Tom provides specialist representation and advice in high-end serious and complex fraud and associated asset freezing / confiscation proceedings. He is currently defending in HMRC’s largest prosecution of alleged multi-million pound tax evasion (Operation Amazon) and the FCA’s flagship prosecution of insider dealing (Operation Tabernula).
He also advises corporates and individuals upon self-reporting and corruption responsibilities.
He practices in the public law sphere in Judicial Review and is instructed as a Special Advocate in the High Court / Administrative Court / SIAC in cases involving issues of national security and human rights. He currently acts as a Special Advocate in a claim for damages where it is alleged individuals were detained and subjected to torture, inhuman and degrading treatment.
He also practices in the regulatory field, notably in Environmental Protection and Health and Safety.
In 2016 he prosecuted an important asbestos case against a large secondary school and in 2017 acted for the Environment Agency in proceedings resulting in a multi-million pound confiscation order.
He undertakes work before regulatory tribunals and is instructed by the General Medical Council (GMC) and Bar Standards Board (BSB) amongst others.
Tom has an established reputation as a busy Junior instructed in cases of the most serious and complex fraud and related civil, public and regulatory work. His clients have included domestic financial services institutions including banks, high net worth individuals and government agencies. His practice areas include asset recovery, bribery and corruption, money laundering, restraint and confiscation and criminal fraud litigation.
Tom has significant experience of cases involving money laundering, both domestically and offshore.
He has advised financial services institutions and banks upon their compliance with AML requirements and led for the Prosecution in cases of serious and complex money laundering with an international dimension. He is experienced in dealing with large scale disclosure exercises. He appears as an advocate in both criminal and civil courts and tribunals.
Current examples of high profile work include:
Tom has significant experience of cases involving bribery and corruption, particularly with an international dimension. He has been instructed by the SFO in this area and has also advised corporate clients upon self-reporting and corruption responsibilities. Recent examples of high profile work include:
Tom is experienced in regulatory practice: in particular he practises in the fields of Environmental protection and Health and Safety. He is appointed to the A-G’s Regulatory Panel and receives instructions from both the Environment Agency (EA) and Health and Safety Executive (HSE). He is regularly instructed to appear at inquests in Coroners’ Courts, mainly for companies following fatalities in the work place or to defend cases brought by the EA (e.g. waste management) or the FSA (e.g. handling and preparing meat and other food stuffs). Recent examples of high profile work include:
Tom has an enviable depth of experience before various professional disciplinary/fitness to practice tribunals including (a) Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, (b) Bar Tribunals Adjudication Service, and (c) Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain. Recent instructions from the GMC include health, conduct and clinical cases. He recently presented a case before a FTPP against a cardiologist alleging clinical failings in the conduct of a coronary angiogram.
Tom regularly acts on behalf of Claimants/Appellants in national security related civil litigation, and in particular in cases involving control orders, terrorism prevention and investigation measures, national security deportations and exclusions, terrorist asset freezing and claims for damages in connection with alleged unlawful action by Government departments/agencies. He has appeared in the High Court, Admin Court and SIAC in connection with such cases. He is currently led as a Special Advocate for 11 Claimants seeking damages from Her Majesty’s Government in relation to alleged unlawful detention pursuant to either immigration detention pending deportation and/or control orders and/or alleged unlawful interference with the right to liberty following the imposition of UN asset freezing sanctions. Press Links: The Guardian
Legal 500 2017: Leading Indivual
Chambers and Partners: Recommended as a leading junior
Contributor: Fraud: Law, Practice and Procedure: Lexis Nexis (2015)
Criminal Bar Association
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
Health and Safety Lawyers’ Association (HSLA)
South Eastern Circuit
2017: CPS Extradition Panel.
2016: CPS Grade 4 Specialist Panels: Fraud, Confiscation/Asset Recovery, Organised Crime.
2013 to date: SFO Panel: A List.
2012: A-G Regulatory Panel: B List.
2012: Recorder of the Crown Court.
2010: A-G Panel of Special Advocates.