Tom worked for a naval architecture practice on the south coast of the UK for two years before retraining as a lawyer and joining HFW in 2002 as part of the shipping department, working in the admiralty and crisis management team. He has worked on various complex technical cases in the offshore oil and gas industry dealing with construction disputes, decommissioning and disposal of marine assets, insurance claims, towage disputes, contractual disputes involving pipe lay vessels, and the salvage of offshore assets in the Gulf of Mexico and other areas of the world. Tom is a member of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA), sits on the BIMCO drafting subcommittee for the new standard form offshore dismantling contract and is a member of the Society of Underwater Technology (SUT) participating in the Salvage & Emergency Subsea Response subcommittee.