Tom is a talented junior with a broad civil litigation and public law practice.
He was appointed to the Attorney General’s C Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown in 2016, a panel of barristers selected to advise and represent the UK government.
Combining an eye for detail with hard work, Tom has experience of working as part of a team on high profile and sensitive cases. His recent work includes obtaining and upholding the first Unexplained Wealth Order.
Tom appears in a wide range of courts and tribunals, including the High Court and the Court of Appeal.
Before joining Chambers, Tom graduated from University College London with a First Class degree in Law. He holds a Masters in Law from the University of Cambridge. He was awarded the Prince of Wales Scholarship and David Karmel Scholarship by Gray's Inn. Tom has also worked at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg and the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
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Tom has a thriving and varied civil practice.
He regularly acts in claims involving allegations of professional negligence, clinical negligence and personal injury. He is adept at advising on quantum, including damages for injuries sustained at the end of life and damages arising from the deprivation of liberty.
He is developing a niche practice in professional negligence claims against criminal solicitors, which often raise unusual issues concerning abuse of process, limitation and loss of chance.
Tom also acts for public bodies in claims involving allegations of assault, misfeasance, unlawful detention, malicious prosecution, data protection and breach of human rights.
He has a growing practice in tax litigation. He is instructed in tax proceedings brought against HMRC, the Home Office and National Crime Agency. His experience includes penalties and surcharges, tax assessments, applications for injunctive relief, and customs and excise.
Tom is developing a growing practice in public law.
He regular acts and advises on issues such as judicial review, human rights, EU law, privacy law, and freedom of information.
Prior to joining Chambers, Tom was awarded the Human Rights Lawyers Association bursary and worked at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg for 3 months.
Since commencing practice, Tom has been appointed to the Attorney General's C Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown, advising and representing the Government in a broad range of fields.
Alongside his general public law practice, Tom has also developed a specialist practice in restoration appeals. He has represented the Home Office in numerous appeals before the First Tier Tribunal, including: Grupa Euro-Mix  UKFTT 0418 Tefvik  UKFTT 711; PPHU Artex  UKFTT 0542; Ipate  UKFTT 164; Blanco  UKFTT 375; S & K Global (TC/2012/09683, 23 July 2018).
Tom is also a regular contributor to the Administrative Court Digest.
Tom has a specialist practice in proceeds of crime.
Tom is often instructed, as junior and sole counsel, to act in civil recovery proceedings under Part 5 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (“POCA”). These are multi-track asset tracing claims which are brought in the High Court. They often have an international element and involve allegations of money laundering.
Tom has recently represented the National Crime Agency in the first case for an Unexplained Wealth Order. This involved arguments concerning the meaning of a ‘politically exposed person’, and whether such orders engage A1P1 of the Human Rights Act 1998 and the privileges against incrimination.
He has also been instructed in proceedings to detain ‘listed assets’ under the new powers in Chapter 3A of Part 5 POCA, following the seizure of 49 items of high-value jewellery from Christie’s Auction House.
Tom is experienced with ancillary matters which often arise in this field, such as freezing orders, exclusions, receivership, contempt, and investigative powers.