Tel: 01642 247569
Tom is well-known in the North of England for his defence of allegations of organised crime, homicide and serious offences alleged against young, vulnerable and mentally disordered defendants, culminating in his recent work on behalf of the principal defendant in the conspiracy to murder reported internationally as the North Yorkshire “Columbine” case.
His work as junior counsel in the leading LCN DNA appeal of Reed, Reed and Garmson  1 Cr App R 310 (23) led to his further instruction in cases involving disputes about the cogency and interpretation of DNA, fingerprints and other forms of bio forensic evidence. Since then, Tom has gained significant experience cross-examining experts, both orally and in writing, on subjects ranging from firearms to psychiatric findings. Tom has also successfully resisted applications brought under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 on behalf of high net worth individuals.
Tom is a Level 4 Prosecutor on the North Eastern Circuit CPS Advocate Panel.
Tom has extensive experience of the law of police conduct; and powers of arrest, search and seizure. He accepts instructions in both civil and disciplinary police proceedings.
Tom accepts instruction in:
• All areas of professional disciplinary proceedings; and
• Perpetration hearings in family proceedings.
Tom is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and accepts instructions to examine and arbitrate disputes related to:
• Standards complaints arising from the conduct of elected members and officers in local government and other public bodies; and
• The conduct of officers and members of clubs and other associations.
2013 Chair to local government public inquiry, concerning allegations of misfeasance in public procurement by elected members of Hartlepool Borough Council
2015 Legally qualified chair (north-eastern forces) police conduct hearings
2017 Independent member for standards, Middlesbrough Borough Council
2017 Pensions adjudicator, Middlesbrough Borough Council
2018 CPS Advocate Panel - Level 4 Prosecutor
The Manchester Grammar School
Balliol College, Oxford. MA (Hons) Theology
Call to the Bar by the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, October 1995, Megarry Scholar