Tom qualified as a solicitor in 2010 after completing his training contract at Weightmans. Prior to this Tom worked for a number of years as a Probation Officer. Tom was promoted to Associate in 2014.
Tom has worked throughout in clinical negligence, and has also been seconded to run the Legal Services and Complaints department of a major multi-site acute Trust in the North West. He has dealt with a range of clinical negligence cases, including birth injury claims.
Tom is particularly skilled in assisting Trusts with complex complaints and investigations involving liaising with all stake holders including patients, family members, Clinical Commissioning groups and the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman.
Tom is a designated Clostridium difficile case handler, and is part of a small group of specialist solicitors who deal with all Clostridium difficile claims nationally. In addition to Clostridium difficile cases he also has experience in:
- dealing with other HAI cases including MRSA claims;
- a number of ophthalmology cases including claims arising from complications following cataract surgery;
- claims relating to Ambulance Trusts, involving close liaison with the MDUs due to the involvement in GPs in the care; and
- claims by previous/currently serving prisoners which involve input from GPs as the initial care givers in a prison setting.
Tom has recently dealt with a number of high value claims including:
- Achieving a late discontinuance in a case involving a delay in diagnosing a stroke. The claimant was seeking £1.4 million on the basis of their schedule of loss, and discontinued and paid a substantial part of the defendant's costs 2 weeks before trial.
- Achieving a discontinuance on an orthopaedic claim where the claimant originally sought in excess of £2.4 million in relation to the failure of his businesses.