Tom Little's practice focuses heavily on serious crime, fraud and regulatory cases.
As Junior Treasury Counsel at the Central Criminal Court he regularly prosecutes homicide cases. He is Developed Vetted and has significant experience of PII and the disclosure of material of the highest sensitivity. Tom is regularly instructed in complex criminal cases involving huge volumes of telephone and cell site evidence. Tom has particular expertise in relation to fraud, restraint, asset recovery and confiscation proceedings and frequently advises on issues arising from the overlap between criminal and civil proceedings.
He has appeared in and advised on a large number of Judicial Review cases linked to criminal investigations and in particular relating to the execution of search warrants as well as decisions as to whether or not to prosecute. He has also appeared in a large number of Case Stated Appeals in the Divisional Court.
Tom has significant experience of appearing before the First Tier Tribunal (Care Standards) instructed by the T Sols as well as appearing in MTIC cases in the First Tier Tribunal (Tax).
Tom represents the Metropolitan Police in relation to civil actions against the Police and Inquests as well as applications for ASBOs, SOPOs, cash seizures and closure orders. He is one of the joint authors of the Law Society book 'Preventative Orders a Practical Guide' published in September 2010. He has also appeared in a number of Shotgun/ Firearms licence appeals.
Tom was appointed by the Lord Chancellor to sit on the Criminal Procedure Rule Committee in 2004 and was therefore responsible for the introduction of the Criminal Procedure Rules which came in to force on 4th April 2005. The Lord Chancellor reappointed Tom to the Committee for a further period of 4 years in 2007 and his second term came to an end in 2011.
Between 2002 and 2009 Tom was an elected member of the Bar Council and in 2006 he was chairman of the Young Bar.
Sources are "tremendously impressed...he has sound judgment and knows what points to take and which not to take" Chambers UK 2013 for Crime.
"Bold and imaginative" Chambers UK 2013 for Fraud: Criminal.
R. v. Perkins, Bennett & Hall  EWCA Crim 323
Represented the Prosecution in 3 co-joined appeals before the Lord Chief
Justice in which guidance was provided on the use of Victim Personal Statements.
R. v. Caley & others  EWCA Crim 2821; (2013) 177
J.P. 111 Represented the Prosecution in a series of conjoined appeals in which
the Court of Appeal provided important guidance on the reduction in sentence
for pleading guilty and in particular on when the first reasonable opportunity
is for a Defendant to indicate a guilty plea.
R v Gjikokaj (2012) Prosecuted murder trial involving shooting of victim in his own home.
R. v. Koc (2012) Prosecuted double murder with 5 similar attacks. Defendant convicted following 4 week trial and given life imprisonment with a minimum term of 35 years.
R. v. Dlugosz and Wyrostek (2011) Prosecuted manslaughter trial involving the binding and gagging of a lone female in her 80s during the course of a burglary. She was left tied up and died of hypothermia. Case involved complex bad character and LCN DNA arguments.
R. v. Allen (2011) Prosecuted baby murder trial at the Old Bailey.
R. v. Kayani  EWCA Crim 2871 Instructed solely in the Court of Appeal by the CPS in this Guideline sentencing case on child abduction before the Lord Chief Justice
Attorney General's Reference No 75 of 2011  EWCA Crim 2879 Appeared for the Attorney General in a review of a sentence based on the failure to impose an IPP on an offender with previous convictions including manslaughter and robbery
Attorney General's Reference No 53 of 2011  EWCA Crim 2598 Led by the Solicitor General in a review of sentence of 18 year old convicted of a knife point stranger rape in her own home
Attorney General's Reference No 41, 42, 43, 44 and 45  1 Cr.App.R.(S.) 587 Led by the Attorney General in a review of sentence of 5 offenders for a conspiracy to defraud targetted at elderly victims in thier own homes
R. v. Abrahams and Allen (2011) Prosecuted double attempted murder trial. Case involved a drug deal related shooting and was heavily based on expert evidence relating to cell site and firearms residue.
R. v. Lindsay (2011) Prosecuted murder case in which it was alleged the Defendant beat his parter to death and then set fire to her to hide his crime and make it look as though he was not the perpetrator.
R. v. Langlands (2011) Prosecuted murder by repeated stabbing to the head of 83 year old by her grandson. Case involved novel arguments on the partial defence of Diminished Responsibility.
R. (Firth) v. Epping Magistrates' Court  1 W.L.R. 1818 Appeared on behalf of the DPP in important Judicial Review claim relating to the admissibility of the contents of a Case Progression Form completed by the Defendant's advocate.
Attorney General's Reference No 65 of 2010  2 Cr.App.R.(S.) 33 Led by the Attorney General in the Court of Appeal in appeal of a suspended sentence imposed on an offender for an offence of causing grievous bodily harm on his estranged wife who was pregnant.
R. v. William & others (2011 - 2012) Prosecuted six defendant multi-million tax fraud and associated money laundering by the family both internationally and by purchasing properties. Also insttructed in complex confiscation proceedings.
R. v. Bestel (2010 - 2011) Prosecuted multi-million pound mortgage fraud for CPS Fraud Prosecution Service.
R. v. McKinley & McKinley (2010 - 2011) Prosecuted £17 million false invoice fraud.
AJ v Secretary of State (2012 - 2013) Represented the
Secretary of State in Appeal proceedings relating to historic allegations. The
Appeal was struck out.
PM v Secretary of State (2012 - 2013) Represented the
Secretary of State in Appeal proceedings relating to standards of nursing which
had caused three patients in a care home to die. The Appellant withdrew his Appeal
prior to the hearing.
RG v Secretary of State (2011)
Tom represented the Secretary of State in a Care Standards Appeal in a hearing relating to a care worker who made allegedly false allegations of rape against a teenage boy.
JL v Secretary of State (2010)
Represented the Secretary of State in a Care Standards Appeal relating to misrepresentations made in relation to employment history by applicant who intended to work with children.
JVS v Secretary of State (2008) Represented the Secretary of State in a Care Standards Tribunal in Appeal hearing relating to allegations of rape and indecent assault on a severely autistic woman.
The London Borough of Lewisham v D & Others (2010)  EWHC 1238 and 1239 (Fam) Appeared on behalf of the police in two separate High Court applications relating to the use of and disclosure of DNA between family and criminal proceedings and vice versa.