Dominic Thomas

"Wonderful jury advocate"

Legal 500

Called 1998

Dominic Thomas

Barrister

Dominic is a specialist in criminal defence,  including fraud and regulatory work. Dominic is regularly instructed to act in heavyweight criminal cases with a busy and successful practice in all areas of criminal law, both publicly and privately funded, particularly murder and manslaughter, complex fraud, major drugs cases, serious sexual offences and organised crime.

Having been instructed as sole junior or led junior for many years, he is now increasingly instructed as leading or sole junior counsel, often in multi-handed cases of complexity or sensitivity. He is a modern advocate: effective in Court, concerned to deliver down-to-earth client care and attentive to crucial case management issues such as securing full disclosure and identifying the right experts ahead of trial.

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 been instructed to represent serving high-ranking police officers, barristers and solicitors charged with grave criminal offences.

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. Dominic is a founder member of the Criminal Appeal Lawyers Association and is qualified to act on a public/direct access basis. He has complete his Vulnerable Witness training.

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 and consults on criminal law matters with lobbying organisations.