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Tom McKernan
Senior Associate
0207 842 1655
Tom is an experienced associate in our civil litigation team, working across a wide variety of commercial disputes. He has been recognised as one of the firm’s ‘key lawyers’.

Tom specialises in complex, multi-jurisdictional fraud claims in the Commercial Court, which often involve asset freezing orders, and has successfully represented a number of high-profile clients from around the world.

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Tom has been recognised as a ‘stand-out associate’ and one of the firm’s ‘key lawyers’.

Notable experience
  • Representing Teva Pharmaceuticals in its claims against two prominent ‘Rich List’ entrepreneurs for fraudulent misrepresentation and breach of multiple contractual warranties and fiduciary duties, in a case which involves various freezing orders and several sets of inter-related proceedings.
  • Led the defence of Sir Alan Davies (one of the so-called ‘superhead’ teachers) against multi-million-pound civil fraud allegations brought against him by Brent Council.
  • Assisted in settling a USD $30 million Commercial Court fraud dispute between investors in a failed oil and gas joint venture, in a case linked to civil and criminal proceedings in both Germany and Luxembourg.
  • Acted for a defendant in the high-profile trial of Otkritie v Urumov & Ors [2014] EWHC 191 (Comm), which involved a sophisticated and high-value trading fraud and accusations of money laundering in multiple jurisdictions.
  • Assisted Yukos in obtaining an unprecedented €1.9 billion ECHR judgment against the Russian Federation for 'just satisfaction' in relation to the former oil giant's break-up and nationalisation.
Tom read law at the University of Nottingham and graduated in 2007. He joined the firm in September 2012 after completing his training at Edwards Wildman Palmer’s London office. Tom is a member of the Young Fraud Lawyers Association.
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