Tom has been consistently recommended as a leading individual for criminal law in the Chambers and Partners directory (2013 - 2017 editions) and the Legal 500 (2011 - 2017 editions). He is a Level 4 prosecutor, rape panel specialist and one of only a handful of counsel nationwide with Developed Vetting (DV) security clearance.
He has particular experience of dealing with cases involving:
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General criminal offences
R v Brian Moon (Teesside Crown Court, January 2016): 71 year-old man charged with manslaughter of 89 year-old lady; both residents in care home, both suffering from dementia. Alleged punch/push causing deceased to fall & suffer head injury. Pre-existing condition of victim meant greater likelihood of bleeding in brain as result of injury to head; she subsequently died from bronchopneumonia caused by brain injury. Defendant charged with manslaughter; likely causation issues at trial, but Defendant himself died shortly before PCMH.
R v Wayne Herrington (York Crown Court, February 2015): allegations of aggravated burglary and assault, committed upon elderly paranoid schizophrenic male in his (sheltered accommodation) home, who gave evidence with benefit of special measures & intermediary, and in relation to whom disclosure of voluminous medical records had been considered; issue regarding correctness/adequacy of his identification of the Defendant as the perpetrator, & also nature & manner of police investigation.
R v Murray, Legg, Pyka, Wynne, Booker, Pyka (Grimsby Crown Court; 2014-2015): conspiracy to supply Class A drugs; drugs were originally sourced from Merseyside, & then supplied in Grimsby area and to other parts of UK; evidence included telephone linking evidence, cell-site evidence, ANPR evidence; interpretation of multiple messages recovered in various formats (phone/online) between conspirators.
R v Philomena McIntyre & others (Teesside Crown Court, April-June 2014): lengthy trial of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and associated money laundering, involving 10 Defendants; covert observation evidence, voluminous telephone linking evidence, police analyst evidence; Defendant seriously unwell, admitted to intensive care whilst jury still in deliberation.
Operation Exbridge (Bradford Crown Court 2013-2014): series of intelligence-led investigations giving rise to allegations of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, & conspiracy to possess illegal firearms; each case involved multiple Defendants, with much telephone linking and cell-site evidence; quantities of drugs worth millions of pounds, being sourced from other parts of UK, and mixed/packaged in Bradford area; one case arose out of attempt by convicted Defendant to secure credit upon sentence by providing police with information relating to firearms, and subsequent "setting up" of associates in relation to those firearms.
Serious sexual offences
R v James Elkin (Sheffield Crown Court; February 2015): rape & associated offences of violence committed upon bi-polar complainant, who had travelled from London to Sheffield to meet up with Defendant after they corresponded online; he had convictions for violence towards previous partners.
R v David Burns (Sheffield Crown Court; October 2014): 33 year-old male charged with offences relating to consensual sexual activity with 15 year-old girl on several occasions when they had spent the night in hotels in Sheffield, unbeknown to either her parents or his wife; sentence initially imposed deemed unduly lenient by Court of Appeal & increased.
R v Shapal, Rehman, Ali, Rashid, Amini (Sheffield Crown Court; September 2014): high publicity case involving trafficking & associated sexual offences committed upon 13 year-old Slovakian girl who went missing from home in Sheffield & was found 12 days later in Bradford; issues relating to evidential use to be made of third party material, & disputed forensic evidence.
R v Neil Holgate (Bradford Crown Court; 2013-2014): allegations of rape & sexual assault upon 12 year-old son of Defendant's former partner; allegations arose during course of acrimonious contact proceedings relating to autistic daughter of Defendant & complainant's mother; voluminous third party material; admissibility of opinion evidence relating to complainant's reliability; abuse of process arguments.
Road traffic offences
R v Nasseeb Ellahi (Sheffield Crown Court; January 2015): high publicity case involving Defendant driving at high speed down quiet residential street, knocking over two teenaged girls, causing death of one and serious injury of the other; thereafter, fled scene & stayed with relatives in Birmingham, before being persuaded to hand himself in; his vehicle never recovered.
R v Stoyan Stoyanov (York Crown Court; March 2014): Bulgarian HGV driver caused death of 19 year-old driver in head-on collision; Defendant had been drinking (blood alcohol level over twice the legal limit), seen driving erratically for several miles prior to collision, before travelling down wrong side of road into path of oncoming vehicles.
R v Oliver Cowling (Leeds Crown Court; January 2014): 17 year-old Defendant racing with friends in quiet residential street; co-accused's vehicle involved in head-on collision with oncoming car, causing death of one of passengers in that car; co-accused gave evidence for prosecution against Defendant; expert opinion evidence as to accident reconstruction.
R v John Peel (Newcastle Crown Court; February 2013): near-fatal collision caused by LGV driver whilst driving vehicle in dangerous condition at night, failing to remove hazardous vehicle from road &/or draw attention to it.
R v Rashid, Qureshi, Sherazi & Sherazi (Sheffield Crown Court, Jan 2015): allegations of money laundering and perverting the course of justice; substantial quantities of cash found in various locations, said to have been contaminated with controlled drugs; documentation subsequently falsified to create impression that cash came from legitimate sources; issues relating to admissibility of evidence regarding contamination of cash.
R v Magomed Abdulmuslimov & others (Bradford Crown Court, April 2016): Fraud & associated money laundering. Email account of firm of conveyancing solicitors apparent hacked into, & email containing details of account for payment intercepted; solicitor received email containing details of wrong account. Proceeds of sale of property (£155,000) then transferred to account operated by first Defendant; money then transferred over next two days through multiple accounts linked to Defendants in West Yorkshire & Leicestershire, before being withdrawn in cash.
R v Stuart Cheesman (Warwick Crown Court; 2014-2015): one of two brothers, charged with breaches of Health & Safety at Work Act in relation to death of colleague whilst working at premises of large, national metal recycling company; issues relating to whether deceased was a sub-contractor, and as to basis of co-accused employer's level of responsibility for the death.
West Yorkshire Probation Trust (July 2013): advising WYPT in relation to investigation into allegations of corporate manslaughter/gross negligence manslaughter; violent offender released from sentence of imprisonment on licence, went on to murder uncle with whom he was living, whilst still subject to WYPT supervision.
“He has specialist expertise in sexual offence cases and large-scale conspiracies."Chambers & Partners (2016)
"He is terribly impressive in court, he's excellent."Chambers & Partners (2017)