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Thom has significant experience in a broad range of commercial litigation and property dispute matters, typically contractual disputes or disputes arising from alleged professional negligence. He has acted in group litigation cases for c. 150 clients in three separate matters, one of which commenced in the High Court and concluded in the Supreme Court.
He was a senior solicitor acting for family members in the long running Hillsborough inquest that concluded in 2016.
He is highly regarded in commercial agency law circles, having been lead counsel for the Professional Sales Association for over a decade. This work was undertaken within a well established employment law team.
Prior to founding VC LAW, Thom was a solicitor and then partner in a medium sized northwest law firm for over a decade.
Thom’s practice covers:
Breach of lease covenants
Business tenancies (contentious)
Rent, non-payment of rent and rent review
Residential landlord and tenant
Assured shorthold tenancies
Enfranchisement and lease extensions
Right of first refusal
Tenancy deposit schemes
Rights of light
Enforcement and remedies
Possession of land and buildings
Supply of goods and services
Employment law – advising on settlement agreements
Thom obtained a Masters Degree in Public International Law from the University of Helsinki and was an Erasmus scholar at the University van Amsterdam. He spent 6 months as intern for the United Nations based in Geneva.
Thom completed the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in London in 2004 and qualified as a solicitor in October 2005.
Gledhill v Bentley Designs (UK) Ltd. Summary: The relationship between an agent and his principal was subject to the same implied reciprocal term of mutual trust and confidence as that which applied to employment contracts; abusive language used by an agent to his principal could amount to a repudiatory breach of that term entitling the principal to terminate the agreement forthwith unless the words were spoken in haste and a sincere and timely apology was given.
JLK Ltd v Ezekwe. Summary: A unit of accommodation did not have to be used, or be intended to be used, as someone’s home in order for it to be a “dwelling” within the meaning of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 s.38. It simply had to be a building or part of a building occupied, or intended to be occupied, as a separate dwelling.
McQuillan v McCormick. Summary: Parties could expressly incorporate the Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993 into their agreements.
Property Renaissance Ltd (t/a Titanic Spa) v Stanley Dock Hotel Ltd (t/a Titanic Hotel). Summary: The proprietor of the UK trade mark for the words “Titanic Spa” succeeded in its claim for passing off and infringement against the owners of the Titanic Hotel Liverpool. The defendant could not rely on the “own name” defence in respect of past acts of infringement; however, the steps which it had taken and proposed to take would avoid a likelihood of further confusion, so the own name defence would succeed in respect of the future.
Warren (t/a On-line Cartons and Print) v Drukkerij Flach BV. Summary: A judge had not erred in deciding that a commercial agent was entitled to compensation under the Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993 reg.17 on termination of his agency contract.