Thomas Buxton > Chambers of Nicholas Rhodes QC and Neil Hawes QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Nicholas Rhodes QC and Neil Hawes QC
Charter Chambers


Thomas is a criminal practitioner who both prosecutes and defends, and a providing specialist advice and advocacy at all stages of criminal, disciplinary and confiscation proceedings. With over 25 years’ experience at the Bar, he has appeared in every court in the criminal hierarchy, including two appeal cases before the House of Lords (now the Supreme Court).

He has a calm, confident manner, is good tactically and impresses with his eloquent, succinct yet uncompromising style in court. He will take difficult points which, on many occasions, have taken him through the appellate system.

Thomas has prosecuted and defended in serious and complex cases brought by the SFO.  He has conducted numerous large trials in a variety areas using electronic presentation, including LiveNote. He has extensive experience in relation to confiscation and asset recovery, often involving jurisdictional issues and receiving evidence from abroad under both current and previous legislation.

He has worked extensively both presenting and challenging complex evidence in areas of markets, company accounts and fraudulent trading. Although vastly experienced in fraud and financial crime, Thomas is equally comfortable practising in general crime, and has also developed a breadth of practice which includes regulatory and administrative work, including Directors’ disqualification.

Thomas is regularly instructed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council to prosecute cases of misconduct and/or incompetence.  He also receives instructions from the Royal College of Nursing and also defends solicitors facing misconduct charges brought on behalf of the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Three years’ service in the past on the Professional Conduct Committee of the Bar Council and, prior to that as a member of the panel of prosecuting advocates for the Bar Council leaves him well placed to understand and assess the nuances of professional regulation.

Advisory work includes dealing with corporate compliance issues where fraud is or may be alleged, and tactical and evidential matters pre-charge in all areas.

Thomas is happy to travel distances from chambers and has defended in the Grand Court in Georgetown, Grand Cayman both before a jury and judge alone.

Outside work, his interests include fine wine, gardening and golf.

Thomas qualified as an Advocacy trainer with Gray’s Inn in 2003, has given CPD accredited lectures on Appeals through chambers and is accredited by the Bar Council to provide Public Access Service.


Called 1983; Gray’s Inn.




CBA; South Eastern Circuit; Gray’s Inn Advocacy Trainer.


Nottingham University (LLB).


Golf, wine.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Professional disciplinary and regulatory law

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Thomas BuxtonCharter ChambersA safe pair of hands.