• Tom Phillips joined QEB Hollis Whiteman in January 2020 following the successful completion of his pupillage in Chambers.

    Corporate and Financial Crime

    Tom's experience includes working on cases involving charges of fraud, money laundering and bribery. During pupillage, he worked closely with Sean Larkin QC and Paul Raudnitz on the Serious Fraud Office prosecution of former Sarclad executives in relation to allegations of corruption and bribery.

    As a tenant, Tom has acted alone for defendants facing charges of fraud and money laundering. In addition, he has been appointed to the CPS Specialist Fraud Panel at Level 2.

    Tom has particular interest in cases involving Section 7 of the Bribery Act 2010. He recently co-authored, with Monty Raphael, a chapter on the offence of failing to prevent bribery for the German book ‘Antikorruptions-Compliance’ (published by CF Muller Wirtschaftsrecht).


    Tom has a busy general crime practice, both defending and prosecuting. He has experience dealing with cases involving a range of matters including offences such as robbery, burglary, false imprisonment, ABH, sexual assault and drugs offences.

    He is frequently engaged in proceedings from an early stage and regularly advises as to how matters might be resolved in a manner which could avoid a criminal conviction altogether. Where appropriate, Tom is able to assist in drafting letters of representation to prosecuting authorities. 

    Health and Safety

    Tom recently assisted Adrian Darbishire QC in defending a company and its director in a case concerning breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. 

    Tom is keen to further develop his practice in Health and Safety. 


    Tom has experience presenting cases before the Nursing and Midwifery Council and has been instructed to assist in the preparation of cases for the Health Care Professionals Council.

    He has assisted more senior members of Chambers in defending cases brought by a range of regulatory and disciplinary authorities.

    Road Traffic and Motoring

    Tom is frequently instructed to defend in cases involving road traffic offences including dangerous driving, drink/drug driving and speeding.

    Where disqualification from driving is in issue, Tom seeks to adopt n approach which aims to avoid disqualification altogether, or, where this is not possible, minimise the length of any disqualification imposed. 


    • Public Access Qualified
    •  CPS General Crime Panel Level 2
    •  CPS Specialist Fraud Panel Level 2
    • Nursing and Midwifery Council Approved Counsel
    • Government Legal Department Junior Junior Panel
    • Youth Justice Legal Centre Approved Counsel

    Professional Memberships

    • Criminal Bar Association
    • Young Fraud Lawyers Association
    •  Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers


    • Bar Professional Training Course – BPP Law School (2017-18)
    • Graduate Diploma in Law – City Law School (2015-16)
    • BA (Hons) Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Keble College, University of Oxford (2012-15)

    Scholarships and Awards

    • Norman Tapp Memorial Prize for Excellence in Mooting – Gray’s Inn (2018)​
    • BPTC Advocacy Scholarship – BPP Law School (2017)
    • Sir Dingle Foot BPTC Scholarship - Gray’s Inn (2017)
    • Michael Beloff QC Essay Prize Winner - Gray’s Inn (2016)
    • Future Legal Mind Essay Prize Winner (2016)


    • Fluent in French
    • Conversational in Spanish


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