Thom is a barrister specialising in criminal, human rights and public law. He is described by his instructing solicitors as "an exceptionally talented young barrister" and "an excellent advocate whose personal approach to our clients is second to none".
He has expertise in a number of areas, including:
Thom brings a robust style of advocacy to representing clients and has obtained successful outcomes both in court and in negotiated settlement at mediation.
He has extensive experience of drafting pleadings in both civil and criminal cases and is happy to turn around work for clients in cases where time is of the essence.
Thom prides himself on developing and maintaining exceptional standards of oral and written advocacy, and continues to build a strong practice in serious crime, public law, inquests and civil and regulatory work.
Thom also accepts instructions from members of the public on a direct access basis.
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Thom has a busy criminal practice, both prosecuting and defending serious crime. Thom is a CPS Grade 3 Panel Advocate, and was recently seconded to work with the CPS Complex Casework Unit in the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (RASSO) Unit, advising on charging decisions.
He has additional experience prosecuting on behalf of Royal Mail, the London Probation Trust, Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC).
He is regularly instructed on complex and multi-handed cases, as well as those involving issues of human rights and public law.
Thom has experience of defending in road traffic prosecutions, whether instructed directly or through insurers, in particular where death or serious injury has resulted.
Thom is frequently instructed to advise and appear in the Court of Appeal and High Court on appeals from the lower courts. He has experience of appeals against conviction, sentence and matters arising out of confiscation proceedings.
He has particular expertise in advising on the complex issues which often arise with the imposition of life sentences and sentences of Imprisonment for Public Protection ("IPP"). Thom also has experience of responding in cases where the Attorney General refers a sentence to the Court of Appeal as 'unduly lenient', under section 36 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988.
Thom has a busy public law practice, especially in areas where there is an overlap with criminal proceedings, for example in cases concerning prison law, search warrants, costs law, and the Victim's Right of Review. Thom has experience of running both discrimination and human rights claims. He is regularly instructed in judicial review cases concerning difficult questions of false imprisonment, breaches of Article 5 and Parole Board appeals. Thom also has extensive experience of cases brought under the Licensing Act 2003.
Having originally trained as a civil barrister, Thom accepts instructions in many areas of civil and regulatory law. He is particularly interested in civil cases where issues arise of concurrent criminal liability. He has experience of the full spectrum of civil law practice, including property, landlord and tenant, personal injury and contractual claims, as well as licensing matters.
Thom is regularly instructed in civil claims against the police, including cases of unlawful searches and arrests.
He has recently been instructed in a number of cases relating to online privacy and harassment and has been able to bring his civil and criminal experience to bear on advising clients on how to secure the best possible outcome in a fast-changing legal landscape.
As an experienced jury advocate with a wealth of knowledge relating to prison and police law, Thom is well placed to appear at inquests on behalf of interested parties. Inquests often raise legal questions which sit at the intersection of civil and criminal law, and with his mixed background, Thom is able to bring a unique perspective to bear.
With his public law experience, Thom is able to advise fully as to any potential judicial review proceedings which can arise from an inquest. He has experience of cases involving detention under the Mental Health Act 1983 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
He is also prepared to accept appropriate cases on a pro-bono basis and supports the work of the Inquest Lawyers' Group.