He has established a busy practice within the Magistrates Court both Prosecuting (Grade 1) and Defending.
Trials in the Magistrates Court have covered a range of offences and have involved dealing with vulnerable witnesses and clients alike. Has has received instructions to prosecute from the UK Border Agency, HMRC, West Midlands Police in addition to the CPS.
Tom also has experience with wide variety of civil cases.
Thomas was called in 2016 after completion of the BPTC at the University of Law, Birmingham.
Prior to pupillage
Employed by DWF Solicitors as an ‘in house’ advocate, conducting a wide variety of civil hearings, from applications and small claims trials to costs and case management conferences. Hearings involved a range of areas of law including fraud, road traffic and personal injury.
Has been instructed to prosecute and defend in a range of criminal cases including trials in the Magistrates Court and Crown Court.
Instructions to date have comprised offences concerning; serious violence, drugs, dishonesty, driving, and stalking, including cases involving vulnerable witnesses and clients.
Recent and notable defence instructions have included:
- Successfully represented a client at trial, jointly charged with two others, alleged to have assaulted a 13-year old girl.
- Represented a defendant charged with assaulting family members in their own home including allegations that knives were used.
- Represented a male suffering from a mental disorder in a Trial of Fact at Stafford Crown Court involving an offence of possessing a bladed article in public. Sentencing disposal falls under the Mental Health Act 1983.
- Successfully appealed three convictions for Assaulting a Police Officer at Birmingham Crown Court when it was determined that the police had not had lawful authority to enter the appellant’s property.
Defence instructions have also included motoring cases involving special reasons and exceptional hardship arguments.
Prosecutes at Grade 1 level where Crown Court instructions have included Bail Applications, Appeal Sentence / Conviction and Sentencing hearings covering a wide range of offences.
Has appeared on behalf of claimants and defendants in a wide range of hearings in the County Court, across all tracks. As a result of pre-pupillage employment, has experience dealing with a range of common law matters and is fully competent to accept instructions in the same.
Instructions to prosecute have included those on behalf of UK Border Force, HMRC and the Insolvency Service in both the Magistrates Court and First Tier Tribunal.
Has experience of defence and appellate work in licensing matters (taxi and premises), before sub-committees, the Magistrates Court and the Crown Court.
Has experience in licencing matters (taxi and premises) before the sub-committee and appeals in the Magistrates Court and Crown Court (grant, review and revocation). Furthermore has experience regarding licences within Cumulative Impact Zones. Successful in obtaining a premises licence in a Cumulative Impact Zone before the sub committee in Wolverhampton.
Middle Temple Rose Scholarship – 2015
University of Law Advocacy Scholarship – 2015