Tom Hickman

Called to Bar:
Practice areas:
MA (Cambridge), First Class, LLM Hons (Toronto), PhD (Cambridge) 

Tom is recognised as a leading barrister across a wide range of practice areas and is praised for his advocacy and commercial approach.

Tom regularly appears before a number of different courts and tribunals including the Commercial Court, Chancery Division, Administrative Court, the Court of Arbitration for Sport, sports and professional disciplinary panels and, the European Court of Human Rights. He has particular experience at appellate levels, and has appeared in ten cases before the House of Lords/Supreme Court.

Chambers & Partners UK Bar

  • Media & Entertainment – “analytical, responsive and commercial…with great people skills” (2016). “He is quick to crystallise a problem and provide sensible, targeted advice.” (2014)
  • Sport – “frequently instructed on commercial and contractual disputes” (2016) “He is very gifted and very clever, and he gets right to the point. He is personable, approachable and easy to speak to.” (2014).
  • Civil Liberties – Star Individual. “a great, courageous advocate” (2016) “He is brilliant. He has the ability to press the right buttons to win a case quickly.” (2014)
  • Administrative & Public Law – Star Individual. “excellent and commercially focused” (2016) “… always there when you need him… turns around a high volume of complex and strategically challenging work.” (2014)

Tom is a widely published writer and member of the Law Faculty at University College London where he convenes a Masters course on national security law and teaches part time on other courses. He a regular contributor to the UK Constitutional Law Group Blog and the Blackstone Sports Law Bulletin. Tom’s books, articles and blog posts have been cited in case law in the UK and overseas, in Parliamentary briefing papers and Parliamentary Committee reports. 


Tom acts in a range of commercial matters including commercial fraud. He has considerable experience in obtaining freezing injunctions, Norwich Pharmacal injunctions and other commercial remedies both pre-judgment and post-judgment.

Tom is currently acting for a company that owns and runs hotels in a claim to recover records from electronic databases and systems from a former service provider. He also acts in publishing matters and has recently acted for Oxford University Press in a copyright dispute and in several publishing matters for Penguin books. 

Current and recent work

  • Bernard Ecclestone v HM Revenue and Customs (Comm Ct), ongoing. 
    Tom is acting in this commercial court action challenging the rescission of a settlement agreement between Bernard Ecclestone and HM Revenue and Customs. The issues raised concern misrepresentation and fraud.
  • Snoras Bank v Antonov [2013] EWHC 131 (Comm Ct)
    Substantial civil fraud claim against Vladimir Antonov, the former owner of a Lithuanian Bank. The judgment of Gloster J relates to various interlocutory issues, including confidentiality rings, the relationship between freezing orders in different jurisdictions, criminal proceedings and extradition proceedings, and the right against self-incrimination.
  • Carey Group Plc v AIB Group (UK Ltd) [2012] Ch 304
    Concerning compulsory acquisition of secured lending facilities, pursuant to Irish legislation, to NAMA. The case raised issues about construction of facilities agreements and conflicts of laws.
  • Smith v Newby (2014)
    Notable as a complex and long-running commercial dispute that involved successful substantive proceedings followed by subsequent successful enforcement proceedings, including a world-wide post-judgment freezing injunction, third party debt orders and orders for sale, Tom acting as sole counsel acted for a party to a joint venture in a Portuguese property development dispute.

Other cases

  • B Co. v R (2012-2013, QB) – freezing injunction for owner of film production co.
  • Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll LLP v Suntech Power Holdings Co. (2013, Comm) - disclosure of court documents for use in a US class action.
  • Natwest Bank Plc v Rushmer [2010] EWHC (Ch), [2010] 2 FRL 362 - orders for sale in which Tom acted at all first instance stages
  • Carey Group v AIB UK Ltd and NAMA [2011] EWHC 567 and [2011] EWHC 594 (Ch) - compulsory transfer of banking facilities to Irish authority (NAMA).
  • Jivraj v Hashwani [2009] EWHC 1364 (Comm), [2010] 1 ALL ER 302 - appointment of arbitrator
  • EuNetworks Fiber UK Ltd v Abovenet Communications UK Ltd [2007] EWHC 3099 (Ch) - rectification, contract for sale of London fibre optic cable network

Media and Entertainment

Tom represents clients across the range of media and entertainment disputes, particularly in royalty and copyright disputes (including those with a European Union law dimension) and has represented clients in a number of trials and mediations in this field. For example, he acted as sole counsel in a successful mediation between a well-known boy-band and their manager.

