Tom Storey

Year of call 1993


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 – 2019; Chambers & Partners 2013 – 2019).  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. 


Chambers & Partners say:

Tom Storey 

A junior who acts for both the defence and the prosecution in a broad range of general criminal cases. He specialises in large-scale, serious criminal matters and is well respected for his deft handling of highly sensitive cases. 

"Exceptional." "Regarded as a safe pair of hands by the CPS."

Legal 500 say:

Tom Storey - Zenith Chambers ‘Extremely intelligent, with a strong work ethic.’


Significant Road Traffic Work:

AB-C (Leeds Crown Court): 49-year old mother of six, of entirely good character, charged with causing death of 82-year old man by careless driving.  Alleged to have knocked deceased over in supermarket carpark.  Issues relating to causation (involving neuropathology experts as well as collision investigation experts) and as to factual findings.  Defendant acquitted upon successful submission of no case to answer at conclusion of prosecution evidence.

MS (Newcastle Crown Court): lorry-driver of good character, charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving.  His vehicle driven into whilst stationary on edge of A19 dual carriageway as he investigated safety of load on his flat-bed lorry.  Injured driver of second vehicle had been charged with careless driving.  After several hearings, and obtaining of expert collision investigator’s report, Prosecution dropped case, offering no evidence.

NW (Leeds Crown Court): Defendant charged with causing death by careless driving.  Turning right at set of traffic lights; deceased motorcyclist heading towards Defendant at speed in excess of speed limit (agreed expert evidence was that he had been travelling at 38-47mph in a 30mph zone).  Defendant’s account was that he began his turn, & then saw a headlight in the distance; he thought he had enough time to complete his turn, so continued, and was then struck to rear near-side of his vehicle by the motorcycle.  Defendant was acquitted after trial.

JP (Newcastle Crown Court): HGV-driver, charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving.  His vehicle developed a fault such that it was unable to travel at speeds greater than about 20mph, and less when travelling uphill; it also emitted large clouds of black smoke.  Nevertheless, he continued on a journey at night, along the A19 dual carriageway, and a following vehicle drove into the rear of his lorry, causing serious injury to driver.  Following two lengthy conferences, Defendant pleaded guilty to offence; subsequent custodial sentence and length of disqualification successfully appealed.

GD (Bradford Crown Court): Solicitor, charged with causing death by dangerous driving.  Alleged to have “jumped red lights” in heavy traffic, prior to being struck by vehicle turning across his path from opposite direction; resulting collision forced Defendant’s vehicle to nearside, colliding with 78-year old lady waiting to cross at lights.  Following site-visit, and cross-examination of Prosecution eye-witnesses, submission of no case to answer made at conclusion of Prosecution evidence; upheld by judge and Defendant acquitted.

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‘He has a wide-ranging practise including experience in terrorism, sexual offences and fraud cases.’

Legal 500 (2016)

"Exceptional." "Regarded as a safe pair of hands by the CPS."

Chambers & Partners (2019)