Tom is a commercial litigator, with experience in complex commercial disputes, environmental matters, and real estate and construction litigation.

Tom has appeared before all levels of court in British Columbia as lead counsel, and conducted numerous arbitrations and mediations. Tom has particular experience in the following areas:

  • real estate litigation, including closing disputes, challenges to certificates of pending litigation and landlord and tenant matters;
  • environmental matters and contaminated sites claims under the Environmental Management Act;
  • construction disputes, including resolving contested lien claims on an urgent basis;
  • corporate governance and shareholders disputes; and
  • complex contractual disputes.

Tom was recognized for Corporate and Commercial Litigation and Administrative and Public Law in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Canada for 2024.

Tom joined Lawson Lundell in 2015. Prior to coming to Canada, Tom practiced commercial litigation in London (UK) from 2011.

Professional Activities

  • Law Courts Inn, Director (since 2020)
  • Canadian Bar Association, Member
  • Law Society of British Columbia, Member
  • Vancouver Bar Association, Member

Recognitions & Rankings

Recognitions & Rankings

  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Ones to Watch 2024: recognised for Administrative & Public Law, and Corporate & Commercial Litigation



Examples of Tom’s recent work and reported decisions include:

  • Bridal Falls Development Corp. v Bridal Falls RV Park Inc., 2023 BCSC 1496 – obtained summary judgment for a specific performance claim and release of CPL security of $500,000 for developer client in the context of a collapsed sale of development lands.
  • Negotiation of settlement of dispute over historical forestry rights agreement for forestry company, with an estimated value of $100 million.
  • Bang v Kim, 2022 BCSC 1893 – succeeded in twin applications staying defendants’ counterclaim in its entirety on jurisdictional grounds, and striking the majority of defendants’ response as failing to disclose claims at law. Unusually, on jurisdiction, the counterclaim was stayed on both territorial competence and forum non conveniens
  • 0733603 B.C. Ltd. v. City of Vancouver, 2022 BCSC 1302 – brought a judicial review striking down a City of Vancouver bylaw as ultra vires. The bylaw at issue fixed rents for vacant units in designated buildings in perpetuity, and the court agreed with our client’s position, that the dominant purpose of the legislation was outside the scope of the Vancouver Charter.
  • Tai An Holding Company Ltd. v Boyal, 2022 BCSC 821 – succeeded at summary trial for construction costs from former owners in the context of the purchase of a large franchised hotel.
  • Bear Creek Contracting Ltd. v. Pretium Exploration Inc., 2020 BCSC 1523 – acted for mining company in $15m dispute over construction costs of Brucejack Mine in northern BC. Successfully defended application to add claims based on alleged breaches of holdback obligations, in context of multiple CCAA proceedings.
  • Shape Abbotsford West Limited Partnership v 577374 Ontario Ltd., 2020 BCSC 1153 – succeeded at summary trial for judgement and indemnification of unpaid commercial rent by parent company.
  • Jedd Ent. Ltd. and Hilltop Sales & Services Ltd. v Actton Petroleum Sales Ltd., 2020 BCSC 131 – resisted application to add client (historical gas company) as a defendant in an Environmental Management Act claim prior to trial.
  • Massie v Colliers Macaulay Nicolls Inc., 2019 BCSC 829 – won at trial, defending 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. The 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.  The decision involved questions 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

Blog Posts

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

  • CLEBC – Collections Practice Basics 2023, Presenter
  • Pacific Business & Law Institute Commercial Leasing 2022 – Landlord Breaches, Co-Presenter
  • CLEBC – Collections Practice Basics 2021, Presenter
  • CLEBC Real Estate Development Update 2021 – Hot Topics in Real Estate Development, Presenter
  • 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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Bar Admissions

  • 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)

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