Tom’s Criminal practice includes complex fraud, serious violence, drugs and firearms offences and historic allegations of sexual abuse. He is also particularly noted for his experience in prosecuting and defending regulatory offences.
Examples cases include:
R v Lawal and others. Prosecution junior instructed by the Specialist Fraud division in high value online VAT and ITSA fraud. Currently instructed in ongoing linked case.
R v Powis. Successful defence of conveyancing executive alleged to have been at centre of £3.5m mortgage fraud.
R v DD. Successful defence of owner of care home alleged to have stolen large sums of money from vulnerable residents.
R v Gibson. Instructed by Specialist Fraud division. Widely publicised prosecution of watch dealer who had claimed to have exported £1.9m of Rolex watches.
Other serious Crime
R v N and others. Successful defence of gang member alleged to have kidnapped, imprisoned, robbed and tortured a university student. Case received widespread media coverage.
R v Eunice Spry. Defence junior in infamous case of extreme cruelty against multiple complainants over many years.
R v M. Successful defence on grounds of automatism of man who stabbed another in broad daylight whilst under the influence of a prescribed anti-smoking drug.
R v Berzins. Successful defence of a defendant facing a mandatory 5 year sentence for firearms offences. Case turned on the interpretation and meaning of a ‘muzzle loaded weapon’.
R v AL. Non-accidental brain injuries sustained by a 6 month old child. Led by Nigel Lickley QC.
Regulatory Offences (see also specific trading standards and health and safety pages)
Cherwell DC v Premier Foods. Prosecution of UK’s largest food producer (turnover £3bn) in respect of food hygiene offences.
HSE v G. Prosecution arising from explosion during refurbishing of petrol station. Serious injury and high value and extensive property damage caused. Case attracted nationwide publicity.
A1 Distribution Limited. Successful prosecution of company supplying electronic under the Consumer Protection Act 1987. The case involved consideration of the measures an importer of goods from China should take in order to establish a defence of ‘due diligence’.
Southampton CC v Miah. Successful prosecution (and subsequent appeal resisted) of landlord and owner of historically important listed building converted into an unsafe HMO. Record fine awarded.
CAA v X. Prosecution under the Air Navigation Order for offences including infringement of controlled airspace, lack of aircraft type approval and license irregularities.
WDDC v S. Novel but successful prosecution of owner of residential caravan park under s.9 of the Caravan Sites and Control of Development At 1960.
SBC v M and M. Prosecution for animal welfare offences / dog fighting.
Health care professionals
R v E. Defence of cardiologist accused of sexual assault.
R v Arif. Sucessful appeal against immediate custodial sentence in case of pharmacist convicted of defrauding NHS
R v F. Multiple allegations of historic abuse, as well as the production and distribution of indecent images.
R v Y. Defence of taxi driver accused of multiple sexual assaults against passengers.
R v AB. Prosecution of youth with learning difficulties alleged to have sexually abused a 5 year old.
R v Bagnall. Successful appeal to Court of Appeal against consecutive sentences for offences of violent disorder and Aafray.
Defence of individuals charged following disorder arising out of the following matches: Southampton FC v Portsmouth FC, Bristol City v Bristol Rovers, Chelsea FC v Cardiff FC, AFC Bournemouth v Leeds United.