Launched in 2019, Vail Dispute Resolution is an independent disputes practice based in London advising clients on investor-state and international commercial arbitration.
Vail Dispute Resolution presents a unique offering of arbitration expertise, top-quality practical experience and the significant efficiencies arising from an independent practice.
Our focus is on providing high-quality disputes advice without unnecessary costs and overheads, allowing for greater flexibility and bespoke solutions for each matter. This structure provides clients with arbitration counsel of both excellent quality and excellent value.
Tomas Vail is the Founder and Principal of Vail Dispute Resolution. With over a decade of arbitration experience, Tomas is recognised as a leading arbitration lawyer (Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration – Future Leaders 2020) and a leading practitioner of investor-state arbitration (Legal 500 UK Dispute Resolution 2019).
He regularly represents both states and investors in investment treaty arbitration proceedings under the ICSID and UNCITRAL rules, applicable treaties and public international law. He also represents clients in commercial arbitration proceedings, including under the LCIA, ICC and UNCITRAL rules. Tomas has particular experience of the natural resources and financial services industries. Tomas has further experience of arbitration in the telecommunications, commodities, consumer goods and manufacturing sectors.
Tomas also accepts arbitral appointments and has a growing practice as arbitrator. He has acted in several arbitrations, including most recently as Sole Arbitrator in a dispute under the SCC Rules. Tomas is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is listed in the arbitrator databases of the LCIA, VIAC and the Russian Arbitration Center.
Following initial experiences at the ICC International Court of Arbitration and with the in-house legal team of GE Commercial Finance, between 2010 and 2016, Tomas worked in the international arbitration group at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, in its London office. From 2016 to 2019, he was a member of the international arbitration team at White & Case in London. At all of these times, each team was respectively ranked “Number 1” in the Global Arbitration Review’s list of the world’s top international arbitration practices.
Tomas regularly publishes and speaks on issues relevant to international arbitration. His recent writing includes a book chapter on tribunal-appointed experts, to be published in 2020 by Cambridge University Press in a commentary on the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration.
He has also served as part of the leadership of several prominent arbitration organisations and initiatives, including as an Advisory Board member of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration. Tomas also serves as a legal specialist in investment treaty arbitration to the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative, and in this capacity presented to the Supreme Court of Kazakhstan on matters of investment treaty arbitration.
Tomas obtained a Juris Doctor degree from the Washington College of Law, and completed his undergraduate studies in political science at Macalester College. As part of his legal education, Tomas completed graduate studies in international arbitration at Université Paris X – Nanterre. Tomas is a member of the bar in New York and is a Solicitor of England and Wales. He is a native speaker of Russian and English and is fluent in French.