Tom advises the firm's clients on reputational and other similar risks, from mainstream media coverage to cyber security. He also has a particular focus on the sports sector, where he advises clients on regulatory and other contentious issues, and has also worked on a range of commercial (including intellectual property) disputes.
Tom is an associate in the Farrer & Co Reputation Management and Disputes team.
Consistent with the team's ethos, Tom's work is very diverse and he firmly believes in a holistic approach to protecting clients' reputations. He advises clients on all aspects of reputation and risk management, ranging from how they should respond to print and broadcast coverage, to online reputation management, crisis planning and cyber security issues. Key areas of law on which Tom advises include defamation, privacy, data protection, harassment, blackmail, trademark and copyright.
Tom also has a strong reputation in sports law, where he provides advice to a variety of clients, from governing bodies to individual athletes. He regularly advises the likes of British Rowing, UK Athletics, the Lawn Tennis Association and other governing bodies on a range of contentious and regulatory issues, from selection disputes to internal investigations. He also advises individual sportsmen and women on reputation management issues and disputes.
Tom has a firm and collaborative approach that helps to bring about the best outcome for clients. He has strong relationships with many of the firm's long-standing clients, and works closely with lawyers in other areas of the firm, ensuring that clients' receive a comprehensive service.
Tom writes extensively on his areas of expertise and is the editor of Farrer & Co's monthly sports law bulletin, Inn the Field of Play. Examples of Tom's recent publications include:
- Families Under Threat: Risk and Reputation in the Digital World for the Institute for Family Business
- A review of the CAS panel's decision to reduce Sharapova's doping ban for LawInSport
- World-Check: what can you do if you find yourself on its database?