Tom practises in Clinical Negligence, Product Liability, Group Actions and Personal Injury law.
Year of Call: 2010
Education: Magdalen College, Oxford (MA, Philosophy, Politics & Economics) Clare College, Cambridge (MPhil in Politics & Education Policy) City University (GDL) University of Law (BVC)
Memberships: APIL, AVMA, PIBA, American Association for Justice, Global Justice Network
Tom’s Clinical Negligence practice accounts for approximately 80% of his work. His current caseload includes cases of severe birth injuries, avoidable strokes, delayed diagnoses of cancer, amputations, cauda equina syndrome, negligent bariatric surgery, misdiagnosed fractures and complex regional pain syndrome. Tom frequently appears at complex, multi-day inquests.
Ever since completing a specialist Clinical Negligence pupillage with one of the country’s leading practitioners, Tom has specialised in Clinical Negligence law. Tom seeks to have as an early involvement in cases as possible. He believes in working as a team from Day 1 with his instructing solicitor, client and medical experts. Tom has a nationwide practice and is happy to travels across England and Wales for conferences and court hearings.
Tom’s ongoing and settled cases include:
D’Mello Group Litigation: Instructed on behalf of over 600 patients in claims arising from treatment provided by Daybrook Dental Centre. For more information click here https://www.england.nhs.uk/2014/11/dental-recall/
C v Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (Queen’s Bench Division): Ongoing claim on behalf of a 12 year old boy with cerebral palsy (spastic quadriplegia) born with nuchal cord. Damages of £7m claimed.
N v Cardiff & Vale University Heath Board (Cardiff District Registry): Fatal Accidents Act claim arising from a negligent failure to administer levothyroxine to a 93 year old woman with hypothyroidism leading to myxedema coma and death. Settled successfully on confidential terms. For more information click here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-33722773
O v Cardiff & Vale University Health Board (Swansea County Court): Delayed diagnosis of vestibular schwannoma leading to development of hydrocephalus following stereotactic radio surgery.
Maytum v Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (Cardiff District Registry): Delayed diagnosis of breast cancer case. Settled on Day 4 of trial for confidential, six-figure sum. More information can be found here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-30234175
H v East Kent Hospitals: Acted on behalf of a Claimant, suffering from Peripheral Arterial Disease, who underwent a premature amputation of the left leg following negligent failures of care. But for the Defendant’s negligence, amputation would not have been necessary for a further 2-3 years. Settled for £58,000.
A v Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust (Queen’s Bench Division): Claim for damages on behalf of a Claimant rendered permanently faecally incontinent following negligent performance of fistula surgery. Damages of £250,000 obtained
G v Dr Lilly and Ors (Queen’s Bench Division): Claim for failure by GPs to diagnose high blood pressure and administer hypertensive medication over a period of 13 years leading to stroke,
PRODUCT LIABILITY/GROUP ACTIONS
Tom undertakes a significant and growing amount of Product Liability work. He is instructed in cases in high profile, group actions as well as individual claims. Tom is happy to work with solicitors, on a CFA/DBA basis, from the very beginning in Product Liability litigation. He is always on the look out for new areas of potential litigation and attends bi-annual conferences in the United States, organised by the American Association of Justice, where the latest trends in American group litigation are discussed.
- Tom’s ongoing and settled cases include:
- The Volkswagen NOx Emissions Fraud Litigation
- 56 Dean Street Data Leak Litigation
- D’Mello Group Litigation
- The PIP Breast Implant Group Litigation
- Metal on Metal Hip Litigation
- Cases arising from use of the Cervarix Vaccine
- Individual Product Liability cases relating to defective contact lenses, bikes, suntan creams and dehumidifiers.
- Personal Injury/Accidents Abroad
Tom maintains a niche Personal Injury practice largely focussed on accidents abroad and cases involving complex medico-legal issues. He is currently instructed in numerous cases raising complex issues of jurisdiction and choice of law. Tom has expertise in claims under the Package Travel Regulations, the Montreal Convention and the Athens Convention. Tom has also undertaken cases arising from negligent, medical treatment provided overseas.
Tom’s ongoing and settled cases include:
Platt v Olive Group Ltd (1) & Olive Group FZ-LLC (2) (Cardiff County Court): Complex claim with liability and quantum disputed. Defendants contended that the law of Iraq applied to the claim. Settled just before trial for £30,500.
Re X: Passenger claim under the Athens Convention following slip on a Cruise Ship. Serious injuries.
Richardson v Newmarket & Ors (Carlisle County Court): Instructed on behalf of the Defendant arising from a fatal accident in civil proceedings arising from a death during an emergency rescue at sea. More information can be found here: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/janet-richardson-north-sea-fall-2372268
Harvey v Hawk Group Limited: Claim for damages on behalf of Claimant serious injured following an accident at work in Sierra Leone.
Alexander v TXM: Claim for damages on behalf of a Claimant injured working for an Private Security Company in Iraq.
Re D & W v Insurance Commission of Western Australia: Claim for damages following catastrophic injuries to two British Citizens following a Road Traffic Accident in Perth, WA.