Tom has acted for Paul McCartney's publishing company in a copyright dispute, Status Quo in a passing-off dispute, INXS in a publishing dispute, Mark Morrison, the former manager of the Bay City Rollers, Knife Party/Pendulum, Channel 4, MTV and Sony.

Current and recent work

  • UB40 : Duncan Campbell & Ors v Ali Campbell & Ors (2014 - )
    Tom is currently acting for Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey of UB40 in a dispute with the other founding members of UB40 over the right to use the name UB40. The claim raises passing off and partnership issues.  
  • Rick Wakeman v Imagem Songs & BMG (2013 - )
    Tom is acting for the celebrated progressive rock and classical musician Rick Wakeman in a dispute over the validity of contract for copyright assignment.
  • Cheryl Cole v IPC Media & MC Harvey (2012/2013)
    Tom acted for MC Harvey in a claim brought by Cheryl Cole in breach of privacy and defamation concerning an interview given by MC Harvey in 2011 in which he discussed a relationship with Cheryl Cole.

Other cases

  • Beatles' first US concert – advice on copyright issues
  • Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends™ (Campbell v Hit Plc) – historic royalties claim
  • Wainman v Arista Records – historic royalties claim
  • Hayward v Tyler – accounting and audit dispute
  • Cartwright v Potter – failed television joint venture
  • Reed v Saatchi and Ors  - breach of copyright claim
  • Fermata do Brazil & ors v Essex Music Ltd. (Ch. D) – rescission of sub-publishing agreements


Tom’s sports law practice complements his work in the media and entertainment field. Tom has substantial experience of sports arbitrations including under the FA Rule K. Former clients include Chelsea FC, and Liverpool FC, the RFU and the LTA. Notable cases include:

Current and recent work

  • A National Cricket Association v A Broadcaster
    Tom has recently been advising a national cricket association in a commercial dispute over broadcasting rights to show matches involving the national team.
  • Mutu v Switzerland (Chelsea FC intervening) (2013 - )
    Tom is acting for Chelsea FC in this claim by Adrian Mutu in the European Court of Human Rights. It will be the first time the Strasbourg Court has considered the CAS system and its compliance with human rights standards.
  • Chelsea FC v FIFA (2009 – 2010)
    Tom represented Chelsea Football Club in its appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport from the decision to ban the Club from signing players for two transfer windows. The ban was lifted. Tom was junior Counsel to David Pannick QC and Adam Lewis QC. He has subsequently advised Chelsea FC on associated matters.
  • Football Agent v The Football Association (FA Rule K arbitration)
    Acted for a football agent against the FA, represented by a leading QC, in a claim for declarations and damages by a football agent in relation to the way in which the FA had carried out its regulatory functions.  After a 3 day arbitration, the agent was successful in obtaining declarations relating to the FA’s obligation act lawfully (including in compliance with Data Protection legislation), rationally and fairly.

Other cases

  • Liverpool Football Club v Reebok UK (Com Ct) shirt sponsorship dispute
  • RFU v Bristol Rugby (RFU Tribunal) – first rugby tapping-up case
  • Brentford FC v A Club – disputed transfer fee bonus
  • Leyton Orient FC v London Legacy Development Corporation (2013) dispute over lease to Olympic Stadium
  • A Premier League Club v A Shirt Sponsor (2012-13) - shirt sponsorship dispute
  • Williams v Cottrell Park Golf Club – membership dispute
  • Northampton Town FC v An Agent and A Club - Rule K challenge to the tapping-up of player and recovered substantial compensation

EU and Competition

Tom’s practice encompasses a full range of EU law issues, including procurement and sanctions cases.

Current and recent work

Competition and Public Procurement

Tom has advised as sole and junior counsel on a wide range of procurement and competition law questions, including the legality of certain EU and domestic takeover legislation and advising the Bar Standards Board on competition law issues within the legal profession (with Nicholas Green QC).

