Thomas Acworth

Year of Call: 2014
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Thomas is regularly instructed by claimants and defendants in a wide array of commercial matters including contractual disputes, credit hire and insolvency proceedings. He appears in court at all stages of proceedings from case management hearings through to trial. In addition to his court-based practice, Thomas accepts instructions to settle proceedings, advise in writing and advise in conference.

Prior to joining 3PB, Thomas worked for a boutique commercial litigation firm and an international insurance law firm.  During his time at these City solicitors, he gained considerable experience of financial mis-selling actions and a broad spectrum of professional negligence litigation.

Recent cases

  • Re A Bankrupt: Bankruptcy Appeal in the Chancery Division before HHJ Pearce-Higgins QC. Bankrupt claimed that a herd of beef cattle belonged to his infirm mother. Thomas successfully opposed the Bankrupt’s appeal against an interim order for delivery up and sale of the cattle.
  • Re B (A Bankrupt): Application to reconsider following the emergence of new evidence that suggested the Bankrupt had deliberately misled the court. Heard in the Chancery Division before Newey J.
  • ABC Ltd v X: Debt recovery. Thomas represented a client who was being sued by her former partner’s company for renovation work. Following his robust opposition to the introduction of late evidence, the opposition agreed to discontinue the action.
  • X Plc v TT Ltd: Debt recovery. Following Thomas’ cross-examination of the Defendant’s sole director, the judge not only found in favour of Thomas’ client but also made a costs award against the Defendant, deeming its conduct unreasonable.
  • XYZ Plc v RL Ltd: Penalty clauses and unfair contract terms.  In the face of Thomas’ submissions, the corporate claimant was unable to substantiate its case, which was dismissed in its entirety.


“I would ask you to please pass on my appreciation to the barrister, Tom Acworth, who stepped in at short notice.  If you could pleas thank him on my behalf (being my first time in court) for the way in which he discussed the case with me, briefed me on the likely process once we were in court, and put me at ease. He was personable, professional and conducted matters astutely in court.” - Client’s email to instructing solicitors

“I wish to commend Mr Thomas Acworth on his wholly knowledgeable, competent and professional representation.  Mr Acworth controlled the case from the start and was able to cite several relevant historical cases, demonstrated a thorough knowledge of contract law and was fully conversant with all of the details of our case. As such, the claimant was unable to substantiate or justify their claim and they completely unravelled under Mr Acworth’s questioning.” - Client’s email to instructing solicitors

“He was obviously very well prepared as evidenced by the way he presented the case and dealt with cross examination of witnesses, and the Magistrates felt that his advocacy in court was at a level beyond that expected of an advocate of his experience.” - Legal Adviser to Magistrates

“The client telephoned the office last week to say he was very impressed with you and to pass on his thanks.” – Instructing solicitor

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Academic qualifications

  • BPTC (Kaplan)
  • LLB (Newcastle University)


  • Academic Scholar (Canford School)
  • The Luboshez Award (Middle Temple)
  • Arnold and Porter Prize for Competition Law (N’cle)
  • Pinsent Masons Prize for Public Law (N’cle)
  • Cartmell Shepherd Mooting Prize

Direct Access

Thomas Acworth is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public and professional clients under the Direct Public Access scheme.

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