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Expertise
PUBLIC LAW

Thomas has a particular interest in public law, having previously worked within Government as a policy official and then as a pupil barrister. He is well versed in bringing and defending judicial review claims, with a particular focus on immigration, justice and security, defence, and data protection.

Thomas is a member of the Attorney General's 'Junior Junior' scheme and has assisted with case preparation, disclosure, and drafting witness evidence in judicial reviews against the Home Secretary, Secretary of State for Defence and the Lord Chancellor. He has been instructed in larger document review exercises by the Department for Education as part of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse and by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on a large Subject Access Request. Thomas exceptionally appeared off panel as junior counsel for the Home Secretary in the Court of Appeal in R (Bridges) v Chief Constable South Wales Police [2020] EWCA Civ 1058 concerning the lawfulness of use of automated facial recognition technology by South Wales Police.

PRIVATE LAW

Thomas takes instructions from both claimants and defendants across the spectrum of personal injury litigation, and writes and delivers regular briefings and webinars/training on esoteric topics. He is particularly interested in claims arising out of clinical negligence and frequently takes instructions from NHS bodies as well as claimants.

His previous work in Government on Brexit means he has a special grasp of the complex web of primary and secondary legislation in the field of private international law, and is regularly instructed in cases involving jurisdictional challenges and questions of applicable law. He has a strong day-to-day practice assisting claimants and defendants in various travel-related cases, both personal injury and consumer contract disputes, particularly and more recently those arising out of the Covid-19 pandemic.

At the interface of public and private law, Thomas works regularly for public bodies defending claims in the county courts, instructed by the Home Office, police forces and local authorities in a range of disputes alleging negligence, misfeasance in public office, unlawful detention/false imprisonment, and breaches of the Human Rights Act 1998.

Thomas has a growing business, property and commercial element to his practice, including experience of insolvency, landlord & tenant, real property, and company & partnership disputes, sometimes involving allegations of fraud.
Awards

  • Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincoln's Inn

  • Undergraduate Scholarship, King's College Cambridge

Education

  • BPTC - BPP Law School (Outstanding)

  • GDL - University of Hertfordshire (Distinction)

  • BA (Hons), Classics - University of Cambridge

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