Tom Walker Senior Associate Barrister

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Chambers UK
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.  

Expertise

Articles by Tom

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

Article

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?

Article

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

Article

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

General Medical Council v Stone [2017] EWHC 2534 (Admin)

The GMC successfully appealed a suspension order imposed against a General Practitioner for engaging in a sexual relationship with a vulnerable patient.

General Medical Council and others v Michalak (Solicitors Regulation Authority and others intervening) Supreme Court [2017] UKSC 71

Professionals who wish to bring a discrimination claim against their regulator can do so in the Employment Tribunal – they are not prevented from doing so by the availability of judicial review - unless there is a specific statutory right of appeal.

GMC v Krishnan [2017] EWHC 2892 (Admin)

This decision of the Queen's Bench Division, supports Ivey as good law and as the correct approach to be applied in regulatory proceedings.

Accumulating too many penalty points: Exceptional Hardship

Our Driver Defence solicitors have helped many clients avoid disqualification or points on their licence through mitigating circumstances, click here for examples of how we have helped our clients facing a driving ban.

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