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Thomas Evans

Call
2008

Thomas has a broad commercial litigation and product liability practice, and specialises in group actions.

Thomas receives instructions across a wide range of product liability and consumer protection issues. He is presently acting for Volkswagen in the NOx Emissions Group Litigation.  He is also instructed in a case arising out of fires in agricultural machinery, and has recently advised in multi-million-pound factory fire cases, and vehicle fire cases.  He is co-authoring the latest edition of Hodges on Multi-party Actions.

Thomas has recently been instructed in cases across of a broad spectrum of commercial and banking issues including deceit, and ranging from directors’ guarantees to misrepresentation by a solar energy firm and from breach of a contract for the provision of encryption software to harassment by financial institutions.

Much of Thomas’ practice has an international element, with issues of jurisdiction frequently arising. Thomas regularly acts for global banking institutions including those domiciled outside of the UK. He has also recently advised a foreign car manufacturer on issues of consumer protection arising out of fires.  He has been published on the Recast Brussels Regulation.

Allied to his product liability work, Thomas also has a particular depth of experience in regulatory, transactional and contentious matters arising out of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 as well as the Regulated Activities Order, the FCA Handbook and the Consumer Credit Act 1974. He is routinely asked to advise on applications to the FCA for authorisation and to draft credit and security agreements. Thomas is a regular contributor to the Journal of International banking and Finance Law and is the lead author for the present edition of the Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents, Consumer Credit as well as being an author of Goode, The Law and Practice of Consumer Credit. Allied to this work, he regularly appears in insolvency proceedings as well as property and construction claims.


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Expertise


Product Liability & Group Actions

Thomas’ practice is focused on product liability, and in particular group actions. He is presently instructed by Volkswagen in the NOx Emissions Group Litigation, and previously advised in the PIP Breast Implant Litigation. He is also currently acting for the manufacturer in multiple claims arising allegedly out of defective agricultural equipment.

Other recent instructions have involved allegedly defective plant equipment, white goods and commercial vehicles, as well as negligently carried out utility servicing. Thomas has particular experience in electrical fires (including in commercial premises, factories, vehicles and plant equipment).

He regularly provides opinions for insurers, manufacturers and creditors and is experienced in dealing with complex issues of expert evidence and high value claims for loss of profit both at trial and in ADR.

Representative cases

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  • The VW NOx Emissions Group Litigation

    Instructed by Volkswagen; litigation ongoing.

  • PIP Breast Implant Litigation

    Instructed by a creditor with connected lender liability in several cases.

  • Various Claimants insured by NFU

    Instructed by the manufacturer in respect of a series of fires; ongoing.

  • Factory fire

    Defective gas burner.

  • Factory fire

    Defective wiring.

  • Agricultural vehicle

    Failure of safety systems trapping and injuring operative.

Commercial

Thomas has considerable experience of commercial litigation arising, including claims arising out of the construction of guarantees and performance bonds, misrepresentation and deceit, as well as in the context of telecommunications agreements. He also provides advice, drafts pleadings and argues at trial across a range of tortious disputes.

Recent cases have concerned

• Alleged fraud in share purchase agreements
• Misrepresentation by solar energy company
• Malicious falsehood (defence to alleged repudiatory breach of commercial telecommunications agreement)
• Guarantees of commercial loans (defended on grounds including alleged misrepresentation, undue influence and discharge by variation)
• Frustration of private sector education contracts
• Drafting commercial loan and security agreements
• Breach of commercial contract to supply broadband internet
• Breach of commercial contract to supply secure Blackberry encryption software
• Non-payment of recruitment agency fees

Representative cases

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  • Bruce v TTAM [2015] EWHC 936 Ch

    Alleged deceit in share purchase agreement.

  • Resort Group v MJEA (Queen’s Bench Division

    £20m loss of profit and liquidated damages claim under property portfolio acquisition agreements and guarantees.

