Tagbo is a pupil barrister, undertaking a common-law pupillage in 3PB’s Winchester centre. He began his pupillage in Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence under the supervision of Mark Lomas and he is currently training in Criminal and Regulatory Law with David Richards. His interests encompass the whole breadth of Chambers’ practice areas.
Before coming to the bar Tagbo worked as a junior doctor in a variety of acute medical and surgical specialities and completed his membership exams for both the Royal College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Physicians. He continued working as a locum doctor while studying for the BPTC part-time and obtained the 7th highest mark for the course in a cohort of over 350 students.
Tagbo also has a doctorate in Developmental Biology from the University of Cambridge. His research was focussed on the redistribution of the contents of the mammalian egg following fertilisation, and the impact those dynamics may have on the developmental fitness of the embryo. During his time in Cambridge Tagbo taught anatomy and embryology to undergraduate medical students.
He chose the change to the law because he recognised that it would enable him to combine in one career the most rewarding aspects of his background in science, his undergraduate studies in philosophy, and his work as a doctor: critical analysis, rigorous linguistic reasoning, and the capacity to directly and significantly influence the lives of others.
Public Speaking, Advocacy, and Legal Experience
Tagbo’s public speaking skills are founded in nine years of experience as an orchestral conductor. He was Principal Conductor of the leading university orchestras in Oxford and Cambridge, and he was invited to work professionally with the Kuopio Symphony Orchestra in Finland. Tagbo also placed third out of over 100 entrants in the 2006 Cadaqués Orchestra International Conducting Competition in Spain. Due to the innumerable hours he has spent in rehearsals, encouraging rooms filled with musicians to follow his interpretation of the music, he is very comfortable when engaging in oral advocacy.
Tagbo was the winner of the City Law School Senior Moot 2019, the final of which was held in the main courtroom of the Supreme Court.
During his legal studies Tagbo volunteered at Blackfriars Settlement Legal Clinic, where his role required him to undertake telephone conferences with clients and produce case summaries to assist the solicitors in preparing their advice. Tagbo also worked as a volunteer for the Free Representation Unit (FRU), where he had full responsibility for advising and representing a number of clients in the Social Security and Employment Tribunals. His final case for FRU, an automatically unfair and wrongful dismissal claim, reached a positive resolution in February this year, Tagbo having previously persuaded the Employment Tribunal to expand the scope of the claim in a Reconsideration Hearing.
- Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), University of Law – Distinction
- PhD, Developmental Biology, Queens’ College, University of Cambridge
- Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MB BChir), Queens’ College, University of Cambridge
- MA Philosophy and Psychology, Magdalen College, University of Oxford – 2:1
- Everard Ver Heyden Foundation Prize (for results in the BPTC) City Law School
- Winner of the City Law School Senior Moot, 2019
Professional qualifications & appointments
- BPTC, City Law School – Outstanding (7th in the year)
- Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP)
- Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS)