Dominic Thomas

"Wonderful jury advocate"

Legal 500

Called 1998

Dominic Thomas


He practices in serious and white-collar crime, regulatory and professional disciplinary law. Dominic has particular expertise as a trial and appeal lawyer in homicide cases (murder, manslaughter, attempted murder, death by dangerous driving) and other grave criminal matters (including fraud, firearms, drugs, rape etc).

Clear-headed and commanding, with an astute wit that can deflate a prosecution, Dominic is noted for his fluency, charm and tenacity in court. Dominic's approach to a case goes well beyond courtroom advocacy, however. He is relied on by solicitors who know his appetite for hard work. He grasps the essential features of a brief quickly and identifies the turning-points of a case well before trial. His cases are frequently reported in the national media. He works hard to ensure all aspects of his brief are rigorously and meticulously prepared: marshalling expert evidence to meet the needs of a case, conducting as many conferences at the circumstances demand, considering and advising on issues such as disclosure, publicity and confiscation where necessary. Dominic strives hard to ensure his clients understand in advance how their cases will be conducted.

Dominic frequently defends white-collar clients. He is trusted to defend those working within the criminal justice system and he is often recommended to clients by other barristers. He has recently been instructed to represent serving high-ranking police officers, barristers and solicitors charged with grave criminal offences such as perverting the course of justice.

Dominic is increasingly instructed in private work for trial or sentence, pre-charge or post-conviction. Dominic has long experience of providing advice and conducting criminal appeals to the Court of Appeal and to the Criminal Cases Review Commission in matters where he was not counsel instructed at first instance. He has appeared in reported judicial review and cases stated proceedings. Dominic is a founder member of the Criminal Appeal Lawyers Association and is qualified to act on a public/direct access basis.

Dominic has acted before the Administrative Court (by way of case stated, application for injunctive relief and judicial review), the Police Disciplinary Tribunal and Police Appeal Tribunal, the Solicitor’s Disciplinary Tribunal, the Parole Board, the Coroner's Court, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, the Mental Health Tribunal, the Immigration Appeal Tribunal, the Companies Court and the Disciplinary Committee of the Jockey's Club. He has been instructed to defend proceedings brought by the Health & Safety Authority, the Office of the Immigration Commissioner and the Environment Agency. Dominic has acted and advised in proceedings for liquor and gaming licences and in proceedings before the General Medical Council Disciplinary Committee.

His cases are frequently reported in the national media. He has written articles for The Criminal Law and Justice Weekly and the Independent Lawyer. He has appeared on national television as an expert in criminal law and he has consulted with TV production companies on criminal law matters.