Thom has a busy criminal practice, both prosecuting and defending serious crime. Thom is a CPS Grade 3 Panel Advocate, and has undertaken a secondment to work with the CPS Complex Casework Unit in the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (RASSO) Unit, advising on charging decisions. He is an accredited rape prosecutor on the CPS rape list.
He has additional experience prosecuting on behalf of Royal Mail, the London Probation Trust, Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC).
He is regularly instructed on complex and multi-handed cases, as well as those involving issues of human rights and public law.
Thom has experience of defending in road traffic prosecutions, whether instructed directly or through insurers, in particular where death or serious injury has resulted.
R v W and W (2016) Guildford Crown Court
Instructed for the second defendant in a trial of historic sexual abuse allegations. The case involved a complex issue concerning admissibility of confession evidence.
R v S (2016) Snaresbrook Crown Court
Secured not guilty verdicts in the case of a woman accused of stabbing her cousin’s partner. The jury accepted she was acting in self-defence, after she accused him of sexually assaulting his stepdaughter. The case involved delicate but detailed examination of a nine-year-old witness.
R v P and P (2015) St Albans Crown Court
Successfully prosecuted two dishonest estate agents for stealing from their tenants and defrauding landlords through presenting forged reference documents.
R v F (2015) Harrow Crown Court
Prosecuted a section 18 GBH where the victim was stabbed to the head, allegedly in revenge for the 2009 killing of the defendant's brother. The case involved presenting complex cell site evidence to the jury.
R v KB (2014) Harrow Crown Court
Represented the defendant at trial where he was accused of serious sexual assaults on three complete strangers. The defence was that he had been attempting to rob the victims. Successfully argued that there was no case to answer in respect of two of the victims. There was significant press coverage of the case (link).
R v K and C (2014) Inner London Crown Court
Prosecuted two defendants for section 18 wounding and robbery. Both defendants pleaded not guilty but changed their pleas after the close of the prosecution case. Sentenced to 9 and 4 years imprisonment respectively.
R v LE (2013) Central Criminal Court
Successfully prosecuted a drug dealer for possession with intent to supply cocaine at 95% purity.
R v W (2013) Snaresbrook Crown Court
Prosecuted in a case of possession of a sawn-off shotgun by a gang member, as part of Operation Bubonic and Operation Trident.
R v PS and others (2013) Croydon Crown Court
Represented the first defendant on the indictment, who was acquitted of a five-handed affray following a three-week trial, after running a cutthroat defence against her co-defendants, who were convicted.
R v CB and others (2012) Guildford Crown Court
Instructed on a six-handed conspiracy to supply Class A drugs case, brought as part of Operation Chalice. Advised in respect of complex PII issues surrounding the disclosure and admissibility of evidence from undercover test purchase officers.
R v H (2012) Inner London Crown Court
Represented one of the 2011 London rioters at trial.