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Tom specialises in clinical negligence, personal injury, and inquests.
He does a good balance of claimant and defendant work.
He has also been developing a public law practice since his appointment to the Attorney General’s C Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown in February 2016.
Tom joined Outer Temple Chambers as a pupil in September 2011 and as a tenant in September 2012. He is a former solicitor, having qualified at Magic Circle firm Slaughter and May in 2010 before transferring to the Bar.
Before starting pupillage Tom was a Judicial Assistant to Arden LJ at the Court of Appeal.
Tom has undertaken pro bono work for AvMA, the Bar Pro Bono Unit, the Law Society’s LawWorks Mediation Scheme, and the FRU. He appeared pro bono in the Court of Appeal, as sole counsel, for the successful appellant in Duffy v George  EWCA Civ 908 (http://www.outertemple.com).
Tom has a First Class Maths degree from Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University. He completed his GDL and LPC at BPP Law School in London.
Away from the law Tom enjoys spending time with his young family, playing hockey, and watching the mighty Carlisle United FC.
Tom acts on a range of personal injury cases, for claimants and defendants, including in the following areas:
• Catastrophic injury (Tom admits to liking quantum and spreadsheets – he did do a Maths degree)
• Fatal Accidents Act claims
• Employer’s liability
• Occupiers’ liability
• Travel law (particularly gastric illness claims)
Tom has also written articles and presented training on various topics, including expert witnesses and costs budgeting at CCMCs (read more here).
Appeal, 2016 (County Court at Liverpool, HHJ Wood QC)
Acting for the claimant, in a noise-induced hearing loss claim, in successfully appealing a district judge’s strike out of the claim (following Joddrell v Peaktone Ltd  EWCA Civ 1035). The claim was originally struck out after the claimant’s company restoration application had been listed, but not determined, by the date of the defendant’s strike out hearing.
Occupiers’ Liability Act 1984 claim, featuring a young man who suffered catastrophic injuries after a fall through a ground-level skylight. (Led by David Westcott QC, acting for the claimant).
An unusual employer’s liability claim, featuring two separate manual handling/work equipment accidents at work in successive years, sustained by a pet cemetery worker while lifting very heavy frozen dead dogs. (Acting for the claimant).
D v NHS Trust (County Court, Gloucester, July 2015)
Successful defence, at trial, of an employer’s liability manual handling claim, brought by a healthcare assistant. (Acting for the defendant).
Employer’s liability claim, featuring a claim for psychiatric injury and career-long loss of earnings and pension (of over £650k) by a nurse an after assault by a patient. Settled for £200k shortly before the quantum trial. (Acting for the defendant).
RTA claim, settled for a 7-figure sum, involving a young lady who required an above-knee amputation after a motorbike accident. The claim involved issues of unusual medical treatment abroad (not available in the UK) and mitigation. (Led by Harry Trusted, acting for the defendant).
Appointments & Memberships
- Attorney General’s C Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown (2016-2021)
- Judicial Assistant to Arden LJ (2010-2011)
- Professional Negligence Bar Association
- Personal Injuries Bar Association
Areas of Law
- Clinical Negligence
- Court of Protection
- Law In Sport
- Personal Injury
- International Illness, Injury & Travel
- Professional Negligence
- Public Law
- Mental Health