  • Chemistree Homecare Ltd v Roche Products Ltd (ChD)

    Costs orders upon discontinuance following interim injunctive relief; indemnity costs; relevance of other proceedings concerning same claimant; payment on account of costs pending detailed assessment; relevance of proceedings before European Commission which may be stifled by costs order.

  • HSBC Bank PLC v Ertan

    Guarantees given by company director and secured on property; chain of guarantees linking group collective net overdraft facility to guarantor; allegations of misrepresentation.

  • In re Smart Energy

    Numerous claims against solar water heating company; alleged misrepresentation.

  • O v B

    Failure of encryption software supplied for use with Blackberry mobile devices; loss of profit.

Consumer

Allied to his product liability expertise, a significant part of Thomas’ practice is concerned with consumer protection, and in particular the provisions of CPUT 2008. Thomas regularly advises clients facing investigation and enforcement action from regulators including the Financial Services Authority and local Trading Standards departments. Most recently, Thomas has acted for a manufacturer facing allegations of unfair trading and fraud being investigated by Trading Standards, and also for a creditor facing potential enforcement action following allegations of failing to treat customers fairly and of sending out misleading communication.

Thomas has also been instructed in numerous Interest Rate Hedging Product cases, and assisted a bank in the context of the FCA’s IRHP Review.

In addition, Thomas has recently acted for:

• Consumers alleging fraud by financial and pensions advisors.
• Finance companies defending allegations of harassment during debt collection.
• A consumer in a claim arising out of alleged unconscionable dealing and misrepresentation by salesmen on visits to his home.
• A timeshare company concerning sales practices and compliance with the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.
• A major UK creditor on liability arising out of misrepresentation in the sale of timeshare agreements.
• A major UK creditor on liability arising out of misrepresentation in the sale of solar energy equipment.

Representative cases

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  • The VW NOx Emissions Group Litigation

    Instructed by Volkswagen.

  • PIP Breast Implant Litigation

    Instructed by a credit card company on issues of connected lender liability.

  • Various Claimants v HBSC Bank plc

    Interest rate hedging product matters in the context of the FCA IRHP Review.

Banking, Asset Finance & Consumer Credit

Thomas’ practice has a focus on banking, asset finance and consumer credit, often in the context of related product liability or consumer-related claims. He receives regular instructions on behalf of banks and other large financial institutions, and his practice spans both transactional and regulatory work as well as litigation.

Thomas is the lead author for the Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents, Consumer Credit, and is one of a team of authors of Goode, The Law and Practice of Consumer Credit. He has published several articles in the Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law.

Litigation

Thomas has recently been instructed in a number of claims arising out of the alleged mis-sale of interest rate hedging products.  He has also advised a City bank on the FCA’s IRHP Review.

He has recently published articles in the Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law concerning the existence and assignment of restitutionary rights in cases of unenforceable contracts, and problems of drafting and interpretation in guarantees and performance bonds.

Thomas frequently acts on behalf of creditors in claims arising out of defective products where there is connected-lender-liability.  He also acts in mortgage and guarantee cases in which complex allegations of misrepresentation, undue influence, unconscionable dealing and discharge by variation are raised.

Recently, he has defended cases of alleged harassment by large financial institutions arising out debt collection activities.

Thomas has recently presented talks concerning the high net worth exemption to consumer credit regulation, connected lender liability under the Consumer Credit Act 1974 and withdrawal from regulated agreements following the implementation of the Consumer Credit Directive

Transactional & Regulatory

Thomas receives regular instructions to advise a number of City institutions on non-contentious matters which have recently included the following:

• Reviewing consumer credit agreements as part of several due diligence reviews in the context of assignment of book debts and company acquisition
• Obtaining authorisation under FSMA for a national office equipment company and applying to amend scope of authorisation for a leisure services provider
• Drafting applications for waivers from the FCA
• Advising a major City financial institution on remedying and reporting breaches to FCA
• Advising a major UK credit card provider on its debt collection procedures
• Drafting commercial secured loan agreements as well as guarantees and performance bonds
• Drafting regulated credit and hire purchase agreements as well as full suite precedents, including for a national hire company and Harley Street medical practice
• Advising on the extra-territorial effect of the CCA and FSMA
• Remedying historical errors in NOSIAs
• Advising on the MiFID, high net worth and business purposes exemptions

 

Representative cases

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  • Prowood Finance Ltd v The Blue Coat Church of England Academy Limited

    Defence of ultra vires to a debt claim argued by a school under the Academies Act 2010.

