Tom’s practice is predominantly Civil (with an emphasis on Personal Injury) and Family (with an emphasis on Financial Remedies).
Tom is happy to advise and signpost when required at all stages of proceedings. He is regularly sought by clients to appear for the duration following proactive and pragmatic representation at early hearings.Tom is developing his practice across the ambit of both public and private law. He is entirely familiar dealing with often distraught or indeed intransigent clients, and can offer a compassionate but firm approach.
Financial RemedyTom regularly represents clients seeking financial settlement in divorce/marital dispute proceedings, in which he is instructed for advice, conference, maintenance pending suit applications, enforcement proceedings, and final hearings. He treats every case with the same care and attention to detail. He is a robust advocate, who will fight to get the best result for clients struggling through this most difficult of processes.
His Civil background gives him an excellent grounding in the fundamentals of practice in the arena of TLATA claims. He advises on the law in writing, drafts pleadings, assists with witness statements, and advises in conference where necessary. He is available for bespoke complimentary talks on the subject for small, medium, and large firms – either alone or together with colleagues from chambers.
He also accepts instructions in private law proceedings, including contested applications for Child Arrangement Orders to determine contact and custody, and injunctive relief proceedings.
Public Law (Children)Tom acts for Local Authorities, Parents, and Children in care proceedings. He can bring particular value to Fact Finding Hearings, having dealt with a voluminous caseload of domestic violence trials during his early days in pupillage, prosecuting lists in the Magistrates’ Court.
He has represented clients in cases involving sexual abuse, domestic violence, and neglect. He is available to assist both Local Authorities and families at any stage in proceedings.
CIVIL LAWTom is particularly good in Personal Injury matters. He accepts instructions from both Claimants and Defendants. In addition to advising on prospects and quantum, he provides written advice on novel or complex points, particularly in relation to causation and civil procedure. He is keen to expand his practice into Clinical Negligence.
Tom can be trusted as an effective trial advocate. He is well able to identify and vociferously pursue the central issues in a case, and has a good eye for case strategy. In all matters he endeavours to return a detailed note, including a summary of submissions made and judgment given, as soon as possible after the hearing.
Tom has drafted pleadings and advice in cases of substantial value and complexity. He usually deals with papers within 14 days, but is able to accommodate tighter deadlines on request.
Recent cases of interestEmployers Liability: Appearing for a Claimant school teacher, who suffered injuries to her knees after falling over a child in her class. Judgment for the Claimant with no findings of contributory negligence;
Road traffic: Defending a bus company, during the course of forensic cross-examination Claimant conceded that he had reversed prior to the collision (a version of events diametrically opposed to that pleaded);
Diminution: Successfully demonstrated that an expert had adopted the wrong approach in assessing the degree of diminution, which led to a substantial reduction in quantum; and
Ex turpi causa: Made ex turpi causa submissions in respect of a claim for credit hire where the vehicle in question was untaxed at the time of the accident.