Crime

Thomas Acworth’s practice covers the spectrum of criminal and quasi-criminal matters: from cases of serious violence to technical road traffic and regulatory offences. He combines meticulous preparation with excellent client care to deliver personable, pragmatic and effective representation. Thomas prosecutes and defends.

Appellate Work

  • F v The Queen (Jamaica): Murder. Advising on appeal to Privy Council on issues of identification, character evidence and incompetency of counsel. Case concerned a gangland contract killing.
  • R v C & D: Armed Robbery. Resisting appeal against terminating ruling following successful submission of no case to answer. Case concerned joint-enterprise and circumstantial evidence.

Violence

  • R v A Youth: Wounding with Intent. 13-year-old boy stabbed a fellow teenager after following her into a housing estate on Halloween. Defendant asked victim how dead she wanted to be before inflicting wound. Tried in the Crown Court.
  • R v X: Wounding with Intent. Accused stabbed injured party six times. Wounds inflicted to the neck, abdomen and internal organs. Complex mental health issues.
  • R v K & Others: Wounding with Intent, False Imprisonment, Robbery, Threats to Kill and Possession of Firearm with Intent. Allegations of detention and torture following a drug deal gone awry.
  • R v T & H: Armed Robbery. Knife-point joint enterprise robbery of commercial premises. Both defendants ran cutthroat defences.
  • R v F & X: Aggravated Burglary and Dwelling Robbery. Allegations of armed home invasions in which defendants demanded drugs and drug money.
  • R v D, E & F: Robbery and Dwelling Robbery. Joint-enterprise ventures. Elderly and vulnerable victims.
  • R v B: Battery. Defence of premier league football coach accused of assaulting a child at a training session. Case involved cross-examination of young children.

Drugs

  • R v L & Six Others: Conspiracy to Supply – Class A. Led by David Richards. County lines conspiracy. Substantial telephone evidence. Issues of human trafficking, forced criminality and extended abuse of process arguments.
  • R v F: Conspiracy to Supply – Class A. Conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and heroin. Undercover police officers.
  • R v R: Possession with Intent to Supply – Class A. Schoolboy of previous good character alleged to have supplied fellow pupils with cocaine and MDMA.
  • R v U: Possession with Intent to Supply – Class A. Prosecution of man found with thousands of pounds worth of cocaine and MDMA at a music festival.

Dishonesty

  • R v H: Bankrupt acting as Company Director. Defendant set up two companies whilst bankrupt, one of which traded for an extensive period.
  • R v P: Fraud. Fraudulent misuse of gift cards totalling thousands of pounds.
  • R v Q: Burglary. Case involved intermediary assisted cross-examination of a vulnerable adult.

Motoring

  • R v T: Causing Serious Injury by Dangerous Driving.  Serious road traffic collision. Client significantly over the drink drive limit. Victim sustained serious injuries and required a skin-graft.
  • R v M: Causing Serious Injury by Dangerous Driving. Client drove on the wrong side of the road and caused a collision. Victim sustained significant psychiatric injuries and a broken neck.

Sexual offences

  • R v K: Sexual Assault. Defence of concierge accused of biting a maid.
  • R v W: Sexual Assault. Young client with severe ADHD. Allegations of sexual touching and biting of a teenage woman at a house party.
  • R v E: Sexual Assault. Allegations of threats to rape and sexual touching following discovery of partner’s infidelity.
  • R v K: Disclosing Private Sexual Images. Defendant put indecent images of her best friend on Facebook. Defence of consent.

Recommendations

“Words cannot explain how elated I am with the outcome today. I am ever so grateful. Wanted to express my deepest appreciation”
client’s email to instructing solicitor

“I am extremely grateful for the excellent work you have done on this case”
email from instructing solicitor

“I’ve just had a chat with young Mr. F and he’s asked me to pass on his sincere thanks for yesterday. In his words you were top dollar and really cool. Thank you for all your efforts in securing a great result for us”
email from instructing solicitor

 

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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

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