Call: 2011 (Inner Temple)
Education: LL.B (Hons), LL.M (Criminal Law & Criminal Justice)
Associations: Criminal Bar Association, Midland Circuit

Practice Areas: Insolvency – Commercial – Motoring Crime – General Civil

Tom joined chambers following the successful completion of his pupillage. Tom’s practice includes insolvency, commercial litigation, company and property law. He specialises in motoring crime, also taking instructions in respect of general civil matters.

Insolvency

Tom has extensive experience in a wide range of applications under the Insolvency Act and Insolvency Rules, including applications to set aside statutory demands, bankruptcy petitions, annulment of bankruptcy orders, winding up petitions, administration applications and appeals. Tom regularly appears in the County Court and High Court, while also providing advice and drafting work, in respect of these applications.

Tom provides training, as well as seminars, to solicitors and insolvency practitioners on the process of obtaining bankruptcy orders against an individual. He deals with the procedure from statutory demand to obtaining a bankruptcy order, as well as post-bankruptcy matters including; annulment, suspension of discharge and Trustee applications such as search and seizure warrants.

Tom also assists clients through the Direct Access Scheme.

Commercial Litigation

Tom deals with substantial contractual disputes, ranging from assignment of debt claims to large-scale breach of contract and commercial property disputes. Tom advises clients and undertakes drafting in all areas of commercial litigation.

Tom’s commercial practice extends to:

  • Corporate insolvency
  • Commercial contract disputes
  • Company law
  • Consumer law
  • Insurance disputes
  • Property disputes
  • Banking and mortgages

Motoring Crime

With significant experience in all motoring matters that appear before the Magistrates’ and Crown Court, Tom understands the needs of clients facing lengthy disqualifications or custodial sentences. Tom appears on behalf of clients in all categories of motoring offences, including:

  • Dangerous driving
  • Careless driving
  • Drink driving
  • Drug driving
  • Speeding
  • Failing to provide a specimen
  • Failing to provide information
  • Failing to stop/report
  • No insurance offences

In addition to appearing on behalf of clients in respect of the above offences, Tom deals with applications that arise upon conviction, or post-conviction, including:

  • Exceptional hardship argument (to avoid totting disqualifications)
  • Reduction or removal of disqualification
  • Special reasons hearings

Tom’s expertise has assisted many clients to avoid disqualification, points or even convictions in circumstances which may have been difficult had the client acted alone.

Tom’s practice allows members of the public to approach him under the Direct Access Scheme and he is happy to discuss your case.

Notable Cases

Re: Diamond Exhibitions Ltd (in Liquidation) – Successfully opposed the Liquidators’ application against a Director for misfeasance and breach of fiduciary duty under s.212 of the Insolvency Act 1986.

Re: A Bankrupt – Obtained a search and seizure warrant which resulted in substantial assets being seized to the benefit of the Bankrupt’s creditors.

Re: A Bankrupt – Acting for the Trustee in Bankruptcy, successfully obtained substantial sums for the benefit of the creditors, both at first instance and subsequently at appeal in the High Court.

Blackshaw v MFS Portfolio [2016] EWHC 3708 (Ch) – Successfully opposed an appeal of the lower Court’s decision to refuse annulment of a bankruptcy order. Click here for official transcript.

Re: Morris – Successfully opposed an annulment application where the Bankrupt was asserting a failure of the Petitioning Creditor to serve both the statutory demand and petition.

Re: A Debtor – Obtained the Petitioning Creditor’s costs where the petition had to be dismissed due to full payment being received. The basis of the order was the behaviour of the Debtor in attempting to frustrate proceedings.