Thomas K. Sprange, QC

As an advocate, Thomas Sprange has acted as lead counsel in more than 100 international arbitrations in the leading arbitration institutes, including the International Chamber of Commerce, London Court of International Arbitration, American Arbitration Association, Stockholm Chamber of Commerce and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes. He also regularly sits in three-member arbitration tribunals and as a sole arbitrator.

Thomas frequently represents clients in the Chancery and Queens Bench divisions of the High Court of England and Wales in a broad array of disputes. He has experience working with clients in numerous sectors, including energy, mining, projects, telecommunications, technology, financial services, real estate, pharmaceuticals, fashion and sports.

Thomas is the Managing Partner of the London Office.

He is ranked in the latest editions of the Chambers Global, Chambers UK, Chambers Europe, Legal 500 UK and Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration, Asset Recovery and Construction directories for Arbitration and Dispute Resolution. He is described as “a superb advocate”, “class act”, “remarkable,” a “super lawyer,” “a real star,” “fantastic,” “impressive,” “smart, percipient and energetic, ” and “commercially astute and a great lawyer” with sources adding that “his advocacy skills are brilliant” and he has “experience in a range of sectors, including aviation, energy and finance.” and that “he is very responsive, sharp and quick to seize the key issues”. Sources also say Thomas is a “thoroughbred arbitrator who is incredibly smart, ” a “heavyweight arbitration lawyer” and “technically excellent and very creative, with a strong knowledge base and good problem-solving skills. ” Furthermore, Thomas is said to combine a “Mensa-like intellect with a down-to-earth attitude” and “an unparalleled work ethic and outstanding attention to client needs”; possess “extensive commercial arbitration expertise”; to “not just go the extra yard in defending his client’s position, but the extra mile”; and to be an “accomplished solicitor advocate.”

Firm Overview:

King & Spalding helps leading companies advance complex business interests in more than 160 countries. Working across a highly integrated platform of more than 1,000 lawyers in 20 offices globally, we deliver tailored commercial solutions through world-class offerings and an uncompromising approach to quality and service.

Richard Scott-Watson

Richard Scott-Watson has been an Expert Witness in Orthopaedic Trauma since 1990, completing over 22,000 reports and averaging two court appearances per year.

Since its inception, Stourbridge-based RSW Medicolegal Ltd has achieved an enviable reputation for the provision of high quality Medico Legal Reports in the field of orthopaedic related personal injury cases.

A highly experienced Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon, Founder and Managing Director of the Company, Richard Scott-Watson has been the Director and sole Medical Examiner at RSW (incorporating in 2001) for over 28 years.

Able to draw on over 28 years’ experience, Mr. Scott-Watson is a single expert with a particular interest and expertise in general orthopaedics, fractures and trauma; musculoskeletal injuries and all aspects of bone and soft tissue injury including limb and spinal injuries. He is particularly interested in the disability aspect of cases, an as this is what matters most to the claimant.

As you would expect from such a consummate professional, Mr.Scott-Watson is a member of the Oxford Medical and Legal Society, as well as attending industry-led conferences each year, depending on the relevance of the subject matter.


  • Lawyer International Legal 100 – 2019 Best Practice of the Year for Medico-Legal Cases – UK
  • Lawyer International Legal 100 – 2019 Orthopaedic Therapy Expert Witness of the Year – England
  • Lawyer International Legal 100 Orthopaedic Surgeon and Disability Analyst of the year UK 2019
  • M&A Global Awards 2019 – Individual Orthopaedic Therapy Expert Witness of the Year England
  • SME News. Best Expert Witness Service Provider 2019
  • 2018 AI Global Excellence Award – Most Trusted Orthopaedic Expert Witness – UK
  • 2018 / 2019 Corporate Intl Magazine Global Award ‘Orthopaedic Therapy Expert Witness of the Year in England’
  • Global Law Experts Orthopaedic Surgeon and Disability Analyst Expert of the Year 2017 / 2018
  • Orthopaedic Expert Witness (the UK) Leaders in Law (LIL) for 2017/18, 2018/19
  • FORENSIC INSIDER Orthopaedic Award 2016
  • Lawyer Monthly Magazine Orthopaedic Expert Witness of the Year 2016 and 2017
  • Forensic and Expert Witness E Magazine Medico Legal Award 2014/15 & 2016/2017
  • Forensic and Expert Witness E Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award receiver for Trauma & Orthopaedics.
  • 2014. Cardiff University Bond Solon Expert Witness Certificate.
  • MEOL Accredited Expert.
  • MedCo Accredited Expert.DME 4726.
  • Fully trained in CPR and in LVI cases.

Clinics in Stourbridge, Birmingham, Coventry, Bristol, Swindon and Oxford. Waiting list 4 – 6 weeks. Home and prison visits undertaken.

Peter Hale

Peter Hale’s technical specialisations are in communications and control systems. Having a naval engineering background, he also practices in the fields of mechanics and thermodynamics. Peter has particular experience of large patent portfolio management, contentious patent proceedings in the UK courts and at the European Patent Office, and IP due diligence exercises. He also advises clients on policing their patent rights and licensing negotiations. He has been responsible for patent filing programmes for multinational companies and many smaller clients for whom intellectual property is a key aspect of the company value. The collaborative relationships Peter builds with his clients around the world have delivered creative and informed patent strategies in some challenging commercial environments in which patents are a vital commercial tool. The direct commercial implications of his clients’ patent needs means Peter’s significant opposition and appeal work at the European Patent Office has often been coordinated with concurrent patent litigation in Europe and elsewhere.

