awarded a PhD by Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he was supervised by Professor Mark Elliott (Chair of the Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge)  and examined by Lord Reed of Allermuir (President of the Supreme Court) and Professor Alison Young (Sir David Williams Professor, University of Cambridge). Tom was a Teaching Fellow at University College London for three years and still teaches at Cambridge, where he is a Bye-Fellow in Law at Murray Edwards College.

Tom has worked on a number of high value and complex matters across a range of Chambers’ disciplines and has appeared as sole counsel in the High Court. Six highlights include:

  • Assisted with Wilson v Beko Plc [2019] EWHC 3362, a leading case on the scope of the Consumer Protection Act 1987;
  • Acted as sole counsel in a commercial contract dispute focusing on the correct identity of the Defendant;
  • Acted in a multi-track summary judgment application relating to breach of a commercial contract;
  • Instructed in a construction dispute arising out of defective building works and consequential losses;
  • Advised on the prospects of a French-domiciled insurer successfully contesting jurisdiction; and
  • Assisted with insurance coverage and subrogation disputes in relation to commercial property and financial fraud.

Tom is currently seconded as a Judicial Assistant at the Supreme Court and Privy Council, where he is exposed to a number of high-profile cases across a range of disciplines. So far, Tom has worked on, inter alia, R (Miller) v The Prime Minister [2019] UKSC 41 (“the Prorogation Case”); Halliburton Company v Chubb Bermuda Insurance Ltd (when can justifiable doubts about an arbitrator’s impartiality arise?); and Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake (are workers required to “sleep-in” entitled to the National Minimum Wage?).