Clerking team

Andy Booth

Lead Criminal Clerk

Shell Edmonds

Criminal Clerk

Lien Forster

Junior Criminal Clerk

Nageena Mahmoud

Junior Criminal Clerk

Stephanie Casey

Junior Criminal Clerk

“Recommended Expert.”

Legal 500, 2024

Thomas specialises in all types of Criminal, Regulatory and Professional Discipline matters. His expertise in such matters have resulted in his recognition in the Legal 500 for several consecutive years.

Thomas accepts pro-bono instructions through Advocate.

Thomas has a keen interest in assisting the future generations of the Bar and has been an Associate Lecturer of Criminal Advocacy on the Bar Course at Manchester Metropolitan University. He also regularly assists in advocacy training for Lincoln’s Inn and the Northern Circuit.

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

Prior to coming to the Bar, Thomas worked for a leading firm of Personal Injury solicitors, assisting on cases ranging from small claims to the Supreme Court.

Crown Court & appeals

Thomas enjoys a busy Crown Court practice encompassing cases involving homicide, firearms, serious violence, drugs, fraud and all manner of sexual offences. He is known for his ability to cut through to the crux of a case and his no-nonsense cross-examination. He is a persuasive and engaging advocate who can build a solid and friendly rapport with any client, putting them at ease quickly, even in the most difficult cases. He is a Level 2 Prosecutor.

He is regularly instructed on large multi-handed conspiracy cases, usually involving advocates far beyond his call and is regularly against KCs.


Court of Appeal

Thomas regularly appears before the Court of Appeal.

Notable Cases

R v Daniel Patrick Flanagan [2020] EWCA Crim 1117:  The Appellant successfully argued that his sentence for False Imprisonment was manifestly excessive. The case reiterated the requirement for the court to consider the length of time of the imprisonment, the level of injury if any and the extent of imprisonment when considering sentencing.

This case will appear in the 2021 update of Blackstone’s Criminal Practice

R v Thomas Taylor: The Appellant successfully appealed the imposition of an immediate custodial sentence. That sentence was quashed and replaced by a suspended sentence resulting in the immediate release of the Appellant.

R v Lewis Cawley: Case dealing with the legality of a custodial sentence made on a youth defendant who had committed numerous offences of a long period of time.


Violent Offences

Thomas is regularly instructed to defend matters involving violent crime.

Operation Encyclic (2023): Sole junior in a long running multi-handed drugs and firearms conspiracy between organised crime gangs in Manchester and Nottingham. Trial lasted six months. Covered in the Nottingham Post.

R v KC (2022): Represented a defendant charged with kidnapping a taxi driver at knife point. Client was acquitted.

Operation Linear (2022): Led junior representing an illiterate member of the travelling community in a multi-handed conspiracy to traffic a person and use for slave labour. After a six-week trial, the prosecution offered no evidence.

Operation Hansford (2020): Sole junior in multi-handed conspiracy to rob and burgle commercial properties. Client was eventually sentenced to a suspended sentence. Covered in the Manchester Evening News.

R v AA (2019): Successfully prosecuted a member of the “Boy Better Know” music group for assaulting Prison Officers in HMP Manchester.

R v PL (2019): Successfully represented a prisoner who had pleaded guilty under threat of death to possessing prohibited articles in Prison. When his plea was vacated, he was then charged with Perverting the Course of Justice. After an abuse of process argument was drafted, the Prosecution offered no evidence on the matter.

R v SP (2018): Prosecuted a woman who was found guilty of criminal damage after claiming she was acting in self defence when she attacked her ex-husband’s Mercedes with a golf club. The case was covered in the Manchester Evening News and The Metro.

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.


Sexual Offences

Thomas is regularly instructed to represent individuals charged with the most serious of sexual offences.

Notable Cases

R v SI (2022): Represented a footballer who was charged with rape of an under-age girl. Client was unanimously acquitted.

R v RO (2021): Defended a man charged with the historic rape of a child under 13. The case was the first at Minshull St to utilise a section 28 recorded cross-examination during a trial. The Defendant was acquitted unanimously.

