Tom Horder

Year of Call: 2004
Email Address: tom.horder@3pb.co.uk
Secure Email: tom.horder@3paper.cjsm.net
Telephone: 01202 292 102

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Overview

Tom Horder has a predominantly Criminal and Regulatory law practice.

His practice sees him instructed in many of the more difficult and complex cases (in both his own right and as a led junior). Tom’s Criminal practice includes fraud, serious violence, drugs and firearms offences as well as serious and historic allegations of sexual abuse.

Tom has particular expertise in cases involving regulatory offences and is instructed by local authorities, government agencies, insurers, companies and private individuals in cases involving health and safety, trading standards, food hygiene and aviation law offences.

Tom also acts and advises in all matters of professional discipline.  He is instructed in fitness to practice proceedings relating to health care professionals (Nurses, Midwifes, Doctors, Chiropractors) as well as proceedings against Police officers, County Councillors and sportsmen.

Tom also has experience in cases before the VAT and Duties tribunal, civil actions against the police, inquests involving deaths in police custody and licensing appeals.

Expertise

  • Crime
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    Tom’s criminal practice sees him instructed in an array of both heavy weight and complex criminal cases.  He is particularly noted for his experience in prosecuting and defending regulatory offences. Often praised for his hard-work and attention to detail he is recommended in both the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners Guides.

    Outside of court Tom supports Wimbledon AFC and flies aeroplanes.

    CRIME

    Serious and Organised Crime

    • Operation Cowling. Instructed by the CPS Complex Casework Unit. Prosecution of an Organised Criminal Group following the seizure of 42 kilos of pure cocaine and nearly 1 million ecstasy tablets valued at approximately £12 million.
    • Operations Gharial and Saffron. Southwark Crown Court. Instructed by the Specialist Fraud division in linked cases prosecuting an international group responsible for the largest attack on HMRC’s online VAT and ITSA systems.
    • Operation Afterburn II. Multi-handed large scale drug conspiracy involving an Organised Criminal Group operating in Manchester and Portsmouth.
    • Operation Accord. Conspiracy to kidnap and supply of Class A drugs. Nationwide drugs supply network selling heroin and cocaine via ‘deal lines’.

    Fraud

    • R v F+ F. Successful defence of the Director of a private ambulance company, alleged to have defrauded the NHS and stolen high value medical equipment. The case involved arguments about the legality of searches, the integrity of NHS stock keeping records and allegations of evidence having been deliberately planted.
    • R v Powis. Successful defence of conveyancing executive alleged to have been at centre of £3.5m mortgage fraud.
    • R v DD. Successful defence of owner of care home owner alleged to have stolen large sums of money from vulnerable residents.
    • R v Gibson. Instructed by Specialist Fraud division. Widely publicised prosecution of watch dealer who had claimed to have exported £1.9m of Rolex watches.
    • R v Arif. Successful appeal against immediate custodial sentence in case of pharmacist convicted of defrauding NHS. Court of Appeal found ‘wholly exceptional circumstances’ to substitute a lengthy custodial term for suspended sentence.

    Misconduct in Public Office/Government

    • R v SF. Defence of sitting County Council leader accused of failing to declare a pecuniary interest (non-executive directorship in an Housing Association) in first ever prosecution under the Localism Act 2011.
    • R v ES. Successfully persuaded CPS to discontinue the prosecution of a Prison Visitor who had had a relationship with a manipulative and dangerous prisoner serving life for a string of sexual offences.

    Sexual offences

    • R v PH. Successful defence of husband accused of more than 30 allegations of rape and buggery against his ex-wife, as well as similar accusations against his son, over a 25 year period.
    • R v H. Successful defence of man accused of a ‘stranger rape’ in a busy town centre.
    • R v ME. Successful defence of man accused along with 6 other family members of historic and inter-generational sexual-abuse over a 20 year period.
    • R v E. Defence of cardiologist accused of sexual assault.
    • R v X. Successful defence of youth (14) accused of raping younger sister.
    • R v Y. Prosecution of youth with learning difficulties alleged to have sexually abused a 5 year old.

