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 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.
‘"His advocacy skills are of an extremely high standard."Legal 500 (2016)
“He has specialist expertise in sexual offence cases and large-scale conspiracies."Chambers & Partners (2016)