Tom is building a thriving and varied practice.
He represents a wide range of clients, including individuals, corporate bodies, local authorities and public organisations.
He has recently been appointed to the Attorney General's 'C Panel' of Junior Counsel to the Crown, a role which will involve advising and representing the Government.
He prides himself on providing clients with the highest standards of advocacy and advice at all times.
He is in court on a frequent basis, and has appeared in many types of tribunal up and down the country. He is often praised by judges for his sound judgement and persuasive submissions.
Alongside his court practice, he also undertakes pleading and advisory work in many areas. He aims to provide advice in a clear, coherent and pragmatic manner, and enjoys grappling with difficult points of law.
Before joining Chambers, Tom graduated from University College London with a First Class degree in Law. He also holds a Masters in Law from the University of Cambridge, where he specialised in commercial and human rights law. He has been awarded the Prince of Wales Scholarship and David Karmel Scholarship by Gray's Inn. He has also worked at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg and the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
Tom is willing to undertake work on a CFA basis in appropriate cases and is happy to provide lectures on all aspects of his practice. He is also a Panel Member for the Bar Pro Bono Unit.
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Tom advises and represents clients in all aspects of civil litigation.
He frequently appears in the County Court, First-Tier Tax Tribunal, and Queen’s Bench Division, as well as civil cases in the Magistrates' Court. When not in court, he advises on issues such as liability, quantum, evidence and tactics.
His expertise includes personal injury, professional negligence, tax, property, employment, and court of protection proceedings.
Tom has extensive experience in personal injury, including road traffic accidents, employers' and occupiers' liability, highways and Animals Act claims.
He is familiar with the issues which commonly arise in such cases including arguments about credibility, reasonableness, credit hire, fixed costs and QOWCS.
He is a member of the PIBA pro bono scheme for permission applications to the Court of Appeal in personal injury cases.
He is also developing growing expertise in clinical and professional negligence.
Tom is developing a specialist practice in tax litigation.
He often advises and acts in litigation arising from tax assessments under the Taxes Management Act 1970.
He is also instructed by the Director of Border Revenue in condemnation proceedings and appeals against decisions not to restore excise goods and vehicles.
Tom's core property practice includes possession proceedings, boundary disputes, injunctions, long lease extension, and damage claims.
Alongside this, Tom is developing a niche practice in civil recovery proceedings, which often involve issues such injunctive relief, tracing and equitable interests.
Tom has a growing practice in employment law. His experience covers common areas such as unfair and wrongful dismissal, discrimination and harassment.
Tom is a member of the Court of Protection Team, and is eager to develop further expertise in this area. He co-writes the 9 Gough Square Court of Protection Blog.
Tom has a busy and varied criminal practice.
He regularly appears in the Magistrates' Court and Crown Court, both prosecuting and defending.
He has experience of all stages of the criminal process, including preliminary hearings, PCMHs, mentions, bail applications, breach proceedings, trials, sentencing, and appeals.
He often acts for vulnerable individuals, including those with mental health issues.
He is skilled at identifying innovative and persuasive legal arguments and is interested in the overlap between criminal and human rights law.
Before joining Chambers, Tom was an intern to Sir Adrian Fulford at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
He has particular expertise in fraud, regulatory and driving offences.
Tom was recently instructed as a prosecution junior in one of the largest ever fraud prosecutions brought by the Department of Work and Pensions. It was alleged that multiple defendants had defrauded the Access to Work Scheme over a long period of time. The case was heard in two trials at Southwark Crown Court, one lasting 3 months, and one lasting 6 weeks. Most of the defendants were profoundly deaf.
In 2013, he spent 6 months as a Senior Crown Prosecutor in the Welfare, Rural and Health Division at the CPS (now part of the Central Fraud Division). During this period, he gained experience and expertise in fraud, social security and money laundering law.
Other recent cases include prosecutions for the fraudulent exportation of weed seeds to the USA and Japan, and fraudulent claims under the EU’s Single Payment Scheme.
He is currently acting in cases which involve allegations of cyber crime, mortgage fraud and high-level money laundering.
Tom has a specialist practice in food and agriculture prosecutions.
He is often instructed in cases prosecuted under the Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) Regulations 1995, the Marketing of Fresh Horticultural Produce Regulations 2009 and the Eggs and Chicks (England) Regulations 2009.
He is also eager to expand his regulatory practice into new fields.
Tom often represents defendants who are accused of driving offences. He is skilled at identifying persuasive legal arguments in this area, and has a great deal of experience in making submissions to mitigate sentence.
Tom is developing a specialist practice in proceeds of crime.
His experience comprises three main areas: civil recovery, cash forfeiture and confiscation.
Tom is a Consultant Barrister with the National Crime Agency.
He advises on claims for civil recovery brought under Part 5 POCA 2002. These are multi-track civil proceedings in the High Court. They enable state agencies to recover 'recoverable property', which is property obtained through unlawful conduct.
Recent cases include case management hearings in the Queen’s Bench Division and representing the Agency in securing a Property Freezing Order over 13 properties with a net value of £920,000.
Tom is instructed by the Home Office to pursue applications for cash forfeiture under s.298 POCA 2002.
He has conducted hearings in both the Magistrates' Court and, on appeal, in the Crown Court.
Tom prosecutes and defends cases where confiscation is anticipated or ultimately pursued. Much of his criminal work involves offences of an acquisitive nature.
He is extremely familiar with the principles and arguments which operate in this area, and has advised on issues such as statutory assumptions, hidden assets, living expenses, the scope of s.6(6) POCA 2002, and enforcement.
For example, he recently prosecuted a fraud case which resulted in a confiscation order of over £100,000 (the criminal benefit was determined as £288,000).
Tom has recently been appointed to the Attorney General's 'C Panel' of Junior Counsel to the Crown.
He has a long-standing interest in public law.
He has experience of advising, drafting and appearing in both judicial review proceedings and appeals by way of case stated.
His areas of expertise include human rights, immigration, information law and public procurement.
Tom often advises public authorities on issues such as risk and disclosure.
Prior to joining Chambers, Tom worked at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg for 3 months. He was responsible for reviewing a significant number of cases at both the admissibility and substantive stages.
He is a regular contributor to the Administrative Court Digest, having provided the following digests:  ACD 12, 18, 27, 28, 46, 65, 93;  ACD 6, 19, 51, 84;  ACD 29, 32, 55, 94;  ACD 9, 34, 77 and;  ACD 18, 90.
He is a member of the Administrative Law Bar Association and the Human Rights Lawyers Association.