Called 2016 Email Tom
Tom specialises in clinical negligence, personal injury, inquests, and Court of Protection work. He has a particular interest in healthcare matters and is skilled at getting to grips with complex medico-legal issues in difficult cases.
His clients praise his attention to detail, personable approach, and pragmatic advice. He is listed as a 'rising star' in The Legal 500.
Tom's clinical negligence practice encompasses both claimant and defendant work. It builds upon his time working for a nationally recognised law firm before coming to the bar. He is experienced in a wide range of complex and high value clinical negligence disputes, including birth injuries, surgical negligence, dental negligence, delays in diagnosis, fatal injuries, informed consent, and material contribution claims.
Tom also manages to maintain a broad personal injury practice. He acts on behalf of claimants and defendants at High Court and County Court level. His practice includes employers' liability, public liability (including occupiers' liability, Highways Act, and public nuisance), road traffic accidents, product liability, fatal accidents, and CICA appeals.
His inquest work involves acting for families and other interested parties, in both Jamieson and Middleton-style inquests. Tom regularly acts in inquests concerning hospital and nursing home care, road traffic accidents, and potential breaches of health and safety regulations. He has experience in inquests both with and without a jury sitting.
In the Court of Protection, Tom is regularly instructed on behalf of local authorities, clinical commissioning groups, P, and members of P's family. He has appeared in a wide range of disputes, typically arising out of section 16 and section 21A applications. His practice covers both Health & Welfare and Property & Financial Affairs. Recent matters have included disputes over contact arrangements, overlapping jurisdiction with the Mental Health Act 1983, care arrangements, revoking lasting powers of attorney, medical treatment, and capacity assessments.
Barrister with significant pre-Bar experience working at a national law firm.
"Tom is incredibly thorough and his medical understanding is excellent. He has a very methodical approach to cases. Very down to earth with the clients." (The Legal 500, 2022)
Tom has a particular interest in clinical negligence, which has become a significant part of his practice since joining chambers. He acts on behalf of patients, hospital trusts, GP practices and individual practitioners. He has experience in drafting statements of case, advising on prospects and quantum, CCMCs, JSMs and inquests involving suggestions of clinical negligence. His practice benefits from his experience in a busy clinical negligence department at a leading law firm before coming to the bar. He is happy to advise in matters on an informal basis, particularly in the early stages of claims.
Tom’s practice covers all areas of clinical negligence, including orthopaedic surgery, obstetrics, diabetes management, emergency care, mental health, dental, nursing and residential care.
Recent matters include:
Road Traffic Accidents
Tom is very experienced in all manners of RTA claims in both the High Court and the County Court. He acts on behalf of both claimants and defendants. He also has a busy paper practice, including advising on liability and quantum. Recent matters include:
Public, Product and Employers’ Liability
Tom is experienced in EL/PL matters, both from his work before joining chambers and since becoming a tenant. He is regularly instructed to draft statements of case, advise in conference, and attend trials at High Court and County Court level. Recent matters include:
Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals
In pupillage and since becoming a tenant, Tom has experience in advising on and attending CICA appeals. He has particular experience in disputes over whether the assailant lacked capacity.
"Tom has a very methodical approach to cases. He can communicate with the client in a way they understand and makes them feel at ease." (The Legal 500, 2022)
Tom has been involved in numerous inquests during pupillage and since becoming a tenant. He is primarily instructed in relation to healthcare-related deaths, but also accepts instructions concerning deaths in the workplace, prison deaths and road traffic fatalities. He is experienced in drafting submissions, advising on strategy, pre-inquest reviews and final hearings.
Recently concluded cases include:
Tom is particularly experienced in section 21A applications, section 16 applications, final hearings and round table meetings between the parties. He also has experience of cases where there is an overlap between the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the Mental Health Act 1983. He has a keen interest in health and welfare matters, having studied medical and mental capacity law at post-graduate level.His practice benefits from his clinical negligence work and his experience in dealing with parties that lack capacity arising out of injuries. Tom takes a collaborative approach and is willing to advise informally from the outset.
He accepts instructions in all areas, including:
Recent and ongoing matters include:
Tom is also a member of the Court of Protection Practioners Association
Tom is regularly instructed on behalf of Claimants and Defendants to attend contested costs hearings in a variety of matters, but particularly in relation to clinical negligence claims.
Recent matters include:
As a result of his inquest and Court of Protection practice, Tom advises public bodies, including local authorities and the NHS, on public law matters such as NHS Continuing Healthcare and Ordinary Residence disputes.
Recent matters include:
Legal 500 (2022) Clinical Negligence - Rising Star (Tier 1)
"Tom is incredibly thorough and his medical understanding is excellent. He has a very methodical approach to cases. Very down to earth with the clients."
Legal 500 (2022) Inquests and Inquiries - Rising Star (Tier 1)
"Tom has a very methodical approach to cases. He can communicate with the client in a way they understand and makes them feel at ease."
Inquest touching the death of Audrey Allen (2018)
Tom represented the family of Miss Allen. The inquest investigated failings in the care provided to the deceased at a care home operated by the local authority. The Coroner may critical findings against the care home, holding that the deceased would have survived had appropriate risk assessments been in place. The inquest was followed by the first CQC prosecution of a local authority. The authority entered an early guilty plea and was fined £500,000 for failing to provide safe care and treatment. Tom's article for AvMA covering the inquest can be accessed here. The BBC's article covering of the CQC prosecution can be accessed here.
Ede & Ravenscroft Legal Prize (Pupillage Scholarship), Inner Temple (2016)
Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence Prize, Leeds & District Medico-Legal Society (2016)
Exhibition Award (BPTC Scholarship), Inner Temple (2015)
Regional BPTC Leader's Scholarship, BPP Law School (2014)
RG Lawson Prize, The University of Manchester (2012)
Legal Update by Tom Semple, 21st April 2020
BPTC, BPP Law School (2016)
LLM (Distinction), Healthcare Ethics and Law, The University of Manchester (2013)
LLB (Hons), The University of Manchester (2012)
Personal Injury Bar Association (PIBA)
Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA)
Leeds & District Medico-Legal Society
Employment Lawyers Association (ELA)
Court of Protection Practitioners Association (CoPPA)