Thomas Sherrington

Email: clerk@stjohnsbuildings.co.uk

Phone: 0161 214 1500

Year of call: 2015

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Thomas graduated from the University of Nottingham with a BA in Politics before studying the Graduate Diploma in Law and the BPTC at Nottingham Law School.

During his pupillage in Manchester, Thomas assisted his supervisor on a number of complex criminal trials, including murder, historic sexual abuse and significant mortgage fraud. As part of his common law pupillage he also assisted on several multi-track Personal Injury matters.

Expertise

  • Crime

    Thomas represents clients in the Magistrates’, Youth and Crown Courts and has a keen interest in developing his practice involving young and vulnerable witnesses and defendants

    Youth/Vulnerable Defendants

    Cases

    R v JH (2017)

    Thomas was instructed to represent a 13 year old defendant who suffered from Asperger’s syndrome and was charged with multiple counts of serious sexual offences against a family member. He was sentenced to a 12-month Referral Order.

    Thomas has successfully completed the Bar Council Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Training.

    Violent Offences

    Thomas is regularly instructed to defend matters involving violent crime.

    Cases

    R v AM (2016)

    Successful acquittal on legal grounds following an allegation of harassment. Successfully submitted that the alleged course of conduct had not been made out.

    R v KB (2017)

    Successful acquittal following a submission of no case to answer involving a several allegations of assault by the partner of the Defendant

    R v CD (2017)

    Successful acquittal following a submission of no case to answer involving a bar fight where the Prosecution had charged multiple defendants incorrectly.

    Road Traffic

    Thomas regularly accepts instructions in private road traffic cases, including Exceptional Hardship applications and Special Reasons Hearings. He has particular experience in defending drug and drink driving cases.

    Thomas has experience in defending taxi licensing hearings and appeals.

    Cases

    R v GR (2016)

    Successfully defended a young driver who was charged with Careless Driving which had caused an accident and injury.

    R v LR (2016)

    Successful Exceptional Hardship application

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  • Personal Injury

    Prior to coming to the Bar, Thomas work as a Litigation Assistant in an award-winning local firm of solicitors where he had experience in dealing with cases involving:

    – Multi-track personal injury litigation

    – Catastrophic injury

    – Clinical negligence

    Thomas has appeared on behalf of Claimants and Defendants in Small Claims and Fast Track hearings and applications, including those involving road traffic accidents, credit hire claims and manual handling operations. Thomas has regularly been instructed to advise on infant settlements as well as prospects of success and quantum assessments.

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