Tom represents claimants and defendants in defamation, privacy and data protection claims. While most of his cases are settled on favourable terms without the need for litigation, Tom has achieved a number of significant victories for his clients in the High Court. In 2020, he acted for the claimant in a privacy claim (JQL v NTP ) in which she was awarded £15,000 in damages in respect of a comment posted on Facebook about her by her uncle. In 2019, Tom acted for Roger Ver, a bitcoin investor, in his successful application pursuant to s.9 of the Defamation Act 2013 to dismiss the libel claim brought against him by Craig Wright, a decision which was subsequently upheld by the Court of Appeal in 2020. Having practised almost exclusively as a media law litigator for the past six years, Tom has developed extensive knowledge of the law and procedure in this area and uses this to help his clients meet their objectives. He primarily acts for defendants and his clients include local authorities, schools and charities.
Qualified 2014: Collyer Bristow LLP
Schillings International LLP: 2015 to 2017
Brett Wilson LLP: 2017 to March 2020
BLM: April 2020 to date