“He commands a lethal mix of being on top of the detail and great at strategy. He’s very good in court and his cross-examination was particularly good.” “He’s a tenacious advocate and is exceptionally easy to work with.” – Chambers & Partners 2020: Professional Negligence
“He gets involved in the detail yet retains the ability to work on strategic issues taking a commercial view.” – Legal 500, 2020: Professional Negligence
Tom is instructed by both claimants and defendants across a wide range of professions.
Tom is able to use his specialist financial services experience (which has included two secondments at what was the Financial Services Authority) to assist with claims against financial services professionals. He also has considerable experience of claims involving allegedly negligent tax advice. He also been instructed in a number of cases relating to auditing.
Tom is well placed to deal with lender claims and undue influence/Etridge claims, due to his experience in banking work. He has acted in a range of such cases for claimants and defendants in the professional liability context and otherwise.
His experience of commercial/company law (e.g. Re I Fit Global Ltd  2 BCLC 116) makes him suitable for professional liability cases with underlying commercial/company law issues (e.g. Seery  PNLR 14). A large amount of his solicitors cases relate to transactions which have, or are perceived to have, gone wrong.
He has significant experience of claims against construction professionals, including acting as sole counsel in a four week trial against a Building Regulations approved inspector (Zagora and ors v Zurich Insurance Plc and ors  EWHC 140 (TCC)). Engineers and architects are also frequently involved in his cases.
Other professionals for whom Tom has acted for/against include insurance brokers, surveyors and insolvency professionals.
Limitation is an area in which he has significant experience and he has been counsel in two limitation appeals: Godfrey Morgan Solicitors (a firm) v Mr Michael Armes  PNLR 30 and Trainer v Cramer Pelmont (a firm)  PNLR 3.
He has been involved in numerous strike out applications in the professional liability field, e.g. Makar v Russell Jones & Walker  EWHC 3681 (Comm).
He is also frequently involved in fraud cases, such as Zagora  EWHC 140 (TCC).
He has significant experience in professional liability insurance issues and has acted in two trials in this area, Pietro Gatto (T/A AG Avvocati Gatto) v Allianz SPA  EWHC 955 (Comm) and Rahim v Arch Insurance Co (Europe) Ltd  EWHC 2967 (Comm)
Tom is a member of the PNBA.