Serious Crime & Fraud
As Treasury Counsel Tom regularly prosecutes some of the country's most high-profile murder trials (such as R v Mair) and terrorism trials (such as R v Hassane) as well as appearing in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in cases of general public importance (such as R v Hunter & others and R v Golds). Tom has undertaken work for the Serious Fraud Office and is currently advising them on a high profile investigation relating to allegations of LIBOR rigging.
Tom is ranked by Chambers UK as a Band 1 individual for both Crime and for Financial Crime.
Chambers UK said Tom "is highly intelligent, has good tactical and strategic nous, and is very good with opponents, judges and his leaders. He works extremely hard." "Strategically fantastic and a man with a lovely manner", "he is a real class act who is able to remain cool under pressure."
Legal 500 2016 said Tom is a "first-rate advocate and trial strategist" and "one of the brightest stars of his generation."
After many years undertaking a wide range of civil work Tom's primary civil areas of practice are now public law proceedings (including, but not just, judicial review claims relating to the criminal law) and inquests. He also provides strategic advice to liquidators and creditors on the interplay between civil and criminal proceedings where there is suspected fraud as well as regulatory cases in various tribunals.
Between 2002 and 2009 Tom was an elected member of the Bar Council and in 2006 he was Chairman of the Young Bar. In 2012 he became Vice Chairman (Crime) of the Bar Council's Remuneration Committee. Tom was also appointed by the Lord Chancellor to the Criminal Procedure Rule Committee and was a member of that Committee between 2004 and 2011.