‘Tom Holden is an incredibly hardworking lawyer who fights hard to push for the best outcome for the client.’
(The Legal 500, 2024)
Tom trained with Freeths and qualified into the Dispute Resolution Department of Freeths’ Milton Keynes office early in 2016.
Tom conducts, advises on and assists with the litigation of a range of legal disputes, particularly in relation to director and shareholder disputes, commercial contract and commercial property disputes and insolvency issues. He also advises on debt recovery and methods of enforcement.
As a member of the Milton Keynes office’s specialist commercial property litigation team, Tom has experience advising and assisting clients in the Drinks, Hospitality and Leisure sector. This has included landlord and tenant disputes, estates queries and the Assets of Community Value regime.
Tom is listed as a Recommended Lawyer in The Legal 500 (2024 edition).
- Acting for a listed Plc and its directors in respect of their harassment and defamation by the former CEO, ultimately securing injunctive relief restraining the offending behaviour, damages, costs, the defendant’s bankruptcy and, when the terms of the injunction were repeatedly breached, an order for the defendant’s committal in respect of contempt of Court, over the course of 5 High Court hearings – http://www.bailii.org/cgi-bin/format.cgi?doc=/ew/cases/EWHC/QB/2019/423.html&query=(triad); http://www.bailii.org/cgi-bin/format.cgi?doc=/ew/cases/EWHC/QB/2020/306.html&query=(triad); http://www.bailii.org/cgi-bin/format.cgi?doc=/ew/cases/EWHC/QB/2020/2701.html&query=(triad).
- Acting for a major UK airport in relation to a High Court dispute against a household name concessionaire, securing favourable settlement terms providing for payment of disputed sums and costs to the client and agreeing previously disputed terms between the parties.
- Acting for an individual to resist allegations of deceit and/or fraudulent misrepresentation, a claim for damages of c. £22m and in relation to a High Court without-notice freezing injunction and order for the provision of information and computer and electronic imaging imposed upon the client, ultimately succeeding in obtaining favourable terms of settlement.
- Acting for a Belgian company against a Swedish distributor in relation to a High Court claim for sums unpaid under a distributorship agreement and resisting a counterclaim in respect of alleged breaches of that agreement, ultimately achieving settlement for the client.
- Acting for and advising insolvency practitioners to recover sums due to insolvent companies.
Drinks, Hospitality & Leisure
Tom is a member of the Milton Keynes office’s specialist commercial property litigation team and has experience in advising in the Drinks, Hospitality and Leisure sector, advising pub companies, tenanted operators, hotels, restaurants and late night operators on various estates management issues and property-related disputes.
- Tom has extensive experience of the assets of community value regime. He has successfully resisted a large number of nominations and assisted with appeals to the First Tier Tribunal in relation to Asset of Community Value listing and compensation claims.
Acting for and advising various large pub and/or restaurant owner/operators in relation to estates management issues, including in relation to various breaches of covenant, debt recovery and business lease renewals.
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