Tom Carter


Mainly handles complex, high-value financial remedy work, often involving complex commercial issues. His cases are frequently international in nature, hotly contested and centred on substantial assets. He also has expertise in FDR proceedings. Strengths: "A totally safe pair of hands, who is calm and on top of everything." "Brilliantly prepared, energetic and solution-oriented," he "fights his client's corner incredibly hard."

Chambers and Partners 2021


Tom’s experience at the Bar has centred on the financial side of relationship and family breakdown, including financial remedy claims arising on divorce, claims made on behalf of children under Schedule 1 to the Children Act 1989, proceedings after overseas divorce, domestic and international enforcement, disputes under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996, the creation and interpretation of nuptial agreements and claims under the Inheritance (etc.) Act 1975.

Tom’s practice is now focussed on non-court dispute resolution, with particular emphasis on his role as an arbitrator under the IFLA Financial Scheme. Alongside his practice as an arbitrator, Tom is also regularly instructed to act as ‘judge’ within the ‘private-FDR’ process, assisting parties in reaching agreement in the course of financial proceedings at all levels of complexity and value.

Tom has built up considerable experience in complex financial cases including those involving asset tracing, third party claims, off-shore trusts, contentious company valuations, nuptial agreements and international issues.

Tom is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the Family Law Bar Association and Resolution.

Before coming to the Bar, Tom graduated from Manchester University with a First Class Honours degree in Philosophy. He was awarded the Birkenhead Award from Gray’s Inn and undertook his pupillage at 1, Mitre Court Buildings (now 1, Hare Court).


A totally safe pair of hands, who is calm and on top of everything.” “Brilliantly prepared, energetic and solution-oriented,” he “fights his client’s corner incredibly hard.” – Chambers & Partners, 2021

“Calm, considered and an excellent advocate, he's a skilled negotiator who’s very sensible. He has an exceptional eye for detail.” – Chambers & Partners, 2020

Tom is a rising star, who is technically gifted, extremely thorough and someone with a reassuring calm about him. He is always willing to go the extra mile for his clients.” – Chambers & Partners, 2019

He has a phenomenal attention to detail. He will have read absolutely every document in the case and considered its implications before the client has even met him. You know that with him there will never be any surprises because no stone is left unturned in his preparation.” Chambers & Partners, 2018

His attention to detail is fantastic and he is really thorough in his preparation for court. He's also very good on his feet.” Chambers & Partners, 2017

He has brilliant attention to detail. He has a good grasp of all the financial complexities of a case and is able to distil information into an argument which is easily digestible for the courts.” “His level of industry has gone way beyond what I have seen of any young barrister.” – Chambers & Partners, 2016

“Known to his peers as an exceptionally hard worker who is able to absorb vast amounts of information and convey that in a way that clients can engage with. He is one of the juniors of choice for cases with a complex factual and asset matrix.” – Chambers & Partners, 2016


Tom lives in South London with his partner and their two children.