Tom joined 9 Stone Buildings in October 2017 on successful completion of his pupillage in chambers. He has a broad commercial and chancery practice and accepts instructions in all core areas of chambers’ practice.
Tom routinely appears in both the County Court and High Court in corporate and personal insolvency applications. He has experience of obtaining orders avoiding fraudulent and undervalue transactions and orders for the possession and sale of properties in a bankrupt’s estate. He has advised and appeared in misfeasance claims and applications to set aside statutory demands, and frequently both presents and resists petitions for bankruptcy or the winding up of companies. He has also appeared for a respondent local authority in an appeal against a bankruptcy order granted on the basis of an unchallenged liability order.
Tom has also assisted in cases involving injunctions to restrain the presentation of winding up petitions, and applications for permission to bring proceedings against office-holders after their discharge from liability.
Tom accepts instructions in all kinds of property disputes. He has represented landlords, tenants, mortgagees and mortgagors in possession proceedings, and has experience of dilapidation claims, applications for the renewal of business leases, construction disputes, claims to recover deposits, boundary disputes and applications for injunctive relief. He also has a broad advisory practice and has recently advised on matters including the existence and scope of easements, the terms of a lease extension and the rights of licensors. Tom has written and lectured on the law of common land and rights of common, and is able to advise on rights exercisable over common land.
Tom has assisted in applications to remove and substitute executors, Beddoe applications, claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, and claims disputing the validity of wills. He has been involved in mediations of contentious probate matters in which settlements have been reached. His experience also includes disputes involving commercial and offshore trusts, such as assisting in an application to remove trustees from office where the substantial trust was key to the struggle for control of a prominent Italian ceramics company.
Tom has acted in proceedings for the registration of foreign judgments and in applications dealing with the adequacy of service out of the jurisdiction. He has also been involved in an application for the High Court to assist insolvency proceedings in the BVI, challenges to the jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales, and applications for anti-suit injunctions. He is always interested to receive instructions with a multi-jurisdictional element.
Tom frequently acts in his own right in contractual disputes in the County Court. He has also assisted in several civil fraud claims and gained experience of obtaining injunctive relief in the course of commercial litigation, in particular freezing injunctions and anti-suit injunctions.
Tom has experience of acting in mediations, both before proceedings have been issued and after.
BPTC (Outstanding) -BPP – 2015
GDL (Distinction) – BPP – 2014
BA (Hons) English Literature (2:1) – St John’s College, University of Durham – 2006
Scholarships & Awards
- Baron Dr Ver Heyden Prize for performance on the BPTC (Middle Temple)
- Cohen Scholarship to study the GDL and BPTC (BPP)
- Excellence Award to study the BPTC (BPP)
- Chancery Bar Association
- Property Bar Association
- Honourable Society of the Middle Temple
Thomas Cockburn is an independent self-employed barrister registered with the Bar Standards Board of England; whose practice is governed by the Code of Conduct of the Bar of England and Wales which code can be found at www.barstandardsboard.org.uk; has full professional liability insurance provided by the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund Limited (ref BM 2930/074) (details of the world-wide cover are provided at www.barmutual.co.uk); is registered for VAT (reg. no. 277586642 ); and can be contacted during chambers opening hours by telephone at 02074045055 or by e-mail at email@example.com.