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Jack Thorne

Associate, Litigation Department


Phone: 44-020-3023-5155
Fax: 44-020-3023-5455


Jack Thorne is a senior associate in the Litigation practice at Paul Hastings and is based in the firm's London office. Mr. Thorne advises across a broad range of domestic and international disputes, with a focus on commercial litigation and arbitration, finance litigation, and corporate insolvency. He has particular expertise in disputes arising out of corporate and financial transactions, often with a cross border element.

He advises on complex litigation at all levels of the English civil court system and has experience handling significant cases before various arbitral tribunals, including the London Court of International Arbitration, the International Chamber of Commerce, and the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre. He mainly acts for clients in the banking, finance, private equity, advertising, and media industries but also has experience in a wide range of sectors, including energy, telecoms, insurance, sports, and live events.


Legal 500

  • Jack Thorne is "unbelievably hardworking and a pleasure to work with", Legal 500 (2019)


  • BPP Law School, Legal Practice Course (Distinction), 2010
  • BPP Law School, Graduate Diploma in Law (Commendation), 2009
  • University College London, B.A. Linguistics (1st Class Hons., Dean's List), 2008


Litigation and Arbitration

  • Acted for Cabot Financial in a c. £50 million Commercial Court claim relating to breaches of warranties contained in a share purchase agreement.
  • Acted for a Greek international financial institution in defending a c. €33 million claim brought against it in the Commercial Court concerning alleged breaches of warranties contained in a loan portfolio purchase agreement.
  • Acted for the claimant, a U.S. investment firm, in a HKIAC arbitration concerning the enforcement of a put option in a joint venture agreement worth c. US$ 200 million.
  • Acting for an Irish telecommunications company in a significant damages claim brought against BT in the Competition List of the High Court, alleging breaches of statutory duty, including under competition legislation.
  • Acting for a multi-national company in civil claims and other contentious matters arising out of a large-scale data breach of its systems, including defending a multi-million pound group action in the High Court brought by individuals seeking damages for alleged loss of data.
  • Acted for Monaco Telecom in a multi-million pound claim concerning allegations of IP infringement brought against it in the Chancery Division of the High Court.
  • Acted for the claimant, a consumer lender, in successfully obtaining a freezing injunction and judgment in relation to claims against one of its former directors for misappropriation of company funds and failure to pay for allotted shares.
  • Acting for the defendant, a global supplier and operator of offshore floating platforms, in High Court and Court of Appeal proceedings in Ghana relating to claims for injunctive relief and damages for inducement of breach of contract, conspiracy, and tortious interference with contractual and business relations.
  • Acted for the Joint Administrators of a property development company in defending a creditor’s application challenging their fees and expenses pursuant to rule 18.34 of the Insolvency (England & Wales) Rules 2016.
  • Acted for a number of past and present employees of Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (in administration) in relation to the Waterfall III proceedings concerning the Lehman Brothers estate.
  • Acted for the Special Liquidator of Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (in special liquidation) and associated persons in relation to various proceedings in India connected to the on-going and high-profile Irish litigation between IBRC and members of the Quinn Family and their associated persons and entities.
  • Advised a leading clothing retailer on various contentious matters arising out of its Company Voluntary Arrangement, including Part 8 proceedings brought by a creditor challenging the CVA on the basis of unfair prejudice under section 6 of the Insolvency Act 1986.
  • Advised a telecommunications operator in respect of a proposed scheme of arrangement relating to the restructuring of obligations under senior secured notes.
  • Acted for the defendant, a member of a global advertising group, in proceedings brought in Curacao concerning a multi-million pound claim for failure to make payment of the sale price for shares.
  • Acted for the claimant, a multinational electric utility company, in an ICC arbitration concerning the contract price under an LNG supply contract.
  • Acted for one of Asia’s leading sports marketing agencies on the enforcement of a Singaporean arbitral award against a Mauritian company in the English courts.
  • Acted for the Trustees of a pension scheme in relation to a multi-million pound claim for professional negligence against the scheme’s administrators following a failure to properly equalize scheme benefits.
  • Acted for a professional football club in High Court proceedings brought by a football agent for breach of contract relating to the transfer of four players.
  • Acting for claimant and defendant companies in disputes concerning breach of restrictive covenants in employment contracts and/or breach of confidence.


  • Acted for a number of international financial institutions in Europe and the Middle East in relation to multi-agency inquiries, including conducting internal investigations into alleged breaches of OFAC sanctions and reporting to OFAC and the DOJ.
  • Advised a global pharmaceutical company in an internal anti-corruption investigation concerning its operations in Africa.
  • Acted for a Brazilian aerospace conglomerate in relation to the implementation of an enhanced compliance program required as part of a deferred prosecution agreement entered into with the DOJ in relation to FCPA violations.



  • Admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales

Practice Areas

International Arbitration
Complex Litigation and Arbitration
Investigations and White Collar Defense
White Collar Defense




England and Wales Solicitor


BPP University Law School, L.P.C. 2010
BPP University Law School, GDL 2009
University College London, B.A. 2008

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