Cases include:

  • Seconded to OFT to work on price fixing investigation in Independent Schools
  • Department for Work and Pensions v Contractors (2014)
    Procurement issues relating to changes to funding arrangements.
  • Leyton Orient FC v London Legacy Development Corporation (2013)
    Tom acted for Orient in a challenge to the re-tender process for the rights to use the Olympic Stadium. 
  • Great Eastern Quays Casino Ltd & Ors v Newham London Borough Council (2011)
    Tom represented the Casino operator Aspers in this tendering dispute in 2011 relating to the first large casino licence, granted by Newham Council, under domestic and EU law.


Tom has acted in a number of oil and gas matters, including in relation to sanctions, ‘contracts for difference’ and licensing.

Cases include:

  •  Advice to Scottish Hydro Electric on procurement related matters.
  • Advice to major extraction company on seismic data disclosure requirements under petroleum production licences
  • Instructed by Oil and Gas UK on “contracts for difference” applicable to continental shelf activities
  • Instructed by Ofgem on EU gas distribution issues
  • Advice to major interconnector company on Interconnector contract arrangements
  • Instructed by IPIECA (Global Oil and Gas Industry Association) on Iran and Russia sanctions-related issues
  • Instructed by multi-national oil company transparency provisions of the 2013 Transparency Directive and Accounting Directives applicable to extraction companies
  • Instructed by overseas energy companies on several EU sanctions related matters

Other cases

  • Russian/Ukraine Sanctions – advice on EU sanctions against Russians re. Ukraine
  • Bredenkamp v Foreign Office – Tom acted in various stages of this challenge to Zimbabwe sanctions including in relation to a damages claim
  • Al Qaeda sanctions –EU sanctions against AQ associates
  • Advice on Eurotunnel substitution / concession agreement – Tom advised a consortium of banks as sole counsel on EU and other issues arising from the Eurotunnel concession agreement
  • Revenue and Customs Commissioners v Epsom Telford Ltd [2007] EWHC 1045 (Ch) – EU VAT
  • QD (Iraq) v SSHD [2011] 1 WLR 689, [2010] Imm AR 132 – Qualification Directive

Public Law and Human Rights

Tom’s practice encompasses all areas of administrative law, human rights and civil liberties, including regulatory, commercial judicial review. In addition, he regularly acts in civil damages claims against the government, including personal injury claims, and represented former detainees at Guantanamo Bay detention facility in a substantial claim against a number of government agencies and several other claims against the intelligence services and Ministry of Defence.

Current and recent work

Administrative law

Tom regularly advises in all areas of administrative law both for and against public bodies, clients include the Advertising Standards Agency, the General Dental Council, Ofcom, Ofgem, the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

  • R (Sainsbury’s Supermarket) v Advertising Standards Agency (Tesco Supermarket Intervening) [2014] EWHC 3680, [2015] ACD 23
    This was a judicial review of an ASA decision relating to Tesco’s Price Promise. Tom successfully defended the ASA’s decision.  
  • R (Davis & Watson) v SSHD [2015] EWHC 2092 (Admin) – Court of Appeal November 2015
    The Divisional Court dis-applied the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 for breaching EU law due to the lack of safeguards on access to retained data, including legally privileged information. Tom represents the Law Society of England and Wales (intervening).
  • Provo Air Centre v Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority (2015)
    Tom acted in this challenge to the decision of the Turks and Caicos Island Airports Authority to grant permission for the development of a second Fixed Based Operation at the airport.

