Tom Schoors


Tom is Managing Managing Partner of Belgium and Belgium Cross-Practice Insurance Lead. He has extensive court litigation and (national and international) arbitration experience.

Tom has extensive court litigation and (national and international) arbitration experience. His commercial litigation practice covers a broad range of complex commercial and contractual disputes. In addition, Tom can draw on more than 25 years’ experience of international business transactions, advising on a wide variety of commercial contracts and projects involving many different sectors and jurisdictions.

Tom has developed particular expertise in both construction disputes and insurance litigation, and co-heads our cross-practice insurance sector team and our PENRI (Projects, Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure) sector team. Finally, having a specific interest in the energy markets, Tom regularly assists clients on energy projects and energy disputes. He heads our energy practice and has also lectured on energy contracts at the KU Leuven.

Tom has won plaudits from leading independent legal directories such as Chambers and Legal 500 for his ability to combine his commercial understanding with his legal expertise to provide practical, solution-oriented advice which focuses on getting the best result for his clients.


Representative matters

Various energy companies on the development of new onshore and offshore energy projects, as well as on a variety of regulatory issues (including advising on the new regulatory framework for future tenders for offshore wind energy production installations in the Princess Elisabeth Zone in the Belgian North Sea).

Various offshore wind farms on contract and related insurance disputes regarding (serial) defects affecting the wind turbines (both in arbitration and in court), inter-array cables and generators.

Leading chemicals companies in ICC arbitration and court proceedings in relation to disputes with contractors in the context of the construction of a chemical plant in the port of Antwerp-Bruges.

A leading insurance company as defendant in various misselling proceedings initiated by groups of claimants that are claiming compensation for their lost investment.

Published Work

  • Schoors T., Rasking L., “Private antitrust litigation in Belgium”, chapter in Getting The Deal Through: Private Antitrust Litigation 2019, London: Law Business Research Ltd. 
  • Schoors T., Goossens F. “Steunmechanismen voor offshore hernieuwbare energie in België” (Support mechanisms for offshore renewable energy in Belgium), chapter in Jaarboek Energierecht 2017, p.69-87, Antwerp: Intersentia 
  • Schoors T., Devroe W. and Baeyens T., "Schadevergoedingsacties na kartelinbreuken" (Damages actions for cartel infringements), article in NjW, March 2011, p. 198-213 
  • Schoors T., Baeyens T., "Bestuurder loopt risico bij elke klacht tegen bedrijf" (Directors are at risk whenever claims are filed against the company), article in De Bestuurder, July 2009, p. 24-25. 
Very thorough, approachable and responsive
Chambers, 2023
He challenges us and looks at the broader picture, weighing our interests and seeing how we can best move forward
Chambers, 2023



Registered Foreign Lawyer, England and Wales, 2021

Admitted as “advocaat” (Belgium), 1996


Post Graduate Degree, Energy Law, University of Leuven (KUL), Belgium, 2001

Post Graduate Degree, Corporate Finance, University of Leuven (KUL), Belgium, 1998

LLM, European Law, University of Saarbrücken (Europa-Institut), Germany, 1998

Degree, Law, University of Namur and University of Leuven (KUL), Belgium, 1996


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