Thomas Evans

Thomas Evans

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Tom is the editor of the Lexis Nexis PSL Corporate Crime chapters concerning perverting the course of justice and expert evidence.

A Crown Court advocate, Tom represents Defendants in cases of serious violence, dishonesty and drug offences. He will appear in the Magistrates’ Court on a direct access or private basis. Acting alone he has conducted cases of sexual assault (including historical accusations), causing grievous bodily harm with intent, threats to kill, robbery, assisting unlawful immigration, possession and cultivation of significant quantities of drugs with intent to supply, conspiracy to defraud and perverting the course of justice.

Tom also prosecutes for the Crown Prosecution Service and other agencies in both general and regulatory crime.

Prior to coming to the Bar,  Tom worked as full-time paralegal in two firms of London solicitors where he ran his own caseload. He was the case manager in R v Thakrar [2012]; which resulted in the Defendant being acquitted of two counts of attempted murder, and one count of GBH, following his wounding of three prison officers at HMP Frankland.

Tom also worked in the Judge’s Chambers of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (‘UNITCR’) based in Arusha, Tanzania.

Recent Cases

  • R v C [2016] (Maidstone Crown Court) Sexual activity with a child – Tom is instructed for the Defence in this forthcoming trial.
  • R v R & A [2016] (Portsmouth Crown Court) Sexual assault: Acting for the Defence, charges were dropped subsequent to further disclosure requests.
  • R v G [2016] (Winchester Crown Court) Exposure: Tom was appointed by the court to cross-examine the Complainant on behalf of the Defendant.
  • R v A [2016] (Bournemouth Crown Court) Robbery: Defendant accused of tying the complainant to his bed and with two unknown males threatening him with knives before stealing his belongings. Defendant acquitted by majority.
  • R v H [2016] (Newport (IOW) Crown Court): Affray: Defendant accused of attacking his tenant and two guests with a samurai sword. Unanimous acquittal secured.
  • R v E [2016] (Portsmouth Crown Court) Breach of a Restraining Order: Tom was appointed by the Court to represent the Defendant as he had been declared unfit to take part in the trial. At the first trial the jury were dismissed as they were unable to reach a determination. At the retrial the jury unanimously acquitted the Defendant despite the testimony of three eye witnesses and CCTV showing his movements towards the scene.
  • R v D [2016] (Southampton Crown Court): Possession of a bladed article: Acting for the prosecution in a case which proceeded in the absence of the Defendant. The jury returned a unanimous conviction
  • R v G [2016] (Portsmouth Crown Court) Assisting unlawful immigration: representing a lorry driver accused of assisting illegal immigrants to enter the UK.
  • R v A [2016] (Bournemouth Crown Court): Attempted Burglary: Acting for the prosecution. Unanimous conviction by the jury.
  • R v P [2016] (Canterbury Magistrates’ Court – Direct Access): Benefit fraud: Defendant acquitted of an alleged 12k fraud following successful half-time submission.
  • R v W [2016] (Portsmouth Crown Court): Drink driving: Successful appeal against conviction.
  • R v W [2016] (Portsmouth Crown Court: Robbery: knife-point robbery with child witnesses.
  • R v L [2015] (Dorchester Crown Court): Robbery: Client acquitted unanimously by jury.
  • R v R [2015] (Winchester Crown Court): ABH: Client acquitted unanimously by jury.
  • R v G [2015] (Portsmouth Crown Court): Successful appeal against an ASBO imposed by Portsmouth Youth Court.
  • R v O [2015] (Southampton Crown Court): Harassment/Criminal Damage: Client acquitted unanimously by jury.
  • R v R [2014] (Bournemouth Crown Court): ABH: A successful Newton Hearing established that the Prosecution had failed to prove that the Defendant had kicked the complainant in the head after his co-defendant had driven a car into him.The Defendant was sentenced to 4 months imprisonment.
  • R v T [2014] (Bournemouth Crown Court): ABH: Client convicted by majority verdict. He received a 6 month custodial sentence for repeatedly punching the complainant and then kicking him in the head while he was unconscious on the ground.
  • R v P [2014] (Southwark Crown Court): Theft: Successful appeal against a £25,000 compensation order.
  • R v J [2014] (Oxford Crown Court): Sexual activity with a child: Client faced accusations in relation to two separate girls. He entered guilty pleas on a basis to five out of six counts and was dealt with as a dangerous offender owing to his previous conviction for the same offence.
  • R v L [2014] (Bournemouth Crown Court): Indecent Assault: Client acquitted unanimously of historical allegation.
  • R v G [2014] (Isleworth Crown Court): Attempted Robbery: Defence of duress raised. 
  • R v T [2014] (Bournemouth Crown Court): Affray: Charge of affray dropped following client's plea to common assault.
  • R v T [2014] (Southampton Youth Court): Sexual Assault: charges dropped by the prosecution following a review of the evidence on the morning of trial.

Academic Qualifications

BVC, College of Law - Very Competent

GDL, College of Law - Commendation

BA (Hons) History, University of Sussex - 2.1


Winner of the 2010 College of Law BVC Mooting Competition

Winner of the 2010 Inter-Varsity Mooting Competition