Tom Custance


Tom Custance joined Fox Williams in 2001 to head up our dispute resolution department having previously been a partner with Herbert Smith. Tom was admitted as a solicitor in 1989 having graduated from Bristol University with an honours degree in classics in 1985.  He subsequently qualified as a solicitor advocate (higher courts civil) in 1997.  Tom is a member of the Solicitors’ Association of Higher Court Advocates and of the London Solicitors Litigation Association, and a Freeman of the City of London Solicitors’ Company.

Tom has extensive experience in all aspects of the litigation, arbitration and mediation processes across a broad range of commercial disputes.  Much of this has been in the insurance field, where Tom has acted in several substantial and high profile insurance policy disputes, as well as advising on policy wording issues.  Other areas of expertise include banking disputes, employment and partnership law, and professional negligence, product liability and public liability claims.  As a solicitor advocate, Tom appeared at the Southall and Ladbroke Grove Rail Accident Public Inquiries as advocate for one of the parties, as well as undertaking regular court work.

"Great tactician"
(Legal 500, 2019)

'Great tactician’ Tom Custance is ‘bright, thoughtful and extremely articulate’
(Legal 500, 2017)

From a personal view

Tom is married and lives in Islington.  Interests include ski-ing, sailing, scuba diving and bridge.