Tom has conducted more than fifty homicide trials as well as the full range of other serious criminal cases most notably terrorism and sexual offences. He regularly appears in high-profile cases both at Old Bailey and also in the Court of Appeal. He has particular expertise in cases involving expert evidence and also in the handling and use of highly sensitive material (where he combines his experience as both Treasury Counsel and the Special Advocate). However, it is as an appellate advocate that he is particularly well-renowned. He is frequently instructed on appeal in cases that he was not involved at first instance either in appeals where unrelated cases are listed together to address matters of general public importance or as an amicus appointed by the Attorney General to assist the Court on difficult legal issues.
Notable Crime cases
R v Ali Harbi Ali
Successfully prosecuted case relating to the murder of Sir David Amess MP who was stabbed to death in a church whilst meeting constituents.
R v Nazir Ahmed and two others
Successfully prosecuted Lord Ahmed of Rotherham and his two brothers for historic sexual offending.
R v Couzens (2021)
Prosecuted serving Met Police officer Wayne Couzens for the kidnap, rape and murder of Sarah Everard.
R v Umerji (2021)  EWCA Crim 598
Tom successfully represented the Prosecution in the Court of Appeal in case involving complex arguments of statutory construction as to whether a defendant must be present at their section 51 hearing in the Magistrates’ Court when sent to the Crown Court for an indictable only offence.
R v Vyas (2020)
Successfully prosecuted serial stranger rapist whose attacks involved increasing violence culminating in the murder of the last victim.
R v Bater-James and Mohammed (2020)  2 Cr. App. R. 20
Successfully appeared just in the Court of Appeal to represent the prosecution in two conjoined appeals so that guidance could be given on the correct approach to the obtaining of, searching and disclosure of the content of mobile telephones of complainants.
R v Weir (2019)  EWCA Crim 638
Successfully prosecuted double murder trial that made legal history. The defendant had previously had his conviction for murder quashed by the Court of Appeal in 2000. Tom represented the DPP in the application to quash the acquittal under the double jeopardy provisions in light of new DNA evidence and then he prosecuted both that and another murder at trial.
R v Godinho (2019)
Defended in murder trial in which the Defendant killed his wife by repeatedly stabbing her in front of their 3 year old daughter close to the primary school at which their other children attended.
R v PY  1 WLR 3249 and R v SA & others  EWCA Crim 144
Appeared as an amicus appointed by the Attorney General to assist the Court of Appeal in two unrelated cases relating to the procedural requirements necessary before the Prosecution can make a terminatory ruling appeal to the Court of Appeal.
R v Mackinlay and others (2018)  UKSC 42;  3 WLR 556
Successfully appeared for the Prosecution in the Supreme Court on the meaning of election expenses and in particular that there is no requirement for property, goods, services or facilities transferred to or provided for the use or benefit of a candidate free of charge or at a discount.
R v Watt (2018)
Successfully prosecuted double jeopardy rape case having previously appeared in the Court of Appeal to quash the defendant’s acquittal for an offence of attempted rape dating back to 1989.
R v Ulla (2017)
Successfully prosecuted so-called ‘Jihadi James Bond’ for various terrorism offences linked to cyber terrorism.