Tom has extensive advocacy experience representing both employees and employers in the Employment Tribunal and the Employment Appeal Tribunal. His clients range from vulnerable individuals to international corporations. Recent court appearances include:
Successfully obtaining judgement on behalf of an Appellant in the Employment Appeal Tribunal in a whistleblowing, discrimination and unfair dismissal case;
representing a member of the armed forces in a service complaint appeal;
representing a claimant against the Metropolitan Police Service in an 8 day trial for disability discrimination;
obtaining judgement against Manpower PLC amounting to over 95 per cent of a claimant’s schedule of loss in a pregnancy and maternity discrimination claim against experienced counsel many years his senior;
successfully representing a large utilities provider and a regional retail company in interlocutory hearings;
securing a favourable settlement for an exceptionally vulnerable claimant in a claim for race discrimination against a fast food franchise.
Tom advises clients on a wide range of matters, including: discrimination, unfair dismissal, protected disclosures, military rights, quantum and TUPE. He has also advised on appeals to the Employment Appeal Tribunal. During Pupillage, Tom was supervised by David Masserella and Anna Beale and assisted in a High Court claim for domestic slavery.
Tom has experience representing clients before disciplinary panels in regulatory cases. He recently represented a GCSE pupil in an appeal against permanent exclusion, securing the pupil’s re-admittance to the school and a complete overhaul of the school’s disciplinary policy. Tom has advised clients on claims for Judicial Review and has assisted clients in applications for emergency injunctions in the High Court, including on behalf of a vulnerable refugee.
During Pupillage Tom was supervised by William Latimer-Sayer QC and Daniel Lawson. Tom has extensive knowledge of drafting Schedules of Loss and Particulars of Claim in complex and high value PI cases. Tom has experience representing clients in costs applications in the County Court.
Tom delivered a presentation on the implications of Brexit for UK employment lawyers to over 100 employment solicitors in Inner Temple which was described as “very impressive” and “well put together”.
In April 2017 Tom co-ordinated a policy round-table at the Law Society exploring discriminatory dress codes at work; he has since advised the Government Equalities Office on proposed government guidance about dress codes at work for employers with Rachel Crasnow QC and the Equality and Diversity Forum.
Tom is also leading a project to establish a national union and legal advice network for UK tenants with local councils, housing sector organisations and the IPPR.