Tom joined Chambers in 2012 after successful completion of his pupillage. He has a wide-ranging practice encompassing the full range of Chambers' work.
Tom is in court on a frequent, and often daily basis. He has appeared in a variety of tribunals, representing a diverse range of clients. He prides himself on being a confident, effective and persuasive advocate.
He also maintains a busy paper-based practice and undertakes pleading and advisory work in all areas. He aims to combine a thorough and analytical approach with clear and pragmatic advice, and enjoys grappling with difficult points of law.
Tom graduated from University College London with a First Class degree in Law. He holds an LLM from the University of Cambridge. He has been awarded the Prince of Wales Scholarship and David Karmel Scholarship by Gray's Inn and has interned at the European Court of Human Rights and the International Criminal Court.
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's civil practice covers a broad spectrum.
He specialised in commercial and equity law on his LLM and is well-placed to advise on these matters. He is also regularly instructed in possession proceedings and property disputes, and has advised on issues of company, rating and charity law.
He has a particular interest in public law and is eager to develop this side of his practice. He is currently on the "baby barrister" list for the Treasury Solicitor's Department and regularly contributes to the Administrative Court Digest. He has also worked at the European Court of Human Rights. He recently acted as junior to Simon Butler in a two day judicial review case in the Administrative Court.
He has advised on numerous aspects on police law, including unlawful arrest, force, detention and seizure.
Tom has a broad experience of personal injury litigation. He regularly acts in claims arising out of road traffic accidents, as well as those involving issues of occupiers', employers, highways and Animals Act liability. His court practice includes case management hearings, applications, trials and disposal hearings on all three tracks. He frequently advises on liability, quantum, evidence, and tactics.
Tom has a broad 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, POCA hearings and appeals. His caseload encompasses a wide range of offences and he has a particular interest in forfeiture, regulatory and licensing law.
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.
He is on the CPS Advocate Panel at Level 1. He has recently completed a 6 month secondment as a Senior Crown Prosecutor with Welfare, Rural and Health Division, during which he gained a detailed understanding of fraud, social security and money laundering law.
Tom has advised on difficult issues surrounding disclosure and legal professional privilege in a high profile criminal investigation.
Before joining Chambers, Tom was an intern to Sir Adrian Fulford at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
Tom is a member of the CBA and SEC.
Tom accepts instructions on a publicly funded and private basis.
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 matters 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 desired outcomes.
He is willing to consider cases on a pro bono basis where appropriate.
S. Butler & T. Rainsbury, “Retainer: Knowing the Limits” Solicitors Journal (15 October 2012)