Human Rights

Tom has acted in many human rights matters (see also the national security, international disputes and immigration, asylum and citizenship sections below). A selection of cases in which Tom is and has acted:

  • Wilson & Reilly v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2013] UKSC, [2014] AC 453
    Tom acted for the successful claimants in very high profile challenge to the Government’s ‘back to work’ schemes that require persons to work without pay. Following a victory in the Court of Appeal, the Government procured emergency legislation from Parliament to retrospectively reverse the decision but the Supreme Court made further findings against the Government. Tom acted in the follow-up case R (Reilly (No. 2)) v Secretary of state for Work and Pensions [2014] EWHC 2182 (Admin) in which the court declared the legislation contrary to the ECHR.
  • Big Brother Watch & ors v United Kingdom (App. No. 58170/13) (2013 - )
    Three of the UK’s leading privacy groups (Big Brother Watch, Open Rights Group, and English PEN) and a prominent German internet campaigner (Constanze Kurz) have filed an application at the European Court of Human Rights challenging the UK’s legislation governing the surveillance of communications and the implications of the Edward Snowdon disclosures about the use of TEMPORA and PRISM data.
  • Al-Rawi & Ors v Security Service & ors (2008 - 10)
    Tom represented a number of victims of extraordinary rendition and torture, all former detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, in damages claims against the Intelligence Services and other Government agencies for complicity with US authorities. The case was unique in scale and involved numerous complex hearings relating to document retention, disclosure and PII (including Al-Rawi [2009] EWHC 2959 (QB)). He represented the claimants from the inception of the claims to their conclusion by mediation in Autumn 2010. The case was the subject of a statement to Parliament by the Prime Minister (Hansard, HC 6/07/10 col. 175) and subsequently by the Lord Chancellor (Hansard, HC 16/11/10 col.752).
  • Guerrero & 30 Ors, v Monterrico Metals Plc [2010] EWHC 3228 (QB)
    Tom represented thirty-one Peruvian campesinos who claimed to have been unlawfully detained and abused during a protest against one of the world’s largest mining concessions in Peru owned by a UK multinational. Tom represented the claimants over two years and in a number of pre-trial hearings (including one reported judgment on amendments to particulars of claim). The claim, brought under Peruvian law, was settled in 2011.

National-Security & Terrorism

Tom has extensive experience in national security law litigation and has acted in many of the leading cases in these areas over the past ten years. Tom has hosted (with Professor Adam Tomkins) seminars and workshops on national security law and has spoken at conferences in Canada and Germany. He was invited to participate in the Cabinet Office's consultation on the Green Paper Security and Justice at Chatham House in 2011 and in January 2012 was invited to give evidence to the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights. Tom convenes a Masters course on national security law at UCL.

  • Mohamed & CF v SSHD [2012] EWHC 2837 (Admin) and [2014] EWCA Civ 559
    Tom represented CF in control order and TPIM proceedings in the Administrative Court, which were fully heard over two weeks in July. The Court of Appeal allowed an appeal holding that the proceedings had departed from constitutional principles of open justice. 
  • CF v Security Service & Ors [2014] 1 WLR 1699
    Tom acts for CF in the first case under the Justice and Security Act 2013 relating to alleged UK complicity in unlawful detention, mistreatment and rendition.
  • Binyam Mohamed v SSFCA [2010] EWCA Civ 65 & 158, [2010] QB 218
    Tom represented Binyam Mohamed in the Court of Appeal where Mr Mohamed successfully obtained disclosure of information relating to his mistreatment and torture over which public interest immunity was claimed on national security grounds.
  • AF (No 3) v SSHD [2009] UKHL 28, [2010] 2 AC 269
    Tom represented AF in the leading case on control orders and Article 6 of the ECHR which led to the quashing of the control order imposed on AF. The case has given rise to other important judgments on the control order regime in which Tom acted ([2008] EWCA Civ 117 (CA) (status of s.3(10) hearings); [2010] EWCA Civ 869 (CA) (effective remedy)). Tom continues to represent AF in a civil damages claim.

Immigration, Asylum & Citizenship

Tom regularly acts in asylum and human rights cases in the immigration context and is a member of the UNHCR pro bono panel.

  • Lumba (sub nom WL) (Congo) v SSHD [2012] 1 AC 245
    Tom represented WL as junior counsel before the Supreme Court in October 2010 in this test case on immigration detention and the law of false imprisonment. The Supreme Court overturned the judgments of the courts below and held that the claimant had been falsely imprisoned, restating the applicable law.
  • Al-Jedda v Home Secretary 18 July 2014 (SIAC)
    Tom acts for Mr Al Jedda whose citizenship was removed by the Government (for the second time) in 2014.
  • R (Wamala) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (ongoing)
    Tom represents the claimant, Mr Wamala, in interlinked proceedings: (i) challenge to deportation based on risk of inhuman and degrading treatment and an unfair trial in UK; (ii) civil proceedings for unlawful deportation and assault by immigration escorts.

