Thomas Horton is a commercial and sports barrister who acts in contractual disputes, insolvency matters, property claims, and regulatory issues. As fully set out in his areas of expertise below, Thomas has extensive experience in each of these practice areas.
Thomas has a growing practice in contentious and regulatory sports matters, and regularly represents and advises clubs, athletes, intermediaries, and other participants. Thomas has been ranked as a ‘Rising Star’ (Legal 500, 2022 – London Bar) and a ‘Leading Junior’ (Legal 500, 2024 – London Bar) for sport, demonstrating his expertise and growing reputation in this area of law. Thomas regularly appears before sports’ governing bodies’ disciplinary commissions, and also has experience of FA Rule K arbitrations. Thomas spent 12 months as an Associate Barrister in Squire Patton Boggs’ sports litigation team from 2021 to 2022. Thomas is an appointed member of UEFA’s Pro Bono Counsel List and Sport Resolutions’ Pro Bono Legal Advice Panel.
Thomas has undertaken a substantial amount of oral and written advocacy in each of his practice areas and has experience before a range of courts and tribunals, including appearing as sole counsel in the High Court. Thomas is regularly praised by clients for his clear advice and advocacy skills.
Thomas is Public Access qualified and is therefore able to accept instructions directly from members of the public, companies, and other entities
* Work completed while employed by Squire Patton Boggs.
Thomas is able to accept instructions directly from members of the public, companies and other entities through the public access scheme (also known as direct access). He is happy to accept instructions on a direct basis in appropriate cases. If you wish to instruct Thomas on a direct basis, please speak to the clerks.
For more information on public access, please see the Bar Council website.
'Thomas has a good and practical approach to applying law to the facts.'
Legal 500 2024 – London Bar – Sport – Leading Junior
‘Smart, able to hone into the key legal points whilst also applying a practical mindset’
Legal 500 2022 – London Bar – Sport – Rising Star