Tom Tabori accepts instructions in all areas of chambers’ work, with a particular interest in public and human rights law and regulatory and disciplinary law.
Prior to coming to the Bar, Tom worked in Parliament as Assistant, Caseworker and Writer in Residence to two MPs, whilst coordinating the All-Party Group on Debt, Aid and Trade. Tom also founded curriculum design project the Legal and Political Development Award, after becoming a Fellow of the RSA.
He is authorised for Direct Access, which means he can take work directly from members of the general public.
Administrative & Public
Tom is interested in all areas of public law, particularly regulatory and disciplinary law, but also civil liberties and human rights, education law, social security, immigration and asylum, housing, community care, electoral law, charity law, and actions against the police.
He appears for both claimants/applicants and defendants/respondents, and was appointed to the Attorney General’s London C Panel in January 2019.
- Tom has particular expertise in human rights law and was on the executive committee of the Human Rights Lawyers Association (HRLA) for two years (2017-2019). His recent instructions in this area include:
- The art 2 challenge to an NHS Trust’s investigation into the suicide of a psychiatric patient, commuted straight to the Court of Appeal;
- An art 2 of Protocol 1 (right to education) claim for judicial review of a university decision to refuse an overseas student a confirmation of acceptance to study, and another seeking judicial review of an Academy School’s refusal to readmit a student;
- A claim for damages for care home abuse;
- Arts 5 and 8 claims for unlawful detention of mental health patients and immigration detainees;
- An A1P1 claim by energy generators for removal of the renewable energy exemption to the Climate Change Levy.
- Tom takes instructions in all areas of electoral law.
- He enjoyed two successful secondments to the Electoral Commission in 2017 and 2018, advising on a range of party registration, funding and spending matters, under PPERA and the EU Referendum Act 2015.
- His article, co-authored with Alison Foster QC and Gethin Thomas, on the electoral law reform appeared in the November 2018 issue of Counsel Magazine.
- He has appeared on BBC News to discuss electoral law.
- He has advised on elections within private members’ clubs.
- He has advised on controlled donations to holders of relevant elected office, in relation to overseas visits.
- In April 2017, his article on the Fixed Term Parliament Act, co-authored with Alison Foster QC, published in the Solicitor’s Journal. Coinciding with the 2016 UK local elections, his update article, for candidates, parties and local authority returning officers, was published by Local Government Lawyer.
- He has advised on questions arising out of a Community Governance Review conducted under the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007, and its interaction with the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009.
- Tom’s education law practice spans SEN law, discrimination claims, independent school damages claims, higher education claims in contract and educational negligence, illegal schools, civil liberties and human rights-based challenges, with particular expertise in appellate and judicial review proceedings. His recent instructions include:
- A JR of an LA’s model of funding provision for visually impaired pupils (led by Deok Joo Rhee QC).
- Appearing for a university defending a judicial review claim for refusal to award a CAS to an overseas student;
- Appearing on behalf of a student claiming damages for harassment, disability discrimination, failure to make reasonable adjustments, breach of contract and educational negligence;
- Appearing on behalf of a regulator intervening in JR proceedings brought by a student claiming breach of articles 10 and 11 ECHR by the university that had withdrawn him from his social work course;
- A JR of an academy school refusal to re-admit student following suspension.
- Tom has a broad practice in immigration, asylum and nationality law, particularly judicial review, but also in statutory appeals. His recent instructions include:
- An appeal to the Court of Appeal in a JR of a refusal to grant leave to remain as a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) Migrant. Substantive listed for January 2019.
- His expertise in civil claims as well as public law enables him to take instructions in both unlawful detention JRs and subsequent civil claims, advising on merits, quantum and strategy.
- Several JRs in challenges to curtailments of leave to remain under s 10 Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, arising out of the English Testing Service scandal discovered by BBC’s Panorama.
- Multiple JRs of unlawful detention and civil claims for false imprisonment. Tom also has particularly expertise immigration detention law, having drafted two chapters of Detention Under the Immigrations Acts (OUP, 2015), been instructed in two claims for damages for false imprisonment following detention for several years, and made bail applications on behalf of Bail for Immigration Detainees.
- An asylum appeal concerning religious minorities in India and persecution of Sikh separatists.
- Tom takes instructions in actions against the police, recently and advising and drafting pleadings in cases involving battery, assault, articles 3 and 5 ECHR, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution and wrongful arrest.
- Tom accepts instructions in all aspects of prison law, and is currently instructed in a JR challenge to interference with a prisoner’s confidential and privileged correspondence, and another JR challenge to a Category A Review Team (“CART”) categorisation decision.
- Tom has a busy practice in inquest law. He is a specialist on PIR legal questions, such as the applicability of article 2. He is also experienced in advising on ECF legal aid matters. He has acted for both bereaved family and for hospital trust and a care home. His inquest experience includes deaths in custody, in mental health detention, and in hospital (post-surgery and premature births). Again, his civil expertise has enabled him to appear for interested persons at the inquest and then to act for them in article 2 ECHR damages claim.
- Tom accepts instructions in all areas of information law, both FOIA and DPA. His recent instructions include:
- Advice on a regulator’s power to share data with another regulator.
- Advice in respect of an ICO complaint concerning personal data stored in an app.