    Other serious Crime

    • R v Y. Defending young father accused of causing multiple fractures to 6 week old baby.
    • R v H. Led by Nigel Lickley QC. Defending allegation of attempted murder involving a hammer attack against a vulnerable sex worker.
    • R v AL. Led by Nigel Lickley QC.Non-accidental brain injuries sustained by a 6 month old child.
    • R v N and others. Successful defence of gang member alleged to have kidnapped, imprisoned, robbed and tortured a university student. Case received widespread media coverage.
    • R v Spry. Defence junior in infamous case of extreme cruelty by mother against children over many years.

    Driving

    • R v HM. Defence of elderly woman of good character charged with causing death by dangerous driving following fatal collision with motorcycle.
    • R v LZ. Successful submission of no-case to answer in case involving the tragic death of an elderly man crossing the road in busy traffic. Case centred on tachograph interpretation and the arrangement of multiple mirrors in HGVs as well as HGV driver training.
    • R v V. Stay of prosecution as abuse of process obtained in death by careless driving case. Investigating Police force conducted an inadequate inspection of the lorry in question before mistakenly scrapping the vehicle before trial.
    • R v GR. Defence of former Premiership striker for speeding offences.

    REGULATORY CRIME

    Maritime

    • MCA v Tarmac Marine Ltd. Instructed by the MCA in Prosecution arising from the discovery of asbestos containing material on board the City of Westminster. The Defendant Company were fined £120,000.

    Health and Safety (and Inquests)

    • HSE v LHSC Ltd. Defence of Health and Safety Consultant in an unusual prosecution arising from the drafting of inadequate risk assessments and advice to a furniture manufacturer. The Prosecution arose following two serious accidents involving cutting equipment.
    • HSE v GC. Defence of agricultural college in respect of serious injuries caused to students observing tree-felling.
    • HSE v PG Ltd. Prosecution involving serious chemical burns caused by the incorrect use of an Intermediate Bulk Carrier as a reaction vessel to dispose of spent cleaning chemicals.
    • HSE v UF Ltd. De-gloving injury caused during the cleaning of an industrial dough maker.
    • HSE v BB Ltd. Collapse of basement excavation leading to prosecution of developer.
    • HSE v Apex. Defending a scaffolding gang leader following a collapse of scaffolding resulting in fatality.
    • HSE v G. Defence of contractor instructed to decommission a petrol station. The resulting explosion caused serious injury and extensive damage to neighbouring properties.
    • HSE v R.S Ltd. Proceedings relating to the alleged unsafe removal of asbestos.

    Recent inquest work

    • Re FB - acting for the owners of a care home following the fall from height of an elderly dementia patient
    • Re ML  - representing Police Force following case involving heart failure following arrest using CS spray and subsequent restraint in Police custody
    • Re RS – acting for family of deceased who died following NHS failure to diagnose a pulmonary embolism

    Food Safety and Standards

    • R v BB. Defence of director of food business prosecuted for Fraudulent Trading. Case involved allegations of the mis-selling of bacon as UK produced and free-range.
    • R v RB. Defence of the manager of an abattoir alleged to have been selling lamb as goat meat.
    • SBC v K. Defence of food wholesaler in respect of multiple allegations of food hygiene offences in respect of the storage and transportation of refrigerated products.
    • Cherwell DC v Premier Foods. Prosecution of UK’s largest food producer (turnover £3bn) in respect of food hygiene offences resulting in a mouse being found sliced within a loaf of bread sold by a leading supermarket.

