Tom is a Partner in the Investigations and Regulatory teams.
A former prosecutor and inspector for the Health and Safety Executive, Tom now turns this experience to the advantage of our clients when they need support with regulatory or disciplinary matters. As well as health and safety matters, Tom advises clients on environmental, food safety, and fire safety compliance as well as handling investigations and prosecutions. This includes support in the event of serious incidents, such as fire or pollution, and in the event of major accidents and fatalities where Tom represents clients at inquests.
Tom supports companies and their directors facing investigations from their local authority or trading standards office and deals with professional disciplinary matters ranging from solicitor tribunals and director disqualification to business crime.
Working with clients who are based all over the country, in industries as diverse as care homes and catering, through to farming and manufacturing.
Recent examples of how Tom has supported clients include:
- causing the Environment Agency to drop all charges by showing that a client did not require an environmental permit;
- persuading the Environment Agency not to instigate legal proceedings against his client following a pollution incident caused by a fire on their premises;
- securing the future of a small catering business when the local environmental health officer threatened prosecution; and
- supporting the directors of a company throughout the investigation by the police and HSE following a fatal accident onsite.