Tom Hickman

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

Tom is ranked as a leading junior in both of the leading independent directories.

Chambers UK 2014

  • Sport – “He is very gifted and very clever, and he gets right to the point. He is personable, approachable and easy to speak to.” 
  • Media & Entertainment – “He is quick to crystallise a problem and provide sensible, targeted advice.”  
  • Civil Liberties - Top Ranked. “He is brilliant. He has the ability to press the right buttons to win a case quickly.” ... “The first choice for sensitive cases involving the security services.” 
  • Administrative & Public Law - Top ranked. “He is incredibly bright and his drafting is excellent. He is always there when you need him.” ... “He turns around a high volume of complex and strategically challenging work.”

Legal 500 2013

  • Media, Entertainment & Sport – “rising star” 
  • Civil Liberties - recommended 
  • Administrative & Public Law - recommended

Tom was nominated for Chambers & Partners Administrative & Public Law Junior of the year in 2012.

In December 2011, 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).

Professional Experience

Tom is a Faculty Member and Reader in law at University College London.


Tom acts in a range of commercial matters including commercial fraud. Cases include:

Current and recent work

  • Snoras Bank v Antonov [2013] EWHC 131 (Comm)
    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.
  • B v R (2012-2013, QB)
    Tom acted for B, owner of a film production and property company, in successfully obtaining and defending a freezing injunction against an associate.
  • Gabbay v Oxford University Press (2013-)
    Tom is currently acting for Oxford University Press in a copyright dispute over two academic journals.
  • Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll LLP v Suntech Power Holdings Co. (2013, Comm)
    Tom acted for Suntech in as sole counsel in relation to an application for court documents for use in a US class action.
  • United Property Management Ltd v Roselodge Group Limited (2013)
    Trial in February 2013 in the Manchester Mercantile Court for monies owed under a lease and guarantee agreement and subsequent post-action freezing order proceedings.
  • Smith v Newby (2012- )
    Tom is acting for the claimant in dispute over a property development in Portugal. Following substantial awards to the claimant, freezing injunctions and other enforcement proceedings have been taken to secure assets. The claims are ongoing. 
  • Carey Group v AIB UK Ltd and NAMA [2011] EWHC 567 and [2011] EWHC 594 (Ch)
    Tom acted for Carey Group, a group of property development companies, in an action to restrain the compulsory transfer of a banking facility to NAMA, a statutory authority in Ireland established to hold certain categories of debts after the financial crises in Ireland. The case concerned private international law issues and interpretation of banking facility agreements and was the subject of two substantial hearings in the Chancery Division. 
  • Jivraj v Hashwani [2009] EWHC 1364 (Comm), [2010] 1 ALL ER 302
    Tom represented the claimant in this challenge to the enforceability of an arbitration clause which required the arbitrators to be from a certain Muslim community.

Other cases

  •  EuNetworks Fiber UK Ltd v Abovenet Communications UK Ltd [2007] EWHC 3099 (Ch)

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’s 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. He is currently acting as sole counsel in a dispute concerning the management of globally successful female artist.

Current and recent work

  • Rick Wakeman v Imagem Songs & BMG (2013-)
    Tom is acting for the celebrated progressive rock and classical musician Rick Wakeman in royalties dispute.
  • Cheryl Cole v IPC Media & MC Harvey (2012/2013)
    Tom acted for MC Harvey in a claim brought by Sheryl Cole in breach of privacy and defamation concerning an interview given by MC Harvey in 2011 in which he discussed a relationship with Sheryl Cole.
  • Cartwright v Potter (2012)
    Tom represented a television production company in this dispute over a failed Joint Venture Television Production Agreement to be filmed at the Lakeside venue.
  • Hayward v Tyler (2012)
    Tom is acting for a US record label in an on-going royalties dispute.
  • A well-known dance music DJ v A management company (2012)
    Acted as sole counsel for a management company in a dispute with a well-known music artist.
  • Fermata do Brazil & ors v Essex Music Ltd. (Ch)
    Tom represented a major Latin American music publisher in this case concerning the construction of music sub-publishing agreements and the relationship between sub-publishers and collection societies (as junior Counsel to Robert Englehart QC). The case was heard over five days in the Chancery Division before settling.

