Thomas Horton

Profile

Thomas joined Chambers in 2017 following successful completion of pupillage.

During pupillage, Thomas completed various pieces of work covering a variety of practice areas, which included assisting with the drafting of a skeleton argument and written submissions for Aidan Casey QC and Tom Poole who represented the appellant in the case of Marr v Collie [2017] UKPC 17.

Since joining Chambers, Thomas has been practising in all of Chambers’ core areas, with a focus on property litigation (commercial and residential), contractual disputes, commercial law, insolvency law (personal and corporate), employment law, and personal injury.

Thomas has considerable experience of acting for clients in the County Court, ranging from interlocutory hearings to trials, and the High Court (Chancery Division). Further, Thomas has undertaken a range of pleading and advisory work in the above-stated practice areas.

Thomas is also developing a sports law practice, and has recently founded Football Law, your go-to resource for overviews of football’s institutions and procedures, and analysis of the latest football law news and decisions.

Commercial and Insolvency

Appearing as counsel before the Chief Insolvency and Companies Court Judge in the High Court (Chancery Division) on behalf of a limited company disputing a debt owed to HMRC which formed the basis of a winding-up petition HMRC had presented to the Court.

Appearing as junior counsel to Simon Davenport QC acting for a respondent facing an application to revoke approval provided at a creditors’ meeting for an IVA. The application was successfully dismissed, and costs were awarded on the indemnity basis.

Regularly advising, drafting and appearing on behalf of a trade company concerning the enforcement of personal guarantees provided by company clients’ directors.

Landlord & Tenant and Property

Advising and assisting a public company who was the landlord of a business premises. The tenant of the business premises had fallen into administration and the administrators had subsequently granted a licence to occupy the business premises to a third party in breach of the terms of the lease. The landlord sought to recover possession of the business premises. A settlement was ultimately reached with the administrators of the tenant and with the third party, avoiding the need of the landlord to apply to the High Court to lift the moratorium that otherwise prevented the landlord from starting legal proceedings to recover possession of the business premises.

Acting for and reaching a settlement for residential tenants exercising their right to collective enfranchisement to purchase property from a freehold owner which contained two flats of which the tenants were the respective long-leaseholders.

Successfully defending a claim brought by a purchaser of a freehold title against the seller of the same for the cost of replacing a boiler that had stopped working after the sale had completed. The hearing was summarised by the Defendant client in this article written after the hearing.

Employment

Advising and assisting an individual to dispose of a proposed action by the individual’s former employer. The individual’s former employer alleged there had been breach of a settlement agreement entered between the individual and her former employer due to an alleged summary dismissal offence committed by the individual before the settlement agreement had been entered.

Personal Injury and Travel

Regularly appearing as counsel on behalf of large and boutique tour operators at interlocutory hearings and trials to defend personal injury and contractual claims brought under The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992.

Sports

Drafting a letter sent to the FA Premier League (“FAPL”) on behalf of a football club’s supporters trust in respect of a proposed takeover of an FAPL club. The letter included advice on the applicability of the FAPL’s Owners’ and Directors’ Test (“ODT”) and why a party involved in the proposed takeover should not be disqualified from becoming a ‘Director’, as defined in the ODT.

Qualifications

  • University of Birmingham, 2010-2013: LLB (Hons) 
  • City University London, 2014-2015: BPTC (Very Competent)

Awards

  • The Birmingham Scholarship (University of Birmingham)
  • Major Scholarship (Inner Temple)
  • Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Award (Inner Temple)

Memberships

  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • Personal Injuries Bar Association

Publications

Football Law

‘Could The FA do more to discourage racism? A review of the Bernardo Silva decision’ (LawInSport, 20 December 2019)

Personal Injury and Travel Law Update - March 2018

Commercial and Insolvency Update - June 2017

Constructive Feedback’ (2014) 164 (7605) NLJ 18-19)