Tom’s financial relief practice encompasses matrimonial finance, Schedule 1 applications, cohabitation claims and claims under the Inheritance Act. His children law practice includes internal and external relocation, child arrangements disputes and international child abduction.

Tom is instructed across a broad spectrum of financial work, including matrimonial finance, financial provision under Schedule 1 of the Children Act, cohabitation claims and Inheritance Act disputes. He is available to act as a private FDR ‘judge’.

Cases of interest include:

  • Waggott v Waggott [2018] EWCA Civ 727, Court of Appeal.
  • WT v HT [2018] EWHC 570 (Fam), High Court, Baker J
  • Crowther v Crowther [2017] EWCA Civ 2698, Court of Appeal.
  • A v A [2018] EWFC 62

Tom also has a particular interest in civil claims brought under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996. He is often instructed to advise and represent clients in these claims and has lectured widely on the topic.

Tom is regularly instructed in international child abduction cases at all stages.

Cases of interest include:

  • re W (A Child) [2017] EWCA Civ. 2152 (Civ), Court of Appeal
  • Borg v El Zubaidy [2018] EWHC 432 (Fam), High Court, Mostyn J – Committal.

Tom’s private law children practice encompasses the full range of applications under the Children Act. Recent cases of interest include a successful application for leave to remove, successfully resisting an application for a change of surname, and a case involving serious allegations of domestic abuse.

Tom is available to conduct private FDRs

Awards and Scholarships

Middle Temple: Lord Justice Sachs Exhibition.
Oxford University: John V Lovitt prize for Jurisprudence


Bar Professional Training Course, BPP (Holborn)
LLM (Jurisprudence), University College London
BA (Hons) in Law (Jurisprudence), University of Oxford, Christ Church

Professional Memberships

Family Law Bar Association
Resolution (Associate Member)


French – conversational
Dutch – poor


Named Contributor, Atkin’s Court Forms, Chapter K: Registration and Enforcement of Maintenance Orders.
Sub-editor of Jackson’s Matrimonial Finance, Chapters 2 to 9

Additional fields

Tom is obsessed with ceramics and is a fanatical tennis player. Of a Sunday afternoon, he will either be on court imagining he is treading the soft turf of Wimbledon, or hunched over a pottery wheel. Other interests include guitar, piano and groundlessly asserting that he could have been a Michelin starred chef.

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