Tom specialises in professional negligence claims where they overlap with the private client and property world. Typically they involve tax-planning by solicitors and accountants, substantial property transactions, will-making or trust and estate administration.
In 2018, acting on behalf of solicitors in a £6.5m estate, he was able to persuade the court to construe and/or rectify the will so that no negligence claim against them was necessary.
In 2017 he implemented, with his solicitors, a successful strategy for the defendant accountants sued for £millions in relation to several unsuccessful tax schemes, which resulted in the claims being withdrawn following the claimants’ failure to amend their claim some years in.
He appeared in the first private client-negligence case in the Supreme Court in Roberts v Gill  successfully defending two firms of solicitors against claims of negligence in the administration of an estate.
He appeared, again successfully, in the landmark Court of Appeal decision of Paragon v Thakerar  that prevented lenders suing solicitors firms for fraud on stale claims.
Issues of limitation, to the forefront in both these actions, are a particular strength. He has recent experience of defeating at trial a claim against accountants by a multi-millionaire client that they had acted negligently in his tax-planning. He is instructed by most of the firms of solicitors who are retained by insurers in this field, as well as advising insurers and claims handlers direct.
Tom’s clients find him easy to work with because of his understanding of the underlying legal issues, in particular tax, in these specialist areas. He focuses at an early stage on the important – but often overlooked question – whether the adverse results of any alleged negligence are actually as bad as they look, and – if so – whether they can be mitigated or avoided altogether.