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Tom is a Principal Lawyer and the Head of the Criminal and Misconduct Department within Slater and Gordon’s Wakefield office. He specialises in the defence of police officers in criminal cases, proceedings under the Police (Conduct) Regulations and as Interested Persons at coroners inquests. He joined the firm in 2004 and became Head of the Wakefield office in May 2011.
Tom is an accredited police station representative and regularly advises clients under arrest or attending voluntarily to be interviewed under caution, advising on all aspects of the criminal law. He often represents police officers in the Magistrates’ and Crown Court accused of serious duty related offences from misconduct In public office, manslaughter, dangerous driving and sexual offences, amongst others.
Tom has been involved in many high profile cases including the recent acquittal of a South Yorkshire officer accused of causing death by careless driving whilst responding to an emergency. He has also recently represented a former detective involved in a large scale corruption case and has extensive experience representing clients for computer misuse and data protection related
He has considerable experience in the representation of police officers during Post-Incident Procedures in the aftermath of major incidents such as shootings, deaths in custody and police pursuits. He advises officers on all aspects of the procedure as set out in APP Armed Policing Manual (formerly ACPO Manual of Guidance). Tom has extensive experience of advising officers
on requests from Post-Incident Managers (PIM), Investigating Officers (most commonly the Independent Police Complaints Commission), and advising officers required to provide initial accounts or detailed statements thereafter. He is a frequent speaker at educational seminars on the topic to various forces around the country and often assists in practical training exercises.
Tom regularly represents officers as Interested Persons at Coroners inquests. Tom represented two West Yorkshire officers at the inquest into the death of Raoul Moat. He has conducted numerous inquests following deaths in custody in high profile cases in forces such as West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.
Along with Senior Principal Lawyer, Nick Holroyd, Tom currently heads the Slater and Gordon team in relation to proceedings arising from the Hillsborough Stadium disaster. Tom is instructed on behalf of the Police Federation of England and Wales to represent its members, both retired and serving, who are to give evidence at the inquest and who are to be interviewed by the Independent Police Complaints Commission and Operation Resolve as part of the criminal investigation.