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. 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 instructed by insurers in this field, as well as advising insurers and claims handlers direct.
Tom’s clients find him particularly 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 can be mitigated or avoided altogether.