Other cases

  • Beatles' first US concert
  • Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends™ (Campbell v Hit Plc)
  • Wainman v Arista Records
  • Reed v Saatchi and Ors


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

  • Mutu v Switzerland (Chelsea FC intervening)
    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.
  • Leyton Orient FC v London Legacy Development Corporation (2013)
    See procurement below.
  • A Premier League Club v A Shirt Sponsor (2012-13)
    Tom advised a Premier League Club in a shirt sponsorship dispute.
  • Williams v Cottrell Park Golf Club
    Tom has recently been acting in a dispute between a member and a Golf Club, concerning the terms and conditions of membership and disciplinary proceedings.
  • Northampton Town FC v An Agent and A Club
    Tom represented Northampton Town FC in a successful Rule K challenge to the tapping-up of player and recovered substantial compensation. 
  • Brentford FC v A Club
    Tom represented Brentford FC in a transfer fee dispute under arbitration rules. The case was settled on favourable terms. 
  • 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, February 2010)
    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)
  • RFU v Bristol Rugby (decision published on the RFU website) (RFU Tribunal)

EU and Competition

Tom’s practice encompasses a full range of EU and competition law issues, including environmental law and procurement. Tom was seconded to the OFT in 2005/6 to work on the OFT’s price fixing action against certain independent schools. Since then, Tom has advised as sole and junior counsel on a wide range of EU and competition law questions, including the legality of certain EU and domestic takeover legislation (as junior Counsel to David Anderson QC) and advising the Bar Standards Board on competition law issues within the legal profession (with Nicholas Green QC). Tom has given numerous talks and has published articles on the impact of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. Examples of the range of Tom’s work include:

Current and recent work

Public Procurement

  • Leyton Orient FC v London Legacy Development Corporation (2013-)
    Tom has been acting for Leyton 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. The case settled before trial.

Other EU related matters

  • Mutual Assistance in Tax Matters (ongoing)
    Tom is advising a Member State in relation to issues arising from requests made by another State under Council Directive 2011/16/EU on administrative cooperation in the field of taxation.
  • Iranian sanctions (2012)
    Tom has advised a number of clients in relation to the application of the EU sanctions regime against Iran.
  • A Pharmaceutical Co. v Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (2011)
    Advice on legality of decisions made by MHRA and the medicinal products licensing regime under Directive 2001/83/EC.

Other cases

  • Advice on Eurotunnel substitution / concession agreement
  • Revenue and Customs Commissioners v Epsom Telford Ltd [2007] EWHC 1045 (Ch)

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 has extensive experience in representing clients in the administrative court.  He regularly acts for regulatory authorities, including Ofcom and Ofgem.  Notable cases include the following (see also human rights cases, below):

  • Wilson & Reilly v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2013] 1 WLR 2239
    Tom is acting for the 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. The case was heard by the Supreme Court in July 2013 and judgment is awaited.
  • Flight Support Ltd v The Turks and Caicos Islands Airport Authority (2012-2013)
    Tom acted for a ground-handing company in this successful injunction and judicial review challenge to a joint venture agreement between the Turks and Caicos Airport Authority and Servisair. This was very substantial constitutional and commercial case in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
  • R (South Manchester Advice Centre) v Manchester CC (2012)
    Representing Manchester County Council, Tom successfully defended judicial review proceedings brought by a legal advice centre concerning continued funding of the centre.
  • R (BV) v Manchester City Council (2012)
    Tom represented Manchester City Council in a judicial review of its policy on  short-breaks for disabled children. Tom is currently acting for Manchester City Council in a challenge to an education and social care decision relating to a severely autistic child.
  • R (D & S) v Manchester City Council [2012] EWHC 17 (Admin)
    Tom successfully defended the Manchester City Council from challenge to its budget (as junior to John Howell QC). 
  • R (Evans) v Ministry of Defence (Div Ct) [2011] EWHC 1146 (Admin)
    The Divisional Court quashed a change to the Legal Services Commission funding code relating to public interest challenges after the Ministry of Defence was found to have made representations that improperly influenced the rule change. Tom acted for the claimant.
  • R (Buck) v Architects Registration Board (2010-2011)
    Tom represented the claimant in a challenge to the fairness of decisions taken by the Architects Registration Board. The case settled before trial.
  • R (Global Knafaim Leasing) v BAA & CAA [2010] EWHC 1348 (Admin), [2011] 1 Lloyd’s Rep. 324
    This was a substantial commercial judicial review relating to the recovery of airport and air navigation charges by means of detaining aircraft. Tom represented the claimant, an aircraft leasing company whose aircraft had been detained to recover the debts of its lessee.

