Thomas Lane is an associate in the Litigation & Trial Department of the London office of Latham & Watkins. He is a solicitor advocate and a member of the firm’s International Arbitration and Complex Commercial Litigation Practices. He also regularly works with Latham colleagues from Washington, D.C. as part of the firm’s Export Controls, Economic Sanctions & Customs Practice.

Mr. Lane’s international arbitration experience includes defending an Eastern European State against a US$6 billion claim under the Energy Charter Treaty. Mr. Lane also represented STRABAG SE in the first ICSID arbitration brought against Libya related to losses incurred during and after the Libyan revolution. Latham’s International Arbitration Practice received a Highly Commended ranking at The British Legal Awards 2020 in recognition of their work on this transaction.

Mr. Lane has worked on cases before arbitral tribunals, the English High Court, and the English Court of Appeal concerning allegations of conspiracy, cartels, and fraud. He advises on potential claims and causes of action, including on cross-border disputes arising out of the oil and gas, power, and construction industries.

In addition, Mr. Lane has a busy practice advising clients on various aspects of international trade sanctions and export controls. He advises clients, including financial institutions, on all aspects of EU and UK trade sanctions, including negotiating provisions in financing agreements and other documents.

Mr. Lane is described by Legal 500 UK 2020 as having "partner-level expertise and judgement."

Mr. Lane’s pro-bono work includes advising on potential actions before the European Court of Human Rights, as well as representing clients before English social security tribunals.

Before joining Latham, Mr. Lane worked as the United Nations bureau producer for the BBC.

International Arbitration

Mr. Lane has experience representing both States and private companies in international arbitrations cumulatively worth billions of dollars. Mr. Lane’s experience includes advising:

  • An SCC arbitration in which the claimants claimed more than US$6 billion for alleged breaches of the ECT (Littop Enterprises Limited and others v. Ukraine); the tribunal unanimously dismissed the case, which was the largest ever brought against Ukraine, for lack of jurisdiction
  • Strabag, a major Austrian construction company, in securing a €100 million arbitral award (including the majority of its legal costs) in an ICSID Additional Facility arbitration against Libya brought under the Libya – Austria BIT (Strabag SE v. Libya)
  • A major Malaysian pharmaceuticals and healthcare company in a US$425 million dispute in relation to a joint venture to construct a pharmaceuticals manufacturing facility in the Middle East

Mr. Lane also advises on potential causes of action related to international investments in energy production and infrastructure projects.

Complex Commercial Litigation

Mr. Lane has worked on cases before the English High Court and Court of Appeal, including advising:

  • A high net worth individual advancing a complex conspiracy case that additionally involved hotly contested jurisdictional arguments, proceedings in other jurisdictions, and parallel arbitration proceedings
  • Certain East Asian airlines in proceedings arising out of a European Commission decision imposing €799 million on air cargo carriers in light of an alleged global price fixing cartel

Sanctions and Regulatory Work

Mr. Lane regularly advises global clients on sanctions issues arising. This includes:

  • TP Global in securing OFSI and Jersey licenses for the acquisition of the business and assets of a UK telecoms company, which subject to UK sanctions due to its ownership by sanctioned persons
  • A major European energy company on the requirements under Russian law related to the payment for gas in light of EU sanctions rules and guidance
  • A major European industrial group on the divestment of its assets in Russia, including compliance with international sanctions and Russian counter-sanctions
  • An entertainment company on compliance with US and EU sanctions regarding its contracts with a major entertainment stadium in Europe
  • A major international financial institution on the divestment of its assets in Russia, including compliance with international sanctions and Russian counter-sanctions
  • An American multinational manufacturer and marketer of home appliances to navigate the interplay of the complex regulatory framework, including U.S. and EU sanctions and export controls, along with Russian countermeasures, imposed following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine 
  • A major European international pharmaceutical group on compliance with complex sanctions relating to Russia and Belarus, cutting across multiple jurisdictions, as the laws evolved in real time
  • A European packaging company on drafting and implementing a sanctions compliance policy, and on various issues arising from US and EU sanctions
  • A major confectionary producer on the proposed repatriation of funds from Russia to the UK in compliance with UK laws and Russian counter-sanctions designed to prevent the flight of Western capital
  • Investigating allegations of potential breaches of trade sanctions
  • Analyzing disclosures relating to international sanctions, anti-bribery, and anti-corruption issues for major M&A deals
  • Negotiating contractual provisions relating to trade sanctions, anti-bribery, and anti-corruption issues for a variety of stakeholders
  • Non-profit institutions regarding issues relating to international trade sanctions and anti-terrorist financing

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, advising a multinational conglomerate on the customs laws and regulatory requirements for importing PPE and medical devices into Europe.

Articles and Presentations

Mr. Lane’s legal presentation experience includes:

  • Co-chairing a legal training session for NGOs regarding anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism

In addition to the articles available on this website, Mr. Lane has provided reports for the prestigious international law publication, ICSID Reports.

Bar Qualification

  • England and Wales (Solicitor)
  • England and Wales (Solicitor-Advocate)


  • Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction), BPP Law School, London
  • MS in Journalism, Columbia University
  • BA in English, University of Cambridge
  • LPC (Distinction), University of Law