Civil claims against the Government

Tom increasingly represents clients bringing damages claims against the Government. He represented British citizens and British residents detained in Guantanamo Bay in their successful claims against the British Government. He is currently acting for several individuals who were subjected to unlawful control orders and others who were subject to unlawful immigration detention. He is also involved in civil damages claims relating to actions of British forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. Several cases have been referred to above.

Freedom of Information and data protection

  • All Parliamentary Group on Extraordinary Rendition v MOD [2011] UKUT 153 (AAC) – national security exemption concerning information about transfer of UK-captured detainees
  • Campaign Against the Arms Trade v Ministry of Defence [2008] UKIT EA 2006 0040 – disclosure of documents relating to British/Saudi arms deals

Other cases

 Administrative law

  • Flight Support Ltd v The Turks and Caicos Islands Airport Authority (2013) – leading case in the Turks and Caicos Islands concerning the legality of a joint enterprise established by the Airports Authority
  • R (Evans) v Secretary of State for Defence [2013] EWHC 3068 – disclosure of a “closed” judgment on grounds of change of circumstances
  • R (Global Knafaim Leasing) v BAA & CAA & Eurocontrol [2010] EWHC 1348 (Admin), [2011] 1 Lloyd’s Rep. 324 – detention of aircraft for unpaid air navigation charges
  • R (Bradley & Ors) v Secretary of State for Pensions [2009] QB 114 3 (CA) – challenge to rejection of Parliamentary Ombudsman report
  • R (O’Callaghan) v Charity Commission & Alexandra Palace Trustees [2007] EWHC 2491 (Admin), [2008] WTLR 117 – Save Ally Pally challenge to lease of Alexandra Palace to commercial venture
  • R (South Manchester Advice Centre) v Manchester CC (2012) – acting for Council in challenge to funding decision
  • R (BV) v Manchester City Council (2012) – acting for Council in challenge to short breaks policy
  • R (D & S) v Manchester City Council [2012] EWHC 17 (Admin) – equality duty challenge to Council budget (for Council, as junior to John Howell QC).
  • R (Buck) v Architects Registration Board (2010-2011) – challenge to Architects Registration Board.
  • R (Evans) v MOD (Div Ct) [2011] EWHC 1146 (Admin) – changes to the LSC funding code

Human Rights

  • Hassan v United Kingdom (Grand Chamber, 16 Sept 2014) - relationship between IHL and the ECHR
  • Kesabo & Ors v African Barrick Gold plc (2013) - victims of shooting incidents at a mine site in Tanzania, suing parent company for damages for PI.
  • Shah Zada v Ministry of Defence (2013) – successful PI claim against MOD for acting for a child
  • R (Omar) v Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs [2013] EWCA Civ 118  - application for disclosure of documents showing UK complicity in extraordinary rendition
  • Crosbie v Secretary of State for Defence [2011] EWHC 879 (Admin) – challenge to decision of Army Board and compatibility with Article 6 ECHR
  • R (Evans) v SSD (Div Ct) [2010] EWHC 1445 (Admin,) [2011] ACD 11 – transfer of UK-captured detainees to Afghan authorities

National-Security & Terrorism

  • Al-Jedda v Home Secretary [2013] UKSC 62, [2014] AC 253 – deprivation of citizenship
  • SSHD v AM [2009] EWHC 3053 (Admin), [2010] ACD 29 – represented AM in control order proceedings, accused of being an intended suicide bomber in the 2006 transatlantic airline plot
  • A v B (Investigatory Powers Tribunal: Jurisdiction) [2009] UKSC 12 (SC), [2010] 2 AC 1 – scope of IPT jurisdiction 
  • Hicks v Home Secretary (Amin Ct. and SIAC) – deprivation of citizenship of David Hicks, Guantanamo Bay detainee
  • G & Y v Home Office (Security Vetting Appeals Panel), 29/11/09, - compatibility of procedure with Article 6
  • JJ & Ors v SSHD [2007] QB 446 (CA), [2008] 1 AC 385 (HL) and MB v SSHD [2007] QB 415 (CA), [2008] 1 AC 440 (HL)  - legality of control orders