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 has acted:

  • Big Brother Watch & ors v United Kingdom (App. No. 58170/13)
    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.  Tom is acting for the Applicants.
  • Kesabo & Ors v African Barrick Gold plc (2013-)
    Tom is acting for a number of victims of shooting incidents at a mine site in Tanzania. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for October 2013. 
  • R (Wilson & Reilly) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2013] 1 WLR 2239
    See administrative law above.
  • R (Omar) v Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs [2013] EWCA Civ 118
    Tom represented claimants who are detained in Uganda facing charges of involvement in the World Cup bombings in July 2010. The claim seeks disclosure of documents held by the Security and Intelligence agencies that would, it is claimed, demonstrate that the claimants had been subject to extraordinary rendition and torture.
  • Shah Zada v Ministry of Defence (2012-2013)
    Tom has been acting for a child who was stabbed by a British soldier in Afghanistan and in early 2013 the claim was settled with the Government admitting liability.
  • 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.
  • Crosbie v Secretary of State for Defence [2011] EWHC 879 (Admin)
    Judicial review of a decision of the Army Board and determination of whether the Army Complaints procedures are compatible with Article 6 of the ECHR. The claim was heard over 3 days in February 2011 before Nicol J. Tom acted as sole counsel.
  • Evans v SSD (Div Ct) [2010] EWHC 1445 (Admin,) [2011] ACD 11
    In 2010 the Divisional Court ruled that added protections were needed to ensure that the transfer of detainees captured in Afghanistan by British forces to Afghan authorities complied with international standards. Tom represented the claimant.
  • Tom regularly acts in applications to the European Court of Human Rights in cases against the UK and other countries (see international law below).

National-Security & Terrorism

Tom has extensive experience in national security law disputes. 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 is currently acting in a number of national security related cases, including a substantial asset-freezing dispute. Notable cases include:

  • SSHD v CC and CF [2012] EWHC 2837 (Admin)
    Tom represented CF in control order and TPIM proceedings in the Administrative Court, which were fully heard over two weeks in July. An appeal will be hearing in December 2012. Tom is acting for CF in a number of associated matters.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • SSHD v AM [2009] EWHC 3053 (Admin), [2010] ACD 29
    Tom represented AM (junior Counsel with Tim Otty QC) who was accused of being an intended suicide bomber in the 2006 transatlantic airline plot in control order proceedings.
  • A v B (Investigatory Powers Tribunal: Jurisdiction) [2009] UKSC 12 (SC), [2010] 2 AC 1
    Tom acted for JUSTICE in the Supreme Court as junior counsel to David Pannick QC in the leading case on the jurisdiction of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal.
  • Al-Jedda v Home Secretary [2009] UKSIAC 66/2008, also [2010] EWCA Civ 212 and [2010] UKSIAC 66/2008. (SIAC and CA)
    Tom represented the appellant in these complex proceedings in SIAC and the Court of Appeal relating to the deprivation of the appellant’s British citizenship on national security grounds.

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.

  • 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.#
  • BA & Ors v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] EWCA Civ 944
    Tom acted for Bail for Immigration Detainees in this leading Court of Appeal case decided in July 2012 on the relationship between challenges to removal brought in the Administrative Court and subsequent damages claims.
  • 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 [2009] UKSIAC 66/2008, also [2010] EWCA Civ 212, [2010] UKSIAC 66/2008, [2012] EWCA Civ 358 (SIAC and CA)
    For the past four years Tom has been representing Mr Al Jedda in appeal proceedings from a decision to deprive him of his British citizenship. Following a judgment of the Court of Appeal restoring his citizenship in 2012, the case is listed to be heard by the Supreme Court in June 2012 and will be the first occasion the Supreme Court has considered the deprivation of citizenship power.
  • Kambadzi (sub nom SK) (Zimbabwe) v SSHD [2011] 1 WLR 1299
    Tom represented the claimant in the Supreme Court in a second immigration detention case in which the failure to provide detention reviews was held to invalidate the legality of the detention.
  • AMM (conflict; humanitarian crisis; returnees; FGM) Somalia CG v Secretary of state for the Home Office, [2011] UKUT 445
    Tom acted for UNHCR in this country guidance case on Somalia, heard in July 2011. He previously acted for UNHCR in AH (Iraq).
  • R (Sukrajh) v SSHD [2011] EWCA Civ 938
    Tom acted for UNHCT in this challenge to fast track detention in the Court of Appeal.
  • RB & U (Algeria) v Secretary of State for the Home Department and OO (Jordan) v SSHD [2010] 2 AC 110
    The leading case on deportation pursuant to diplomatic assurances.
  • QD (Iraq) v SSHD [2011] 1 WLR 689, [2010] Imm AR 132
    Tom intervened on behalf of the UNHCR in the Court of Appeal in a case setting out guidance on the EU Qualification Directive.