- On behalf of GLD in the Maurizi v CPS appeal against the ICO’s upholding of the CPS FOIA decision in respect of CPS-Sweden communications in the Assange extradition;
- Advice on subject access rights and procedures for an architects firm, arising out of a building dispute, and another for a surveyor, arising out of Party Wall dispute;
- Advice to a local authority in separate FOIA requests;
- Advice to an ex-students on FTT and UT appeals against ICO decisions on her FOIA request;
- Appearing on behalf of a mental health social care team against a vexatious litigant.
- Tom’s community care practice involves all aspect of JRs of local authority Care Act 2014 and Children Act 1989 powers and duties, from eligibility assessments to withdrawing care, to NRPF issues, ordinary residence advice and Secretary of State referrals, duties to former relevant children, and location of placement of released young offenders. His recent instructions have included acting as junior counsel in an application for judicial review of a local authority’s decision to close day centres as part of its reconfiguration of community care services, brought on grounds of breach of the public sector equality duty and duty to consult. In 2016, Tom spent six months on part-time second to Medway Council, advising on all aspects of its community care powers and duties.
- Tom has extensive experience of advice and representing in cases involving equalities law, from the Equality Act 2010’s interaction with the Gender Recognition Act 2004 and the consultation on amendments to the latter, to disability discrimination claims against schools, race discrimination by universities, local authority administration of disabled parking bays, and in the employment law context.
- In social security law, Tom’s recent instructions have included an appeal to the Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber) of wide significance. The appeal was selected to determine a point of law arising in a number of appeals concerning the Employment and Support Allowance Regulations 2008. Tom appeared successfully on behalf the appellant applicant for ESA. He has also recently acted for appellants in housing benefit case raising interesting legal questions as to the application of the housing benefit criteria in scenarios of parents letting to their disabled children.
- Tom accepts instructions in all aspects of mental health law. His recent instructions include:
- Acting as junior counsel for an NHS Trust defending an art 2 JR challenge to its investigation into a suicide;
- An application for a displacement order;
- Human rights damages claims for unauthorised deprivation of liberty and another for care home abuse;
- Representing applicant patients and respondent hospital trusts at mental health tribunals;
- Advice in an inter-authority s 117 aftercare dispute;
- Advice on the FTT’s powers to order conditional discharge where the conditions would amount to a DOL.
Regulatory & Disciplinary
Tom accepts instructions in all areas of regulatory and disciplinary matters.
- In healthcare law, he recently prosecuted on behalf of the General Chiropractic Council at its Professional Conduct Committee. He is on the General Dental Council’s panel of counsel and has represented the GDC at the Interim Orders Committee. He recently appeared on behalf of the Health and Care Professions Council, intervening in a JR of a university decision to withdraw a student from a course on fitness to practise grounds.
- In financial services law, he spent six months at the FCA, advising on a wide range of regulatory and disciplinary matters. He also successfully representing the FCA at its Regulatory Decisions Committee (akin to the First-tier Tribunal in other jurisdictions).
- In electoral law, he was seconded to the Electoral Commission for two days per week in July and August 2017, advising the regulator on a range of matters, from party registration, to party officers, to the scope of the regulator’s powers. For more detail on recent instructions, see above section on electoral law under ‘Public Law’.
- In information law, he is on the ICO’s panel of counsel.
- In the (8th) edition of Harris on ‘Regulatory and Disciplinary Proceedings’, he drafted the ‘Healthcare’ chapter (with Alison Foster QC and Peter Mant), the chapter on ‘The Hearing’ (with Gregory Treverton-Jones QC and Jonathan Auburn), and the chapter on Disclosure and Confidentiality (with Gregory, Alexis Hearnden and Peter Mant). He also contributed to the healthcare chapter of the recent re-edit.
In disciplinary law, he drafted the pleadings and appeared at the preliminary hearings on behalf of a major international charity’s defending a claim by an expelled former trustee, involving issues of contract law, disciplinary procedures, natural justice and human rights.
Tom accepts instructions in all areas of commercial and construction law.
He is currently instructed on behalf of the former CEO of a majority charity in a nearly £0.5 million High Court claim, defending allegations of (1) inaccurate expense claims; (2) dishonestly presented invoices; and (3) causing his employer to enter a contract thereby generating a secret profit.
He spent six months on secondment to the Financial Conduct Authority, as legal adviser to the FCA’s Credit Authorisations Division. There, he has managed a caseload of up to 60 cases and advised the FCA on structural questions relating to its authorisations procedures.
Tom’s recent instructions include advice and pleadings for a government agency being threatened with a claim in negligent misstatement by a former contractor. He regularly appears at the Royal Courts of Justice and Rolls Building in bankruptcy proceedings.
He experience ranges from advice on the correct interpretation and enforceability of a performance bond, to advising on debt problems and consumer protection. He appears regularly in court and undertakes pleading and advisory work.
Tom’s commercial and construction law experience also includes:
- Advising on a claim under a PFI contract for the construction of a hospital brought by the main contractor against the NHS Trust, seeking liquidated damages.
- Advising on liability for supply of defective goods in an international sale of goods case.
- Assisting in an international arbitration dispute, turning on a contract law issue of election.
Tom accepts instructions in a broad range of common law matters and acts for both claimants and defendants in small claims track, fast track and multi-track cases in the county courts.
He is currently instructed in a prospective claim by a residential support worker, stabbed ten times by a resident of the hostel.