Thomas Oscar Watret

  • 99 Bishopsgate
  • London EC2M 3XF
  • United Kingdom

Tom Watret is an associate in the Litigation & Trial Practice of Latham & Watkins’ London office.

He has a broad practice within commercial litigation and international arbitration.

Mr. Watret has acted for clients in a range of high-profile, high-value cases before the High Court and Court of Appeal, and in judicial reviews before the Administrative Court.

Mr. Watret also represents clients in commercial and investor-State arbitration. He has experience in proceedings conducted under the LCIA, ICC, and ICSID rules, and is acting as tribunal secretary in two LCIA arbitrations.

Before joining Latham, Mr. Watret worked as a research assistant at the Scottish Law Commission, working on the insurance and electoral law reform projects, and taught Private International Law at Edinburgh University. He retains a particular interest in private international law issues, including the conflict of laws, jurisdiction, and enforcement of foreign judgments.

Mr. Watret completed a master’s degree in law at Oxford University, with a focus on international commercial litigation, winning the South Square scholarship and Allen & Overy and Monckton Chambers prizes.


Mr. Watret’s experience includes advising and acting for:

Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Koza Ltd in a complex global dispute between the Ipek family and the Republic of Turkey, following the expropriation of all of the families’ assets including a multi-billion dollar corporate enterprise
  • The interested parties in a climate change and human rights focused application for judicial review involving a significant energy project in sub-Saharan Africa
  • A German insolvency administrator on a jurisdictional battle in the English Commercial Court and Court of Appeal relating to claims in excess of €2 billion
  • A high-net-worth individual, the claimant, in litigation worth more than £500 million concerning an alleged conspiracy by the defendants to deprive the claimant of the ownership of shares in, and assets related to, one of the largest construction groups in the Middle East
  • A bank in relation to a shareholder class action claim
  • A US commercial real estate company on a breach of contract claim in excess of £60 million relating to an engineering dispute
  • A BVI insolvency administrator on claims in England and other jurisdictions in excess of $50 million against the insolvent company’s former director 
International Arbitration
  • A US cosmetics company in an ICC arbitration in claims against its supplier for misrepresentation and breach of contract.
  • A high-net-worth individual in an LCIA arbitration for breach of contract
  • UK-based company Ipek Investments Limited in an ICSID arbitration under the UK-Turkey bilateral investment treaty in relation to the seizure of 18 companies of the Koza Group, a multi-billion dollar mining and media focused conglomerate, by the Erdogan regime in Turkey
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