Tom is a commercial litigator, with particular experience in complex corporate disputes.
Tom has appeared before all levels of Court in British Columbia as lead and junior counsel. Tom has particular experience in the following areas:
- fraud and injunctions;
- shareholders’ remedies;
- contractual disputes;
- real estate litigation, including closing disputes, challenges to certificates of pending litigation, landlord and tenant matters, and judicial review of Residential Tenancy Branch decisions;
- contaminated sites claims;
- construction disputes, including builders liens;
- claims under the Expropriation Act; and
- bankruptcy and insolvency matters.
Tom joined Lawson Lundell in 2015. Prior to coming to Canada, Tom practiced commercial litigation in London (UK) from 2011.
- Canadian Bar Association, Member
- Law Society of British Columbia, Member
- Vancouver Bar Association, Member
Examples of Tom’s recent reported judgments include:
- Massie v Colliers Macaulay Nicolls Inc., 2019 BCSC 829 – successfully defended claim in contract and unjust enrichment for an alleged oral referral fee on sale of an organic farm. Claim dismissed in its entirety.
- Netlink Computer Inc. (Re), 2019 BCSC 201 – successfully opposed appeal of order refusing leave to bring proceeding against receiver of bankrupt technology company. Underlying application involved the first attempt in Canada to bring class action proceedings against a court appointed receiver.
- Briman Management Ltd. v Solehdin, 2019 BCSC 1971 – obtained dismissal of $5.3m claim for want of prosecution. Decision involved question of whether parties could contract out of the courts’ supervisory power to dismiss claims.
- Forjay Management Ltd. v 0981478 B.C. Ltd., 2018 BCSC 1023 – obtained order permitting access to unredacted receiver’s reports in context of claim from group of fifty purchasers of pre-sale development units which had been sold to multiple purchasers.
News & Publications
- I Fought the Law and Everyone Lost: Rescinding Commercial Contracts for Illegality, Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Blog, May 12, 2020
- The Most Important Statute in B.C. Right Now (That You’ve Never Heard of), Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Blog, March 24, 2020
- The New British Columbia Societies Act, Business Law Blog, February 12, 2016
- 2019 Real Estate Breakfast Roundtable , Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, October 16, 2019, Presenter
- Pacific Business & Law Institute Contaminated Sites 2019 – Expert Evidence in Contaminated Sites, Vancouver, October 9, 2019, Co-Presenter
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- Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales (2013) (non-practicing)
- British Columbia (2016)
University of Cambridge (M.A. (Cantab.), 2008)
University of Law, London (LL.B., 2011)