Tom Shortland advises on domestic and cross-border dispute resolution.

He regularly acts in complex commercial litigation in the English High Court and overseas, and in international arbitrations conducted pursuant to the major institutional rules.

Tom also advises on corporate investigations, regulatory proceedings and white-collar criminal matters. He has acted in significant investigations and prosecutions conducted by the major UK authorities, including the Financial Conduct Authority and the Serious Fraud Office, and in coordinated international proceedings involving authorities in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the United States. Between 2015 and 2016, Tom was seconded as an Investigative Lawyer to the Bribery and Corruption Division of the Serious Fraud Office, during which time he acted on complex international fraud, bribery and corruption investigations concerning corporations and individuals.

Tom joined the firm in 2010.

Notable Experience

  • A major financial institution in a substantial and high-profile global investigation by multiple global law enforcement authorities concerning allegations of bribery and corruption in various jurisdictions in Europe and the Middle East

  • A major financial institution in ongoing criminal and regulatory investigations and prosecutions concerning the FX markets, LIBOR and other benchmark rates

  • A private equity company in a complex, multi-faceted and high value ICC arbitration involving complex accounting and contractual issues arising out of a sale and purchase agreement

  • A defendant gaming company in English Commercial Court proceedings concerning the interpretation of Italian company law in the context of a corporate merger

  • HMS Group, a major pump, compressor equipment producer for oil & gas, power generation, utilities and water supply in Russia and CIS countries, in a substantial fraud claim and a derivative action

  • A large manufacturing company in proceedings in the English Commercial Court for enforcement of an indemnity and warranty claims arising out of the acquisition of an entertainments business

  • The Republic of Congo in defending proceedings in the U.K. and the U.S. to enforce an ICC arbitral award

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Co-author of “English High Court Ruling on the Extraterritoriality of the Serious Fraud Office’s Powers,” (Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memorandum) (2018)

Co-author of “Important Court of Appeal Decision on English Legal Privilege,” (Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memorandum) (2018)

Contributor to “Cross-Border Investigations: A Look Back on 2017, and Ahead to 2018,” (Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memorandum) (2018)

Co-author of “The U.K. Supreme Court Rules on the Treatment of Client Money in the Lehman Brothers Administration” (Capital Markets Law Journal) (2012)

Contributor to “U.S. Regulation of the International Securities & Derivatives Markets” 10th Edition (Special Report) (Wolters Kluwer) (2012)