Marine and Fisheries Law

Tom Horder has substantial experience in a wide range of complex regulatory prosecutions including maritime and fisheries cases.

Cases of note include:

  • MCA v Tarmac Marine Ltd – Prosecution of ship owners in respect of failures in respect of asbestos on board the City of Westminster resulting in £120,000 fine.
  • Re X – representing at inquest a Harbour Master following an incident involving a tragic drowning. The case involved argument as to the extent and responsibility of differing agencies, detailed examination of harbour byelaws and the provision of safety equipment.
  • Re X Sailing Club – instructed by a Local Authority to advise in respect of a high profile potential prosecution for health and safety offences and gross-negligence manslaughter following the  collapse of a prop resulting in a yacht tragically crushing a maintenance worker to death.

Tom has also acted and advised in regulatory prosecutions brought by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO), Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities (IFCA) and Local Authorities in cases involving:

  • alleged breaches of harbour bylaws
  • the retaining of undersized fish
  • obstruction of officers
  • breach of licence conditions
  • alleged inaccurate landing declarations
  • money laundering
  • mis-selling of shellfish.

Tom also has particular expertise in confiscation proceedings and often lectures and provides training on the practical aspects of the Proceeds of Crime Act. His expertise as an advocate is recognised by his inclusion in both the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners Guide to the bar. He is available to provide short notice and urgent advice and is often asked to advise in the very early stages of cases.

  • 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. Additionally, he has expertise in cases involving regulatory offences.
    Strengths: "He has a really nice manner in court and very good judgement." "Mr Horder is extremely experienced in all areas of criminal defence. He takes a hand-on approach to trial preparation, which makes him a popular choice among solicitors and clients alike."
    Recent work: Defended a CCTV operative who unlawfully accessed the footage of an autopsy featuring a footballer who tragically died in a well-publicised plane crash.
    Chambers UK Bar 2021/Crime - Band 2

    Strengths: "He is an extremely affable barrister who deals with difficult clients with commendable patience. He delivers calm and measured advocacy with the right amount of flair and is an exceptionally impressive trial advocate and lawyer behind the scenes."
    Recent work: Defended a care worker accused of assaulting and abusing a large number of mentally and physically disabled residents at an adult care home.
    Chambers UK Bar 2020/Crime - Band 2

    "His advice is always clear and concise and precisely what is required. His client care and commitment is exceptional. His willingness to go the extra mile has been impressive."
    Recent work: Prosecuted an organised criminal gang controlling the supply class A drugs across the South of England.
    Chambers UK Bar 2019/Crime

    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

    Strengths: "Very able, a rising star."'
    Chambers UK Bar 2017/Crime

    '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

    '...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

    ‘He has sterling advocacy skills and exceptional levels of client empathy.’

    Legal 500 2021/Crime – Leading juniors - Tier 2

    ‘Reliable and meticulous in his preparation for conferences and hearings with good presentation at trial.’
    "Tom Horder is another key name within the set"

    Legal 500 2021/Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety) - Leading Juniors - Tier 2

    ‘He is an exceptionally impressive advocate; calm and measured, with just the right amount of flair.'

    Legal 500 2020/Crime – Leading juniors - Tier 1

    ‘His preparation is meticulous and he inspires confidence in his clients.’

    Legal 500 2020/Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing - Leading Juniors - Tier 1

    ‘An unruffled barrister with a light touch.’
    Legal 500 2018/19/Crime – Leading juniors - Tier 1

    ‘Experienced across a broad spectrum of criminal cases.’
    Legal 500 2017/Crime – Leading juniors

    'An excellent advocate with a strong courtroom presence.'
    Legal 500 2016/Crime – Leading juniors

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

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

    '...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/Crime

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  • The Legal 500 - Leading Individual 2021 Logo
  • Top Ranked Chambers - Leading Set 2020 - UK Bar Logo

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)
  • Specialist Regulatory Advocates in H&S and Environmental Law List.

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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