Tom has acted for a range of international clients including investment banks, mines and other producers, commodities traders, end-users, charterers, shipowners and marine insurers.
He has experience of a wide range of commodities such as rice, concrete, iron ore, coal, crude oil, petroleum products and agricultural products, such as sugar and cocoa beans.
In the commodities sector, his experience includes drafting and advising on sale contracts, floating storage agreements, ISDAs, letters of credit, bills of lading, charterparties and related contracts. In the shipping sector, Tom has drafted and advised on pooling arrangements and all types of charterparties. This has included tankers, bulk carriers and heavy lift vessels.
Particular transactional experience includes drafting sale contract general terms and conditions, freight service agreements and complex "repo" and other trade finance contracts.
A commercial approach was developed from a period in-house for an investment bank in Singapore, where Tom supported a number of desks, including freight (wet and dry), crude oil and petroleum products, agricultural products, iron ore, coal and trade finance.
Tom has lived and worked in Singapore, Hong Kong and mainland China, gaining a working knowledge of Mandarin Chinese. He previously worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.