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Tom Cross

London, UK UK Bar Guide 2021 Ranked in 7 departments
Ranked in : Administrative & Public Law , Civil Liberties & Human Rights , Employment , Local Government , Education , Professional Discipline , Data Protection
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Administrative & Public Law - London (Bar)

Band 2

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Tom Cross
Instructed by public authorities, individual claimants and businesses in connection with public law disputes. He is especially experienced in claims invoking EU and human rights laws. He has also recently handled a number of matters before the Privy Council.
Strengths: "One to watch and a very talented junior - you can throw anything at him and he becomes a master of it." "He is a really excellent all-rounder with intellectual strength, strategic and tactical awareness, personal warmth, sensitivity to solicitor and client objectives and resilience, all in the right proportions. He is assured and capable beyond his year of call."
Recent work: Acted for Mercedes Benz in an £85 million challenge to a decision of HMRC to assess it as liable for VAT on payments made by customers under a particular type of car leasing contract.
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Civil Liberties & Human Rights - London (Bar)

Band 2

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Tom Cross
Often appears unled in key civil liberties and human rights cases. His broad practice encompasses prison law, complex judicial reviews and significant claims for damages, with a particular focus on religious rights. He acts for both claimants and defendants including individuals, regulatory bodies and the UK and Welsh governments.
Strengths: "He is a really excellent all-rounder with intellectual strength, strategic and tactical awareness, personal warmth, and sensitivity to solicitor and client objectives."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of the claimant in R (Pasek) v London Borough of Richmond, where an anti-abortion protestor challenged a ban preventing them from protesting close to an abortion clinic.
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Employment - London (Bar)

Band 5

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Tom Cross
Skilled employment junior who has a broad range of expertise across an array of complementary practice areas. He is particularly notable for his work in discrimination and whistle-blowing matters, and has notable recent experience acting in major 'gig economy' cases.
Strengths: "He's really impressive and very easy to deal with." "He has a really sensible approach and is very supportive when the client is inexperienced and nervous about the proceedings."
Recent work: Acted for Christ Church College, Oxford, in proceedings relating to Martyn Percy, the former dean, who was alleged to have improperly pursued an issue of his own pay.
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Local Government - London (Bar)

Band 2

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Tom Cross
An experienced junior, noted for his expert handling of a range of local authority disputes. He is instructed in matters across the UK and is well regarded for his knowledge of matters concerning housing, community care and councillor standards, amongst other areas. He is regularly instructed to act on behalf of both central government and the individuals and companies challenging government decisions.
Strengths: "He is able to explain complex case law in a concise and logical way, and his manner and approach is always clear, calming, commanding and convincing."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant council in Lugano v Northumberland County Council, a high-value claim for misfeasance in public office.
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Education - London (Bar)

Band 2

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Tom Cross
Has a thriving practice handling education, commercial law and human rights-related cases and also has particular expertise in religious matters. He is regularly instructed by individuals, schools and higher education institutions, and has extensive experience appearing before the Upper Tribunal and Court of Appeal. He is also regularly called upon to act for local authorities and central government.
Strengths: "He quickly identifies the strengths and weaknesses in a dispute and focuses the argument, which is helpful when emotions run high." "He is able to offer clear and practical advice and guidance and he understands how different organisations work."
Recent work: Instructed by Christ Church College, Oxford University in internal disciplinary proceedings brought against the Dean of the college. A complaint had been made that the Dean improperly pursued an issue of his own pay.
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Professional Discipline - London (Bar)

Band 4

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Tom Cross
A respected, versatile advocate who often acts on behalf of regulatory bodies such as the GDC, GMC and Nursing and Midwifery Council. He is highly experienced in High Court appeals involving disciplinary decisions.
Strengths: "He finds creative solutions to problems that clients have. He is very user-friendly and responsive, and I would really rate him in this field."
Recent work: Defended an appeal on behalf of the GMC in relation to a decision to suspend a doctor for misconduct, arising as a result of failure to follow the guidance for detecting cancer. The appeal was dismissed.
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Data Protection - London (Bar)

Band 3

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Tom Cross
Represents private media organisations, government and the Information Commissioner, and has had a number of cases heard in the Upper Tribunal and Court of Appeal. He is particularly well versed in handling cases addressing the meaning and operation of statutory language, and is a go-to contact for leading businesses seeking advice on their obligations under the DPA.
Strengths: "As an advocate he is always poised, polished and well prepared." "He is very bright and personable." "He is good at the crossover of employment and data protection and clients love him."
Recent work: Advised the governing body of Christ Church College Oxford on the data protection issues arising out of an internal disciplinary prosecution of Dean Martyn Percy.
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Tom Cross practices in the areas of administrative & public, constitutional, human rights, education, professional discipline and regulation, sport, data protection and media, EU, local government, employment, and commercial law. He appears in courts and tribunals at al levels up to the Supreme Court, acting both for claimants and defendants. Recent instructions include acting in the lockdown (Dolan), Article 50 (Miler) and ‘Black Cab Rapist’ (Radford) judicial reviews, the dispute between Christ Church College, Oxford, and its Dean, and the claim by Sir Philip Rutnam against the Secretary of State for the Home Department. His private and public sector clients range from major companies to private individuals, governments, and regulatory bodies. He is appointed Panel Counsel to the Crown, Panel Counsel to the Welsh Government, and Panel Counsel to the Equality and Human Rights Commission. His memberships include ALBA, BEG, and ELA. His writing includes: Education and the Courts (LexisNexis: forthcoming); Judicial Review, Supperstone, Walker and Goudie (Butterworths: 2019); The Protections for Religious Rights (OUP: 2013); The Law of Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions (OUP: 2011); and articles in The Times, Judicial Review, the European Advocate and the Education Law Journal among others. He was educated at The Queen’s College, Oxford University where he gained a Double First Class degree in Modern Languages. He studied law at City University, London.

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