Attorney General appoints Tom Cockroft as Junior Counsel to the Crown (C Panel)

The Attorney General has appointed Tom Cockroft as Junior Counsel to the Crown (C Panel).The appointment is for a five year period commencing 1st September 2022.The Panel undertakes civil and EU work for all government departments…

Tom Cockroft secures unanimous acquittal of carer

Tom Cockroft secures unanimous acquittal of carer accused of scalding a patient in bathwater (GBH). After a 19-year career looking after elderly and otherwise vulnerable patients in care homes, Ms X was accused of inflicting grievous bodily…

Licensing in the wake of the ‘Coronavirus, Business Closure’ regulations

The 2003 Licensing Act radically changed the premises licensing regime in England and Wales making Local Authorities responsible for the issuing, enforcement and review of premises licences. However The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Business Closure) (England)…

Tom Cockroft secures unanimous acquittal in case of arson reckless as to endangering life

Tom Cockroft represented a client who faced upwards of 10 years' imprisonment after setting fire to his property and thereby putting his ex-partner and her baby at risk of death or serious injury.Tom was instructed by Noble…

Tom Cockroft successfully resists a renewed attempt to appeal against extradition before the Divisional Court

David Josse QC and Ben Keith had sought to persuade the Divisional Court (Bean LJ and Farbey J) that the RP's circumstances had changed in the 4 years she had spent at large following her…

Tom Cockroft secures acquittal in frenzied knife attack case

Tom Cockroft represented a defendant who repeatedly stabbed a victim in the thigh, coming within millimetres of severing his femoral artery.The defendant was positively identified as the attacker who had stabbed the victim.The defendant had a collection…

Tom Cockroft to respond to Sentencing Code consultation

Tom Cockroft will be heading up one of the teams responding to the Law Commission's consultation on the new Sentencing Code. Tom will be responding on behalf of the Law Reform Committee of the Bar Council…

Tom Cockroft successful in the Court of Appeal

Tom Cockroft successfully appealed against his client's conviction for robbery on the basis of a misdirection on joint enterprise in the judge's summing up.The appellants dragged the complainant onto a golf course on a freezing winter's…

Tom Cockroft successfully resists an application by the Daily Express

Tom Cockroft has successfully resisted an application by the paper at the Central Criminal Court for disclosure of a reference from Jeremy Corbyn MP Tom Cockroft successfully resists an application by the Express at the…

Tom Cockroft invited to join the Law Reform Committee

Tom Cockroft, who was elected onto the Bar Council in 2015, has been invited to join the Law Reform Committee. The Law Reform Committee responds to government consultations across all areas of law on behalf…


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