    Trading Standards/Trade Marks

    • DCC v WE Ltd. Complex prosecution of building firm in respect of high value residential building contracts. Company prosecuted under Consumer Protection Regulations, Fraud Act and Insolvency Act.
    • OCC v M. Prosecution of rouge builder routinely targeting vulnerable and elderly victims and undertaking expensive but unnecessary roofing repairs.
    • PBC v NH – Prosecution for fraudulent trading of an individual who miss-sold advertising in a range of publications that never materialised.
    • A1 Distribution Limited. Successful prosecution of company supplying electronic goods under the Consumer Protection Act 1987. The case involved consideration of the measures an importer of goods from China should take in order to establish a defence of ‘due diligence’.
    • WDDC v S. Novel but successful prosecution of owner of residential caravan park under s.9 of the Caravan Sites and Control of Development At 1960.
    • X Ltd. Advising manufacturer of Moses baskets in respect of prosecution under both the General Product Safety and Toy (Safety) Regulations.
    • DCC v W. Defending individual who ran profitable business importing counterfeit handbags. Acted in subsequent confiscation proceedings.
    • GB Ltd. Acting for a well-known building firm facing civil proceedings (and subsequent committal application) under the Enterprise Act.
    • SBC v Roshni. Prosecuting wholesale supplier of counterfeit alcohol.
    • DCC v K+S. Counterfeiting designer clothes, confiscation and restraint dealt with in POCA proceedings.

    Direct Access/Aviation

    Tom welcomes instructions on a direct access basis .

    He particularly welcomes direct access instructions relating to aviation offences and Pilots facing the prospect of CAA prosecution.

    Tom has previously prosecuted, defended and advised in a range of aviation related matters including; an allegation of low flying by a CPL(H) holder during a filming assignment, airspace infringement in Class A airspace, licensing and type certificate infringements by a microlight pilot and an allegation of log book fraud against a senior airline pilot.

    Tom has a PPL having learnt to fly during an RAF Flying Scholarship and as a member of his University Air Squadron. He flies his Rollason Condor from Thruxton and has been lucky enough to fly a wide range of aircraft ranging from Bulldogs to an SF260.

  • Public and Regulatory
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    Tom’s regulatory law practice includes all matters of professional discipline, including proceedings against health care professionals, proceedings brought by sporting regulatory bodies and police disciplinary hearings.

    Tom also gained particular experience of fitness to practice hearings whilst on secondment to the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a case presenter.

    REGULATORY CRIME

    Maritime

    • MCA v Tarmac Marine Ltd. Instructed by the MCA in Prosecution arising from the discovery of asbestos containing material on board the City of Westminster. The Defendant Company were fined £120,000.

    Health and Safety (and Inquests)

    • HSE v LHSC Ltd. Defence of Health and Safety Consultant in an unusual prosecution arising from the drafting of inadequate risk assessments and advice to a furniture manufacturer. The Prosecution arose following two serious accidents involving cutting equipment.
    • HSE v GC. Defence of agricultural college in respect of serious injuries caused to students observing tree-felling.
    • HSE v PG Ltd. Prosecution involving serious chemical burns caused by the incorrect use of an Intermediate Bulk Carrier as a reaction vessel to dispose of spent cleaning chemicals.
    • HSE v UF Ltd. De-gloving injury caused during the cleaning of an industrial dough maker.
    • HSE v BB Ltd. Collapse of basement excavation leading to prosecution of developer.
    • HSE v Apex. Defending a scaffolding gang leader following a collapse of scaffolding resulting in fatality.
    • HSE v G. Defence of contractor instructed to decommission a petrol station. The resulting explosion caused serious injury and extensive damage to neighbouring properties.
    • HSE v R.S Ltd. Proceedings relating to the alleged unsafe removal of asbestos.

    Recent inquest work

    • Re FB - acting for the owners of a care home following the fall from height of an elderly dementia patient
    • Re ML  - representing Police Force following case involving heart failure following arrest using CS spray and subsequent restraint in Police custody
    • Re RS – acting for family of deceased who died following NHS failure to diagnose a pulmonary embolism

    Food Safety and Standards

    • R v BB. Defence of director of food business prosecuted for Fraudulent Trading. Case involved allegations of the mis-selling of bacon as UK produced and free-range.
    • R v RB. Defence of the manager of an abattoir alleged to have been selling lamb as goat meat.
    • SBC v K. Defence of food wholesaler in respect of multiple allegations of food hygiene offences in respect of the storage and transportation of refrigerated products.
    • Cherwell DC v Premier Foods. Prosecution of UK’s largest food producer (turnover £3bn) in respect of food hygiene offences resulting in a mouse being found sliced within a loaf of bread sold by a leading supermarket.

