Patrick Tomison accepts instructions across all areas of work undertaken in chambers, including employment, commercial and chancery, pensions and trusts, and clinical negligence and personal injury.

Prior to joining chambers, Patrick worked in the Court of Appeal as the judicial assistant to Sir Ernest Ryder, the Senior President of Tribunals. He assisted the Senior President with appeals in a wide range of fields, including employment, clinical negligence, public law, commercial and immigration. He holds a first class degree in Law with German Law from Oxford University (University College).


Patrick acts for both Claimants and Respondents in preliminary and final hearings in all areas of employment and discrimination law, in addition to providing written advice and drafting pleadings. Patrick has experience in appellate matters, including being instructed on appeals in Employment Appeal Tribunal and assisting with appeals in the Court of Appeal.

Examples of Patrick’s recent instructions include:

  • Acting (led) in the Employment Appeal Tribunal in an appeal concerning the application of time limits under the Equality Act.
  • Acting (led) in the Employment Appeal Tribunal in an appeal concerning strike out in discrimination claims and disability status.
  • Successful representation of a Claimant who was dismissed for alleged misconduct. He received the full value of his Schedule of Loss.
  • Successful representation of a company facing an unfair dismissal claim by an employee dismissed for misconduct, including breach of Financial Conduct Authority’s conduct rules.
  • Successful applications at the preliminary stage for strike out of an unfair dismissal claim and determination of time limits on behalf of Respondent.
  • Acting as junior counsel (led by Saul Margo) in a complex whistleblowing claim listed for 15 days.

Patrick has a developing practice in pensions disputes, both in his own right and through assisting other members of chambers.

Examples of recent work include:

  • Instructions from a leading firm based in London to review the governing documentation of several occupational pension schemes.
  • Assisting David E Grant (during pupillage) with several pensions cases, including the rectification claims in Nomura and ColArt.
  • Assisting a member of chambers with advising on transfers into self-invested personal pensions.

Patrick has recently spent over six months on secondment to the General Counsel’s Division of the Financial Conduct Authority. He has gained experience across the breadth of financial services law, particularly involving the FCA’s information gateways and the interaction with information law.

He also has experience in litigation involving the GDPR and the data protection framework in the UK, and welcomes instructions in this area. He is able to undertake advisory work, drafting pleadings and representation in this field.

Patrick practises in the fields of personal injury and clinical negligence, including drafting pleadings, advisory work, CCMCs, trials and interim applications. He is instructed on both multi track and fast track claims. Patrick enjoys working with numbers, and welcomes instructions to draft Schedules and Counter-Schedules of Loss. Patrick has experience in cross-border personal injury claims, including under the Package Travel Regulations.

Examples of Patrick’s recent instructions include:

  • Acting as sole counsel for the Claimant in a multi-track cross border personal injury claim valued in excess of £200,000.
  • Advising on quantum in a multi-track claim involving a road traffic accident.
  • A bereavement claim following alleged clinical negligence involving the treatment of a patient in hospital with mental health problems
  • Representation at CCMC in a multi-track claim involving an accident in Spain
  • Representation at an application for relief from sanctions in a multi-track claim
  • Pro bono representation at an inquest involving a hospital’s treatment of the deceased’s mental health problems
  • Representation at trial in a fast-track Occupiers’ Liability claim

Patrick has experience in professional negligence claims arising out of personal injury claims (including historic abuse claims), having recently been instructed (led by James Counsell QC) in a claim by survivors of sexual abuse in a school against former solicitors for advice to settle at an undervalue.

Patrick is developing a broad commercial practice and has appeared in court in a variety of contractual claims. Patrick’s advisory and drafting work has covered breach of contract, insolvency and restitution claims. He was supervised by David E Grant during pupillage, with whom he was exposed to a broad range of commercial and chancery matters.

Examples of recent instructions include:

  • A contentious probate dispute (led by David E Grant) which involved issues of undue influence, testamentary capacity and fraudulent calumny (which settled before trial).
  • Advice on liability and drafting of pleadings in a breach of contract claim against the former director of a company which had been dissolved
  • Advisory work on breach of contract claims involving issues of contractual interpretation

Patrick recently completed a secondment to a leading firm of solicitors in London working with their commercial litigation department. Patrick assisted with two large group actions involving professional negligence and fraud and, in particular, is assisting with the procedural issues arising from the management of large group actions.

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  • Association of Pension Lawyers

  • The Cynthia Terry award (Gray’s Inn, 2016)
  • BPP Excellence Award (2016)
  • Alan Urbach Memorial Prize for Jurisprudence (for highest mark in the paper in University College, Oxford) (2014)
  • Rowley Prize for Land Law (for highest mark in the paper in University College, Oxford) (2014)
  • Exhibition (awarded by University College, Oxford, for academic achievement) (2011-2014)

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