Thomas Acworth

Year of Call: 2014
Email Address: Thomas.Acworth@3pb.co.uk
Secure Email: thomas.acworth@3paper.cjsm.net
Telephone: 01962 868 884

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Overview

Thomas Acworth completed his pupillage at 3PB under the supervision of Colin McDevitt, David Reid and James Dawson.  He became a tenant in October 2016.  Thomas’ practice is crime-centric.

Expertise

  • Crime
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    Thomas Acworth appears in the Crown, Youth and Magistrates’ courts.  His practice covers the spectrum of criminal and quasi-criminal matters: from cases of serious violence to technical road traffic and regulatory offences.  Thomas prepares his cases meticulously.  He prosecutes and defends.

    Prior to undertaking pupillage, Thomas ran a pro bono project at HMYOI Feltham, which focussed upon re-entry into employment following release.

    Recent Cases

    • R v A: Murder and Attempted Murder (P).  Led by Nigel Lickley QC. Deceased stabbed by his mother’s boyfriend following a dispute at a New Year’s Eve party.  The accused then stabbed the deceased’s father.  Noting junior with responsibility for preparing schedules of evidence (blood spatter, financial records and custody timeline), editing ROTIs and drafting admissions.
    • R v M & N: Robbery (D). Street robbery arising from dispute over drugs purchased in joint transaction.
    • R v H: Bankrupt acting as Company Director (P). Defendant set up two companies whilst bankrupt, one of which traded for an extensive period.
    • R v K: Disclosing Private Sexual Images (D). Successful defence based on consent and lack of intent to cause distress.  Defendant put images online at the request of C, who wished to make her boyfriend jealous.
    • R v G, D and two others: Public Order (D).  Acting for two clients who were involved in a fracas outside of a bar.  Successful submission of no case to answer based upon the wording of the charge.
    • R v A Youth: Sexual Assault (D).  Allegations of sexual touching and biting of a young woman at a house party.
    • R v Y: Battery (D): Successful defence of client charged with beating his young son and former partner.  Thomas persuaded the court that the complainant had fabricated the allegations to obtain legal aid in family proceedings.
    • R v J: Public Order (P).  Prosecuting appeal against conviction by taxi driver.  Case involved detailed management of disclosure and resisting applications to exclude identification evidence and stay proceedings as an abuse of process.
    • R v Q: Public Order and Assault PC (D).  Vulnerable client charged with a string of offences at hospitals and doctors’ surgeries.  Successful defence of absence of mens rea.
    • R v B: ABH (P).  Prosecution of motorist who boarded a full school bus and assaulted its driver.
    • R v Z: ABH (D).  Defence of naval recruit who assaulted a man in a pub.  Suspended sentence with no requirements secured.
    • R v K: Theft and Battery (D). Successful defence of client charged with stealing from his sister and assaulting his mother.
    • R v I: Pitch Encroachment (D).  Persuaded CPS to withdraw application for Football Banning Order.
    • R v P: Fraud (D). Client pleaded to fraudulent misuse of gift cards, which totalled thousands of pounds.  Sentenced to a Community Order with RAR days but no other requirements.
    • R v H and Others: Public Order (D): Client used stun gun on homeless woman living in a park, contested a Newton hearing unsuccessfully and showed no remorse in his PSR.  Suspended sentence secured.
    • R v V: Racially Aggravated Assault (D).  Successful defence of client charged with racially assaulting a Chinese national.
    • R v E: Battery (D).  Client slapped complainant in the face after reporting her for child neglect.  Successful defence based on self-defence.
    • R v X: Battery (D).  Defence of vulnerable woman accused of assaulting her former partner and his girlfriend in their home.  The court accepted the Defendant’s account of events.

    Motoring Law

    • R v U: Dangerous Driving, Criminal Damage, Failing to Provide Specimen (D).  Defence of notable figure in travelling community.  Case involved a police chase through the countryside.
    • R v X: Careless Driving (P).  The Defendant’s 4x4 was involved in a serious collision in rural Dorset.  The Defendant and his witness both conceded that the offence had been committed under cross-examination from Thomas.
    • R v U: Driving whilst Disqualified (D).  Successful special reasons application.  Despite the client being present in court when his original disqualification was imposed, Thomas persuaded the Magistrates not to disqualify on the basis of lack of knowledge.
    • R v F: Speeding (60 in a 30) (D).  Appeal to Crown Court.  Persuaded court to impose 3 points because client had been offered a fixed penalty notice.  Client avoided disqualification.
    • R v T: Speeding (D).  Successful exceptional hardship application on behalf of a finance professional.
    • R v S: Drug Driving (D).  Successful defence of post-driving consumption of cocaine despite absence of expert evidence.
    • R v A: Failing to Provide a Specimen and Careless Driving (D).  Court appointed advocate for private soldier involved in road traffic collision with a senior officer.

Recommendations

“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

Academic qualifications

  • BPTC (Kaplan)
  • LLB (Newcastle University)

Scholarships

  • 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

Professional bodies

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Western Circuit

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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