Thomas (Tom) Evans joined Chambers following his successful completion of pupillage under the guidance of Hamish Dunlop, Robert Grey and Michael Norman.
Tom has quickly developed a successful common law practice focusing on crime, personal injury and regulatory law.
He benefits from 18 months experience working as a full-time paralegal in two firms of London solicitors; gaining an understanding of the practicalities of case management and solicitors’ expectations of counsel.
Prior to coming to the Bar he worked in the Judge’s Chambers of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (‘UNICTR’) assisting with deliberations and the drafting of judgments.
He is direct access qualified.
- ‘Will physical proximity suffice in the commission of violent disorder?’ Criminal Law and Justice Weekly Vol. 174 July 24 2010
- ‘The Holy Grail’ Criminal Law and Justice Weekly (online edition).
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Tom is the editor of the Lexis Nexis PSL Corporate Crime chapters concerning perverting the course of justice and expert evidence.
A Crown Court advocate, Tom represents Defendants in cases of serious violence, dishonesty and drug offences. He will appear in the Magistrates’ Court on a direct access or private basis. Acting alone he has conducted cases of sexual assault (including historical accusations), causing grievous bodily harm with intent, threats to kill, robbery, assisting unlawful immigration, possession and cultivation of significant quantities of drugs with intent to supply, conspiracy to defraud and perverting the course of justice.
Tom also prosecutes for the Crown Prosecution Service and other agencies in both general and regulatory crime.
Prior to coming to the Bar, Tom worked as full-time paralegal in two firms of London solicitors where he ran his own caseload. He was the case manager in R v Thakrar ; which resulted in the Defendant being acquitted of two counts of attempted murder, and one count of GBH, following his wounding of three prison officers at HMP Frankland.
Tom also worked in the Judge’s Chambers of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (‘UNITCR’) based in Arusha, Tanzania.
- R -v- Sutherland  (Southampton Crown Court): Benefit fraud in excess of £30,000
- R v Clark  (Bournemouth Crown Court): Theft: 6-day trial concerning an allegation of theft of £30,000 from the safe of Defendant’s employers
- R -v- Amor  (Bournemouth Crown Court) (Prosecuting): Attempted Robbery: Defendant unanimously convicted of this attempted robbery by knifepoint
- R v Ali-Balogun  (Bournemouth Crown Court) Robbery: Defendant accused of tying the complainant to his bed and with two unknown males threatening him with knives before stealing his belongings. Defendant acquitted by majority
- R v P  (Canterbury Magistrates’ Court – Direct Access): Benefit fraud: Defendant acquitted of an alleged £12,000 fraud following successful half-time submission
- R v P  (Southwark Crown Court): Theft: Successful appeal against a £25,000 compensation order (case reported in the Metro).
- Operation Energy  (Bournemouth Crown Court) (Prosecuting): An undercover operation in the Weymouth area targeting Class A drug supply networks. Tom represented the Crown in the only case which proceeded to trial where applications for the case to be stayed as an abuse of process were unsuccessfully pursued by the Defence. The Defendant was convicted by majority.
- R v Cooper  (Bournemouth Crown Court): Dangerous driving
- R v W  (Portsmouth Crown Court): Drink driving: Successful appeal against conviction.
- R v G  (Portsmouth Crown Court) Assisting unlawful immigration: representing a lorry driver accused of assisting illegal immigrants to enter the UK.
*Tom was a member of the Treasury Solicitors’ Baby-Barrister Panel in his first years of practice which enabled him to develop a solid understanding of all areas of Immigration Law.
- R v Cleminson  (Maidstone Crown Court) Sexual activity with a child: Defendant unanimously acquitted by the jury of three counts of engaging in sexual activity with his 12 year old cousin
- R v L  (Bournemouth Crown Court): Indecent Assault: Client acquitted unanimously of historical allegation
- R v T  (Southampton Youth Court): Sexual Assault: charges dropped by the prosecution following a review of the evidence on the morning of trial
- R v J  (Oxford Crown Court): Sexual activity with a child: Client faced accusations in relation to two separate girls. He entered guilty pleas on a basis to five out of six counts and was dealt with as a dangerous offender owing to his previous conviction for the same offence.
