As Senior Treasury Counsel Tom regularly prosecutes some of the country's most high-profile homicide trials (such as R v Mair and R v Weir) and terrorism trials (such as R v Hassane) as well as appearing in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in cases of general public importance (such as R v Hunter & others, R v Golds and R (Belhaj) v DPP and FCO). He has particular expertise in complex fatal road traffic accidents. Tom has undertaken a significant amount of work for the Serious Fraud Office and is equally adept prosecuting or defending in such cases.
Tom is ranked by Chambers UK as a Band 1 individual for both Crime and for Financial Crime.
Chambers UK said Tom "is highly intelligent, has good tactical and strategic nous, and is very good with opponents, judges and his leaders. He works extremely hard." "Strategically fantastic and a man with a lovely manner", "he is a real class act who is able to remain cool under pressure."
Legal 500 said Tom is a "first-rate advocate and trial strategist" and "one of the brightest stars of his generation."
After many years undertaking a wide range of civil work Tom's primary civil areas of practice are now public law proceedings (including, but not just, judicial review claims), personal injury and inquests/ inquiries. He also provides strategic advice to liquidators and creditors on the interplay between civil and criminal proceedings where there is suspected fraud as well as regulatory cases in various tribunals.
Between 2002 and 2009 Tom was an elected member of the Bar Council and in 2006 he was Chairman of the Young Bar. In 2012 he became Vice Chairman (Crime) of the Bar Council's Remuneration Committee. Tom was also appointed by the Lord Chancellor to the Criminal Procedure Rule Committee and was a member of that Committee between 2004 and 2011.
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