Immigration, Asylum & Citizenship

  • BA & Ors v SSHD [2012] EWCA Civ 944 – relationship between damages claims and immigration JRs
  • R (Chan) v SSHD (2013) – successful challenge to absence of policy on use of force against children and pregnant women
  • Kambadzi (sub nom SK) (Zimbabwe) v SSHD [2011] UKSC 23, [2011] 1 WLR 1299 – immigration detention
  • QD (Iraq) v SSHD [2011] 1 WLR 689, [2010] Imm AR 132 – Qualification Directive
  • AMM (conflict; humanitarian crisis; returnees; FGM) Somalia CG v Secretary of state for the Home Office, [2011] UKUT 445 – Somalia country guidance
  • R (Sukrajh) v SSHD [2011] EWCA Civ 938 – fast-track detention challenge
  • RB & U (Algeria) v Secretary of State for the Home Department and OO (Jordan) v SSHD [2010] 2 AC 110 – deportation and diplomatic assurances 

Public International

International law and International Disputes

Tom has represented clients in a range of cases involving foreign law and international law in UK courts and foreign courts, especially those with a state or diplomatic immunity dimension, or concerning human rights issues. He has advised several governments on the interpretation of international agreements relating to information exchange in tax matters.

Current and recent work

  • Al-Attiya v Hamad Bin-Jassim Bin-Jaber Al Thani (ongoing)
    Tom is representing the claimant in a claim against the former Prime Minister of Qatar. The claim concerns issues of diplomatic and state immunity.
  • Harb v Prince Fadh Bin Abdul Aziz [2014] EWHC 1807 (Ch.)
    Determined the scope of Head of State immunity of the former King of Saudi Arabia. The judgment is under appeal to the Court of Appeal.
  • R (FF) v Director of Public Prosecutions [2013] EWHC 2047, [2014] EWHC 3419
    Obtained declaration that Prince Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa is not entitled to immunity from suit in the UK.
  • Cyprus v Turkey (ECtHR, Grand Chamber) (2014) 59 EHRR 16
    In a landmark ruling, the Grand Chamber required the Turkish Government to pay the Cypriot Government EUR 30,000,000 for non-pecuniary damages for surviving relatives of missing persons and EUR 60,000,000 for the damage suffered by the enclaved residents of the Karpas peninsula arising out of the military activities northern Cyprus in 1974 and territorial division of the country. Tom acted for the Government of Cyprus.

Other cases

  • Hassan v United Kingdom (Grand Chamber, 16 Sept 2014)) relationship between IHL and the ECHR
  • Rosneft v The Netherlands (2012) – enforcement of arbitral awards
  • T & T v The Republic of Moldova (ECtHR) (ongoing) – “raider attacks’ on a Moldovan bank affirmed in secret judgments in Moldova
  • Courten v United Kingdom, App. No. 4478/06
  • Carey Group Plc v AIB Group (UK) & NAMA [2011] EWHC 594 & [2011] EWHC 567 (Ch)
  • Mohamed v Jeppesen Dataplan Inc, US Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 8 Sept 2010 (No. 08/15693)
  • Cayman Islands Constitution – with Jeffrey Jowell QC Tom advised the Government of the Cayman Islands on the drafting of the new Constitution.

Professional Discipline and Regulation

Tom acts both for and against professional bodies in professional disciplinary cases.

Current and recent work

  • Institute of Chartered Accountants v Kingdon, October 2012
    Professional disciplinary proceedings against Chartered Accountant.
  • D v General Dental Council, 2011
    Disciplinary proceedings against Dentist.

Other relevant experience


Tom's book, Public Law After the Human Rights Act (2010) was awarded the prestigious Inner Temple Book Prize (new author) for 2008-2011: “an astonishingly mature, thoughtful and original discussion” (Baroness Hale); “always thoughtful and thought-provoking” (Lord Collins); "an admirable piece of work" (Sir Stephen Sedley).

