Walkers advises on the laws of Bermuda*, the British Virgin Islands (BVI), the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Ireland and Jersey (Channel Islands). We are experienced in all types of international and cross-border transactions covering a broad range of sectors with a particular focus on both contentious and non-contentious corporate and finance law, investment funds, private equity, structured products, capital markets and trusts.
Walkers Professional Services provides registered office, corporate, and fiduciary services from Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Dubai, Hong Kong and Ireland. We also provide compliance services from the Cayman Islands through Walkers Compliance, a one-stop-shop which helps clients address evolving Anti-Money Laundering Regulations, including outsourcing and supporting their compliance functions. Working together with Walkers law firm, Walkers Professional Services delivers a seamless integration of legal, corporate, fiduciary and compliance services.
Walkers delivers clear, concise and practical advice based on an in-depth knowledge of the legal, regulatory and commercial environment in Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Ireland and Jersey.
Thomas is based in Walkers' Ireland office where he is a Partner in Walkers Insolvency & Dispute Resolution practice. Thomas specialises in complex, cross-border, disputes for financial services institutions.
Prior to joining Walkers, Thomas was Partner and Head of Financial and Commercial Disputes at Dentons in London having previously trained and worked at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Earlier in his career, Thomas spent time seconded to Barclays Bank. Thomas has particular expertise in advising major financial institutions on high-profile, complex, High Court disputes and related appeals. In recent years, Thomas achieved significant profile in London coordinating the defence of a portfolio of LIBOR claims brought against one of the UK's major banks. This included his role in the landmark LIBOR case of Property Alliance Group in which the English Court first determined what liability a LIBOR rate setting bank has to a customer sold a contract referencing that rate.
Admitted In:IrelandEngland and Wales (non-practising)Qualifications:LLB (Bachelor of Law), University of Sheffield Legal Practice Course, Nottingham Law School
2020 Chambers UK - (Banking Litigation – London) Up and coming "Thomas Leyland is an accomplished litigator handling a broad range of disputes in the banking sector, including the defence of claims relating to swaps mis-selling and misconduct related to Libor. One source describes him as 'a highly capable, highly effective litigator who gets good results."2020 Legal 500 UK - (Banking Litigation: Investment and Retail - London) Next Generation Partner2019 Chambers UK - (Banking Litigation - London) Up and coming "Thomas Leyland has a growing reputation for his strong banking litigation practice. He has recently proven himself adept at handling high-profile and critical cases around alleged benchmark rate manipulation. Sources say: 'His strength comes from his willingness to get his hands dirty on the details of particular cases, identifying at a granular level what the issues are and what needs to be done to deal with them.'" For litigation more generally: "Thomas Leyland is one of the firm's leading names for litigation."2019 Legal 500 UK - "Thomas Leyland is a highly accomplished practitioner who is commercially focused, thoughtful, calm and a delight to deal with."
Member of the Incorporated Law Society of IrelandMember of the Law Society of England & Wales