Tom enjoys a busy and varied civil practice.
His principal practice areas are:
He is regularly instructed in claims over £100,000 as well as more modest value cases, and those of personal, rather than financial, importance.
His broad practice means that he has experience dealing with - and cross-examining - a wide range of people, from experts, professionals and business people, to vulnerable witnesses.
He is considered to be highly analytical and focused, yet personable and good with clients. He has developed significant advocacy expertise, having appeared in court/tribunal about 1000 times. He seeks to give clear, practical and realistic advice.
He has been appointed a member of the Attorney General's Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown.
Tom draws on broad legal experience. His past work includes judicial review in the Administrative Court, criminal advocacy in the Crown Court and advising the Metropolitan Police on disclosure in the 'phone hacking' cases. Before pupillage he was Judicial Assistant to the Head of Civil Justice Sir Anthony Clarke MR (now Lord Clarke JSC) and Lady Justice Arden in the Court of Appeal, where he worked on cases ranging from terrorism and immigration matters to high value commercial litigation.
Tom has a degree from Oxford University (he was one of two in his year to go to Oxbridge from his comprehensive state school).
He has previously lived and worked in Australia and Kazakhstan.
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Tom has considerable experience in personal injury litigation. He regularly acts in substantial multi-track cases and he appears at inquests (including Article 2 inquests). He is a member of the Personal Injury Bar Association.
He co-authors the ‘Personal Injury and Death’ chapter in the well-known Civil Court Practice (the Green Book) published by LexisNexis Butterworths. He is a contributing author to the APIL Guide to RTA Liability (3rd ed.).
Tom has a growing clinical negligence practice and he is a member of the Professional Negligence Bar Association.
Tom keeps up-to-date with civil procedure more generally. 'The Lawyer' has published opinion and analysis articles by him on the Jackson reforms (‘Feeling the judicial chill’) and the Court of Appeal decision in Denton (‘Mitchell Revisited: the sting in the tail’), and he provides lectures to solicitors on developments in the law.
Tom’s work has included:
Tom has a particular interest in business and property work and is regularly instructed in such cases. His experience extends to contractual disputes, residential and business landlord and tenant cases, neighbour disputes, beneficial interests in land cases, estate agency and letting agency commission claims, lease / licence issues and building disputes. Tom is a member of the London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association.
Tom is editor of the Landlord and Tenant Reports, published by Sweet & Maxwell.
Tom also practises in professional negligence work in cases involving a variety of different professionals. His current and recent instructions include claims against engineers, architects and solicitors. He is a member of the Professional Negligence Bar Association.
Tom keeps up to date with civil procedure more generally. 'The Lawyer' has published opinion and analysis articles by him on the Jackson reforms, most recently on the Court of Appeal decision inDenton / Decadent / Utilise (July 2014). Click here to read this article.
Tom enjoys appearing regularly in employment tribunals on behalf of claimants and employers. He has experience in the Employment Appeal Tribunal.
Tom is a contributing author of Remedies in Employment Law, a practitioner text published in December 2013 by the Law Society.
Tom is a member of the Family Law Bar Association.
He has particular expertise in care proceedings, acting for local authorities, parents and children / guardians. He deals with a full range of issues, such as non-accidental injuries, deprivations of liberty, sexual/physical/emotional abuse, international placements, domestic violence, mental health difficulties (including affecting litigation capacity) and substance misuse.
Tom is instructed in a broad range of family matters. For instance, he has acted for the Queen’s Proctor seeking to intervene in a divorce on public interest grounds and for the Secretary of State in child support enforcement appeals to the Family Court. He deals with disputes concerning the co-ownership of the family home / TOLATA cases (see ‘Business & Property' tab).
Tom accepts instructions in Court of Protection cases, including both finance and welfare cases, and has an interest in developing his practice in this field.