Tom Beazley QC has an extensive international commercial disputes practice. He appears regularly in the Commercial Court, the Chancery Division and the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court in England, on domestic appeals, and on references to the European Court of Justice from those Courts, as well as in courts abroad, particularly in the Caribbean and South East Asia. He also appears in domestic and international arbitrations. His cases are usually large commercial or financial services matters, frequently with significant foreign and/or fraud elements. Many of his cases involve issues concerning world-wide freezing injunctions and other interlocutory relief. He has a particular expertise in cross-border cases with complex private international law, including jurisdictional and choice of law, issues. He is experienced in the use of foreign law in English proceedings. Tom has been appointed as an examiner and an arbitrator, including an appointment by the London Court of International Arbitration as an arbitrator for a dispute concerning international oil sales. Prior to joining JHA, Tom was Joint Head of Blackstone Chambers from October 2004 to January 2012.
Thomas Beazley QC has been recognised by both the key independent legal directories as a leading silk.
Commercial Litigation – “flexible, versatile” … “a real brainbox” … “superb in cross examination”… “absolutely fabulous” (Chambers UK 2013)
Financial Services – “Another first-rate silk from the Blackstone fold is Thomas Beazley QC, who also ranks amongst the top names in the field. He ‘combines great strategic thinking with a calm and unflappable manner’.”
Fraud: Civil – “is very wise, approachable and savvy”
Insurance & Reinsurance – “a hugely intelligent strategist who thinks through all aspects of a case in an effective manner”
Offshore – “a leading silk on points of private international law” (Legal 500 2012)
Banking & Finance – “An unquestionably eminent financial services silk whose authority and gravitas before the Regulatory Decisions Tribunal and the FSA’s Regulatory Decisions Committee is unmatched.”
Commercial Litigation – “very clever and extremely good, not just on detail but also on strategy”
EU & Competition – recommended Fraud: Civil – “has notable experience in cases involving freezing injunctions”
Insurance & Reinsurance – recommended
Professional Discipline & Regulatory – recommended
Chambers Global 2013
Tom is ranked in Dispute Resolution and Offshore.
The Lawyer, Hot 100 2010 singled out Thomas Beazley QC as a ‘top commercial advocate’ for his work in the previous year.
Admissions and Affiliations
Called to the Bar of England and Wales, 1979
Appointed to silk, 2001
University of Cambridge, BA (Cantab), LLB (Cantab)