Tom specialises in commercial, employment and public law. He has conducted cases before all major UK Courts and is experienced in domestic and international arbitration. He is frequently instructed in complex, high-value or high profile cases.
Tom is an extremely accomplished advocate who is regularly in court. Judicial recognition has included praise for his “fluent, clear and persuasive” advocacy, “well marshalled and lucid” submissions and “admirable improvisational ability”.
In March 2014, Tom was appointed to the Attorney General’s A Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown, having been previously appointed to the B Panel in 2010 and the C Panel in 2007.
Tom has a broad practice covering all areas of commercial and business law, including agency, contractual disputes of all types, insolvency and asset recovery. He has also acted in a number of domestic and international arbitrations, including a recent ICC arbitration where he successfully defended a multi-million pound claim arising out of a telecommunications agreement. Tom also undertakes significant chancery-commercial cases, and has wide experience of domestic and international claims arising from shareholders, director and partner disputes.
- Cases include:
- Representing a partner in a multi-million pound partnership dispute dating back some 30 years involving a number of residential and commercial properties.
- An application to the Privy Council in a dispute between a well-known hotel chain and a local business in Jamaica, involving numerous allegations of breach of contract, adverse possession and estoppel.
- Abernethy v Hotbed Ltd  EWHC 1476 (Ch)
- Financial Services Authority v Sinaloa Gold Plc  EWHC 144 (Ch)
Tom’s extensive employment practice covers all aspects of employment law with particular expertise in conducting Tribunal and High Court claims, including injunctive action and relief. Tom’s employment work overlaps with his commercial work. This includes acting for and against directors in claims involving breach of fiduciary duty and post-termination restrictive covenants.
- Cases include:
- Acting for an employee caught in middle of multi-million pound dispute between his former employer and former boss
- Acting for an employer in a high profile whistleblowing case attracting considerable media attention
- Acting for a CE in a £2million bonus dispute
- Obtaining a search order and other injunctive relief in a High Court action for breach of fiduciary duty
- Representing the employer in an application to the EAT concerning the proper construction of the Maternity and Paternity Leave Regulations and the meaning of redundancy.
Public Law and Administrative Law
Tom’s practice encompasses the whole spectrum of public law challenges. He has particular expertise in matters arising out of immigration and human rights issues, standards in public life and cases involving challenges to decisions of regulatory bodies such as the Legal Services Ombudsman. He regularly appears in the Court of Appeal and Administrative Court instructed on behalf of companies, central government, local authorities, public interest groups, individuals and regulators. Tom undertakes a considerable amount of appellate work, especially before the Privy Council.
Civil Liberties and Human Rights
A particular part of Tom’s public law work relates to human rights challenges. He has considerable experience in immigration and refugee law and is regularly instructed in cases raising arguments under the ECHR.
Legal 500 (2018)
- ‘He offers sound and practical advice and always gets to know his brief really well.’
- Administrative and public law: Leading juniors
- ‘A very bright junior who’s easy to work with.’
- Employment: Leading juniors
- The speed at which he grasps the facts and documents is incredible.’
- Fraud: civil: Leading juniors
- ‘A strong advocate who understands complex immigration and public law cases.’
- Immigration: Leading juniors
Legal 500 (2017)
- ‘Very good at what he does.’
- Administrative and Public Law: Leading Junior
- ‘He is highly recommended.’
- Employment: Leading Junior
- ‘He has a reputation for being realistic and straightforward.’
- Immigration: Leading Junior
Legal 500 (2016)
- 'A very effective advocate in substantive judicial reviews.'
- Administrative and public law: Leading junior
- 'He represents the government in a range of challenging cases.'
- Immigration: Leading junior
- 'A very high-quality junior'
- Employment: Leading junior
- 'Tom Poole is a brilliant junior – definitely one to watch; charming to work with and excels in turning around work under time pressure'
- Client testimonial
Chambers & Partners 2018
- 'Tom is super clever, charming and an excellent advocate'
- Civil Liberties and Human Rights
- 'He is a very able advocate'. 'He is easy to work with'
Chambers & Partners 2017
- 'Very fair and very knowledgeable, he tends to handle the state's work and he's excellent at that'. He has a fantastic intellect, and he is absolutely thorough and reliable'
- Civil Liberties and Human Rights
Publications and Lectures
- Tom contributes to a range of publications, including the New Law Journal. He regularly contributes to the bi-monthly Commercial Update produced by Chambers.
- He leads advocacy training skills seminars run by Chambers for firms of solicitors and recently gave a talk on Maternity and Paternity rights to a team of solicitors.
- Tom gave a lecture with Mr Justice Dingemans to a large City firm of solicitors discussing the development and modern use of Judicial Review entitled “Plantagenet Bones to Sweetheart Deals”.
MA (Law) (First Class Honours), St Catherine’s College, Cambridge.