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About Tom

Tom Swarbrick advises clients in relation to construction and related contracts in the energy and infrastructure sectors. He has represented governments, developers, funders and contractors in relation to major projects across the Middle East, Africa and Europe.

Tom Swarbrick is extremely reliable and solution oriented.
The Legal 500 EMEA, 2021


Recent Notable Matters

Clay Tye Battery Storage Project — Fotowatio Renewable Ventures in connection with the development of a 99 MW/198 MWh utility battery storage project powered by Tesla Megapack lithium-ion batteries in the UK

Eni S.p.A. — £405 million acquisition of 20 percent interest in the Dogger Bank (A and B) 2.4 GW offshore wind farm project from Equinor and SSE

Al Kharsaah IPP — Marubeni Corporation and Total regarding the development, implementation and financing of the 800.15 MW Al Kharsaah Solar PV Independent Power Project in Qatar

REPDO 2 Category B 1.4 GW solar PV IPPs — Marubeni Corporation and Al Jomaih Energy and Water Company consortium as the winning bidder for the Rabigh 300 MW solar PV IPP, tendered under the second round of the Saudi Arabian National Renewable Energy Program

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures — development of a 34 MW/ 68 MWh utility scale battery storage project, to be constructed and operated by Tesla in the United Kingdom

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures — development of the 55 MW Masrik Solar PV plant in Armenia

Premier Oil Exploration and Production Limited — construction elements of the proposed project financing of the Sea Lion offshore oil field development in the North Falkland basin

Hillwood International Energy — EPC contract and other construction and services contracts for an onshore oil development in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

Eni México S. de R.L. de C.V. — construction and services contracts (auxiliary drilling services; drilling rig; fuel supply; helicopter services; line pipe supply; oil spill response; onshore receiving facility; transport and installation; vessels) in relation to the development of the Amoca field, offshore Mexico

Ophir Energy plc — upstream and midstream EPC and O&M contracts and implementation of project mutual hold harmless arrangements in relation to $2 billion floating LNG project, offshore Equatorial Guinea

Anglo African Oil and Gas plc — Tilapia field operations in the Republic of Congo

EOG Resources, Inc. — various contract packages, including transportation and installation and fabrication and installation contracts, for EOG's offshore developments in Trinidad and Tobago

Helium One Limited — drilling contract in relation to a globally significant discovery of helium in Tanzania



Nottingham Law School,
Nottingham Law School,
The University of Manchester,

Bar Admissions

Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales



The Middle East Legal Awards 2021: Who Won What and Why

June 15, 2021
Law.com International
ALM Media

Bracewell Named Finalist for Three IFLR Europe Awards

March 26, 2021
International Financial Law Review (IFLR)



The end of LIBOR: The search for a new benchmark interest rate for Project Agreements

August 22, 2019
Energy Legal Blog®

Often referred to as “the world’s most important number”, the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) is used as the reference interest rate for a range of commercial and financial contracts worth hundreds of trillions of dollars globally...

Under Pressure: Pricing in the Middle East Construction Market

May 6, 2019
Energy Legal Blog®

I’ve now been in Dubai for 9 weeks since relocating from Bracewell’s London office.  In the construction industry here, there’s one thing to the forefront of everyone’s minds: price. That’s always been the way of course, in the UAE or any other jurisdiction. But the low oil price era...

Construction Contracts and Tax: A Splitting Headache?

January 16, 2018
Energy Legal Blog®

It has become common practice in many jurisdictions for parties to split construction contracts with an international element. The split structure is intended to provide a reduced tax exposure for the contractor and a resulting pricing benefit for the employer. The archetypal contract split will see a single, turnkey contract split int...



The Legal 500 United Kingdom
Real Estate - Construction, 2017 - 2018-19 (Next Generation Lawyer, 2017)
The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa
Construction, 2021
Portfolio Media, Inc.
Construction Rising Star, 2020