Tom Walker Senior Associate Barrister

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“Very studious and hardworking senior associate barrister Tom Walker has a clear and reassuring way of dealing with the regulators on behalf of both individuals and corporate defendants across an array of health and safety, health and social care, and environment matters. ”

Legal 500 2018
Tom specialises in criminal, regulatory and professional disciplinary law.  Tom provides specialist advice to a range of different clients, including individual employees, Directors and organisations in both the public and private sectors.

Main areas of practice 

Criminal and Regulatory: Tom regularly advises in relation to the criminal and regulatory aspects of health and safety, health and social care, environment, planning enforcement, competition, bribery, food safety, trading standards and consumer protection.  Tom acts on behalf of prosecutors, and both individual and corporate defendants.  Tom provides assistance to clients at all stages of criminal proceedings, and assists with representation at interviews under caution conducted by the police and other agencies.  Tom also conducts general criminal work to private clients.

Professional Disciplinary: Tom regularly conducts work on professional disciplinary cases involving health and social care professionals, teachers and solicitors.   Tom acts on behalf of regulatory bodies, individuals, and also acts as a legal advisor to professional conduct committees. 

Significant experience 

  • Extensive Criminal Court and Regulatory Tribunal experience, which includes the successful conduct of numerous multi-day trials, and involvement in a number of complex and high-profile criminal cases involving fatalities;
  • Appearing in the Criminal Courts on behalf of prosecutors, to include the HSE, RSPCA and National Park Authorities;
  • Involvement in health and safety cases in the agricultural, road transport, maritime, manufacturing, construction, leisure and utilities sectors.  
  • Advising prosecution agencies in relation to corporate manslaughter and work-related death investigations and acting on behalf of such agencies at inquests;
  • Acting for individuals in manslaughter investigations and prosecutions;
  • Acting for individual directors and companies in health and social care investigations conducted by the Care Quality Commission and Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales;
  • Advising directors and companies in relation to investigations conducted by trading standards agencies in relation to pricing and selling practices;
  • Advising very large organisations in relation to EU-wide product recalls, involving electrical, consumer and food products;
  • Advising directors and companies in relation to formal undertakings and criminal proceedings under the Enterprise Act 2002;
  • Acting for directors and companies in fraud and consumer protection proceedings, to include prosecutions in the Crown Court;
  • Acting for clients in water pollution and breach of planning control prosecutions;  
  • Advising clients in relation to food labelling, health claims, food product recalls, and acting for clients in food safety prosecutions;
  • Advising clients in relation to criminal appeals, including applications to the Court of Appeal and the Criminal Cases Review Commission;
  • Provision of bespoke training sessions to prosecution agencies in relation to criminal procedure, disclosure and expert evidence.  

Other expertise

  • Advises corporations in relation to bribery, fraud, sanctions and export controls;
  • Advises airports in relation to aviation regulation, aerodrome security and safeguarding matters;
  • Acts for pilots in Civil Aviation Authority Investigations and Prosecutions;
  • Leading the firm's space safety law initiative and advises in relation to the Space Industry Act 2018

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Tom’s Blog

Cannabidiol ("CBD") Products could face enforcement action: from legal high to legal low?

The Food Standards Agency is understood to be considering its options following the surprise re-classification of CBD products as a 'Novel Food' by the European Food Safety Authority.

Articles by Tom

The extension of corporate criminal liability for economic crime: consultation closes 31 March 2017


Under the common law, whenever proof of criminal intent is required, corporate criminal liability for economic crime involves application of the identification doctrine.

Deferred Prosecution Agreements: whose bargain?


Tesco PLC has announced that its subsidiary, Tesco Stores Limited, has in principle reached a Deferred Prosecution Agreement regarding historic false accounting practices.

Scalding Risks in Care Homes


A recent prosecution of a Care Provider by the HSE shows the tragic consequences of failing to control the risks posed by water temperatures.

Related Knowledge & Resources

Corporate Governance Regulations: are you ready to report?

New Corporate Governance rules from January this year affect not just quoted companies, but companies with more than 250 employees, with an increased requirement for directors to report on on a variety of matters.

PSA v NMC and X [2018] EWHC 70 (Admin)

An appeal by the Professional Standards for Health and Social Care against the decision of the NMC not to pursue allegations that a Registrant was responsible for non-accidental injuries to her son and/or a failure to protect Baby A from harm.

General Medical Council v Bawa-Garba [2018] EWHC 76 (Admin)

The Divisional Court allowed the GMC’s appeal against the decision of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal (“MPT”) to suspend Dr Bawa-Garba’s registration for 12 months and substituted the sanction of erasure from the Medical Register.

Accumulating too many penalty points: Exceptional Hardship

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Guide: Drivers' hours and records

Blake Morgan's guide for large goods and passenger-carrying vehicles regulated in regard to hours of work and records kept for domestic and EC regulations.

Guide: drink driving offences

Blake Morgan's guide to drink driving offences