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Thomas Catto, Senior Associate

Thomas is a dispute resolution lawyer and has been based in our Manama office since 2013.



Thomas advises on a broad range of commercial disputes, including cross-border litigation and arbitration. 

Thomas acts in complex commercial litigation in the English and Dubai International Financial Centre Courts, and also in international arbitrations, including proceedings conducted under the LCIA and ICC rules. 

In addition, Thomas advises on dispute avoidance measures, and on alternative dispute resolution, including mediation.

Thomas’s work frequently has a multi-jurisdictional element, and he works closely with local lawyers across the MENA region, Europe and elsewhere.

Thomas is admitted to practise in England and Wales.


  • Advising a MENA-based telecommunications operator in an LCIA arbitration brought against it for USD$ 680 million and in subsequent English Court proceedings, resulting in the claim being dismissed and the costs of the action being recovered.

  • Acting in a multi-million dollar fraud claim in the English Courts, which involved securing and maintaining a worldwide freezing order against multiple defendants, prosecuting the claim to trial, and assisting with the enforcement of the judgment in a number of jurisdictions.

  • Assisting with the cross-border recognition and enforcement of a Qatari arbitration award in Australia.

  • Working as part of the team acting on the Awal Bank Administration, which involves over 75 different claims in over 7 different jurisdictions.


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