• A strong junior specialising in complex crime, professional discipline, inquests, and inquiries.

    Corporate & Financial Crime

    Thomas masters complex detail easily and is meticulous in his preparation. A junior barrister with a wealth of experience across the field of corporate and financial crime and regulation.

    Crime

    An accomplished junior criminal advocate appearing for both the prosecution and the defence as led and sole counsel in cases involving the full range of criminal offences. He has particular expertise where crime meets with regulatory or public law such as inquests or public inquiries.

    Regulatory

    Thomas has built an enviable practice in professional discipline with a particular strength in healthcare regulatory work and experience in heavyweight police disciplinary matters. He is now amongst the most experienced juniors of his call in this area.

    Public Law

    From a foundation of high-profile inquests representing the families of deceased servicemen in Afghanistan and the family of PC Palmer at the Westminster Bridge Inquest, he is now also regularly instructed in cases involving police and healthcare professionals. He acts for both families and interested persons.

    Other Experience

    Thomas served for four years in the British Army between 2005-09 when, following training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, he was commissioned as an officer into the Parachute Regiment. He served as a platoon commander on Operation Herrick 8 in Helmand province, Afghanistan. At Sandhurst he was awarded the Sheikh Al Sabah Prize for overall best performance in Defence and International Affairs.

    Reviews

    Chambers UK 2022: Professional Discipline - Band 5; Inquests & Public Inquiries - Band 3

    Legal 500 2022: Professional Disciplinary and Regulatory Law - Tier 4

    'An effective advocate who is well liked by panels.' Chambers UK Professional Discipline (2022)

    'He managed to get the coroner to look at things more widely than expected and really instilled a lot of confidence in the family.' Chambers UK Inquests & Public Inquiries (2022)

    'A strong, confident advocate with sound judgement and is completely committed to the client. He has very good interpersonal skills and is able to act in serious regulatory cases where criminal investigation or an inquest might also arise.' Legal 500 Professional Discipline and Regulatory (2022)

    'He provides pragmatic advice with minimal fuss: an effective advocate, well-liked by panels and a very able junior who understands the needs of his clients.' Legal 500: Professional Disciplinary and Regulatory Law (2021)

    Professional Memberships

    • Association of Military Court Advocates
    • Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers
    • Criminal Bar Association
    • Young Fraud Lawyers Association (committee member)

    Education

    • 2012 – Inner Temple Sweet & Maxwell Pupillage Award
    • Bar Professional Training Course – Outstanding
    • Graduate Diploma in Law – Distinction
    • 2006 – prize for best performance in Defence and International Affairs
    • Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
    • BA (Hons) History, St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford – Class 2:I

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  • Corporate and Financial Crime

    A junior barrister with a wealth of experience in numerous capacities across the field of corporate and financial crime and regulation.

    Overview

    He masters complex detail easily and is meticulous in his preparation. A junior barrister with a wealth of experience across the field of corporate and financial crime and regulation. 

    Experience

    Experience in defending and prosecuting on behalf of the FCA. He has a wide experience of corporate and financial crime including advising both the FCA and private banks in respect of Anti Money Laundering procedures and the risk of financial crime. He has also acted as an appointment investigator for the FCA. 

    Notable Cases

    FCA v Bank (2015)
    International financial-regulatory remediation project across assorted countries, including secrecy jurisdictions, on behalf of a prominent international bank.

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  • A junior with experience of a wide range of criminal offences, Tom Coke-Smyth is as impressive in his preparation as he is in court.

    Overview

    An accomplished junior criminal advocate appearing for both the prosecution and the defence as led and sole counsel in cases involving the full range of criminal offences. He has particular expertise where crime meets with regulatory or public law such as inquests or public inquiries. 

    Experience

    Appointed at Level 3 of the CPS Specialist Panels in: Serious Crime, Fraud and Counterterrorism. Recent defence experience includes defending whilst led by Queen's Counsel in criminal proceedings against a leading healthcare professional where the case was stayed as an abuse of process. He regularly prosecutes and defends in cases involving complex and sophisticated organised criminal groups. 

    Notable Cases

    R v Janulevicius & Others (2015)
    Successful prosecution for conspiracy to defraud by false representation by motorcycle ringing.

    R v D (2014)
    Defence in confiscation where successfully argued against prosecution case that defendant had an equitable interest in the family home.

    R v G (2014)
    Junior defence counsel in multi-million-pound conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

    R v Goodman and others (2014)
    Assisted in the defence of Clive Goodman, former editor of News of the World, in the phone hacking trial.

    Harrow Borough Council v Undre (2013)
    Successful prosecution under the Welfare of Farmed Animal Animals (England) Regulations 2007.

    R v AH (2012)
    Represented a teenager accused of being part of a gang and being party to a conspiracy to commit violent disorder. Admission of bad character evidence of gang membership was successfully opposed and AH was acquitted following a submission of no case to answer.

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  • Tom Coke-Smyth has experience of professional regulation beyond his years.  He is frequently sought out by the most prominent regulators to try their cases.

    Overview

    Thomas has built an enviable practice in professional discipline with a particular strength in healthcare regulatory work and experience in heavyweight police disciplinary matters. He is now amongst the most experienced juniors of his call in this area. 

    Experience

    He is a sought-after junior who has established a reputation for thoroughness, attention to detail and an ability to present complex cases on behalf of regulators against experienced Queen's Counsel and junior counsel rated as leaders in this field. 

