As an experienced jury advocate with a wealth of knowledge relating to prison and police law, Thom is well placed to appear at inquests on behalf of interested parties. Inquests often raise legal questions which sit at the intersection of civil and criminal law, and with his mixed background, Thom is able to bring a unique perspective to bear.
With his public law experience, Thom is able to advise fully as to any potential judicial review proceedings which can arise from an inquest. He has experience of cases involving detention under the Mental Health Act 1983 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
He is also prepared to accept appropriate cases on a pro-bono basis and supports the work of the Inquest Lawyers' Group.
SM (2018) Bedford Coroner's Court
Thom was instructed by the police in an inquest involving the suicide of a man which occurred shortly after his release from police custody. The case involved a complex question as to whether there had been a breach of the operational duty under Article 2.
RN (2015) Southwark Coroner's Court
Thom appeared on behalf of RN's mother in an Article 2 inquest concerning his death whilst in mental health detention. RN was a long-term psychiatric patient who presented with complex physical and mental health issues. The inquest involved detailed examination of both questions of causation of death, and the systems put in place by the NHS Trust to compel treatment of RN under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.