Tom Tom

Barrister: Tom Rainsbury


Winchester College; LLB Law (University College London) (First Class); LLM Law (University of Cambridge, Fitzwilliam College); Bar Vocational Course (BPP Law School) (Very Competent, with Outstanding grades in Advocacy, Opinion Writing and Legal Research); Prince of Wales Scholarship (Gray's Inn); David Karmel Scholarship (Gray's Inn)


Tom maintains a busy practice encompassing a wide range of work.

Tom prides himself on being a confident, energetic and persuasive advocate. He is consistently praised by judges and solicitors for his sound judgement and powerful submissions. He is in court on a frequent, and often daily basis, and has appeared in a variety of tribunals including the High Court. He is familiar with acting for all kinds of clients including individuals, limited companies and public authorities.

Alongside his court practice, he undertakes pleading and advisory work in all areas. He aims to provide high quality advice in a clear, coherent and pragmatic manner, and enjoys grappling with difficult points of law.

Tom graduated from University College London with a First Class bachelor’s degree in Law. He 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. Prior to joining Chambers, he worked at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg and the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

Tom undertakes 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.

Outside of Chambers, Tom enjoys sport, sailing, art and travel.


Tom is frequently instructed in proceedings before the County Court, in a wide range of matters such as contractual disputes, personal injury claims, possession proceedings, boundary disputes and actions against the police. His experience extends across the three main case management ‘tracks’, and includes case management hearings, interlocutory applications, trials and disposal hearings. When not in court, he advises on issues of liability, quantum, evidence and tactics.

In addition, Tom is well-placed to advise on disputes involving commercial, company and trust law. He specialised in these areas during his Masters degree at the University of Cambridge. For example, he has recently advised clients on issues of company, rating and charity law.

Finally, Tom has a particular interest in public law and is eager to develop this side of his practice further. He has recently appeared in the Administrative Court, acting as a junior in a two day judicial review concerning public procurement law. He has represented and advised public authorities on issues such as immigration, contempt of court, police powers, asset forfeiture and EU law. Prior to joining Chambers, he worked at the European Court of Human Rights. He currently contributes to the Administrative Court Digest.  


Tom has a broad criminal practice, with growing expertise in financial crime.

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, POCA hearings and appeals.

In 2013, he completed a secondment as a Senior Crown Prosecutor with the Welfare, Rural and Health Division at the CPS (now the Central Fraud Division), during which he gained a detailed understanding of fraud, social security and money laundering law.

He has recently been instructed as a junior in a three month trial involving an alleged conspiracy to defraud. Alongside this, he has been instructed in cases involving allegations under the Gangmasters (Licensing) Act 2004, the Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) Regulations 1995 and the Eggs and Chicks (England) Regulations 2009.

In addition, Tom has a particular interest in forfeiture, regulatory and licensing law. For example, he has recently acted in case concerning the application of s.302 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 in a claim for compensation of approximately £100,000.

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.

Tom has advised on difficult issues surrounding disclosure and legal professional privilege in high profile criminal investigations.

Before joining Chambers, Tom was an intern to Sir Adrian Fulford at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.


Tom has a busy and varied family practice.

A significant proportion comprises instructions in contested care proceedings, both for local authorities and parents. He is familiar with all aspects of the procedural process and has experience at all levels of tribunal. He often advises on aspects of the Children Act 1989. Recent examples include issues of post-adoption contact, designation of supervision orders and the discharge of care orders.

He has a particular interest in judicial review and Court of Protection proceedings and is eager to develop this part of his practice.

In addition, Tom is often instructed in private law matters, including proceedings for section 8 orders, non-molestation orders and financial remedies. He is mindful of the difficult nature of such cases and is adept at applying strong analytical and negotiation skills to achieve the desired outcomes.

He is willing to consider cases on a pro bono basis where appropriate.

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