"Juries like him as he leads them through complicated evidence with great aplomb. He performs so well under pressure and never shows any undue emotion, however fraught things get."

Chambers & Partners 2021
Tom Tom QC

Barrister: Tom Little QC



Senior Treasury Counsel at the Central Criminal Court (2017-date); Junior Counsel to the Crown 'A' Panel (2014-2018); Junior Treasury Counsel at the Central Criminal Court (2012-2017); Recorder of the Crown Court and County Court; Special Advocate; Middle Temple Advocacy Trainer; Bencher of the Middle Temple

PGDL, Nottingham Law School 1996; History BA (Hons), Nottingham University 1995


Serious Crime & Fraud

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.

Professional Responsibility

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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Notable Cases:

General Crime

  • 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): 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): 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 Clifford (2019): Successfully prosecuted murder trial involving complex expert evidence and a history of coercive and controlling behaviour.
  • 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 Kydd (2019) Successfully prosecuted trial for the murder of a vulnerable victim who was attacked and then left in her house which the defendant set fire to. 
  • R v Williams (2019): Successfully prosecuted trial of 17 year old for his involvement in a murder in Kensington following a disturbance at the party of a 16 year old girl.
  • R v PY [2019] EWCA Crim 17; [2019] 1 WLR 3249 and R v SA & others [2019] 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) [2018] UKSC 42; [2018] 3 WLR 556: Successfully appeared for the Prosecution in the Supreme Court on the meaning of the 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 to be authorised by the candidate or his or her election agent in order to constitute election expenses.
  • 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 Donaldson (2017 and 2018): Successfully prosecuted two linked murder trials relating to a gang related stabbing in Grove Park.
  • R v Ullah (2017): Successfully prosecuted so-called 'Jihadi James Bond' for various terrorism offences linked to cyber terrorism.
  • R v Holloway (2016) [2017] 1 WLR 1660: Appointed by the Attorney General as an amicus to assist the Court of Appeal on the powers of a Crown Court Judge to appoint an advocate to the Court.
  • R v Thomas Mair (2016): Successfully prosecuted Mair in the high profile murder of Jo Cox MP.

Public Law

  • McKenzie v Lord Chancellor, DPP and the Lord Chief Justice (2020): Successfully represented the DPP in a challenge to the legality of the suspension of jury trials following the COVID 19 pandemic.
  • EVAW v DPP (2020): Representing the DPP in high profile public law challenge to the way in which rape cases are prosecuted.
  • R (Slade and Baxter) v The Attorney General and the DPP (2018): Successfully appeared for the Attorney General in important public law case relating to the extent of the superintendence function of the Attorney General over the DPP.
  • R (Belhaj) v The DPP & Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs (2017 - 2018)[2018] UKSC 33; [2018] 3 WLR 435Appeared for the DPP in preliminary issue hearing in both the Divisional Court and the Supreme Court relating to the availability of Closed Material Proceedings in a judicial review claim relating to a decision not to prosecute. 
  • Rabbani v DPP  [2018] EWHC 1156 (Admin); [2018] 2 Cr. App. R. 28: Successfully responded to this appeal by way of Case Stated in the Divisional Court relating to the obligations on the Police relating to the use of the Schedule 7 powers to ask questions at Airports and ports. In particular, the Court considered the duties relating to searching for confidential information on electronic devices.
  • R (Cardin) v The Birmingham Crown Court & DPP (2017) [2018] 1 Cr. App. R. 3: Successfully resisted Judicial Review claim on behalf of DPP relating to the ambit of section 1 of the Bail (Amendment) Act 1993.
  • R (Denby Collins) v Secretary of State for Justice [2016] EWHC 33 (Admin) [2016] Q.B 862: Successfully represented the Secretary of State in the important human rights challenge to the law of self-defence when homeowner is confronted by a burglar who he kills or seriously injures.
  • Commissioner of Police v Ahsan [2015] EWHC 2354 (Admin) [2016] 1 W.L.R 654: Represented the Police in the High Court in the first contested application for a terrorism notification order.
  • R (DPP) v Sunderland Magistrates (2014) EWHC 613: Appearing for the DPP in successful judicial review of a decision to issue summonses instituting the private prosecution of a Chief Crown Prosecutor and a Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for misconduct in public office.
  • R (Barons Pub Co) v Staines Magistrates Court [2013] EWHC 898 (Admin); [2013] Crim. L.R. 758; [2013] A.C.D. 92: Representing the DPP as an intervenor in this important Judicial Review on abuse of process in the Magistrates Court.


  • R v Ryjenko & Sanderson (2017 - 2018): Successfully prosecuted multi-million cross-jurisdiction corruption and money-laundering trial relating to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
  • Re LIBOR (2015 to 2018): Advising SFO on alleged LIBOR rigging at RBS.
  • R v Crawley & Others (2014): Appointed by the Attorney General to act as an amicus in the FCA prosecution where no advocates were willing to represent the defendants following VHCC fee cuts by the government.
  • R v Okedare [2014] 1 W.L.R. 4071: Led for the prosecution in Court of Appeal in important case determining whether a confiscation order can be made against a defendant who absconds before conviction.
  • R v William & Others (2011 - 2014): Prosecuted six defendant multi-million tax fraud and associated money laundering by the family both internationally and by purchasing properties. Also instructed in complex confiscation proceedings and in the Court of Appeal on both the conviction and confiscation appeals.
  • R v Bestel (2010 - 2013) [2014] 1 W.L.R. 457: Prosecuted multi-million pound mortgage fraud for CPS Fraud Prosecution Service.

Regulatory & Disciplinary

  • Grenfell Tower Inquiry (2020): Advising on a number of different issues relating to undertakings requested by the Inquiry from the Attorney General.
  • Undercover Police Inquiry (2016): Appeared to represent jointly the Attorney General and the DPP at a hearing of the Undercover Police Inquiry relating to the breadth of the appropriate undertakings to be given to witnesses at the Inquiry.
  • The Hallett Review (2014): Junior counsel to the Independent review by Dame Heather Hallett DBE into the On the Runs Administrative Scheme.
  • Bales College v The Secretary of State for Education (2014): Represented the Secretary of State in Appeal proceedings relating to the determination that the college be removed from the register of schools under the Education Act.
  • AJ v Secretary of State (2012 - 2013): Represented the Secretary of State in Appeal proceedings relating to historic allegations. The Appeal was struck out.
  • PM v Secretary of State (2012 - 2013): Represented the Secretary of State in Appeal proceedings relating to standards of nursing which had caused three patients in a care home to die. The Appellant withdrew his Appeal prior to the hearing.

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