Violence / Public Order
- R v Edwards  (Winchester Crown Court) (Prosecuting) s.18 GBH: successful prosecution of a Defendant convicted of stabbing the victim multiple times after street brawl
- R v H  (Newport (IOW) Crown Court): Affray: Defendant accused of attacking his tenant and two guests with a samurai sword. Unanimous acquittal secured.
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During pupillage at 3PB, Tom received comprehensive training in clinical negligence and personal injury under the guidance of Hamish Dunlop.
He now enjoys an ever-growing practice in both PI and clinical negligence. Tom has a particular strength in advocacy and is instructed in a range of court hearings including county court trials, civil application hearings and case management. He acts for claimants and defendants across the spectrum of personal injury litigation. Tom has a particular interest in claims involving allegations of fraud.
Tom is regularly instructed to advise on liability and quantum and to settle pleadings where necessary. Where appropriate, he will accept instructions under a CFA agreement.
In addition to his own developing practice, Tom has worked closely with one of the largest ATE insurers in the UK, assessing the merits of a multitude of cases concerning areas such as clinical negligence, breach of confidence, asbestosis, occupiers’ liability and accidents at work.
RTA and Credit Hire
- M v S and Others : multi-party dispute consisting of substantial credit hire claim. Claim in excess of £25k
- W v H  Claimant suffered a fractured right leg which on balance would lead to post-traumatic osteoarthritis. Claim in excess of £25k
- H v R  Physical and psychological injuries prevented the Claimant from continuing a promising swimming career. Claim in excess of £15k
- Z v P  Chronic pain associated with accident related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Claim in excess of £50k
- W v D  Claim involving allegation of LVI. Claimant found to have been dishonest but not fundamentally dishonest and therefore QUOCS protection was retained
- K v K & Another  Allegations of fraudulent inception of insurance policy. Case linked to multiple separate claims. Significant credit hire element.
- D v R A W Ltd : Claimant suffered significant injuries after falling through an obscured skylight
- F v ACS : Claimant injured while installing solar panelling
- B v A : Claimant sustained a compound fracture to his little finger when a 21kg pump fell onto his right hand
- B v Capita PLC & Another : Claimant injured when slipping on black ice.
- M v TPI  Claim against a public house which had left a trap door open resulting in a member of the public falling
- F v TBC  Claimant suffered a fractured wrist after falling on an overly polished dance floor.
- K v L  Claimant suffered a significant back injury after slipping in a pool of water positioned at the top of a set of stairs while on holiday in Morocco.
- E v K  Claimant injured after being kicked by the Defendant’s horse.
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Prior to practising at the Bar, Tom worked in a solicitor’s firm where he ran prison law files focusing on all aspects of sentence progression. He represented his clients at parole hearings and adjudications and continues to accept instructions in this area. Tom will provide advice and representation in judicial review proceedings against the Ministry of Justice and Parole Board.
Tom has acted as the independent legal clerk in admissions appeals in relation to infant class sizes and grammar schools following the 11+ exams. He has undertaken training with Oxfordshire County Council on the School Admissions Code 2012 and the Admissions Appeals Code 2012.
As part of the Treasury Solicitor baby barrister scheme; Tom spent a year representing the Secretary of State for the Home Department in the First-Tier Tribunal (Immigration & Asylum) on a biweekly basis.
This work provided a solid grounding in the complex interrelation between domestic, European and International legislation as well as judicial decisions concerning all aspects of asylum and immigration. In particular, he appeared in appeals concerning:
- Asylum and humanitarian protection
- Human rights
- Entry clearance
- Points Based System
- Immigration (EEA) Regulations 2006.
- BVC, College of Law - Very Competent
- GDL, College of Law - Commendation
- BA (Hons) History, University of Sussex - 2.1
- Winner of the 2010 College of Law BVC Mooting Competition
- Winner of the 2010 Inter-Varsity Mooting Competition
Professional qualifications & appointments
- Grade 2 Prosecutor
- Member of the Treasury Solicitors’ Baby Barrister Panel
Thomas Evans is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public and professional clients under the Direct Public Access scheme.More Information
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