Thomas Horton

Profile

Thomas joined Chambers in 2017 following successful completion of pupillage.

During pupillage, Thomas completed notable pieces of work for Tom Poole and Aidan Casey QC in their preparation for the appeal to the Privy Council in Marr v Collie [2017] UKPC 17, and for Daniel Lewis and his advice in an ongoing claim brought by an insolvent company’s joint liquidators against former directors.

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

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.

Cases include:

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.

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.

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.

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

Other

Thomas is also a regular contributor to Chambers’ newsletters, building upon his previous writing experience, which includes a publication in the New Law Journal (Rupert Butler and Thomas Horton, ‘Constructive Feedback’, (2014) 164 (7605) NLI 18-19).

Education and Awards

  • University of Birmingham, 2010-2013: LLB (Hons) 
  • City University London, 2014-2015: BPTC (Very Competent)
  • The Birmingham Scholarship (University of Birmingham)
  • Major Scholarship (Inner Temple)
  • Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Award (Inner Temple)

Memberships

  • COMBAR
  • London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association
  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • Personal Injuries Bar Association