Tom Horder

Tom Horder

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Tom Horder is recognised for his expertise by the Chambers & Partners UK Bar Directory 2017.

Crime - Western (Bar) - Band 3

Has a robust practice in regulatory offences that sees him instructed by a range of parties including public sector bodies, companies and private individuals. Also handles cases concerning violent crime and sexual abuse.
Strengths: "Very able, a rising star."
Recent work: Defended the then leader of Dorset County Council in the first ever prosecution brought under the Localism Act 2011, aimed at dealing with alleged political corruption.

Chambers & Partners UK Bar Directory 2016.

Crime - Western (Bar) - Band 3

Praised by instructing solicitors for his expertise in cases concerning fraud, drugs and other serious criminal offences.

Strengths: "He has a particular skill in dealing with extremely demanding clients. He is very committed to his work and is very accessible when it comes to seeking advice or updates."
Recent work: He was instructed by the Specialist Fraud Division to prosecute a criminal group who organised an online attack on HMRC's systems.

Chambers & Partners UK Bar Directory 2015.

Crime - Western Bar - Band 1 Set

Tom Horder covers the full range of criminal offences, and is best recognised for his expertise in regulatory criminal cases. He receives regular instructions from local authorities, government bodies and insurers in relation to cases concerning health and safety, trading standards, environmental, aviation and maritime issues.
Expertise: "His advocacy is very good and he impresses with his knowledge of legislation and case law in niche areas."
Recent work: He defended a hospital doctor accused of sexual assault.

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Tom Horder is recommended by the Legal 500 Bar Directory 2016 for his expertise in the Regional Bar - Western Circuit
Crime – Leading juniors
Tom Horder - An excellent advocate with a strong courtroom presence.

Tom Horder is recommended by the Legal 500 Bar Directory 2015 for his expertise in the Regional Bar - Western Circuit
Crime – Leading juniors
Tom Horder - He is led, and often leads, in some of the most complex cases, including those involving serious violence

Tom Horder is recommended by the Legal 500 UK Directory 2014 for his expertise in the Western Circuit
3PB’s Tom Horder - “Particularly highly regarded for his ability to handle the most serious and complex cases.”

Tom Horder is recommended by the Legal 500 UK Directory 2013/14 for his expertise in the Western Circuit for his Crime expertise at the Bar. "3PB has a large regional presence. Tom Horder attracts praise, and is ‘very good at explaining procedure and tactics to clients’."

“Particularly highly regarded for his ability to handle the most serious and complex cases”


Tom Horder has a predominantly Criminal and Regulatory law practice. Often instructed in the more complex and difficult cases, Tom’s growing reputation is recognised by his inclusion in both the Legal 500 and the Chambers and Partners  guides to the Bar.

Tom’s Criminal practice includes fraud, serious violence, drugs and firearms offences and historic allegations of sexual abuse.  He is particularly noted for his experience in prosecuting and defending regulatory offences including trading standards, health and safety, food hygiene, aviation and Housing Act offences.

Tom’s regulatory practice includes all matters of professional discipline (most notably healthcare fitness to practice hearings, Police misconduct and Sporting regulatory bodies). Tom also has experience in cases before the VAT and Duties tribunal, civil actions against the police, inquests involving deaths in police custody and licensing appeals.

Client Testimonial: "Tom was brilliant, stood head and shoulders above the other barristers" (solicitor client, 2016)

In his spare time Tom supports Wimbledon AFC, flies planes and collects records.

For more details and examples of recent cases please click on the attached ‘practice group’ and ‘expertise’ links. 

News

September 17 2015:

3PB’s expertise recognised by bumper rankings in Legal 500 Bar Directory 2015 ...read more


August 8 2014:

Tom Horder successful in Court of Appeal football violence case ...read more


February 11 2013:

Tom Horder successful in Trading Standard’s Prosecution ...read more


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Academic Qualifications

BA (Hons) History, University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

PGDL and BVC, BPP Law School