Thom has a busy public law practice, especially in areas where there is an overlap with criminal proceedings, for example in cases concerning prison law, search warrants, costs law, and the Victims' Right to Review.  Thom has experience of running both discrimination and human rights claims. He is regularly instructed in judicial review cases concerning difficult questions of false imprisonment, breaches of Article 5 and Parole Board appeals.  Thom also has extensive experience of cases brought under the Licensing Act 2003.


Notable Cases

R (on the application of Ashley) v Parole Board [2017] EWHC 3413 (Admin) (link)
Judicial review of the Parole Board's decision to refuse to direct the re-release of a prisoner on licence. The court noted Thom's submissions were made "concisely, forcefully, and even attractively" (at §12).

R (on the application of Usman) v Reading Magistrates' Court [2017] EWHC 2153 (Admin) (link)
Judicial review of a decision by the magistrates' court to refuse an adjournment, following late service of papers on the defence.

R (on the application of Haigh) v City of Westminster Magistrates' Court [2017] EWHC 232 (Admin) (link)
Led by Alun Jones QC in a judicial review of a decision of the City of Westminster Magistrates' Court to award costs of £230,446 against Mr Haigh, following the withdrawal of his private prosecution.  Mr Haigh had brought the prosecution against his former employers for human trafficking and conspiracy to defraud. Mr Haigh was imprisoned in Dubai following allegations of a $5m fraud. The case received widespread media interest and was covered by the BBC, The Guardian and The Daily Mail.

R (on the application of Ram) v Director of Public Prosecutions [2016] EWHC 1426 (Admin) (link)
Judicial review of a CPS decision to offer no evidence in a private prosecution. The judgment gives further guidance on the Victims' Right to Review scheme. The court noted Thom's "careful and elegant submissions" (at §32).

R (on the application of Stubbs) v Parole Board [2016] EWHC 28 (Admin) (link)
Judicial review of a refusal to transfer the claimant prisoner to open conditions, despite expert evidence recommending such a move.

R (on the application of Copp and others) v Basildon Crown Court [2016] EWHC 2416 (Admin) (link)
Led by Alun Jones QC in a judicial review of a series of search warrants.  The claim was brought on the basis that the warrants lacked specificity, were drafted too widely, and resulted in excessive search and seizure of property.

R (on the application of MF) v Governor of HMP X (2015) Administrative Court
Judicial review proceedings of the refusal to re-categorise the claimant prisoner following a quashed adjudication, coupled with the failure of the prison service to provide him with proper healthcare, contrary to Article 3.

R v F and others (2014) City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court
Instructed for the fourth defendant in a case relating to the right to protest outside the Royal Courts of Justice.  F was the only defendant to be acquitted of offences under section 14 of the Public Order Act 1986, following a successful submission of no case to answer.

R (on the application of IM) v Governor of HMP X and others (2014) Administrative Court
Judicial review proceedings of a prison's failure to release the claimant prisoner following his successful Parole Board hearing.  The claim involved a complex mix of public law (breach of Article 5) and private law (false imprisonment and negligence) issues. 

R (on the application of Fowler) v London Borough of Bromley [2012] EWHC 4456 (Admin)
Judicial review proceedings against a decision to permanently exclude, involving a novel point of law relating to transfer of property under the Academies Act 2010.