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Tom Semple

Called 2016

Tom joined chambers in October 2017 after the successful completion of pupillage, supervised by Corin Furness and Stuart Jamieson. He maintains a broad civil practice, but has a particular interest in clinical negligence, inquests, personal injury, employment and credit hire work.

Tom’s pupillage focused on personal injury and clinical negligence. He had significant experience in both fields before joining chambers, having worked as a paralegal in healthcare litigation and catastrophic injuries (RTA and EL/PL) for over two years at two national law firms.

On the BPTC, Tom was graded ‘Outstanding’ on 8 out of 12 modules, including civil litigation, personal injury & clinical negligence, advocacy, drafting, and conference skills. He came top of his year group in the personal injury & clinical negligence module.

Tom is willing to accept instructions on a CFA-basis in appropriate cases.

Barrister with signifcant pre-Bar experience working at a national law firm.

Areas of Expertise
Clinical Negligence
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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 and inquests involving allegations 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, diabetes management, emergency care, mental health, dental, nursing and residential care.

Costs & Litigation
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Tom is instructed on behalf of Claimants and Defendants to attend CCMCs in a variety of matters, but particularly in relation to clinical negligence claims. 

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Tom has a growing employment practice and he accepts instructions on behalf of Claimants and Respondents. He has experience appearing in the employment tribunal and advising on merits in the early stages of claims. He has a particular interest in discrimination matters.

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Tom has been involved in numerous inquests during pupillage and since becoming a tenant. He is primarily instructed in relation to healthcare-related deaths and is willing to act on a CFA-basis in appropriate cases. He is experienced in drafting submissions, advising on strategy, pre-inquest reviews and final hearings. 

Recently concluded cases include:

  • A two-day inquest involving a death following a head injury. The issues centred on the advice given to the deceased by the paramedics.
  • An inquest involving a death shortly following discharge from the community psychiatric care team.
  • A three-day inquest involving a death following a fall in a care home, where the Coroner concluded that the death would have been avoidable had the care home carried out risk assessments. Tom acted on behalf of the family.
  • An inquest concerning a death that occurred whilst the deceased was undergoing an angioplasty.
  • A three-day inquest with a jury concerning a death following the development of septicaemia. The inquest involved four interested parties and questions over whether the deceased had received appropriate care in hospital and in the community after developing foot ulcers, which became infected.
  • A three-day inquest concerning the death of a patient with dementia who had been injured in a road traffic accident, after he managed to leave a hospital ward without the staff noticing. The Coroner concluded that the failures of the nursing staff amounted to neglect and this contributed to the death. Tom acted on behalf of the deceased's family.
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Credit Hire

Tom is regularly instructed to appear in the County Court in credit hire matters, particularly on behalf of insurance companies. He is well versed in the arguments over need, period, enforceability, impecuniosity, mitigation, intervention and rates. He has been successful in getting credit hire claims dismissed due to misrepresentation.


Tom is experienced in indemnity disputes arising from road traffic accidents owing to his work at a national defendant insurance law firm before pupillage.

Personal Injury & Fatal Accidents
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Road Traffic Accidents

Tom regularly appears in the County Court regarding RTA claims. He acts on behalf of both claimants and defendants. He also has a busy paper practice, including advising on liability and quantum.

Public 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 in the County Court. 

Criminal Injuries Compensation

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.

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Ede & Ravenscroft Legal Prize, Inner Temple (2016)

Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence Prize, Leeds & District Medico-Legal Society (2016)

Exhibition Award, Inner Temple (2015)

Regional BPTC Leader's Scholarship, BPP Law School (2014)

RG Lawson Prize, The University of Manchester (2012)

Personal Details

BPTC, BPP Law School (2016)

LLM (Distinction), Healthcare Ethics and Law, The University of Manchester (2013)

LLB (Hons), The University of Manchester (2012)


Professional Associations

Personal Injury Bar Association (PIBA)

Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA)

Leeds & District Medico-Legal Society

Inner Temple

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