Tom is a busy common law practitioner who appears in court on a daily basis across the full range of Chambers’ practice areas. The breadth of his practice has made him an adaptable and comfortable advocate.
He graduated first place on the Law and French programme at Cardiff University, was awarded the top first in the year for his undergraduate dissertation and won the university mooting competition. Prior to coming to the bar, Tom worked as a Research Assistant at the Law Commission of England and Wales and as a stagiaire at the European Court of Justice. He studied for the BPTC at City Law School, for which he was awarded four awards.
Outside of work, Tom sings second tenor with the London Welsh Male Voice Choir and is learning Welsh. He is a Trustee of the Lord Edmund Davies Legal Education Trust, a Welsh social mobility charity which encourages students from disadvantaged backgrounds to aspire to legal careers.
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Tom has a broad and diverse personal injury practice. He represents both claimants and defendants in employer liability, road traffic, product liability, occupier liability and Highways Act claims. He is also familiar with claims brought under the Montreal Convention and the Package Travel Regulations. He is regularly instructed to advise on liability, evidence and quantum in fast track and multi-track cases.
Tom also accepts instructions in clinical negligence. In pupillage, Tom spent two months with the Head of the Clinical Negligence Team with whom he drafted advices and pleadings in complicated clinical negligence matters including failure to diagnose claims and cosmetic surgery negligence.
Prior to joining 9 Gough Square, Tom taught tort law to undergraduates at Queen Mary, University of London.
Tom frequently appears in the County Court in claims for possession, rental arrears and breach of contract, conditional fee agreements and credit hire agreements.
Tom has a particular interest in Public Law. Tom studied European Law at the College of Europe and worked as a stagiaire at the European Court of Justice to the UK Advocate General, Eleanor Sharpston. At the European Court of Justice, Tom assisted with Shepherd C-472/13 (whether a military deserter can claim asylum), Bank Mellat C-176/13 (whether banks should be annulled from the EU’s Iranian nuclear proliferation sanctions list) and Opinion 2/15 (whether the EU has exclusive competence to conclude a Free Trade Agreement with Singapore). He later became a legal advisor within the European Law department at an international law firm in Brussels.
Tom is a member of the Attorney General ‘Junior Junior’ Panel and the Welsh Government Junior Barrister Public Law Panel. He is regularly instructed by Government departments, local authorities and public bodies. In pupillage, Tom won a Phoenicia Scholarship from the Bar European Group to attend a conference in San Sebastian on the impact of Brexit on the European regions.
In public law proceedings, Tom acts for local authorities, parents, prospective adopters and children’s guardians in all aspects of care, adoption and other public law proceedings. He has appeared in cases of neglect, substance misuse, non-accidental injury and child abuse. He also regularly represents local authorities in designation arguments. He has experience of drafting statements of reasons and skeleton arguments in respect of permission to appeal applications to the Court of Appeal. In pupillage, Tom assisted with advice on the recognition of foreign adoption in English law.
In private law proceedings, Tom represents parents seeking child arrangements, non-molestation and occupation orders.
Tom receives instructions in financial remedies disputes including at first appointments, Financial Dispute Resolution hearings and Final Hearings. Tom is a member of the Family Law Team in Chambers and the Family Law Bar Association.
Tom regularly prosecutes and defends in the Magistrates’ Court and Crown Court in London and across the South East. He has been appointed to the CPS Grade I Panel; the CPS Extradition Grade I Panel and the C Panel of Regulatory Advocates. He is instructed with growing frequency in driving defence cases. In pupillage, Tom assisted with R v. Hayes  EWCA Crim 682, in which the Court of Appeal set down guidelines on how courts should approach tainted gifts during confiscation proceedings.
Tom has represented police forces in respect of proceeds of crime proceedings, injunctions to prevent gang-related violence, Female Genital Mutilation Orders, Forced Marriage Prevention Orders and Sexual Harm Prevention Orders. He has advised the Metropolitan Police in writing on whether historic cautions should be deleted from the Police National Computer. He also regularly acts for the police in disclosure matters between the criminal and family courts.