R v AH (2020): Thomas was instructed as Junior to represent a man charged with several counts of Rape and Sexual Assault against a former partner. On reviewing 18,000 pages of messages between the pair by Thomas and his leader, the Prosecution were persuaded to offer no evidence against the Defendant.

R v JL (2018): Successful appeal against conviction of a man who had previously been found guilty of indecent exposure. A five-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order was revoked. The case was covered in the Mail and the News & Star.


Youth/Vulnerable Defendants

R v BM (2020): Thomas was instructed to represent a youth in the Crown Court charged with Causing Grievous Bodily Harm with Intent. After a successful opposition to an extension of Custody Time Limits, the charge was reduced to a lesser offence and the case was remitted back to the Youth Court for sentence due to the offence no longer being deemed a “grave crime”.

R v BL (2018): Thomas was instructed to represent a 14-year-old boy in Care who was charged with sexual offences against his younger sister. He was sentenced to a 12-month Referral Order with his Care placement to remain.

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.

Magistrates Court

Thomas is accustomed to representing clients in the Magistrates Court in a full range of criminal matters that are not subsequently elevated to the Crown Court (either on election or due to the seriousness of the charge).

In addition, he 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.

R v DA (2018): Defended a man who admitted causing serious injury by Dangerous Driving and crashing a modified rally car. He received a 12-month suspended sentence.

R v GR (2016): Successfully defended a young driver who was charged with Careless Driving which had caused an accident and injury.

Professional discipline

Thomas has a wealth of experience dealing with fitness to practise and professional disciplinary matters.

He is frequently instructed to present cases on behalf of professional regulators. Thomas undertook a 10-month secondment with a Band 1 national firm where he presented cases for the Teaching Regulation Agency and a number of Local Authorities. He has been called upon to advise regulators on matters of law, evidence and procedure on cases involving the most serious of allegations including sexual allegations and fraud.

Thomas has extensive experience advising on every aspect of professional discipline proceedings from investigations, interim applications and case management to representations at full hearings and beyond.

Notable Cases:

TRA v PR: Presented the case against a senior teacher accused of sexually touching one of his students in class. Decision is available on Gov.UK website.

TRA v JR: Presented the case against the former head-teacher of the prestigious Leicester Grammar School accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a former pupil. Covered in the Harborough Mail.

TRA v GL: Represented the regulator in a case involving a teacher who taught students that LGBTQ people were sinners. Appeared in an application hearing by the respondent to adduce hundreds of pages of expert evidence about her religious beliefs. Following submissions, the panel refused to adduce the evidence and the teacher was subsequently disciplined. Covered in the Telegraph (paywall).

TRA v CL: Presented the case against a teacher accused of assaulting her own children and being drunk whilst they were in her care. Decision is available on the Gov.UK website.

Inquests & coronial

Thomas has shadowed an assistant coroner while conducting an inquest and plans to develop this area of his practice. He has prepared the following report for the case of R (Chidlow) v HM Senior Coroner For Blackpool & Fylde [2019] EWHC 581 (Admin) (12/3/19). You can read it here

He has been involved in jury inquests involving the deaths of prisoners in custody.

Thomas has previously been a Judicial Shadow to the Senior Coroner of Manchester wherein he gained invaluable experience of inquests from the Coroner’s perspective.

Health & safety

Thomas is developing his regulatory practice and is able to combine both his criminal and civil experience when instructed on such matters.

Thomas regularly appears for companies such as British Telecom in proceedings for alleged breaches of Road Traffic Safety Regulations, prosecuted by the Local Authority.

He has also recently been instructed on Animal Welfare matters.

Cumbria County Council v British Telecom (Montgomery Way) (2019): Represented BT who pleaded guilty to breaches of road safety regulations. The matter can be read about here:

Secretary of State for Business v Paula Carson (2019) EWHC: Represented the Defendant in Committal Proceedings in the High Court when a company director breached her undertakings and was in Contempt of Court. Despite admitting 85 separate offences, the director received a 4-month suspended sentence. The matter can be read about here:


Northern Circuit

Associate Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University