• An incredibly bright junior who appears in heavy weight, complex cases spanning a variety of fields; Tom Broomfield is a stellar addition to any team.

    Corporate and Financial Crime

    Tom Broomfield’s practice is focussed on financial crime and regulation. He is regularly instructed as a sole and led junior from the initial investigation stage through to appeal. He has an effortless ability to quickly master voluminous and complex material and is equally at home leading or working effectively as part of large teams.

    Crime

    Tom Broomfield is a highly regarded criminal advocate, appearing in serious and complex cases both as sole and led junior. He is a favourite with clients who need a calm yet commanding guidance. He has accumulated considerable experience of all stages of serious criminal cases, from pre-charge to appeal.

    Regulatory

    Tom Broomfield is experienced in a spectrum of tribunals within the regulatory sphere. He mines his experience of representing regulators to advise and represent professionals and firms from the financial, legal and healthcare professions. He provides advice and representation on a host of areas within the field and is experienced in conducting all types of hearing.

    Reviews

    Chambers UK 2021: Financial Crime – Band 4

    Legal 500 2022: Business and Regulatory Crime (Including Global Investigations) – Tier 3; Crime – Tier 3

    'Tom drafts impeccable written legal submissions. Gentle but firm approach with the client. Excellent under pressure and performs well.' Legal 500 Business and Regulatory Crime (2022)

    'He is just incredibly bright and is able to think around problems and offer solutions.' 'He has very good instincts and his drafting skills are excellent.' Chambers UK Financial Crime (2021)

    'Extremely well organised. Very prompt in all preparation, especially advices. Very quickly able to see the issue. Very amiable and good with client. Realistic and practical.' Legal 500 Crime (2021)

    'Fantastic on both the details and the bigger picture. Hardworking and confident in court.' Legal 500 Business and Regulatory Crime (2021)

    ‘Incredibly bright and hard-working, he has the ability to see a way through complex problems.’ ‘Excellent with clients and passionate about his work,’ ‘he's delightful to deal with.’ Chambers UK Financial Crime (2020)

    ‘A persuasive advocate in writing and on his feet.’ Legal 500 Business and Regulatory Crime (Including Global Investigations) (2020)

    Professional Memberships

    • Criminal Bar Association
    • Fraud Lawyers Association
    • South Eastern Circuit

    Education

    • 2006 – 2007 BPP Law School, London Bar Vocational School (Very Competent)
    • 2005 – 2006 City University, London Graduate Diploma in Law (Pass with Merit)
    • 2004 – 2005 University of Bristol MA in Contemporary History (Distinction)
    • 2002 – 2003 University of Bristol BA Historical Studies (First)

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  • Corporate and Financial Crime

    Tom Broomfield is a well-established white collar practitioner with an array of experience at the top level.

    Overview

    Tom Broomfield’s practice is focussed on financial crime and regulation. He is regularly instructed as a sole and led junior at the initial investigation stage through to appeal. He has an effortless ability to quickly master voluminous and complex material and has spent a large proportion of his practice leading and working effectively as part of large teams.

    Experience

    Tom acts for and against the Financial Conduct Authority in a range of criminal and civil matters.

    He has extensive experience of insider dealing. He has appeared in the most high profile criminal prosecutions brought by the regulator in recent years, including R v Dodgson and others (Operation Tabernula), R v Lyttleton and R v. Abdel-Malek and Choucair, and is currently instructed in relation to an investigation that is pre-charge. He is well versed in the technical aspects of trading in equities through the use of a variety of different products and is able to quickly analyse and interpret large quantities of trading data. He has more generally developed considerable expertise in how financial markets operate and what is required to ensure compliance with how they are governed.

    He is also experienced in FCA regulatory enforcement cases. He is currently instructed as junior counsel for the FCA in an investigation into a large corporate for breaching the Listing Rules. He was recently part of a team advising a former employee of a leading international financial services company for involvement in the Mozambique debt scandal and is currently assisting the defence in a high profile wholesale enforcement case at the preliminary stages. He has gained a unique insight into the FCA during his practice to date and is able to bring that knowledge to bear with clear and effective advice to clients facing allegations of insider dealing and market abuse in both criminal and regulatory contexts.

    Tom also has considerable Corporate and Financial Crime experience outside of his FCA practice. He was part of the counsel team that advised the SFO not to bring charges against individuals suspected of fraudulently trading on the foreign exchange market. Since then, he has predominately been instructed by defence firms to advise on various matters relating to allegations of bribery, corruption, fraud, money laundering and tax evasion.

    Tom has vast experience of internal investigations that span a number of jurisdictions and involve a number of prosecuting agencies and regulators. He has both led and been a member of specialised teams from chambers.  He has dealt with disclosure, civil discovery, compelled requests, subpoenas, mutual legal assistance treaties and LPP involving multi-national corporates and their affiliates. He was, for example, recently instructed to advise a large corporate in its response to subpoenas issued by the US Department of Justice

    Tom has developed a keen interest and expertise of the Criminal Finances Act 2017 and specifically the new corporate criminal offences of failing to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion, which came into force at the end of September 2019. He has written and lectured extensively on the subject, including at seminars to top tier international law firms.

    Tom has particular expertise in criminal aspects of copyright and trademark law and has prosecuted in cases ranging from large-scale conspiracies to defraud to supplying counterfeit goods and breaches of consumer protection law.   He has lectured on trading standards law at conferences and seminars across the UK and advises on charge and sufficiency of evidence at an early stage of proceedings.

    Notable Cases

    FCA v Abdel-Malek and Choucair (2016 - the present)
    Instructed as junior for the Financial Conduct Authority in an insider dealing prosecution listed for trial in October 2018.
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    FCA v Lyttleton (2014 - 2016) 
    Instructed as junior for the Financial Conduct Authority in an insider dealing prosecution of a former fund manager at BlackRock. My Lyttleton used a complex off shore financial structure to hide his dealing in stocks based on inside information gleaned through his employment. Instructed in 2014 at an early stage of the investigation to the conclusion of the case.
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    FCA v Dodgson and Ors (2012 – 2016)
    Instructed as disclosure counsel for the Financial Conduct Authority in Operation Tabernula, the largest insider-dealing investigation ever brought by the FCA. Managed a team of approximately 15 paralegals and junior counsel in a disclosure review exercise encompassing over ten terabytes of material and spanning four years. Part of the counsel team at court for the duration of the trial.
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    SFO investigation (2014 – 2016)
    Instructed as second junior in the investigation into fraudulent trading on the foreign exchange market. The case involved extensive cooperation with the FCA, CMA, DoJ and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission as well as banks (and their advisers) that had been subject to internal and regulatory investigations. Involved on a day-to-day basis overseeing the review of over half a million documents. Provided piecemeal advice on specific aspects of the investigation and contributed to the final advice on sufficiency of evidence.

    R v Ryjenko and Sanderson (2015)
    Instructed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in a corruption case involving a former employee.

    Reviews

    Chambers UK 2021: Financial Crime – Band 4

    Legal 500 2022: Business and Regulatory Crime (Including Global Investigations) – Tier 3

    'Tom drafts impeccable written legal submissions. Gentle but firm approach with the client. Excellent under pressure and performs well.' Legal 500 Business and Regulatory Crime (2022)

    'He is just incredibly bright and ia able to think around problems and offer solutions.' 'He has very good instincts and his drafting skills are excellent.' Chambers UK Financial Crime (2021)

    'Fantastic on both the details and the bigger picture. Hardworking and confident in court.' Legal 500 Business and Regulatory Crime (2021)

    ‘Incredibly bright and hard-working, he has the ability to see a way through complex problems.’ ‘Excellent with clients and passionate about his work,’ ‘he's delightful to deal with.’ Chambers UK Financial Crime (2020)

    ‘A persuasive advocate in writing and on his feet.’ Legal 500 Business and Regulatory Crime (Including Global Investigations) (2020)

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  • An accomplished criminal advocate, Tom Broomfield instils confidence in all he works with; he has knowledge and experience beyond his call and an easy client-manner.

    Overview

    Tom Broomfield is a highly regarded criminal advocate, appearing in serious and complex cases both as sole and led junior. He is a favourite with clients who need a calm yet commanding guidance. He has accumulated considerable experience of all stages of serious criminal cases, from pre-charge to appeal

    Experience

    Tom has experience of all levels of crime, at all stages of the process and in all tiers of the English legal system.  As a pupil he worked as part of the defence team in Levi Bellfield and has continued through his practice as a tenant to impress solicitors and clients with his calm and assured manner and persuasive advocacy. 

    Tom has particular expertise in cases of serious violence and is regularly instructed to defend in cases of homicide. In the last three years, he has been retained by the defence in two gangland assassinations and has gained experience of cases involving non-accidental head injury. He was very recently junior counsel in the successful defence of a 17 year old alleged to have participated in a fatal stabbing.

    Tom regularly appears in large-scale, multi-handed drugs and money-laundering cases. He is particularly familiar with the types of evidence that such cases regularly involve. He is able, for example, to provide insightful analysis of extensive telephone billing data and cell site evidence and is particularly skilled at distilling large amounts of data into a comprehensible and digestible format. Tom also has considerable experience and knowledge of disclosure, including all aspects of public interest immunity applications, having led substantial disclosure exercises for the FCA and the SFO. 

