• A strong junior in the various disciplines he specialises in, Tom Coke-Smyth always rises to the challenge.

    Corporate & Financial Crime

    Tom Coke-Smyth has been instructed in complex and heavyweight cases for both the prosecution and the defence. He has been instructed as part of disclosure teams, to lead others during investigation stages, and as sole and led counsel in a variety of tribunals. Tom has a wide experience of corporate and financial crime having not only advised the FCA and private banks in respect of Anti Money Laundering procedures and the risk of financial crime but having acted as an appointment investigator for the FCA. He masters complex detail easily, is meticulous in his preparation and impressive in court.

    Crime

    Tom Coke-Smyth is an accomplished junior criminal advocate appearing for both the prosecution and the defence as led and sole counsel in cases involving a variety of offences. He has particular expertise when crime meets with either the regulatory or public law fields, representing professionals as their cases progresses through the various legal forums.  

    Regulatory

    From early beginnings assisting at the General Medical Council, Tom Coke-Smyth has developed an admirable career in presenting and defending at professional regulatory tribunals.  His experience is varied and his reputation is impressive.

    Public Law

    Before joining Chambers Tom Coke-Smyth worked in government and the armed forces.  This experience coupled with the work he has conducted as a member of Chambers, has set him excellent stead when it comes to dealing with inquests and inquiries, both when military related and otherwise.  He has an understanding approach, is meticulous in his preparation and determined in his representation.  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 from 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 silks.  He also acts in cases involving allegations of police misconduct and deaths in custody.

    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

    Tom Coke-Smyth has been instructed in complex and heavyweight cases for both the prosecution and the defence. He has been instructed as part of disclosure teams, to lead others during investigation stages, and as sole and led counsel in a variety of tribunals. Tom has a wide experience of corporate and financial crime having not only advised the FCA and private banks in respect of Anti Money Laundering procedures and the risk of financial crime but having acted as an appointment investigator for the FCA. He masters complex detail easily, is meticulous in his preparation and impressive in court.

    Experience

    Tom Coke-Smyth was part of the FCA’s disclosure team on Operation Tabernula, the most complex insider dealing case ever prosecuted by the FCA at the time. He also has experience of the FCA’s regulatory enforcement and offences under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 and has advised the global financial crime division of a leading bank on internal regulatory matters.

    He has experience of contested confiscation proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and is experienced in the complexities of equitable interests in land in this context. He has assisted in cases of fraud and financial and business crime, and has experience of preparing cases of MTIC fraud before the Tax Chamber of the First-Tier Tribunal for HMRC.

    Tom was also on the team which in 2016 successfully completed a year-long regulatory project for a leading global bank spanning several countries, including secrecy and offshore jurisdictions. The team enabled the bank to improve the application and effectiveness of its AML regime, meeting a challenging deadline set by the FCA.

    Tom has in depth experience of  FCA regulatory proceedings having been an appointed investigator under FSMA. Has experience advising both the FCA and private banks in AML systems and controls.

    Notable Cases

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

  • 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

    Tom Coke-Smyth is an accomplished junior criminal advocate appearing for both the prosecution and the defence as led and sole counsel in cases involving a variety of offences.  He has particular expertise when crime meets with either the regulatory or public law fields, representing professionals as their cases progresses through the various legal forums.  

    Experience

    Tom’s criminal practice encompasses the full range of offences and he regularly appears in the Crown Court, prosecuting as well as defending privately or on legal aid. He has recently defended in cases involving conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, affray and sexual assault.

    Tom is a CPS level 2 prosecutor. His cases have included the successful prosecution of a conspiracy to defraud involving ringing, the fraudulent altering of motorcycle identities. In 2013 he was led in the successful prosecution of Operation Farmer which involved a series of sophisticated cash-in-transit robberies.

    Tom has experience of both prosecuting and defending the full range of motoring offences. Notable successes include the argument of special reasons in relation to a defendant charged with driving while disqualified following a recent ban, and the exclusion of urine sample evidence resulting in acquittal for a charge of drink driving.

    Between 2005-09, before joining chambers, Tom served for four years in the British Army.  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.  Because of this experience Tom maintains a strong interest in courts martial and criminal cases involving service personnel, using his experience of serving in the army to obtain the best possible results for clients.

    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

    From early beginnings assisting at the General Medical Council, Tom Coke-Smyth has developed an admirable career in presenting and defending at professional regulatory tribunals.  His experience is varied and his reputation is impressive.

    Experience

    In 2013 Tom Coke-Smyth spent six months seconded to the GMC as part of the policy team modernising the Fitness to Practise Rules. He also worked to develop policies for criminal disclosure from the police in relation to fitness to practise proceedings. He gained an extensive understanding of the key issues involved in such proceedings and the healthcare regulatory framework.  It is from here that he began his practice in professional regulation.  Today he is on the GMC's approved list of advocates and is regularly instructed by them on a variety of charges and category of hearing.

    Tom has extensive experience of medical regulation.  He acts for the GDC and has experience of presenting the full range of hearings on their behalf. Recent substantive hearings have included serious allegations of dishonesty, misconduct arising out of serious clinical failings involving complex expert evidence, and under guise investigations dealing with work beyond the scope of practice.  Tom also has experience of defending in front of the HCPC and of advising the GCC in respect of case management and presentation and appearing to present on their behalf in hearing.  At the start of his career, Tom was seconded to the NMC as a case presenter, he now accepts instructions to defend in these proceedings.

    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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    • Selva Ramasamy and Tom Coke-Smyth speak at Army Professional Training Conference

      Selva Ramasamy and Tom Coke-Smyth spoke on the topic of disciplinary proceedings at the Army Legal Service's Annual Professional Training conference. The conference was attended by the officers of the ALS and the heads of the military legal organisations ...

  • 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

    Before joining Chambers Tom Coke-Smyth  worked in government and the armed forces.  This experience coupled with the work he has conducted as a member of Chambers, has set him excellent stead when it comes to dealing with inquests and inquiries, both when military related and otherwise.  He has an understanding approach, is meticulous in his preparation and determined in his representation.  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 from 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 silks.  He also acts in cases involving allegations of police misconduct and deaths in custody.

    Experience

    Tom served for four years in the British Army between 2005-09 where, 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.  Before joining Chambers, Tom interned in 2011 as parliamentary assistant to Baroness Scotland QC in the office of the Shadow Attorney General. He worked on a wide variety of legal issues and assisted in preparing speeches, conducting legal research, and pro bono legal activities.   These experiences have helped Tom to develop in the field of inquests and inquiries, particularly although not exclusively, where the action under scrutiny is military based.

    Between 2013-15 Tom was junior to Philip Evans QC representing the families of two soldiers at the Article 2 inquest into their deaths in 2009 in a friendly fire incident in Afghanistan. The Coroner found that failure to include in the Javelin safety case its use in an anti-personnel role resulted in inadequate assessment of the risks in that role which contributed to these deaths.

    In 2016 he represented the family of a soldier killed in a friendly fire incident in Afghanistan in 2013. Following a successful application on behalf of the family, the matter was adjourned to allow the Service Prosecuting Authority to consider a charge of unlawful act manslaughter.

    In 2012, Tom was seconded to the Department of Health as a junior member of the inquiry team preparing the report arising from the public inquiry into the failure to regulate the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.

    Notable Cases

    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.

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    • 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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