Tom Nixon

Called: 2017

Practice Overview

Since commencing tenancy, Tom has begun to develop his practice in line with Chambers’ core areas of commercial dispute resolution, commodities and international trade, aviation, banking and financial services, energy and natural resources, insurance and reinsurance, international arbitration and shipping.

Highlights include:

  • Appearing, led by Joseph Sullivan, for the Respondent in the Supreme Court in Takhar v Gracefield Developments Ltd, in which a seven-Judge panel is to decide the test for setting aside a judgment on the basis that it was procured by fraud. This raised a wide variety of issues, involving the fundamental principles of res judicata, the public policies surrounding fraud, and a detailed examination of the powers that courts have to manage the conduct of litigation generally. The Judgment of the Supreme Court is expected to be handed down in December.
  • Advising and pleading in relation to a complex dispute between shareholders of a private company, involving allegations of fraud and the principles of agency, unjust enrichment, winding up and unfair prejudice.
  • Advising and pleading for a hotel in relation to a refusal to pay consultancy fees following a failure to obtain planning permission for a series of proposed developments.
  • Assisting in a debt recovery claim in the Admiralty Court under a loan agreement secured by a mortgage over a registered yacht, involving a dispute as to the method used by the mortgagee to procure a sale.
  • Pleading in a wide variety of cargo and demurrage claims, under bills of lading and Charterparties.
  • Appearing for creditors in the Winding-Up Court.
  • Advising in respect of “extraordinary circumstances” under Regulation 261/04.
  • Advising and pleading in respect of claims pertaining to carriage of goods by road, under the RHA terms, BIFA terms and the CMR.

Prior to this, Tom during pupillage gained experience in advising, pleading, and arguing in a wide variety of commercial matters, including:

  • Bill of lading and Charterparty disputes
  • Jurisdictional and choice of law issues
  • Commercial chancery disputes
  • Interim orders such as freezing injunctions, anti-suit injunctions and asset disclosure orders
  • Limitation proceedings in the Admiralty Court
  • Sale of goods and other miscellaneous commercial disputes

Academic


BA Jurisprudence (University of Oxford), 1st Class (placing 5th in year out of over 200)

LLM (University College London), Distinction (placing 2nd in year out of over 400)

BPTC (BPP), Outstanding

Awards


Lord Mansfield Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2016)

Hardwicke Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2016)

Excellence Award, BPP Law School (2016)

Master of the Rolls Scholarship, University College London (2015)

Gibbs Book Prize, University of Oxford (2015)

FHS Prize for Comparative Private Law, University of Oxford (2015)

Demyship, Magdalen College (2012-15)

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