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Tom is a barrister at Ropewalk Chambers, an award-winning barristers’ chambers in Nottingham. He is ranked as a “Rising Star” in the Legal 500 for both Inquests & Inquires and Commercial Litigation.

Since qualifying, he has built a busy practice spanning all areas under the heading “Areas of Work”, with a particular focus on inquests, clinical negligence and industrial disease claims. He is regularly instructed in complex cases, including those attracting media interest, and combines first-class analytical ability with compelling written and oral advocacy.

Notwithstanding this focus of his practice, Tom is a versatile advocate and enjoys working across many areas of law. This is demonstrated by the breadth of his instructions on applications, at trial and on appeal, from personal injury and disease to construction disputes and costs.

Recent and ongoing cases of note include:

- Junior to Patrick Limb QC representing two well-known airlines in ongoing High Court litigation concerning alleged aerotoxicity.

- Advice and representation (with Philip Turton) at a four-week Article 2 inquest into the death of a 13-year-old girl by hanging. This included a recusal application made at the pre-inquest review stage.

- Advice and successful representation at an appeal against the refusal of relief from sanctions in a long-running contractual dispute.

- Advice and representation of the deceased’s family in relation to ongoing coronial proceedings arising from a failure to prescribe anticoagulant medication. The civil claim settled for £400,000 and received court approval on the basis of Tom’s advice.

As a result of his scientific background, Tom has a rigorous, analytical approach. He enjoys dealing with abstract or technical points of law and is adept at dealing with engineering issues and complex calculations. His background means that he is particularly well-placed to analyse chemical, pharmaceutical and statistical evidence and converse with experts in those fields.

Tom frequently delivers lectures and seminars to solicitors. Recent topics include vicarious liability, expert evidence and applications for security for costs.

Away from the Bar, Tom’s interests include current affairs, food, and hiking. He is a school governor at his former primary school in Nottinghamshire.

Tom’s full profile is available at www.ropewalk.co.uk.

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