Thomas was called to the Bar in 2010 and practices as a Family and Public Access barrister. Before joining KCH Garden Square in 2015 Thomas practised from a set of Chambers in Leicester.
Thomas has considerable experience of Public and Private Law Children Act proceedings, with a particular emphasis on complex welfare hearings. Thomas acts for Local Authorities, the Official Solicitor, parents, grandparents, children and Children’s Guardians. Thomas has extensive experience of representing vulnerable clients including victims of domestic violence and those with learning disabilities.
Thomas’ approach to his clients is noted as being warm, open minded, tenacious and thorough, be they lay or professional clients. He is known for his empathetic, honest and concise advice.
Thomas’ breadth of experience in other areas of law including immigration, employment, criminal and civil matters means that he is often to assist clients on issues that affect them in a variety of jurisdictions and tribunals. This enables Thomas to advise on how different aspects of a clients case impact on others.
Thomas deals with all aspects of disputes relating to children and grandchildren as well as injunctive relief. Thomas has particular experience of cases involving parental alienation, sexual abuse and domestic violence.
Thomas is regularly instructed on behalf of Children’s Guardians in private law matters which include an intractable dispute. He is often able to being an insightful approach to these matters in order to achieve a resolution.
Thomas’ case load regularly includes cases involving serious allegations of physical, sexual or emotional harm, and complex neglect cases.
Thomas is experienced in cross-examining experts on complex medical evidence, toxicologists, paediatricians, and psychologists.
Thomas regularly appears in financial remedy proceedings. Thomas has considerable assets when achieve good outcomes for clients including his robust and no-nonsense ability to negotiate and his thorough approach. Thomas is often able to cut through the issues and assist a client in coming to a good resolution.
Thomas has represented clients facing serious conduct allegations including complex international fraud where assets are alleged to have been concealed.
In addition to acting as an advocate for court proceedings, Thomas is also available for instruction for out of court processes such as Private FDRs and Early Neutral Evaluations. You can find out more about these processes here.
Thomas has an expanding Immigration Law Practice with experience representing clients facing deportation, those claiming asylum and a wide range of Tier 1 and Tier 5 application appeals.
Thomas has successfully represented a number of clients at the Upper Tier Tribunal throughout the UK. This has included clients who have instructed Thomas on a Direct Access Basis.
Legal 500 2023 – Child Law (Public and Private) Ranked: Tier 3
“Thomas is very good at explaining complex issues to the client department. He is always very approachable and ensures work is done to a high standard. There is always clear feedback regarding court hearings and the client is aware of the next steps.”