Tom Schofield Crime
Fiercely Independent; Highly Motivated and Professional; and with a Single Minded approach to his Clients’ Interests ... Tom is considered a Formidable Advocate, by his clients and peers alike.
He is a Specialist Criminal and Regulatory practitioner and has Prosecuted and Defended in a wide range of cases, including: Murder; serious Sexual Offences; Financial Crimes; serious Drugs Offences; and Breaches of Regulatory Codes.
Tom is a Grade 4 prosecutor – one of the youngest ever to have reach that rank in the West Midlands - and with one of the highest levels of Government Security Clearance, he is able to accept instructions in cases involving offences affecting National Security or the disclosure of material affecting national security.
Tom is the Secretary of the Midland Circuit and an Executive Member of the Criminal Bar Association.
Tom has a particular interest in Appeals and advises via direct access, on appealing against Wrongful Convictions; Excessive Sentences; and unfair Confiscation Orders. He has considerable experience in the Court of Appeal, and has been involved in many reported cases.
Tom is increasingly instructed directly by clients. Tom’s clients favour Direct Access as they have greater contact with a true Specialist in his field, and he is able to provide legal services at surprisingly Competitive Prices. Tom offers legal services in cases concerning the following matters:
-Road Traffic Offences (Disqualification etc)
-Appealing against Convictions, Sentences and Confiscation Orders
-Breaches of Regulatory Codes (Trading Standards, Trademarks, Health and Safety)
-Professional Discipline (Police, Medical professions, etc)
-Sports law (Tribunals, etc)
-Money Laundering/ Bribery Regulations
Tom has a developing International Practice, stretching from India to the Caribbean and recognises the demand from overseas for high levels of Expertise in Advocacy.
Tom’s strength lies in his complete Commitment to every case he is involved in. He has a Meticulous Approach to Preparation, and places great emphasis on winning the Trust of his clients and treating them with Respect. Whether his client is a business leader, a surgeon, or an illiterate person of no fixed abode, they all receive the same level of Uncompromising Representation.
Tom studied at the University of Turin as a Leonardo da Vinci Scholar before reading law at the University of Liverpool, achieving a 2(i) Hons degree. He was awarded a mark of very competent at the Inns of Court School of Law, and was a Hardwicke Scholar of Lincolns Inn before being called to the Bar at that Inn in October 2001. He worked as a legal negotiator in Canary Wharf before commencing pupillage.
R v NS (2012) - defended in the high profile trial concerning the largest fraud committed against the NHS in history. A dentist made over 7000 claims for payment by the NHS, for dental work which was never done. The case involved hundreds of thousands of used and unused documents and required an in depth understanding of dental procedures. The case attracted significant national media attention.
R v JS (2012) - defended in a case concerning a cyber attack on the United Nations and Spanish Carbon Credit Registries. Hackers sent emails with virus attachments, to staff working in the Carbon Credit stock market. Once opened, the attachments were able to find passwords for transfers to be made undetected. £4 million worth of credits were stolen.
R v A (2012) - defended in a massive conspiracy to import by air and sea, hundreds of kilograms of heroin into the UK, inside ‘arvi’ (an asian vegetable).
R v KJ (2012) - defended in a conspiracy to steal and handle millions of pounds worth of beer kegs. Beer kegs have a high scrap value and were being stolen rather than returned to the brewers who owned them. The case involved complex legal issues concerning the ownership of the kegs.
R v ZM (2012) - defending in an ongoing appeal (Court of Appeal/ Supreme Court) concerning valuations in Confiscation proceedings. The Appellant was convicted of mortgage fraud. He gave false or misleading information to a mortgage company which in due course, transferred to him a mortgage advance with which he bought a property. The court at first instance ruled that the value of his benefit from the crime, was the value of the mortgage advance, whereas it was the Appellant’s case that the value of his benefit was the equity of redemption. The case continues.
R v AM (2012) - defending in an ongoing appeal (Court of Appeal) concerning the suppression of evidence by HM Revenue and Customs in a trial involving the Appellant. The Appellant was the Director of a company which owned state of the art technology which was being used without license in the UK and thus causing a significant loss to the Revenue. In the trial concerning whether or not the Appellant had tried with others to steal the technology source codes back, HMRC suppressed the fact that the Appellant’s Co-Defendant was their informant and HMRC officers may even have been present/ involved in the alleged heist.
Operation Acumen (2011) - prosecuted in a case concerning police misconduct and corruption. Police officers, police staff, and outside contractors had conspired to extract valuable payments for goods and services which were never provided. A highly sensitive case which was tried at the height of the MP expenses scandal.
R v GH (2010) - successfully defended in the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) in the leading authority on admission of non-defendant bad character evidence where it is sought to adduce propensity evidence against a 3rd party said to have committed the crime of which the Defendant is accused.
R v M (2010) - prosecuted suspected Terrorist for drug trafficking. Complex disclosure issues and involvement of MI5.