    Although he now defends more than he prosecutes, Tom is a level three CPS panel advocate and is level three on the Serious Crime Group List. He is also on the SFO’s B Panel of approved advocates. 

    Tom has recently undergone training in vulnerable witness handling and has significant experience representing clients with a wide range of mental health difficulties.

    Tom regularly represents individuals charged with road traffic offences and has particular experience advising professionals in this area. He recently, for example, represented a solicitor charged with driving without due care and attention, and failing to stop at the scene of an accident.  

    Notable Cases

    R v Thompson-Hill (2018) 
    Instructed as junior counsel for the first defendant in a murder with a shot gun, described as a "cold blooded execution".

    R v Thomas and others (2018) 
    Instructed as junior counsel for the prosecution in a five handed conspiracy spanning six months to supply crack cocaine and heroin. The defendants were alleged to have been operating a county line between Hackney and Milton Keynes.

    R v Hodson (2018) 
    Instructed to defend a man alleged to have bottled the complainant causing loss of sight in one eye. The defendant was acquitted after trial of section 18 and convicted of the less serious alternative count of section 20.

    R v Ramirez-Cortes (2018) 
    Instructed to defend a man alleged to have stabbed the complainant in the face. The defendant was acquitted after trial.

    R v E (2016)
    Appeared as sole junior counsel in successful defence of a youth accused of wounding with intent.

    R v Williamson and Ors (2015)
    Defended in multi-handed conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin.

    R v Claxton (2015)
    Successfully defended a woman accused of stabbing her former partner in the back.

    Ace Waste Haulage (2015)
    Defended a company in a case that resulted in a guilty plea to fly-tipping on an industrial scale.

    R v Tiehoule (2014)
    Represented defendant who was acquitted after trial of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.

    Reviews

    Legal 500 2022: Crime – Tier 3

    'Extremely well organised. Very prompt in all preparation, especially advices. Very quickly able to see the issue. Very amiable and good with client. Realistic and practical.' Legal 500 Crime (2021)

    ‘A persuasive advocate both on paper and on his feet.’ Legal 500 Crime (2020)

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  • An intelligent, confident and efficient junior barrister who brings his ability to master and deliver a case quickly and effectively, to the area of professional regulation.

    Overview

    Tom Broomfield is experienced in a spectrum of tribunals within the regulatory sphere. He mines his experience of representing regulators to advise and represent professionals and firms from the financial, legal and healthcare professions. He provides advice and representation on a host of areas within the field and is experienced in conducting every type of hearing at each stage of a case.

    Experience

    Tom began his regulatory practice presenting at healthcare tribunals but has since established a successful and varied practice appearing both for and against a variety of regulators.

    Tom’s broad and areas of expertise means that he is particularly well placed to provide comprehensive advice to finance and legal professions facing disciplinary action from their regulators. He has recently appeared against and been instructed by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in cases involving tax improprieties and criminal convictions. He has also recently advised the Solicitors Regulation Authority in relation to a number of separate matters involving allegations ranging from lack of proper advice to inappropriately obtaining client money. This aspect of Tom’s practice is complimented by his experience of FCA regulatory enforcement cases and he is particularly skilled at assisting professionals with the emotional strain that such cases involve.

    In relation to healthcare regulators, he is on the GMC’s approved list of counsel. He has represented registrants in misconduct hearings before the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s Conduct and Competence Committee and defended applications by the NMC for an interim suspension order.  He has represented applicants at the Health and Care Professions Council. He represented, for example, an applicant before the Health and Care Professions Council at a substantive order review hearing; the panel revoked a suspension order allowing the applicant to regain employment as a social worker. Tom has worked with the regulators’ regulator, the Professional Standards Authority, reviewing, assessing and advising on decisions made by other health and care regulators.

    Tom also has experience of working in cases involving the Bar Standards Board, the Security Industry Authority and the General Dental Council.

    Reviews

    Legal 500 2022: Business and Regulatory Crime (Including Global Investigations) – Tier 3

    'Tom drafts impeccable written legal submissions. Gentle but firm approach with the client. Excellent under pressure and performs well.' Legal 500 Business and Regulatory Crime (2022)

    'Fantastic on both the details and the bigger picture. Hardworking and confident in court.' Legal 500 Business and Regulatory Crime (2021)

    ‘A persuasive advocate in writing and on his feet.’ Legal 500 Business and Regulatory Crime (Including Global Investigations) (2020)

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