Tom Beard

Senior Associate
Commercial Disputes

Tom is a Senior Associate in our Commercial Disputes team.

His practice areas cover a wide range of commercial and contractual disputes including those relating to breaches of contract and procurement challenges. Tom has extensive experience advising on corporate disputes including disputes between directors and/or shareholders, disputes emanating from disposals and acquisitions (including warranty claims) and those involving the interpretation of Sale and Purchase Agreements. He has also worked for broadcasters advising on and enforcing copyright and trademark infringements.

Tom has acted for a broad range of private and public sector clients. The Private sector clients include companies within the Energy, Advertising, Media and Entertainment, Technology and Sport industries. His public sector clients have included the NHS (England and Wales), Local Authorities, further and higher education providers and several large regulatory bodies.

Tom is a fluent Welsh speaker.

  • Successfully defending NHS England in a £1bn procurement challenge brought to its largest ever medicines procurement involving the supply of Hepatitis C (AbbVie Limited –v- NHS Commissioning Board (operating under the name of NHS England) [2019] EWHC 61 (TCC).
  • Advising a global organisation in respect of a dispute emanating from its decision to withdraw its offer to provide a multi-million-pound loan facility.
  • Advising a global diagnostics provider on its contractual rights and protection of its confidential information in relation to a procurement challenge.
  • Acting for a specialist sourcing and supply company on a complicated £100m claim relating to a breach of contract and a breach of the Public Procurement Regulations 2015 involving the supply of COVID 19 test kits.
  • Advising a hybrid merchant bank and placement business in relation to a shareholder dispute and breach of contract claim.
  • Acting for a global business solutions company on a £multi-million breach of contract claim.
  • Advising the fastest growing communications business in the UK on a procurement challenge.
  • Acting for an advertising agency on a multi-jurisdiction breach of contract claim involving the publication of confidential images.
  • Commercial contract disputes
  • Post completion and shareholder disputes
  • Procurement challenges
  • Intellectual Property disputes
  • Sports disputes


  • Senior Associate, Capital Law Limited (Jun 2023 – present)
  • Associate, Lewis Silkin (Jun2021 – Jun 2023)
  • Senior Solicitor, Blake Morgan LLP (Jul 2020 – Jun 2021)
  • Solicitor, Blake Morgan LLP (Sep 2017 – Jun 2020)
  • Trainee Solicitor, Blake Morgan LLP (Sep 2015 – Aug 2017)
  • Recoveries Executive, Blake Morgan LLP (Jul 2014 – Aug 2015)
  • Recoveries Executive, Morgan Cole (Sep 2008 – Jun 2014)


  • Prifysgol Morgannwg: LPC (2007 – 2008)
  • Prifysgol Morgannwg: LLB Law (2003 – 2007)

Memberships / Trustee positions 

  • The Law Society of England and Wales
  • Member of the Procurement Lawyers Association


  • Welsh