    Trading Standards / Trade Marks

    • DCC v WE Ltd. Complex prosecution of building firm in respect of high value residential building contracts. Company prosecuted under Consumer Protection Regulations, Fraud Act and Insolvency Act.
    • OCC v M. Prosecution of rouge builder routinely targeting vulnerable and elderly victims and undertaking expensive but unnecessary roofing repairs.
    • PBC v NH – Prosecution for fraudulent trading of an individual who miss-sold advertising in a range of publications that never materialised.
    • A1 Distribution Limited. Successful prosecution of company supplying electronic goods under the Consumer Protection Act 1987. The case involved consideration of the measures an importer of goods from China should take in order to establish a defence of ‘due diligence’.
    • WDDC v S. Novel but successful prosecution of owner of residential caravan park under s.9 of the Caravan Sites and Control of Development At 1960.
    • X Ltd. Advising manufacturer of Moses baskets in respect of prosecution under both the General Product Safety and Toy (Safety) Regulations.
    • DCC v W. Defending individual who ran profitable business importing counterfeit handbags. Acted in subsequent confiscation proceedings.
    • GB Ltd. Acting for a well-known building firm facing civil proceedings (and subsequent committal application) under the Enterprise Act.
    • SBC v Roshni. Prosecuting wholesale supplier of counterfeit alcohol.
    • DCC v K+S. Counterfeiting designer clothes, confiscation and restraint dealt with in POCA proceedings.

    Direct Access/Aviation

    Tom welcomes instructions on a direct access basis .

    He particularly welcomes direct access instructions relating to aviation offences and Pilots facing the prospect of CAA prosecution.

    Tom has previously prosecuted, defended and advised in a range of aviation related matters including; an allegation of low flying by a CPL(H) holder during a filming assignment, airspace infringement in Class A airspace, licensing and type certificate infringements by a microlight pilot and an allegation of log book fraud against a senior airline pilot.

    Tom has a PPL having learnt to fly during an RAF Flying Scholarship and as a member of his University Air Squadron. He flies his Rollason Condor from Thruxton and has been lucky enough to fly a wide range of aircraft ranging from Bulldogs to an SF260.

    REGULATORY - OTHER

    Licensing

    Tom has substantial experience in the field of taxi licencing, acting for both Local Authorities, Operators and individual drivers. Notable cases include:

    • Cherwell DC v Anwar 2011] EWHC 2943 (Admin). Acting for the successful Local Authority on appeal in important decision on what are relevant and irrelevant considerations in respect of the fit and proper person test.
    • Re PRC. Acting for largest operator in Local Authority area in proceedings before Licensing Committee. The Local Authority failed in an attempt to revoke or suspend an Operator’s Licence following repeated allegations of drivers being unlicensed.
    • SBC v X. Appeal following revocation of license following safeguarding concerns in circumstances were Police investigation did not result in prosecution.
    • Tom has additionally acted for both Local Authorities and Companies in respect of alcohol licensing and the licencing of both sex shops and pet shops.

    Professional Discipline

    Tom’s regulatory law practice includes all matters of professional discipline, including proceedings against health care professionals, proceedings brought by Sporting Regulatory bodies and Police Disciplinary hearings.

    Tom also gained particular experience of fitness to practice hearings whilst on secondment to the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a case presenter. He has subsequently represented Registrants in a wide variety of cases.

