Thomas Acworth

Thomas Acworth

Call 2014

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Thomas regularly appears in the Crown, Youth and Magistrates’ courts.  He has appeared in cases involving a wide range of criminal conduct, from serious violence to technical road traffic matters.   Thomas prides himself on preparing his cases meticulously and has drawn praise for his case presentation and cross-examination. He is extremely well placed to advise clients on the broader consequences of a criminal conviction. 

Prior to joining Chambers, he was the project coordinator for Bars in Their Eyes.  This pro bono scheme provided help to young offenders who were looking to secure employment upon the completion of their sentences by informing them about disclosure of convictions.  In this role, Thomas organised and delivered presentations to inmates at HMYOI Feltham. 

Thomas is a CPS Panel Advocate (Level 1).

Recent Cases

  • R v A: Murder (P).  Led by Nigel Lickley QC.  Man fatally stabbed by his mother’s boyfriend at a New Year’s Eve party.  Noting junior with responsibility for drafting admissions, editing ROTIs and preparing detailed schedule of Defendant’s financial activities.
  •  R v A Youth: Possession with Intent to Supply Class A Drugs (D).  Thomas’ client was found with over £2,000 worth of crack cocaine and heroin on his person.  
  • R v X: Careless Driving (P). 4x4 involved in serious accident in rural Dorset.  Defendant and defence witnesses admitted offence under Thomas’ cross-examination.  
  • R v T: Driving whilst Disqualified (D).  Successfully advanced special reasons argument on basis of lack of knowledge of disqualification.  Client present in court when original disqualification imposed. 
  • R v D: Speeding (D).  Successfully advanced exceptional hardship.


May 18 2017:

Thomas Acworth on Essop & Ors Home Office and Naeem v Secretary of State for Justice more

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Academic Qualifications

  • BPTC (Kaplan)
  • LLB (Newcastle University)


Academic Scholar (Canford School)
The Luboshez Award (Middle Temple)
Arnold and Porter Prize for Competition Law (N’cle)
Pinsent Masons Prize for Public Law (N’cle)
Cartmell Shepherd Mooting Prize