  • Various Claimants v HBSC Bank plc

    Interest rate hedging product matters in the context of the FCA IRHP Review.

  • Otoo v Barons Finance Ltd (in liquidation) (ChD)

    Part of the Barons Finance litigation; enforcement of multiple charges by joint liquidators where underlying debts arose out of unenforceable consumer credit agreements executed by the creditor without authorisation.

  • HSBC Bank plc v Ertan

    Guarantees given by company director and secured on property; chain of guarantees linking group collective net overdraft facility to guarantor; allegations of misrepresentation.

  • Megaprinter.co.uk v Baldreed Digitec Limited &or (QBD)

    Hire of copying equipment; alleged breach of maintenance agreement; liability of finance company; application to strike out claim; quantification of damages.

  • Golbourne v Capital One (Europe) PLC

    Broad allegations concerning alleged unfair relationships.

Insolvency

Thomas advises financial institutions on a broad range of debt and insolvency issues. He regularly appears on appeal in the High Court and in both the Companies Court and County Courts at the setting aside, petitioning and annulment stages.

Representative cases

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  • 1st Credit Finance v Anthony Adrian Carr [2013] EWHC 2318 (Ch)

    Whether the Court was entitled to annul under s282(1)(A) IA 1986 where debtor produced disputed evidence of ability to pay only after the hearing of the petition; whether there was sufficient evidence that bankruptcy debts had been discharged for s282(1)(b) IA 1986.

  • Dias v London Borough of Havering [2011] EWHC 172 (Ch)

    Scope of the Court in Bankruptcy’s jurisdiction to go behind liability orders for non-domestic rates; authority for the meaning on “miscarriage of justice” in bankruptcy proceedings.

  • In re William Cole (ChD)

    Definition of “unreasonableness” in IA s271(3).

  • In re Michael Cooper (ChD)

    Amendments to proof of debt pursuant to IR r6.116.

  • Pickard v Atta-Owusu

    Setting aside transaction at undervalue; declaration of bankrupt’s beneficial interest in property.

  • In re Henley Interiors Limited (in liquidation)

    Application of the rule against double proof following Re Kaupthing.

 

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Publications

• Author: Hodges, Multi-Party Actions
• Lead Author: Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents, Consumer Credit
• Contributor: Journal of International Banking and Finance Law:

“Conflict of laws in light of Plaza BV and the new Brussels Regulation”
“Guarantees and Performance Bonds: Problems and Drafting and Interpretation”
“As you reap so shall you sow: the existence and assignment of restitutionary rights in cases of unenforceable contracts”
“Changes to the protection of guarantors under regulated agreements: opportunities missed and problems created”

• Author: Goode, The Law and Practice of Consumer Credit
• Author: An Introduction to the Consumer Rights Act 2015
• Author: The Health and Safety (Offenses) Act 2008
• Contributor: LexisNexis PSL Notes

Memberships

• Commercial Bar Association
• South Eastern Circuit
• Health & Safety Lawyers’ Association
• Personal Injuries Bar Association
• London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association
• British Insurance Law Association
• UK Constitutional Law Association

Education
  • Cholmeley Studentship, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Hardwicke Award, Lincoln’s Inn
  • John V Lovitt Prize in Jurisprudence, Christ Church, Oxford
  • Scholarship, Christ Church, Oxford
  • MA (Oxon) Jurisprudence, Christ Church, Oxford
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VAT Registration Number: 976163978

Legal Status: Barrister

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