Thomas Cattee


Tom joined Discreet Law 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 Discreet Law 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.