Tom specialises in employment and equality law. He also has experience and expertise in commercial, partnership, regulatory, immigration, public and human rights law advice and litigation. He has substantial appellate and High Court experience without a leader.
His clients include public authorities, companies, charities and trade unions, as well as individuals. He has been involved in cases in most major areas of industry including financial services, healthcare, media, telecommunications, sport, education, retail, leisure, and manufacture as well as police and local government.
Tom has advised on legal policy for regulatory bodies, non-departmental public bodies and trade unions, including the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
In 2013, Tom was seconded, part-time, to Stewarts Law LLP, working directly with employer and employee clients on a number of high-value, and often high-profile, employment, commercial and partnership matters (contentious and non-contentious), many involving City financial institutions.
Tom sits as an Employment Judge, and as a Judge of the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber).
In appropriate cases, Tom accepts instructions directly from clients under the Bar Council Public Access Scheme.
Since 2012, Tom has regularly lectured and organised workshops for practitioners and judges on EU gender equality law and EU anti-discrimination law at the Europäische Rechtsakadmie(Academy of European Law) in Trier.
Tom has also facilitated human rights training in Turkey, the Balkans, Egypt and Yemen under the auspices of the Foreign Office, the United Nations Development Programme and the Swedish Helsinki Committee.
Dyer v London Ambulance Service (2014) - Employment Appeal Tribunal - whether an employer was under a duty to make reasonable adjustments for an employee with a life-threatening sensitivity to aerosol sprays
Khan v Royal Mail Group  EWCA Civ 1082;  IRLR 947;  EqLR 700 - Court of Appeal - burden of proof in complaints of race and religion discrimination and victimisation
RR Donnelly Global Document Solutions v Besagni -  ICR 1008 - Employment Appeal Tribunal - one of Michael Rubenstein's Key Employment Cases of 2014 - whether a change in location of a transferring workforce can amount to an economic or organisational reason entailing changes in the workforce
Haywood v Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust  EWHC 69 (Ch) - High Court (Chancery Division) - actual notice of dismissal required as a matter of contract law - NHS Pension Scheme Regulations 1995
Lambeth College v University and College Union (2014) - High Court (Chancery Division) - one-day contested interim injunction application to restrain strike action before Peter Smith J