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)
    Tom represented the APGER in FOIA proceedings before the Upper Tribunal concerning the disclosure of Memorandums of Understanding with the US, the late reliance on exemptions and the relationship between FOIA and the a case setting out guidance on the EU Qualification Directive. 

Other cases

 Administrative law

  • R (Bradley & Ors) v Secretary of State for Pensions [2009] QB 114 3 (CA)
  • R (O’Callaghan) v Charity Commission and Alexandra Palace Trustees [2007] EWHC 2491 (Admin), [2008] WTLR 117

National-Security & Terrorism

  • Hicks v Home Secretary (Amin Ct. and SIAC)
  • G & Y v Home Office (Security Vetting Appeals Panel), 29/11/09
  • 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)

Freedom of Information and data protection

  • Campaign Against the Arms Trade v Ministry of Defence [2008] UKIT EA 2006 0040

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. He has recently advised the Government of Jersey on the interpretation of international agreements relating to information exchange in tax matters.

Current and recent work

  • T & T v The Republic of Moldova (ECtHR) (ongoing)
    Tom is representing Moldovan businessmen in applications before the ECtHR concerning “raider attacks” carried out against their assets in Moldova, which involve secret and corrupt court judgments. The claims raise fundamental issues about the rule of law in Moldova.
  • Hasan v United Kingdom (ECtHR) (ongoing)
    Tom is acting as sole Counsel in a claim against the UK Government concerning the disappearance and death of a UK captured detainee in Iraq.
  • Kesabo & Ors v African Barrick Gold plc (ongoing)
    See human rights above.
  • Information sharing in Tax matters (2012)
    Tom has been advising a State in relation to a information sharing treaty with another State.
  • Rosneft v The Netherlands (2012)
    Tom has been instructed to represent Rosneft concerning arbitral awards made in favour of Yukos Captial and proceedings concerning the enforcement of those awards in the Netherlands.
  • Cyprus v Turkey (ECtHR) (2012)
    Tom has represented the Government of Cyprus in ongoing proceedings against Turkey in the ECtHR.
  • Courten v United Kingdom, App. No. 4478/06
    Tom acted for same-sex partners in this application to the ECtHR under Article 14 of the Convention.
  • Carey Group Plc v AIB Group (UK) & NAMA [2011] EWHC 594 & [2011] EWHC 567 (Ch)
    Tom represented a UK property company in proceedings to restrain the compulsory acquisition of UK banking facilities by the Irish statutory authority, NAMA. The case raised novel questions on the enforcement of foreign public laws in the UK.
  • Guerrero & 30 Ors, v Monterrico Metals Plc [2010] EWHC 3228 (QB)
    See human rights above.
  • Mohamed v Jeppesen Dataplan Inc, US Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 8 Sept 2010 (No. 08/15693)
    Tom acted as junior Counsel (to Tim Otty QC) in submitting an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association and JUSTICE in the leading US case on the State Secrets Doctrine.
  • Cayman Islands Constitution
    Tom was instructed with Jeffrey Jowell QC to advise the Government of the Cayman Islands in relation to the Islands’ new constitutional settlement and assist with drafting the bill of rights.

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
    Tom represented an accountant in long-running proceedings on a charge of dishonesty brought by the Institute of Chartered Accountants. The case was decided in full hearing in October 2012.
  • D v General Dental Council, 2011
    Tom represented the General Dental Council in judicial review challenges arising from disciplinary proceedings brought by the Council. He has acted for the General Dental Council in a number of cases.

Other relevant experience

Prizes & Scholarships

Tom’s book, Public Law After the Human Rights Act, was awarded the Inner Temple Book Prize for 2009-2011 (new author). 

Tom has been 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.

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.

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 Seminar, 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).

Tom regularly acts as peer reviewer for law journals and legal publishers. In July 2011 he was appointed Fellow of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law with co-responsibility for its project on national security and fair trials.


  • 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 & Book Reviews (selection)

  • ‘Turning out the lights? The Justice and Security Act 2013’ UK Constitutional Law Blog 11th June 2013.
  • ‘Where is the Justice in the Justice and Security Bill?’ UK Constitutional Law Blog, 5th June 2012
  • ‘Freedom of Expression and the Olympics’ UK Constitutional Law Blog, 3rd May 2012
  • ‘Data Overprotection’ UK Constitutional Law 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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