Tom specialises in the field of regulatory crime, with an emphasis on health and safety. He represents and advises companies as corporate entities, directors and individuals at all stages in criminal proceedings. He has been involved in numerous serious injury and fatality cases.
Complex issues that require expert evidence are frequently involved in his cases. He excels at applying regulations in all manner of specialised activities to an individual case in order to get the best possible outcome for a client.
He has substantial experience of prosecutions involving trading standards and environmental law.
Tom welcomes instructions to act for interested parties in inquests conducted at the Coroner’s Court. He is known for his ability to handle particularly sensitive and emotionally charged cases.
- R v Waterfall (2014): Successfully defended a farmer prosecuted for gross negligence manslaughter as a result of a bull that he owned allegedly killing a rambler in a field with a public right of way. Advised from an early stage, when the prosecution were considering a charge of corporate manslaughter.
- Bradford CC v Rosegarland (2014): Defence of a care home that was prosecuted pursuant to s.3(1) as a result of a resident falling to her death down an unguarded staircase. The company was fined just £5,000.
- HSE v Pockmor Ltd (2014): Defence in the Crown Court of a farming company prosecuted following an accident in which an employee was crushed when straw bales fell on him.
- HSE v Timmins Engineering and Construction Ltd. (2014): Defence of a construction company prosecuted following an employee being severely injured as a result of falling from a roof.
- HSE v Heaps Arnold and Heaps Ltd (2014): Defended a manufacturer of stained glass charged with health and safety offences following an accident in which an employee’s fingers were removed in a press.
- HSE v Stormseal Windows Ltd (2015): Defendant roofing company prosecuted as a result of a site supervisor departing from a proposed method of work and falling from height.