Tom Coates

Blackstone Chambers (London)
Lawyer (Barrister)

Following a successful 12 month pupillage at Blackstone Chambers, Tom commenced his practice as a tenant in September 2014. His pupil supervisors were Brian Kennelly, Andrew George, Shaheed Fatima, and Nick De Marco. During pupillage, Tom assisted his supervisors in cases before a range of tribunals and courts, including the High Court, Court of Appeal, Competition Appeal Tribunal, General Court of the European Union, sports arbitral tribunals, and commercial arbitral tribunals.

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Blackstone Chambers (London)
Blackstone Chambers (London)
Blackstone Chambers (London)
Blackstone Chambers (London)
Blackstone Chambers (London)


598 Bulletin

Tom Coates The UK High Court allows a plaintiff to amend its claim and introduces a plea on the counterfactual which were not originally included in the complaint to the EU Commission (Deutsche Bahn / MasterCard)


Illegal counterfactuals : bringing in new claims by the backdoor ?*It is fairly well-established in competition cases that the hypothetical counterfactual – which, for the purposes of causation, posits what the situation would have been absent any breach of competition law – cannot contain (...)

Tom Coates The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal holds that interveners may be in the same position as appellants, and that the test for admitting new grounds is substantially the same as that for fresh evidence (British Telecommunications / OFCOM)


Fresh grounds and evidence before the CAT* On the face of it, BT was the main winner in this week’s ruling from the Competition Appeal Tribunal : see British Telecommunications plc v Office of Communications [2015] CAT 6. However, the decision, which makes interesting comments on the rights of (...)

Tom Coates The English High Court reminds that the CMA has to treat with fairness and equal treatment all the parties but that a mistake should not be replicated where public funds were concerned (Gallaher)


Gallaher and Somerfield : will the CMA change its approach to settlement ?* The latest episode in the tobacco litigation saga has seen Gallaher and Somerfield’s attempt to benefit from the collapse of the OFT’s case in November 2011 rejected by the High Court in R (Gallaher Group Limited and (...)

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