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Tom accepts instructions across the range of Chambers’ practice areas including crime (both prosecuting and defending), inquiries, and public law.

Expertise

Defence

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Tom defends regularly in the Crown Court and the magistrates’ court. Recent instructions include aggravated arson, dangerous driving, and dwelling burglary. He has acted for young people in the youth court, including a 16-year-old charged with possessing 200 wraps of heroin and cocaine with intent to supply. He has represented a number of vulnerable individuals with mental health conditions such as paranoid schizophrenia and severe autism: he is familiar with the provisions of the Mental Health Act 1983 and the possible scope for abuse of process arguments. Tom is experienced in representing people charged with driving offences, and has advanced a number of successful exceptional hardship arguments in the magistrates’ court.

Prosecution

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Tom prosecutes on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service, the Immigration Services Commissioner, and the National Probation Service. He is currently instructed in the prosecution of an individual for providing immigration advice to five separate complainants when not qualified to do so, contrary to s. 91 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, at Southwark Crown Court. He was involved in drafting the case summary and opening speech in the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit burglary at Woolwich Crown Court, and has successfully prosecuted a local councillor in Basildon for a public order offence; during pupillage, he also assisted in a number of murder trials at the Central Criminal Court.

Appeals

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Tom has conducted a number of appeals against conviction and sentence from the magistrates’ court to the Crown Court. During pupillage, he assisted with the joined appeals in Johnson [2016] EWCA Crim 1613 (joint enterprise); the response to the application to the Supreme Court for permission to appeal the decision in Choudary [2016] EWCA Crim 61 (inviting support for ISIS); an appeal to the High Court by way of case stated examining the origins of s. 3 of the Criminal Law Act 1967; and a number of unduly lenient sentences.

Public Law and Inquiries

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Tom is currently instructed as second junior counsel to the Home Office in the Undercover Policing Inquiry, chaired by Pitchford LJ, which will examine the scope of covert policing since 1968. He appears regularly for the Secretary of State for the Home Department in immigration and asylum appeals in the First-tier Tribunal. During pupillage, he assisted his supervisor, Louis Mably, with advice on the impact of Isle of Wight Council v Platt [2016] EWHC 1283 (Admin); a judicial review of a decision not to prosecute involving Articles 10 and 17 ECHR; and a number of applications for Protective Costs Orders.

Previous Experience

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Before starting pupillage, Tom was a paralegal in the criminal department at a leading firm of solicitors. Most of his year there was spent as part of the team representing Rebekah and Charlie Brooks in the phone-hacking trial at the Central Criminal Court, conducting legal research, drafting submissions, and managing a large volume of evidence. He also worked on a number of extradition cases, and helped compose the European Criminal Bar Association’s response to the draft Directive on the right to silence.

Awards

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  • Ann Goddard Scholarship, Gray’s Inn (2015)
  • Winner, BPP Mooting Cup (2013)
  • Bedingfield Scholarship, Gray’s Inn (2012)
  • Finalist, Maitland Advocacy Prize (2011)
  • Corpus-Taylor Prize, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (2011)
  • Manners Scholarship, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (2010)
  • Moule Prize, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (2009)
  • Kitchener Scholarship (2008)

Publications

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  • Contributor to the fourth edition of Miller on Contempt (OUP: forthcoming)
  • Assisted with editing Blackstone’s Criminal Practice (OUP: 2017)

Memberships

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  • Pupillage Committee
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Defence Extradition Lawyers Forum

Education

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MA (Hons), English, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge