• A well-rounded, well-versed silk revered across the full gamut of Chambers’ practice areas. As an advocate he is authoritative, commanding but deeply fair.

    Public Law

    Tom’s presence in the field of professional regulation and discipline has naturally propelled him into the arena of public law. His detailed approach, ability to master the complex and careful consideration and application of his knowledge has placed him at the top tier of this work.

    A practice that began with high-profile judicial reviews of regulators, public inquiries into the regulation of professions and pro bono work for the Royal British Legion in inquests into the deaths of serviceman, his work has expanded into all other fields.

    Tom was appointed to conduct a review of the effectiveness and operation of the fit and proper person test as it is applied within the NHS. Click here to read the Kark review. 

    Corporate & Financial Crime 

    A barrister with a penchant for the complex, Tom’s skill set lends itself effortlessly to the intricacies of corporate and financial crime. Formerly Standing Counsel to the HMRC for eight years, Tom’s career has manoeuvred through the full spectrum of financial crime offences, both for the prosecution and defence.

    Crime

    Tom Kark QC is recognised for his experience across all areas of general crime and associated fields. Frequently instructed to prosecute and defend the most serious of crimes, his career has taken him into niche fields within the sphere, where his knowledge of Customs & Excise, expert evidence, various professions (healthcare amongst others) and their regulations has made him a formidable member of a team and an equally formidable opponent. He has experience at every tier of the criminal legal system from pre-charge to The Supreme Court as well as in linked proceedings in other areas of the law such as inquests and public inquiries.

    He is recognised for being a commanding advocate whilst remaining a real team player.

    Regulatory

    Tom is highly recommended for complex regulatory cases requiring sensitivity and experience; he has long been the go-to silk in this field.

    He continues to prosecute in difficult and noteworthy cases for leading regulators as well as sitting as a legal assessor for regulators such as the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and the Osteopathic Council.

    Tom’s experience in this field takes him from advising pre-charge all the way to High Court and Supreme Court appeals. His practice has extended to see him becoming lead counsel for related public inquiries and representing core participants at inquests.

    Reviews

    Chambers UK 2019: Professional Discipline – Band 1; Inquests & Public Inquiries – Band 3

    Legal 500 2018: Professional Discipline and Regulatory – Tier 2; Crime – Tier 3.

    'He is a very calm and reassuring barrister who exudes trust.' Chambers UK Inquests & Public Inquiries (2019)

    'An authoritative and commanding advocate who is easy to work with.' Chambers UK Professional Discipline (2019)

    'Often the first choice for high-profile cases.' Legal 500 Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law (2018)

    'He is a very good advocate, very calm, persuasive and really hard-working. He is really focused and diligent.' 'As an advocate, he is very fair, considered and articulate.' Chambers UK Inquests & Public Inquiries (2018)

    'A leading silk in the field and a very effective advocate. He is experienced and well versed in regulatory work generally and in GMC work.' 'Fantastic for the criminal-disciplinary cross-over.' Chambers UK Professional Discipline (2018)

    'Very thorough in his preparation, he is a supremely hard worker.' Chambers UK Inquests & Public Inquiries (2017)

    'An authoritative and commanding advocate.' Legal 500 Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law (2017)

    'He is incredibly approachable and easy to talk things through with.' Chambers UK Professional Discipline (2015)

    'Tom Kark QC is a very hard worker and delivers on time. He has a very understated and effective delivery as an advocate.' Chambers UK Inquests & Public Inquiries (2014)

    Appointments

    • Recorder
    • Legal Assessor 

    Professional Memberships

    • Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL)
    • Bencher of Inner Temple
    • Health & Safety Lawyers' Association (HSLA)

    Education

    • Buckingham University 

     

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  • Corporate and Financial Crime

    Building on his foundations as Standing Counsel to the HMRC, Tom Kark QC has the full arsenal a corporate and financial lawyer wants.

    Overview

    A barrister with a penchant for the complex, Tom’s skill set lends itself effortlessly to the intricacies of corporate and financial crime. Formerly Standing Counsel to the HMRC for eight years, Tom’s career has manoeuvred through the full spectrum of financial crime offences, both for the prosecution and defence.

    Experience 

    As standing Counsel for nearly a decade, Tom was involved in some of the largest fraud prosecutions in the country including the largest diversion fraud ever prosecuted at the time. He has defended those prosecuted for fraud and business crime whether by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) or other agencies for several decades and his experience covers cases involving a wide range of fraud including mortgages; arbitrage; insider dealing; company fraud; fraud on government funding in the film industry; internal computer misuse; car market manipulation of prices; internal company theft and money laundering.

    Notably Tom has successfully defended in a sanctions-busting case investigated by both UK and USA authorities involving the export of prohibited material to Iran.

    As well as serious fraud and 'white collar crime' Tom has also recently been involved in several gross negligence manslaughter cases and related health and safety offences arising from deaths in the workplace.

    He is a counsel who has a great sense of the big-picture and what to focus on to get the best outcome for the client.

    Notable Cases

    R v Babamiri, Hawkins & related companies (2014)
    Successful prosecution for gross negligence manslaughter and related health and safety act offences.

    R v Darmoo & Brown (2012)
    The 'Arms to Iraq' sanction busting and money laundering case.

    R v S (2012)
    Tom Kark QC and Rachna Gokani instructed by Russell Jones and Walker Solicitors successfully defended a British/Iranian client charged with sanctions busting.

    Reviews 

    'An authoritative and commanding advocate who is easy to work with.' Chambers UK (2019)

    'He is often the first choice for high-profile cases. He is an authoritative and commanding advocate who is easy to work with.' Chambers UK (2016)

    'A very impressive advocate who has an understated manner and is very persuasive in his questioning.’ Chambers UK (2016)

    'He has a good sense of the big picture and what the client actually needs.' Chambers UK (2016)

    'He is very personable and great with clients.' Chambers UK (2015)

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  • A well-respected jury-advocate with over 30 years’ experience, Tom Kark QC impresses with his vast knowledge and authoritative approach.

    Overview

    Tom Kark QC is recognised for his experience across all areas of general crime and associated fields. Frequently instructed to prosecute and defend the most serious of crimes, his career has taken him into niche fields within the sphere, where his knowledge of Customs & Excise, expert evidence, various professions (healthcare amongst others) and their regulations has made him a formidable member of a team and an equally formidable opponent. He has experience at every tier of the criminal legal system from pre-charge to Supreme Court as well as in linked proceedings in other areas of the law such as inquests and public inquiries.

    He is recognised for being a commanding advocate whilst remaining a real team player.

    Experience 

    Tom has extensive experience in general and commercial crime. 

    His three decades of jury trial experience has involved all types of serious crime including murder, manslaughter, death by dangerous driving, rape, offences against children, gun offences, armed robbery, and the importation, manufacture and supply of drugs.

    He is adept at dealing with the full range of homicide cases including gross negligence manslaughter and cases involving Health and Safety Legislation. 

    He has dealt with numerous high level drug importations and diversion cases, including prosecutions for the Serious Organised Crime Agency.

    Tom’s unrivalled experience of professional regulation make him a formidable choice of counsel for cases with criminal charges that have arisen from a professional’s conduct, whether it be a professional in the financial, legal, education or healthcare sector. This experience makes him especially well-placed to continue with matters as they invariably meander through various tribunals and wide-ranging legal sectors.

    Tom is a Recorder with a Serious Sexual Offences ticket; he has exceptional understanding of criminal law and its application in the Courts and is particularly experienced in sexual offences, serious and historic. Tom has particular expertise with vulnerable witnesses and has trained others in the profession on this topic.

    Notable Cases

    R v Lederman (2015) 
    Prosecution of an 85-year-old man for causing death and serious injury by dangerous driving.

    R v Babamiri, Hawkins & related companies (2014)
    Successful prosecution for gross negligence manslaughter and related health and safety act offences.

    R v Green (2013)
    Tom Kark QC prosecuted a 16-year-old charged with murdering another teenager on a crowded London bus. Green was sentenced to a minimum of 12 years.

    Reviews

    Legal 500 2018: Crime – Tier 3.

    'An authoritative and commanding advocate who is easy to work with.' Legal 500 Crime (2018)

    'He is a very good advocate, very calm, persuasive and really hard-working. He is really focused and diligent.' Chambers UK (2018)

    'Very thorough in his preparation, he is a supremely hard worker.' Chambers UK (2017)

    'An authoritative and commanding advocate.' Legal 500 (2017)

    'He is very personable, good with witnesses and someone who manages juniors really well.' Chambers UK (2016)

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  • A highly respected Silk within the Professional Regulatory field, Tom Kark QC is the first choice for serious and high-profile professional discipline cases; his wide breadth of knowledge in this practice area gives a whole new dynamic to a case.

    Overview

    Tom is highly recommended for complex regulatory cases requiring sensitivity and experience; he has long been the go-to silk in this field.

    He continues to prosecute in difficult and noteworthy cases for leading regulators as well as sitting as a legal assessor for regulators such as the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and the Osteopathic Council.

    Tom’s experience in this field takes him from advising pre-charge all the way to High Court and Supreme Court appeals. His practice has extended to becoming lead counsel for related public inquiries and to representing core participants at inquests.

    Tom was appointed to conduct a review of the effectiveness and operation of the fit and proper person test as it is applied within the NHS. Click here to read the Kark review. 

    Experience 

    Tom’s practice originated in criminal law, defending white collar fraud cases and prosecuting serious crime. Over the past ten years his practice has focused on Regulatory and Disciplinary law, prosecuting for the General Medical Council and General Dental Council and both prosecuting and defending in many other regulatory tribunals including Chiropractors, Opticians, and Solicitors.

    In 2010 he was appointed Counsel to the public inquiry into the role of the commissioning, supervisory and regulatory bodies in the monitoring of Mid Staffordshire Foundation NHS Trust.

    Tom has presented in complex and noteworthy cases for the General Medical Council, including those of Dr Skinner (overuse of Thyroxine), Dr Barton (Gosport War Memorial Hospital mis-prescribing Diamorphine) and Dr Trossel (using stem cell therapy in the purported treatment of multiple sclerosis). In 2015 Tom presented the case of Dr Waney Squier, a leading baby shaking expert and represented the GMC subsequently on appeal.  

    Tom has also recently appeared in the Court of Appeal on behalf of a nurse for the RCN, on judicial review and on Section 40 Medical Act appeals on behalf of the GMC and in the Supreme Court on behalf of the General Pharmaceutical Council.

    Tom’s experience has placed him at the very top of this area of work; he has incredible experience and takes great care.

    Tom is the head of the Professional and Regulatory Group at QEB Hollis Whiteman.

    Notable Cases

    Royal Pharmaceutical Council v Khan 2016 (Supreme Court)
    Represented the General Pharmaceutical Council in their appeal to the Supreme Court against a decision of the Inner House of Sessions in Scotland on a matter of significance across the regulatory field. The appeal was won.

    R (on the application of Squier) v the GMC (2015) EWHC 299 (Admin)
    Appeared on behalf of the GMC in an application for judicial review of two decisions of the Fitness to Practise Panel.

    GDC v Radeke (2014)
    Presented the case against a dentist whose patient died within 24 hours of an operation.

    GMC v Mao Aweys (2014)
    Presented the case against this doctor for attempting to arrange female genital mutilation on a patient.

    Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry (2010 – 2013)
    Led the team of counsel to the public inquiry into the serious failings in care at the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation trust. The inquiry made 290 recommendations which have had far reaching consequences for patient care in the NHS.

    GDC v Addow (2013)
    Represented the General Dental Council in the striking off of Birmingham dentist Omar Sheikh Mohamed Addow.

    Reviews

    Chambers UK 2019: Professional Discipline – Band 1.

    Legal 500 2018: Professional Discipline and Regulatory – Tier 2.

    'An authoritative and commanding advocate who is easy to work with.' Chambers UK Professional Discipline (2019)

    'Often the first choice for high-profile cases.' Legal 500 Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law (2018)

    'A leading silk in the field and a very effective advocate. He is experienced and well versed in regulatory work generally and in GMC work.' 'Fantastic for the criminal-disciplinary cross-over.' Chambers UK Professional Discipline (2018)

    'An authoritative and commanding advocate.' Legal 500 Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law (2017)

    'He is incredibly approachable and easy to talk things through with.' Chambers UK Professional Discipline (2015)

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  • A Silk whose recognition in other complex and sensitive fields has propelled him into public law work; Tom Kark QC is known for handling the most challenging of cases with great care and authority.

    Overview

    Tom’s presence in the field of professional regulation and discipline has naturally propelled him into the arena of public law. His detailed approach, ability to master the complex and careful consideration and application of his knowledge has placed him at the top tier of this work.

    A practice that began with high-profile judicial reviews of regulators, public inquiries into the regulation of professions and pro bono work for the Royal British Legion in inquests into the deaths of serviceman, his work has expanded into all other fields.

    Tom was appointed to conduct a review of the effectiveness and operation of the fit and proper person test as it is applied within the NHS. Click here to read the Kark review, and click here to see his appearance before the Parliamentary Health and Social Care Committee.

    Experience

    Tom has experience of all fields within the practice area of public law. From beginnings as the preferred Silk for complex judicial reviews and public inquiries arising from professional regulation, he has developed a reputation within the field of public law in his own right.

    Sought out to lead the public Inquiry into the role of the commissioning, supervisory and regulatory bodies in the monitoring of Mid Staffordshire Foundation NHS Trust in 2010, Tom continues to act for parties to other public inquiries. Notably, he is currently acting for the Home Office as a core participant in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

    Tom has great experience of inquests. Most notably he has acted for the family of Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham, the Red Arrows pilot, accidentally ejected to his death whilst on the tarmac at RAF Scampton. 

    A true team player with a commanding presence, his approach is ideal for this area of work.

    Notable Cases

    Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry (2010 – 2013)
    Led the team of counsel to the public inquiry into the serious failings in care at the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation trust. The inquiry made 290 recommendations which have had far reaching consequences for patient care in the NHS.

    Inquest into the death of Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham (2014)
    Represented the family of Red Arrow pilot Flt Lt Sean Cunningham, who died after being ejected from his plane whilst it was still on the ground, at the inquest into his death.

    Reviews

    Chambers UK 2019: Inquests & Public Inquiries – Band 3

    'He is a very calm and reassuring barrister who exudes trust.' Chambers UK Inquests & Public Inquiries (2019)

    'He is a very good advocate, very calm, persuasive and really hard-working. He is really focused and diligent.' 'As an advocate, he is very fair, considered and articulate.' Chambers UK Inquests & Public Inquiries (2018)

    'Very thorough in his preparation, he is a supremely hard worker.' Chambers UK Inquests & Public Inquiries (2017)

    'Tom Kark QC is a very hard worker and delivers on time. He has a very understated and effective delivery as an advocate.' Chambers UK Inquests & Public Inquiries (2014)

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