Tom is based in Kennedys’ London office. He trained as a barrister and was called to the Bar in 2010, before cross-qualifying as a solicitor in 2013.

Tom advises the London Market on insurance/reinsurance coverage and on subrogation, across various lines of business, but with a particular specialism in energy (upstream and downstream) and construction claims. His practice is international and regularly involves working in collaboration with other Kennedys’ offices, most commonly in LatAm and the Middle East.

Tom has worked on major first party claims concerning total losses of and physical damage to drilling rigs, production platforms, FPSOs, pipelines, microtunnel boring machines (MTBMs), petrochemical plants, solar power plants, bio waste plants, and gas turbines, including claims for various kinds of consequential financial losses (BI, DSU, and LOPI). He advises on third party liability claims, often related to the energy and construction sectors, and has been involved in claims concerning gas well blowouts, damage to power generation equipment, and high profile oil spills in the Caribbean and offshore Peru.

Tom also regularly deals with claims under Subcontractor Default Insurance (SDI) policies, as well as claims under CAR/EAR policies.

Tom is a member of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL) and has spoken in various client seminars and industry conferences, including to the European Wind Turbine Committee.

Work highlights

  • Working in close collaboration with Kennedys’ Lima office to advise underwriters and their insured oil company on major third party and environmental liability exposures following a spill of crude oil off the coast of Peru in 2022.
  • Advising project insurers on EAR/DSU claims relating to microtunnelling operations in Albania in 2019 during the construction of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline.
  • Advising reinsurers on PD/DSU claims arising out of storms at a solar power plant in Jordan in 2018, and on subrogation against the supplier of defectively designed single-axis solar trackers prone to an aerodynamic instability known as “torsional flutter”.
  • Advising project insurers on EAR/DSU claims relating to the collapse in 2017 of an excavation site for a bauxite export facility in Guinea.
  • Advising reinsurers on a LOPI claim following damage to the turret bearing of the FPSO Kwame Nkrumah, located offshore Ghana, in 2016.
  • Advising underwriters on major claims arising out of the 2015 explosion and fire at Pemex’s Abkatun A-Permanente oil platform in the Bay of Campeche.
  • Defending an insured well control consultant against a claim by BAPEX/PetroBangla relating to the loss in 2005 of a relief well at the Chhatak gas field in Bangladesh, and advising on the enforcement of a contractual indemnity.