    He has a proven track record of cross examining in respect of, and managing, complex medical evidence. 

    Reviews

    Chambers UK 2022: Professional Discipline - Band 5

    Legal 500 2022: Professional Disciplinary and Regulatory Law - Tier 4

    'An effective advocate who is well liked by panels.' Chambers UK Professional Discipline (2022)

    'A strong, confident advocate with sound judgement and is completely committed to the client. He has very good interpersonal skills and is able to act in serious regulatory cases where criminal investigation or an inquest might also arise.' Legal 500 Professional Discipline and Regulatory (2022)

    'He provides pragmatic advice with minimal fuss: an effective advocate, well-liked by panels and a very able junior who understand the needs of his clients.' Legal 500 Professional Disciplinary and Regulatory Law

    Notable Cases

    GMCv Leaper (2016)
    Represented the GMC against a doctor convicted of fraudulently evading parking tickets by the use of forged letters.

    GDC v S (2015)
    Represented the GDC in proceedings against a dentist accused of failing to diagnose a malignant ulcer.

    NMC v B (2014)
    Represented the Nursing and Midwifery Council against a registrant charged with multiple counts of medical administration errors and dishonest concealment of these.

    Mid Staffordshire Public Inquiry (2013)
    Seconded to the Department of Health for a number of months as a junior member of the Inquiry team to assist in the preparation of the report arising from the Public Inquiry into the failure to regulate the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.

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    • Thomas Coke-Smyth has been instructed to represent a leading Speech and Language Therapist in criminal and disciplinary proceedings.It is alleged that Z fabricated communication with six patients who were unable to communicate as presented by her and that...

    • Susannah Stevens and Thomas Coke-Smyth represented three police officers accused of inappropriate conduct in the treatment of Thomas Orchard who died following a restraint with an emergency restraint belt in Exeter custody in 2012. Counsel successfully ar...

    • Thomas Coke-Smyth represented the GMC in a complex and lengthy case against an experienced GP alleged to have prescribed opiates to a vulnerable patient over a number of months and to have then dishonestly deleted records of this. 32 separate allegations ...

    • Thomas Coke-Smyth represented the General Chiropractic Council in a case against a chiropractor in respect of failures arising from a serious clinical incited during which the patient had to be removed from the practice by ambulance following an adverse r...

    • Thomas Coke-Smyth represented the General Chiropractic Council (‘GCC’) in a case against a chiropractor for failing to inform the GCC of a criminal conviction.The dishonesty allegations were made out and the chiropractor suspended. The finding...

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  • Inquests, Inquiries and Public Law

    Drawing on his work in other fields and his experience as a former army officer, Tom Coke-Smyth has developed an impressive practice in inquiries and inquests; he impresses with his knowledge, empathy and sincere and driven approach.

    Overview

    From a foundation of high-profile inquests representing the families of deceased servicemen in Afghanistan and the family of PC Palmer at the Westminster Bridge Inquest, he is now also regularly instructed in cases involving police and healthcare professionals. He acts for both families and interested persons. 

    Experience

    He has a wide range of experience in Article 2 inquests where there is a focus on examining systemic and operational failings on the part of the state. He brings considerable experience frm his professional discipline practice where he frequently cross examines medical professionals and expert witnesses. He has appeared in high profile and complex inquests involving the military and often acts as sole junior counsel against those represented by Queen's Counsel. He also acts in cases involving allegations of police misconduct and deaths in custody. 

    Notable Cases

    Inquest into the Westminster terrorist attack (2018)
    Susannah Stevens and Tom Coke-Smyth represented the parents and siblings of PC Keith Palmer.
     

    Inquest into the deaths of Corporal Hatfield & Corporal Neilson (2018)
    Represented Cpl Hatfield’s fiancée, Jill McBride and Abi Hatfield, his separated wife, following his death in an explosion in a Challenger 2 tank at the Castlemartin firing ranges in Pembrokeshire, in June 2017. 

    Inquest into the deaths of Captain T Sawyer & Corporal D Winter (2015)
    Represented the families of two British servicemen killed in Afghanistan in a 'friendly fire' incident. The conorer's verdict recorded that human error and a series of "interconnected events" caused the deaths in 2009.

    Reviews

    Chambers UK 2022: Inquests & Public Inquiries - Band 3

    'He managed to get the coroner to look at things more widely than expected and really instilled a lot of confidence in the family.' Chambers UK Inquests & Public Inquiries (2022)

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    • A Podcast: A Public Inquiry into Covid-19 - a Series of Discussions Hosted by QEBHW Part 1: The NHS - Might the Hand-clapping Turn to Finger-pointing?

      The government has now committed to a full statutory public inquiry into the Covid-19 pandemic.  This is the first of a series of podcasts by QEB Hollis Whiteman looking at the topic of a public inquiry into Covid -19 from a variety of perspectives.We sta...

    • Inquests: The impact of COVID-19, work related deaths and Article 2 ECHR

      Deaths from COVID-19 are likely to give rise to the requirement to hold inquests in a wide variety of cases. This will likely pose a substantial challenge to coroners in both the timing and scope of these inquests, particularly where deaths are also linke...

    • War & Peace

      Philip Evans QC and Tom Coke-Smyth consider the application of the rule of law to the military in an article in the New Law Journal

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