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Thomas Cattee

Thomas Cattee


Tom joined Gherson’s white collar crime defence team in 2021.

Experienced in leading aspects of high profile international cases as both a defence and investigative/prosecution lawyer, Tom is ably positioned to advise both individuals and corporations subject to multi-agency domestic, and multi-jurisdictional, proceedings. 

Tom joined Gherson from the Serious Fraud Office (“SFO”) where he initially worked as disclosure counsel on LIBOR cases and the Barclays Qatar case.  Then, as principal investigative/prosecution lawyer, Tom led in collaboration with overseas prosecuting agencies significant legal aspects of the multi-jurisdictional investigations and negotiations resulting in the Airbus Deferred Prosecution Agreement (“DPA”), the world’s largest global settlement for bribery and corruption. Tom was part of the SFO team awarded the Employed Bar Awards Legal Team of the Year 2020.  Tom also assisted drafting the SFO’s Operational Handbook DPA section.

Tom has additionally led significant aspects of a large-scale fraud investigation and elements of the investigation into Bombardier. 

At the SFO Tom provided particular legal expertise in relation to interviews, searches, extradition and mutual legal assistance. 

In 2016 Tom undertook an LLM (Distinction) in Financial Regulation and Compliance and his dissertation focused on the regulation of blockchain technology.

Prior to joining the SFO Tom was an experienced criminal and extradition defence lawyer in a Chambers and Partners Band 1 rated team.  Here Tom robustly challenged investigative and prosecutorial decisions concerning serious criminal offences and fought extradition requests and judicially reviewed decisions in relation to high profile international cases.  Tom led managing two extradition cases before the Supreme Court.


Recent articles 

Gherson comments on Serco case, DPAs and disclosure 30 April 2021

Tax And Cryptoassets – Have You Been Making Significant Gains? HMRC Will Probably Be Aware 23 April 2021

What Is Fake News And How Does It Reverberate Through Some Of Our Largest, Supposedly Scrupulous Legal Institutions? 22 April 2021

Chinese Sanctions Reveal Tension Between Human Rights and Chinese Market Access for UK, Canada 12 April 2021

Tech And Crime Series: Cryptoassets And Financial Crime 7 April 2021

The Potential Imbalance Between US And UK Criminal Jurisdictional Reach In Relation To Insider Dealing And Concurrent Jurisdiction 7 April 2021

The FCA’s NatWest Probe: Has The Regulator Bitten Off More Than It Can Chew? 6 April 2021

Thomas Cattee: Thinking The Unthinkable On Bitcoin 6 April 2021

NatWest In The Dock 22 March 2021

UK Budget: Bitcoin Holders Could Face Massive Capital Gains Tax Hike 2 March 2021

Are Cryptocurrencies In Line For A Tax Raid In Next Week’s Budget? 26 February 2021

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