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Tom Davies

Tom Davies

Call: 2018

T: 020 7520 6000    E: chambers@18rlc.co.uk

Tom has a broad range of experience as a junior barrister acting on behalf of both the prosecution and defence. His clients include individuals and corporate entities. He is regularly instructed in cases of fraud and has a particular interest in financial crime cases.

Tom specialises in regulatory offences arising from commercial activity. He has acted in private prosecutions in relation to offences under the Insolvency Act 1986, Companies Act 2006 and Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986.

Tom practises extradition law. He accepts instructions on behalf of judicial authorities and requested persons and was formerly seconded to the CPS Extradition Unit. He is regularly instructed to appear at first instance and has appeared in the High Court.

Tom is often instructed in advisory and review work. He has acted as Independent LPP Counsel and Disclosure Counsel in large fraud investigations conducted by the Serious Fraud Office and the National Crime Agency.

Tom is available to be instructed under the Direct Access Scheme.


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Recent cases in which Tom was instructed include the following:

  • Re X (2021) – Instructed as disclosure junior for the Serious Fraud Office in a multi- million pound fraud investigation.
  • R v B and A (2021) – Instructed to represent 2 former directors in POCA proceedings following their conviction for multiple offences under the CDDA 1986.
  • R v S (2021) – Defended in private prosecution resulting from the collapse of an airline valued at £2m.
  • R v X (2020) – Instructed as independent LPP Counsel in a cross-border immigration fraud.
  • R v M (2020) – Defended carer client convicted of stealing from her patient.
  • R v W (2020) – Instructed to represent the first defendant in private prosecution of a wholesale counterfeit tobacco operation.
  • R v R Ltd (2019) – Instructed to act for a large global company in respect of driving matters.
  • EA v A (2019) – Instructed in an environmental prosecution brought by the Environment Agency for offences of unauthorised or harmful deposits of waste.
  • R v D (2019) – Defended a prison officer accused of assaulting an inmate.
  • R v J (2019) – Defended a breach of a notification requirement. Client had severe mental health difficulties.
  • R v L (2019) – Defended a 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.

  • Hungary v O (2021) – Instructed to appear for the judicial authority in bail proceedings in the High Court.
  • Japan v X,Y and Z (2021) – Appeared at initial hearings on behalf of the judicial authority in relation to the first extradition requests made by Japan to the UK.
  • Romania v P (2021) – Instructed on behalf of the judicial authority in case involving complex sentence disaggregation argument and s.2 validity.
  • Poland v N (2021) – Represented the judicial authority at final hearing involving detailed expert evidence of prison conditions.

  • R v A (2021) – Advised in relation to appeal against a refusal to impose a costs order under s.19 of the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985.

Publications, Lectures and Training

Abuse of Process in Criminal Proceedings, 5th edn, Bloomsbury Press, author of ‘Procedural Considerations’ chapter and co-author of ‘Extradition’ chapter with Hugo Keith QC.

Health and Safety: around up of health and safety law for defence lawyers, Red Lion Webinar, 17 June 2021, Speaker with Sailesh Mehta and Richard Beynon.

When Points Don’t Mean Prizes: disqualification and driving offences, Red Lion J6 Webinar Series, 27 May 2021, Speaker with Francesca Kirby.

Directors’ Liability and Disqualification, Red Lion Webinar, 22 July 2020, Researcher and assistant.

Give a little more law this Christmas: J5 review of the legal year, Red Lion J5 Lecture, 17 December 2019, Speaker with Faye Rolfe.

Assisted editing chapter 19 of Archbold 2020 for Riel-Karmy Jones QC

Assisted editing of the Encyclopaedia of Road Traffic Law for Hannah Willcocks


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BPTC, BPP Law School

LLB (Hons), University of Southampton, First Class Honours


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Inner Temple


South Eastern Circuit

Professional Appointments

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CPS Specialist Panel Advocate, Extradition (Grade 2)

CPS Panel Advocate (Grade 2)

Attorney General’s Civil ‘Junior Junior’ Panel


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Inner Temple BPTC Exhibition Award

BPP Advocacy Scholarship

Lord Justice Fulford Scholarship

3PB Prize for Best Performance in Criminal Law Exam