Tom has a range of experience as a junior practitioner acting on behalf of both individuals and corporate entities. He frequently represents both the prosecution and defence in relation to offences of all kinds including theft, fraud and serious violence.
Tom has appeared in regulatory matters including Environment Agency and local authority prosecutions and has acted in private prosecutions in relation to trading standards offences. He also has experience of advisory and review work, and has acted as Independent LPP Counsel.
During his pupillage, Tom assisted with the editing of Archbold 2020 with Riel Karmy-Jones QC and the Encyclopaedia of Road Traffic Law with Hannah Willcocks. He is currently editing chapters in the 5th edition of ‘Abuse of Process in Criminal Proceedings’ by David Young.
Tom is currently on secondment with the CPS Extradition Unit.
Publications, Lectures and Training
- R v B (2020) – Appeared for first defendant in multi-handed private prosecution concerning wholesale counterfeit tobacco dealing. Client received a suspended sentence.
- R v R Ltd (2019) — Advised in relation to liability for road traffic offences.
- R v M (2019) — Defended teacher who harassed an adult student and made inappropriate comments toward her. Client received a community order.
- R v B (2019) — Successful bail application for client charged with money laundering, two offences of possession with intent to supply class A and dangerous driving.
- R v N (2019) — Youth client acquitted after trial for possession of a bladed article in a school.
- R v D (2019) — Defending a prison officer accused of assaulting an inmate. Successful application to exclude purported expert evidence from being relied upon by the Crown. Acquitted after trial.
- R v J (2019) — Defending a breach of a notification requirement. Client had severe mental health difficulties. Successful half-time submission following concessions in cross-examination.
- R v R (2019) — client given suspended sentence for possession of an offensive weapon (‘Rambo knife’).
- R v L (2019) — Mitigating on behalf of client who pleaded guilty to 3 charges of failure to comply with notification requirements. Judge indicated that a starting point of 1 year was appropriate. Client was given a fine on each of the first two charges and no separate penalty in respect of the third.
- R v E (2019) — Mitigated on behalf of client who pleaded guilty to failure to comply with notification requirements. Client had severe mental health issues following a traumatic brain injury. Crown argued for a category on the sentencing guidelines which carried a risk of custody. Client received a fine.
- R v M (2019) — Mitigated on behalf of client charged with breaching suspended sentence by committing new offence (possess class B). Basis of plea accepted. Successfully argued it would be unjust to activate the suspended sentence.
- R v L (2019) — Prosecuted a 3count indictment at sentencing hearing involving 2x attempt dwelling burglary and 1x substantive commercial burglary. Complex issues around vulnerability of victim and defendant with drug addiction issues.
- EA v A (2019) — advised on plea and procedure in relation to repeated instances of fly-tipping.
Assisted editing chapter 19 of Archbold 2020 for Riel-Karmy Jones QC
Assisted editing of the Encyclopaedia of Road Traffic Law for Hannah Willcocks