Tom is also co-author of Human Rights: Judicial Protection in the United Kingdom (Sweet & Maxwell 2008).

Prizes & Scholarships

Tom was awarded the Cambridge University prizes for Contract law, for Equity and for Jurisprudence and the University of Toronto Prize for overall Outstanding Performance in the LLM. Tom has been awarded a number of other prizes and scholarships including a Fulbright Scholarship and a Faculty of Fellowship at the University of Toronto. 

Research and Lecturing

In 2012 Tom was appointed as a Reader in Public Law at University College London. This is a non-honorary appointment and Tom engages in lecturing and supervision of students in public law, human rights, constitutional theory and national security law.

Tom gave the 2013 Stephen Livingston Lecture at Queen’s University Belfast, on intelligence sharing and human rights violations. In June 2014 Tom delivered a lecture on Bill of Rights reform as one of three invited speakers at an event on New Zealand Bill of Rights reform held at the Parliament Building in Wellington, New Zealand.

From 1999 to 2003 Tom was a college tutor at Cambridge University where he taught administrative law and the law of tort. From 2002 to 2004 Tom was a Research Fellow of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. In 2009 Tom was a visiting research fellow at the University of Toronto.

In 2012-2014 Tom was a Fellow of the a Fellow of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law with co-responsibility with Professor Adam Tomkins for its national security project and the Centre’s influential responses to the Justice and Security Green Paper and the Justice and Security Bill. He also assisted in preparing the Centre’s responses to the Government’s judicial review reform proposals.

Tom gave oral evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights on the Justice and Security Green Paper in 2012.

Tom often gives lectures and seminars at conferences and on university courses. Recent talks include: “Secret Justice” University of Toronto (Sept. 2009); workshop on UK national security law at University College London (Feb. 2010); Frieburg Proceedings on Contemporary Security Agendas Against Terrorism (Max Planck Institute, June 2010); “Public Law After the Human Rights Act” LSE (February 2011); “State Secrets, Civil Proceedings and the Rule of Law“ Bingham Centre All Souls workshop (July 2011); “Too Hot, Too Cold or Just Right: Equality Duty case law” University of Oxford Public Law Group, (November 2011); “Security and Human Rights” BCL Seminar, University of Oxford, (January 2012); “Bill of Rights Reform: the Case for Going Beyond Britain (Again)”, Parliament Building, New Zealand (June 2014); “Developments in UK Public Law” Auckland University (June 2014).

Tom regularly acts as peer reviewer for law journals and legal publishers.


  • Public Law After the Human Rights Act (Hart in 2010). 
  • Human Rights: Judicial Protection in the United Kingdom (Sweet & Maxwell 2008, with Sir Jack Beatson, Stephen Grosz and Rabinder Singh QC).

Law Journal Publications

(*Selection only. For a full list, please visit Tom’s UCL Law Faculty webpage)

  • ‘Too Hot, Too Cold or Just Right? The development of the Public Sector Equality Duties in Administrative Law‘ [2013] Public Law 325
  • Beano no more: The EU Charter of Rights after Lisbon’ [2011] Judicial Review 113 (with K. Beal)
  • ‘Problems for Proportionality’ [2011] New Zealand Law Journal 303

Other Publications (*selection only)

  • ‘Tom Hickman on the DRIP Bill: Plugging Gaps in Surveillance Laws or Authorising the Unlawful?’ UK Const. L. Blog 14 July 2014
  • ‘Loading the Dice in Judicial Review: the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill 2014’ (with Ben Jaffey) UK Const. L. Blog (6 Feb 2014)
  • ‘Freedom of Expression and the Olympics‘ UK Const. L. Blog (3rd May 2012), (a version was also published in The Lawyer)
  • ‘Data Over-protection‘ UK Const. L. Blog (10th March 2012)

Other Information:

Tom is on the Committee of the Administrative and Constitutional Law Bar Association (ALBA). He is a member of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA), the Bar European Group and the Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR). Tom is also a member of LIBERTY, JUSTICE and Amnesty International. He is a sometime Fellow of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law.


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