Tom is regularly instructed in accident cases involving all key EL areas, including Work Equipment, Manual Handling, Workplace and COSHH issues.
Tom has particular interests in multi-party CDM disputes involving complex issues of control and practical responsibility, and work-related stress claims.
Tom has noted strength and experience in:
- Multi-party CDM disputes involving complex issues of control and practical responsibility.
- Workplace violence cases, particularly in the social care context. Tom is very much alive to the sensitivities of these cases and used to being involved from the early stages, dealing with disclosure involving multiple agencies and sometimes complex data protection issues.
- Claims for psychiatric injury caused by work-related stress
- Latent defects in work equipment (usually with Consumer Protection Act overlap) as addressed in his 2021 blog with Jack McCracken on the Employer’s Liability (Defective Equipment) Act 1969 and the interesting county court decision of Johnson v Nationwide Platforms Ltd in February 2021.
Tom has vast experience of all kinds of claims against local authorities including highway tripping claims, landlord and tenant cases, and accidents in schools.
Tom has a particular interest in Defective Premises Act claims. His 2016 article on Claims against Landlords and the Defective Premises Act generated considerable interest for its clear, structured approach to analysis of these sometimes surprisingly difficult claims.
Tom has represented both claimants and defendants in FAA claims for many years and is known for his careful, conscientious and sensitive handling of this most taxing and stressful type of litigation.
He is used to bringing £1million-plus claims to settlement before court proceedings become necessary, and handling difficult disputes between defendants. Tom welcomes early involvement from the Inquest stage, and (for defendants) close coordination between the teams responsible for regulatory and civil actions.
Tom has considerable experience of Consumer Protection Act personal injury cases involving a diverse range of products from cosmetics to domestic tumble dryers to substantial pieces of plant, frequently overlapping with the EL context.