Tom Hall in a dark suit and tie
Tom Hall
Pupil
Called: 2022

Tom Hall

Academic
2022 - Bar Vocational Studies (City University) - Distinction (highest mark in year in Drafting)

2021 – BCL (University of Oxford) – Distinction (highest mark in year in Restitution of Unjust Enrichment)

2019 – GDL (BPP University) – Distinction (top 2% of cohort)

2018 – History BA (University of Bristol) – First Class Honours
Awards
William Rose Memorial Prize for Excellence in Drafting – City, University of London (2022)

Peter Birks Prize Restitution of Unjust Enrichment – University of Oxford (2021)

Diplock Scholarship – Middle Temple (2021)

City Law School Scholarship for Academic Excellence – City, University of London (2021)

Colombos Public International Law Essay Prize 2019 (Winner) – Middle Temple (2019)

Before pupillage, Tom completed the BCL at Oxford, obtaining a Distinction overall and the Peter Birks Prize for coming top of the year in Restitution of Unjust Enrichment. Tom achieved a Distinction in both the GDL and the Bar Course, and was awarded the William Rose Prize for obtaining the highest mark in his year for Drafting. Before coming to law, Tom graduated with a first-class degree in History.

Since being offered tenancy, Tom has begun developing his shipping and commercial practice, which has so far included:  

  • Settling pleadings and arbitration submissions in charterparty and COA disputes, as well as cargo claims;   
  • Working with Tom Nixon and Robert-Jan Temmink KC on the pending appeal to the Supreme Court in Zavarco plc v Nasir;
  • Drafting GAFTA appeal submissions;  
  • Being instructed as sole counsel in County Court applications and trials; and  
  • Assisting senior members of chambers in preparing for cross-examination of expert witnesses.

During his pupillage, Tom has worked in a variety of commercial contexts, with a particular focus on shipping and commodities disputes. Examples of the work Tom assisted with during pupillage are:

  • Assisting Caroline Pounds on the Commercial Court dispute between the owners of the “Ever Given” and Smit Salvage B.V. (Smit Salvage BV & Ors v Luster Maritime SA & Anr (The ‘Ever Given’) [2023] EWHC 697 (Admlty)).
  • Assisting Ben Gardner and Stewart Buckingham KC on the successful appeal to the Supreme Court in JTI Polska Sp Z o.o. and Ors v Jakubowski & Ors [2023] UKSC.
  • Assisting Benjamin Coffer in a successful application for summary judgment/strike out of a buyer’s restitutionary claim on the basis that it was time-barred (Anron Bunkering v Glencore Energy [2023] EWHC 295 (Comm)).
  • Assisting Tom Bird in a Commercial Court dispute (settled before trial) concerning a multi-million collision dispute that centred on issues of seaworthiness that arose out of the Supreme Court decision in The CMA GCM Libra.
  • Assisting Caroline Pounds in an application for an anti-suit injunction in the Commercial Court, which raised complex issues of incorporation and private international law.
  • Writing a range of opinions on issues including private international law, malicious prosecution, frustration and force majeure in the commodities context, an owner’s entitlement to be reimbursed additional war risks premiums, and the construction of off-hire provisions.
  • Drafting pleadings in a range of charterparty and commodities disputes as well as cargo claims.
  • Assisting supervisors on points of restitutionary law, the role of good faith in contracts, and conflict of laws issues.