Firm Overview:

Haley Guiliano started as the patent practice spin-off from Ropes & Gray LLP. The Haley Guiliano team has extensive experience with representing clients of all sizes and across a multitude of industries around the globe in connection with intellectual property matters. All of our attorneys and patent agents have technical and scientific backgrounds, many of whom have graduate degrees. We are used to counseling and representing clients on high stakes complex matters – relying on both our legal analysis expertise and technological know-how.

We tailor our relationship for every one of our clients, recognising that a cookie-cutter approach to IP representations is not adequate. We make it a point to understand our client’s business, its needs, and its goals. This underpins the work that we perform in the course of our representation.

Haley Guiliano is selective in hiring talented candidates with exceptional legal and technical/scientific backgrounds. We invest in our legal team and support staff. This includes providing each person with opportunities to work on a wide scope of projects in addition to specialising in a respective practice area. Haley Guiliano has developed an environment that fosters professional development and collegiality.

As a client, this means your matters will be handled by a team of Haley Guiliano professionals with a broad range of experience, who are able to learn about your business and your needs. This institutional knowledge will be a continuous mainstay during the course of our representation.

Paul Wordley

Paul is the founding partner of Wordley Partnership. In his previous role at Holman Fenwick Willan LLP, he headed up the international insurance and reinsurance claims practice.

Paul’s expertise is geared towards advisory, complex claims, dispute resolution and coverage issues in the international insurance and reinsurance markets, acting for policyholders, insurers, brokers, intermediaries and reinsurers. His particular areas of expertise are in the oil, gas, mining, marine, construction and TMT sectors.

Paul has been involved in a number of high-profile international insurance and reinsurance claims in recent years and has also advised on a number of recent major oil, gas and mining claims. He also has significant mediation experience, having represented clients in several successful multi-million-dollar mediations. Paul has also conducted numerous arbitrations before LMAA, ICC, SCC and LCIA.

He is recommended by expert legal directories as ‘exceptional’ and has become a thought leader in the mining insurance world.

Tony Piccirillo

Three-time winner of the Sunday Times Individual Conveyancer of the Year and Co-owner of the pioneering AVRillo, Tony Piccirillo is highly regarded as one of the most innovative lawyers in his field. A former estate agent with 30 years in property industry, Tony is a CPD accredited trainer, Author and NLP practitioner who teaches problem-solving with an open commercial attitude. It is no wonder that Tony alongside his brother Angelo have established the world’s most awarded conveyancing law firm, with one of the highest NPS ‘customer satisfaction’ scores within UK industry.

Firm Overview:

The story of people over paper

Launched in 1998, AVRillo has grown into the multi-award-winning conveyancers you see today. Strong values are a common trait in our family business which led to a switch from a business centred around paper to one centred on people where we make great experiences happen.

Caring and different, AVRillo promise not to talk down to you, not to leave you in the dark and not to delay (these being the 3 major complaints made against Lawyers). Not with us! As Sunday Times Best UK Conveyancers, if we can’t keep you happy, we promise you can just walk away, without paying a penny of our costs and a whole month’s worth of work for free.

Aoife O’Sullivan

Aoife O’Sullivan specialises in private, corporate and commercial aviation, military aircraft and civil aerospace. She advises clients on aircraft finance and regulatory issues, including corporate structures, aircraft acquisitions and airline start-ups. She is internationally renowned for her work in aircraft finance. Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine named her as one of the top 10 leaders in business aviation in Europe. She is a member of the Board of Aerion Corporation Inc. which is developing a supersonic business jet and was a founding member of IIBN, a network of Irish entrepreneurs. She has acted as Chair of the European Business Aviation Association finance and leasing group.

Aoife has been independently nominated by her clients, contacts and peers for inclusion in all exclusive industry and legal guides for her work in aviation law and her contribution to the industry, including:

  • Chambers: notable and trusted practitioner in Aviation Finance
  • Legal 500: Finance
  • Euromoney’s “Women in Business”
  • Expert Guides – Aviation
  • International Who’s Who of Aviation Finance Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers
  • Who’s Who Legal
  • Lawyers World – Leading Lawyer Awards

Aoife is regularly invited to speak at international aviation conferences and events. She writes for and has been quoted in all major leading publications including the Financial Times, BART, Fly Corporate, Airfinance Journal and Altitudes.

Aoife was admitted as a Solicitor in Ireland in 1997, England and Wales in 1997 and admitted to the Supreme Court of the Cayman Islands in 2002. Previous experience includes senior associate at Clifford Chance LLP and subsequently Head of Aircraft Finance at Gates and Partners LLP until merger with Kennedys Law LLP where she was head of Aircraft Finance. Aoife is one of the founding partners of The Air Law Firm LLP.

Firm Overview:

The Air Law Firm LLP is a boutique aviation law practice providing international legal services to the aviation industry. Our practice model sets us apart: we offer a bespoke and focused service from an agile and responsive team who can react quickly to the changing demands of your business environment. Our legal services are partner-led and we are proactive not reactive. Our lawyers are passionate about aviation, recognised internationally as being experts in their fields, focused and unique. As your legal partner in aviation, your experience with us will be different.