    Example cases include

    • Lee v World Snooker Poole and Billiard Association. Junior counsel for former World no.4 snooker player in appeal against match fixing ban.
    • Nursing and Midwifery Council v A. Misuse of social media by nursing staff. Case attracted national media attention and comment.
    • Nursing and Midwifery Council v X. Failure to detect signs of non-accidental injury by health visitor. High profile case that also received nationwide media coverage.
    • General Chiropractic Council v X. Instructed by GCC in fitness to practice proceedings relating to inappropriate Chiropractor / patient relationship.
    • Chief Constable of Dorset v L. Instructed by the Chief Constable in respect of disciplinary proceedings against serving officer convicted of assault.
    • DCC v V. Representing county councillor in internal disciplinary proceedings arising from alleged misuse of Council computers.
  • Sports
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    Tom’s background is in both heavyweight criminal law and professional discipline. He is a sports fanatic and has experience of acting in high profile sports law cases. Most notably he represented (together with Robin Leach) the former world number 4 snooker player Stephen Lee in his appeal against his disqualification from the sport. He also has experience of horse racing cases (BHA v Stainton) and has provided advice in respect of a riding ban for an international speedway rider (Darcy Ward). He has also represented an ex-premiership and international footballer in relation to driving offences.

    He provides advice to Football supporters groups in respect of banning orders and foreign travel bans. He also has a detailed knowledge of Police procedure and powers relating to sports events having been involved in criminal proceedings arising from violent disorder at the following matches: Bristol Rovers v Bristol City, Southampton FC v Portsmouth FC and Chelsea FC v Cardiff FC.

    Tom is an avid Wimbledon AFC supporter and motor racing fan. He has competed in historic rallies including La Carrera Panamerica road race across Mexico and the Circuit of Ireland.

Recommendations

"I would like to thank you for your diligent work on this case.  Your client care and commitment to the case was exceptional.  Your willingness to “go the extra mile” was impressive and proved crucial.  Your planning and delivery of the cross examination proved decisive. An ok case (partly because of the statute) transformed into a strong case, according to his honour the Judge, before our very eyes, as our opponent was exposed as a liar."
Instructing solicitor, 2017

"Tom was brilliant, stood head and shoulders above the other barristers"
Instructing solicitor, 2016

'Has a robust practice in regulatory offences that sees him instructed by a range of parties including public sector bodies, companies and private individuals. He also handles cases concerning violent crime and sexual abuse, as well as fraud and drug offences.'
Strengths: "He is meticulous and tenacious, both in terms of his preparation and his conduct of cases in court." "He is smart, clever and pragmatic."
Chambers UK Bar 2018/Crime - Western (Bar) - Band 3

Strengths: "Very able, a rising star."'
Chambers UK Bar 2017/Crime - Western (Bar) - Band 3

'Praised by instructing solicitors for his expertise in cases concerning fraud, drugs and other serious criminal offences.
Strengths: "He has a particular skill in dealing with extremely demanding clients. He is very committed to his work and is very accessible when it comes to seeking advice or updates."'
Chambers UK 2016/Crime - Western (Bar) - Band 3

'...covers the full range of criminal offences, and is best recognised for his expertise in regulatory criminal cases. He receives regular instructions from local authorities, government bodies and insurers in relation to cases concerning health and safety, trading standards, environmental, aviation and maritime issues.
Expertise: "His advocacy is very good and he impresses with his knowledge of legislation and case law in niche areas."'
Chambers UK 2015/Crime - Western Bar - Band 1 Set

‘Experienced across a broad spectrum of criminal cases.’
Legal 500 2017/Regional Bar - Western Circuit, Crime – Leading juniors

'An excellent advocate with a strong courtroom presence.'
Legal 500 2016/Regional Bar - Western Circuit, Crime – Leading juniors

'He is led, and often leads, in some of the most complex cases, including those involving serious violence'
Legal 500 2015/Regional Bar - Western Circuit, Crime – Leading juniors

'Particularly highly regarded for his ability to handle the most serious and complex cases.'
Legal 500 2014/Western Circuit.

'...attracts praise, and is ‘very good at explaining procedure and tactics to clients’
'Particularly highly regarded for his ability to handle the most serious and complex cases'
Legal 500 2013/Western Circuit - Crime

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Academic qualifications

  • BA (Hons) History, University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
  • PGDL and BVC, BPP Law School

Professional qualifications & appointments

  • Attorney-General’s Unified List of Prosecuting Advocates (Panel C)

Direct Access

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

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