One of the most highly-regarded juniors on the North Eastern Circuit, Tom has been regularly recommended as a leading individual for criminal law in legal directories for several years (Legal 500 2011 – 2017; Chambers & Partners 2013 – 2017). He both prosecutes and defends, and is often instructed as leading junior in cases of substance. He is a member of the CPS general prosecution panel (level 4), serious organised crime panel and rape panel; he is one of only a few counsel nationwide with Developed Vetting (DV) security clearance.
Tom has considerable experience of dealing with large-scale conspiracy cases relating to the supply of controlled drugs, firearms and fraudulent activity. He is also frequently sought-after in cases involving serious sexual offences and those involving individuals suffering from serious mental health difficulties.
R v Clark: high-profile case of school-teacher inciting dozens of pupils at his school to engage in online sexual activity. Similar offending with hundreds of Skype contacts both nationally and internationally, involving inciting others to commit "first generation" sexual offences involving young children and to disseminate footage of abuse.
R v Dear & others: 14-handed conspiracy to supply Class A drugs in York area over 10-month period. Extensive covert observation and phone linking evidence.
R v Stanfield: Attempted murder case involving unprovoked attack upon Defendant's flatmate with machete.
R v Rehman & others: high-profile case involving trafficking and associated sexual offences committed upon 13 year-old girl who ran away from home and was found 12 days later in another city. Convictions upheld by Court of Appeal: R v Rehman, Rashid & Ali  EWCA Crim 106.
R v Smith & others: conspiracy to supply Class A controlled drugs throughout South and North Yorkshire over 14-month period. Considerable covert observation, cell site and phone linking evidence involved.
R v Atkinson: former school teacher charged with historic sexual abuse of two boys who were pupils at preparatory schools in Hampshire and North Yorkshire.
R v S: allegations of rape and other sexual abuse committed upon D’s daughter when she was aged 5-15, and upon two other local children.
R v Nriapia & others: conspiracy to possess prohibited firearm and ammunition; sawn-off shotgun and cartridges in process of being supplied from West Yorkshire to others in Humberside.
R v Mujikwa & others: conspiracy to commit fraud and associated money laundering offences; email accounts of international companies (including BBC) hacked, leading to payments being made to account controlled by conspirators, before being siphoned through accounts held by others.
R v Harrison: multiple cases relating to the possession of illegal firearms; D was a known armourer and supplier to organised crime groups across the North of England of shortened or re-activated firearms and ammunition.
R v W-L & others: conspiracy to supply Class A controlled drugs in the North Yorkshire area over 8-month period. Observation, phone linking and cell site evidence.
R v Blamire & others: conspiracy to commit fraud by abuse of position, relating to operation of procurement process conducted by West Yorkshire Police for vehicle-recovery contracts. Subsequent Proceeds of Crime Act proceedings involving issues relating to corporate involvement (“piercing the corporate veil”).
R v Hutchinson & others: conspiracy to rob. Planned and targeted knife-point robbery of wealthy business-man and wife in their own home at night. Jewellery worth over £500,000 stolen and serious injuries inflicted on victim.
"A criminal practitioner with broad and deep experience in the field. He particularly thrives in cases with financial complexities or mental health elements."Chambers & Partners (2016)
"Exceptional." "Regarded as a safe pair of hands by the CPS."Chambers & Partners (2019)