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.

 

Notable Cases

R v TG (2018) Guildford Crown Court:  Represented the defendant who was found not guilty after trial, where it was alleged he had defrauded nearly half a million pounds from his elderly mother.

R v UA (2018) Harrow Crown Court:  Successful prosecution of the historic sexual abuse of a three-year-old girl.

R v SF (2017) Central Criminal Court:  Prosecution for possession of a sawn-off shotgun and ammunition, resulting in conviction and significant custodial sentence.

R v DR (2017) Croydon Crown Court: Successful prosecution in case of historic child sexual and physical abuse by a stepfather against his stepdaughter.

R v MA and others (2017) Kingston Crown Court: Instructed by the CPS Specialist Fraud Division and HMRC to prosecute in a £250,000 six-handed VAT fraud.  All six defendants were convicted and recieved significant sentences.

R v MB (2017) Wood Green Crown Court:  Successful prosecution of a £500,00 fraud committed by a will writer against vulnerable elderly victims.

R v AD and others (2017) Southwark Crown Court:  Prosecuted a three-handed conspiracy to supply multi-kilo quantities of high purity cocaine.  The defendants received 18 years’ imprisonment.

R v W & W (2016) Guildford Crown Court: Acted 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 & 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 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.