YEAR OF CALL 2001
Tom is a leading specialist criminal barrister, whose reputation is built on the thoroughness of his preparation and excellence of his advocacy.
His practice, often as leading junior counsel, tends to involve cases of gravity and complexity, such as multi-handed police or NCA investigations, encompassing the most sensitive disclosure and PII issues, as well as high public profiles. One such case, involving people-smuggling from Afghanistan, led to an official commendation from the Home Secretary.
Tom defends in the most serious or difficult cases - for example representing police officers in cases such as fatal/near fatal accidents, youths charged with rape and serious sexual offences, or offences where mental health is a significant feature of the case.
He has significant experience of landmark cases with complex legal issues, such as the prosecution of those who infect others with HIV, the pioneering use of technology and cases with an international dimension.
He has expertise in all aspects of road traffic offences, including drink-driving and technical defences.
Tom has for some years been a BASC recommended counsel, with a particular interest in firearms revocation appeals and antique defences.