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. He studied for the BPTC at City Law School, for which he was awarded four awards. Prior to joining Chambers, he worked as a stagiaire at the European Court of Justice and as a research assistant at the Law Commission of England and Wales.
Outside of work, Tom is learning Welsh and is a Trustee of the Lord Edmund Davies Legal Education Trust, a social mobility charity which encourages students from disadvantaged backgrounds to aspire to legal careers.
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Tom represents Claimants and Defendants in road traffic, employer’s liability and public liability claims. He is 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 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 complex 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 is regularly instructed by Government departments, public bodies and the police. He is a member of the Attorney General’s Junior Junior Panel and the Welsh Government’s Junior Barrister Public Law Panel. He studied European law at the College of Europe and became a stagiaire at the European Court of Justice to the UK Advocate General, where he assisted with Shepherd C-472/13 (whether a military deserter can claim asylum) 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 acted for the Secretary of State for Transport as a Junior Junior in Eurotunnel v Secretary of State for Transport, the challenge to the award by the Government of contracts to DFDS, Brittany Ferries and Seaborne Freight for the provision of additional freight capacity between the UK and continental Europe following the UK’s departure from the European Union. He has advised the Metropolitan Police on whether the retention of a series of historic cautions constitute an interference with individuals’ article 8 ECHR rights and should be deleted from the Police National Computer.
Since joining Chambers, Tom has developed a busy Court of Protection practice, particularly in cases involving the health and welfare jurisdiction. In Thomas’ first year in Chambers, he was nominated for the ALC Outstanding Newcomer Award for “the commitment he has shown to developing the law relating to children and the vulnerable, specifically in the field of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards”.
He accepts instructions from local authorities, the Official Solicitor, the Office of the Public Guardian, deputies, attorneys and private individuals. Tom has recently been instructed to advise on the application of a Deprivation of Liberty order made by the High Court of England and Wales in a separate jurisdiction. He has also advised on whether restrictions placed on an inpatient at the Bethlem Adolescent Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit amount to a deprivation for the purposes of article 5 of the ECHR.
Prior to joining Chambers, Tom worked for the Law Commission on its review into the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. The UK Government responded to the Law Commission’s review by agreeing that the DOLS system should be replaced as a matter of urgency. The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019, replacing the DOLS with the LPS, received Royal Assent in May 2019.
In 2019, Tom was seconded to the Welsh Government where he advised on the implementation of Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019 in Wales. Tom principally provided advice to the Welsh Ministers on the legal accuracy of the LPS Code of Practice.
Tom is a member of the Court of Protection team in Chambers and the Court of Protection Practitioners’ Association. He has delivered training at a London Borough Legal Alliance seminar on the issue of consenting to a deprivation of liberty; and recently spoke at London Borough of Southwark training on identifying a deprivation of liberty in practice.
In public law proceedings, Tom acts for local authorities, parents 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 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.
LBG v. L : Tom represented a new born baby in an urgent review hearing in circumstances where the court had not sanctioned the child’s move to a new placement prior to it occurring.
LBH v. CD : Tom acted for the local authority initially at the interim care order hearing, which was transferred to the High Court in respect of applications for collection, location and attendance orders.
Tom regularly prosecutes and defends in the Magistrates’ Court and Crown Court in London and across the South East. 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. He is a member of the following panels:
Tom has represented police forces in respect of proceeds of crime proceedings, Female Genital Mutilation Orders, Forced Marriage Prevention Orders and Sexual Harm Prevention Orders. He also regularly acts for the police in disclosure matters between the criminal and family courts.