Tom Orpin-Massey

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Tom Orpin-Massey

Call 2013

BA (Hons) Modern History & Politics, Keble College, University of Oxford
LLB University of Law

Overview

Tom joined QEB Hollis Whiteman in February 2015 following the successful completion of his pupillage in chambers. He accepts instructions in all areas of chambers’ work, as an advocate or in an advisory capacity, including on a direct, public access basis. He is known for his calm and clear-headed approach.

General Crime

Tom has successfully defended clients facing a range of allegations, including assault, theft, harassment, and public order offences. He is a committed and conscientious advocate with extensive experience of advising clients from their first appearance at court through to the conclusion of their case.

Tom is regularly instructed on a private basis to represent individuals and companies charged with driving offences. His knowledge of Magistrates’ Court procedure makes him a safe pair of hands for drivers unfamiliar with a court environment.

He has sound knowledge of all driving offences, including insurance and licencing matters. He has particular experience with special reasons and exceptional hardship arguments, which can save a driver from a ban even though they may be guilty of a motoring offence.

In addition, Tom is a Grade 1 CPS advocate and has prosecuted in the Magistrates’ and Crown Court.

Business Crime

Tom has amassed considerable experience in the areas of market manipulation, fraud, and intellectual property infringement.

Between April and July 2015 Tom was instructed by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) to assist with an investigation into liquidity auctions held by the Bank of England during the height of the financial crisis in 2007 and 2008.

In addition, Tom has been instructed by HM Revenue & Customs to assist in the preparation of a missing trader intra-community fraud (“MTIC fraud”) matter, shortly to be heard before the First-tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber).

Tom has a strong interest in trading standards law and the enforcement of intellectual property rights. He spent a good deal of time during his pupillage assisting with private prosecutions being brought by the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT).

He has further assisted with the drafting of advice for the FA Premier League on the protection of its sports data from fraudulent third parties.

Regulatory

Tom has experience beyond his call in the area of healthcare regulation. He has a manner well suited to the regulatory environment.

Between July 2015 and January 2016 Tom was seconded to Kingsley Napley LLP, where he principally acted for the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), one of the UK’s largest regulators, at Fitness to Practice hearings. He presented complex cases against a range of Registrants, including Paramedics, Biomedical Scientists, and Practitioner Psychologists all over the UK. A recent and notable case presented by Tom was that of an Occupational Therapist who was struck off after being found to have conducted a sexual relationship with a brain damaged patient.

He has presented applications for Interim Orders on behalf of the General Dental Council (GDC). His experience with the HCPC and the GDC means that he is familiar with the legal principles underpinning all healthcare regulators, including the General Medical Council (GMC) and the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

He also has experience of large public Inquests. Between February and June 2014 Tom was instructed by Field Fisher, solicitors to the Coroner of the Hillsborough Inquests, as a junior member of their disclosure team. He has good experience of large document review tasks.

Legal Professional Privilege

Tom is frequently instructed to advise investigating agencies as to whether material seized is subject to legal professional privilege (LPP), and therefore cannot be used in legal proceedings. This is an area of work he particularly enjoys.

He has been instructed by both the Home Office and Thames Valley Police to act as Independent Counsel in sensitive cases requiring clear advice as to whether documents seized or requested by prosecuting authorities are subject to legal privilege.

Prizes and Scholarships

  • Sunley Scholar, Lincoln’s Inn, 2013
  • Denning Scholar, Lincoln’s Inn, 2012/13
  • Hardwicke Scholar, Lincoln’s Inn, 2011
  • Brougham Scholar, Lincoln’s Inn, 2011/12
  • Craythorne Scholar, Worshipful Company of Cutlers, 2009

Memberships

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Young Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Association of London Welsh Lawyers

Notable cases:

HCPC (2015)
Tom Orpin-Massey acts for the HCPC as Occupational Therapist is struck off following affair with patient

R v G (2015)
Social media trial, in which an acquittal was secured for a client charged with sending tweets that were menacing and/or gros

R v X (2015)
Secured a suspended prison sentence for a “third strike” domestic burglar, persuading the court of the existence

R v W International Ltd (2014)
Secured a low-level fine for a large, international company pleading guilty to failing to give notice of driver’s ident

R v F (2014)
Secured an acquittal for a barristers’ clerk accused of theft.