Thomas Roe QC’s main areas of practice are commercial and chancery litigation and arbitration, and constitutional and administrative law.
He undertakes a great deal of appellate work, including before the Court of Appeal, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council and the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. He has been specially admitted to the Bars of the Bahamas and of Antigua & Barbuda.
Until taking silk he was a member of the Attorney General’s panel of junior counsel to the Crown.
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Thomas has a broad practice covering litigation and arbitration, as well as advisory work, in all areas of commercial and business law and commercial chancery, including civil fraud, contractual disputes and insolvency. Much of his work has an international or offshore element, with clients from and disputes in jurisdictions including Germany, France, Russia/CIS, Cyprus, Italy, the United States, Gibraltar and the Commonwealth Caribbean.
Other recent work in this area has included defending and successfully settling a £45m bribery claim against company directors; advice to a leading Italian fashion brand about its English-law contracts with a Korean franchisee; advice to Premier League football clubs about disputes with their kit sponsors and suppliers; advice to an overseas government about remedies for corruption; advice to an overseas government about the enforceability of an alleged agreement to remit $400m in taxes; advice to an Italian bank about the terms of its UK contracts; and advice to matrimonial counsel and solicitors about trust, contract and conflict-of-laws aspects of an ultra-high-net-worth Russian divorce case.
He is ranked in Chambers and Partners 2021 as a Leading Silk in Chancery Commercial.
Representing a state-owned oil company in a multi-million-dollar ICC arbitration about expropriation of shares.
Representing a government in a multi-million-dollar LCIA arbitration arising from its citizenship-by-investment programme.
A claim in the Supreme Court of the Eastern Caribbean to enforce a judgment arising from a large property-development transaction.
A long trial in the Business and Property Courts of England & Wales against company directors in respect of multiple breaches of fiduciary duty.
The relationship between a breakdown of trust and confidence and the power to wind a company up on the ‘just and equitable’ ground.
The effect of the order of an Indian court on the English court’s enforcement of English trusts of Indian assets.
A dispute before the Privy Council over title to 2,000 acres of development land in the Bahamas.
Implied variation of articles of association; directors’ authority; doctrine of laches.
Amicus curiae before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in a dispute concerning the scope of an insurer’s authority to defend litigation in the name of an insured.
Successful application against a leading fintech ‘peer-to-peer’ loan arranger for disclosure of the names of its unidentified principals.
Appeal based on fresh evidence in dispute concerning title to land in India.
Dawson-Damer v Grampian Trust Company Ltd (2017) 20 I.T.E.L.R. 722 (Supreme Court of the Bahamas)
Counsel for the Attorney-General of the Bahamas in a dispute over the compatibility of the Bahamas’ rules on trust confidentiality with fundamental rights.
Counsel for the successful appellant in this challenge to a conviction for corporate fraud.
Acting for leading Bahamas house-builders in dispute with government over valuation of compulsorily acquired land.
Trial of disputes concerning fraudulent claims to ownership of property in Belarus.
Acting for a Russian businessman in dispute about alleged entitlement under multi-million dollar settlement concerning realisation of interests in Russian commercial property.
Thomas has a broad public law practice encompassing both human rights and commercial judicial review and a specialism in constitutional law.
Recent advisory work has included advising an offshore government about a dispute with an expatriate about the alleged evasion of laws designed to preserve local property for belongers to the territory; and an NGO as to the constitutionality of certain Commonwealth laws on sexuality.
He is ranked in Chambers and Partners 2021 as a Leading Silk in Civil Liberties & Human Rights.
The applicability of the EU-law Zambrano principle to adults.
Counsel for the Home Secretary in this dispute about the applicability of the Refugee Convention to the UK Sovereign Base Areas in Cyprus and the effect in international law of accession to the Convention on behalf of an overseas territory.
Counsel for the former state petroleum company in this dispute about the relationship between the Freedom of Information Act and the state’s right to preserve confidentiality in an international commercial arbitration to which it was a party.
A challenge to the BBC’s procedures under its Charter for assessing its performance in delivering duly impartial content.
Counsel for an intervener in this well-known case concerning whether Parliamentary approval was needed to trigger the UK’s departure from the EU.
Counsel for the Home Secretary, defending claims that UK immigration detainees’ rights to religious freedom are infringed by their conditions of detention.
Counsel for the Minister of the Environment in a challenge to an environmental pollution permit scheme.
Acting for a football club in a challenge to the allocation of public subsidy.
Counsel for the Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago in this dispute concerning locus standi to bring claims for constitutional relief.
Counsel for the Home Secretary in this case concerning whether UK policy on the use of prisons for immigration detention violates the ECHR.
Counsel for the Opposition party in St Kitts and Nevis in this dispute about the lawfulness of the Government’s proposed boundary alterations.
Persuading a 7-judge panel of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council that its earlier jurisprudence on its own powers in constitutional cases was wrong.
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). Thomas has acted, advised and drafted pleadings and documents for a number of individuals and small and medium sized businesses on a direct access basis. 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.
"He is clever and reliable." "Thomas is really tenacious in a fair way and he won’t take ridiculously small points." - Civil Liberties & Human Rights - London (Bar)
Chambers & Partners 2022
"has an awful lot of experience as an advocate which really shows. He makes high-quality submissions and is particularly good on technical points of law.." - Chancery: Commercial - London (Bar)
Chambers & Partners 2022
‘ A determined and dogged advocate. ’ Leading Silk - Administrative and public law (including elections)
Legal 500 2022
‘ Incredibly astute, quick thinking and impressively calm under fire. ’ Leading Silk - Offshore
Legal 500 2022
"He is delightful to work with and a good and thoughtful lawyer. His advice is always succinct." "Tom is very intelligent, client-friendly and commercial." - Chancery: Commercial
Chambers and Partners 2021
‘Highly intellectually able and knowledgeable in the field.’ - Leading Silks - Offshore
Legal 500 2021
‘A determined and dogged advocate.’ - Leading Silk - Administrative and public law (including elections)
Legal 500 2021
"An absolute pleasure to work with, I consider him to be a real gentleman. His legal skills are second to none and he found creative legal strategies. He is very amenable and receptive to creative thinking and to finding those solutions to difficult problems." Dispute Resolution: Commercial Chancery
Chambers & Partners 2020
“He turns cases around.” Administrative and Public law
Legal 500 2020
"He is very intellectually able and cuts through the detail to pull out the key elements of a case. He is a tough fighter, tenacious on his feet and will push for the best possible outcome for his client." "Tom is very thorough, hard-working and versatile." Civil Liberties & Human Rights "An extremely user-friendly barrister who takes the time to get to know clients and their businesses and therefore truly understands commercial objectives. He is meticulously thorough and will leave no stone unturned in the pursuit of the best outcome for clients. His drafting and advocacy skills are equally impressive." Chancery: Commercial
Chambers & Partners 2019