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The Chambers of Richard Booth QC

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Owain Thomas

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1 CROWN OFFICE ROW (The Chambers of Richard Booth QC)


Areas of practice include; general common law, including professional negligence (in particular clinical, solicitors’ and surveyors): VAT, customs, duties and landfill tax; coroners’ inquests and personal injury; public law including mental health; ECHR; contempt of court, environmental law; disciplinary tribunals. Cases include: Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry 2010-12 – Counsel for the NHSLA; GMC v Dr Wakefield & ors (2007-10) – Junior Counsel for the GMC in the longest ever FTP hearing concerning research misconduct relating to the MMR vaccine; Pendragon v HMRC (Upper Tribunal) Judgment pending; Volkswagen Financial Services (UK) Ltd v Revenue and Customs Commissioners [2011] UKFTT 556 (TC); Findel Plc v Revenue and Customs Commissioners [2011] UKFTT 723 (TC); HMRC v BAA Limited March 2011 Upper Tribunal [2011] STC 1791; HMRC v Atrium Club Ltd [2010] STC 1493; Newey t/a Ocean Finance v HMRC [2010] UKFTT 183 (TC); Case 511/10 Finanzamt Hildesheim v BLC Baumarkt (pending); Joined Cases C-288/09 and 289/90 BSkyB v HMRC; R (ota Modaresi) v Secretary of State for Health & ors [2011] EWHC 417 (Admin); Vision Express (UK) Ltd v HMRC [2009] EWHC 3245(Ch); Boots Company Plc v HMRC [2009] EWCA Civ 1396; GMC v Dr W & ors (currently representing the GMC in investigating the conduct of 3 doctors and involving issues relating to MMR vaccine) [2006-9]; Tomy (UK) Ltd v HMRC [2008] EWCA Civ 1085; Redfern Inquiry into Nuclear Industry (representing BNFL) [2007-8]; Costco Wholesale UK Ltd v Milton Keynes PCT and Secretary of State for Health [2008] EWHC 216 (Admin); Epson Telford Ltd v HMRC [2008] EWCA Civ 567; Case 250/05 Turbon International GmbH [2006] (UK Observations); R (ota B) v Dr SS (RMO), Dr G (SOAD) and Secretary of State for Health [2006] 1 WLR 810 (representing the RMO in a five day judicial review hearing and subsequent appeal to the Court of Appeal).


Called 1995; Inner Temple; Junior Counsel to the Crown (C Panel) 2001 – 03; B Panel 2003 to 2008; A Panel 2008 to date. Publications: Chapter 14 clinical negligence in ‘Professional Neligence and Liability.’ (Looseleaf LLP 2000); Contributor to ‘An Introduction to Human Rights and the Common Law’ (Ed Havers and English)(Hart Publishing 2000); Contributor to Burnett-Hall on Environmental Law (2nd Edition). Lectures: ‘The Impact of the ECHR on the Common Law’; ‘Expert Evidence in Surveyors’ and Solicitors’ Negligence’: ‘The Impact of the New Civil Rules on Interlocutory Proceedings’; ‘The Human Rights Act and the Right to Physical Integrity’; The Human Rights Act and the Financial Services Industry’; presents BPP Professional Skills Human Rights Course.


French, Welsh.


Professional Negligence Bar Association; Personal Injury Bar Association; Administrative Law Bar Association.


Penyrheol Comprehensive School; Gorseinon College; University College, Oxford (BA Hons; BCL 1st).


Theatre, opera, music, tennis.

London Bar

Professional discipline and regulatory law

Within: Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading silks

Owain Thomas QC - 1 Crown Office Row ‘Approachable, friendly and a skilled advocate.’

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Tax: corporate and VAT

Within: Tax: VAT – Leading silks

Owain Thomas QC - 1 Crown Office Row ‘Experienced in a wide range of indirect taxes and very competent.’

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