Tom joined Chambers in August 2019. Prior to joining chambers, Tom was a barrister in New Zealand. He gathered extensive experience quickly, frequently appearing in the District Court, Family Court and the High Court of New Zealand. He also drafted submissions in the New Zealand Court of Appeal.
Tom has a busy family law practice. He specialises in financial remedies, co-habitation, wills, trusts (especially in matrimonial settings), Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act matters and Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act matters.
He has significant experience of private child law, having dealt with common parental disputes all the way to contested hearings involving serious allegations of child sex abuse. Tom frequently acts for both parents and local authorities in public child matters. Tom also often acts in non-molestation and occupation order matters.
Tom also has experience in property and general civil matters, from land and property disputes to insolvency.
In England, Tom has appeared in the Family Court, High Court and has drafted written submissions in the Court of Appeal (Civil Division).
- D v N: acted for a successful applicant wife to receive an order for transfer of almost all the matrimonial assets as well as an order for nominal maintenance.
- LA v Q & Ors: acted for a party accused of breaking a child’s leg.
- R v R: acted for an applicant wife to successfully get an order for a lump sum payment from an inheritance the respondent husband received years after the parties separated.
- H v S: a complex non-molestation order, occupation order and transfer of tenancy matter involving multiple parties with disabilities.
- LA v A & Ors: a matter involving significant cross-examination and the challenge of expert evidence in relation to hair-strand drug testing.
- B v D: successfully advocated for an s.91(14) order prohibiting the other parent from making any child-related application until the child turned 16, as well as a costs order.
Family Law Bar Association
Bachelor of Laws (Honours) – University of Otago
Bachelor of Arts – University of Otago
Professional Legal Studies Course – Institute of Professional Legal Studies (New Zealand)
Bar Transfer Test – BPP University Holborn
Master of Laws – King’s College London