Tom Godfrey > 23ES > London, England > Lawyer Profile

1 Gray\'s Inn Square


Tom Godfrey has built up an impressive Crown Court practice and recent instructions include murder, attempted murder and conspiracies to defraud. His practice is wide-ranging and diverse with particular focus on fraud, homicide and serious organised crime. Tom defends mainly in London and the South East and is instructed by leading firms of solicitors. He has also been graded a level three prosecutor by the CPS and is on the Attorney General’s list of prosecution counsel. Tom meticulously prepares his cases and is renowned for his hard working and methodical approach. He has an enviable track record in front of juries and is personable and well liked by both lay and professional clients.


Called 2003; Inner Temple.


Criminal Bar Association; Young Fraud Lawyers Association; South Eastern Circuit.


University of Exeter; Nottingham Law School (PGDL); Inns of Court School of Law (BVC).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Fraud: crime

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Tom Godfrey – 23ES

The experienced criminal fraud set 23ES (formerly 23 Essex Street) defends and prosecutes major SFO investigations and other high-profile financial crime matters. On behalf of a trading standards body, Cairns Nelson KC is prosecuting 11 defendants accused of defrauding elderly members of the public in a boiler room fraud, which made cold calls offering fake energy saving measures. Nelson KC also leads Tom Godfrey in the representation of Newcastle United Football Club, which is the subject of a long-running HMRC tax evasion investigation, with a focus on agents’ fees. Tim Hunter arrived from 2 Harcourt Buildings in May 2022.

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Tom Godfrey – 23ES ‘Tom is a very polished advocate who has a commanding presence in court. He has an excellent legal mind.’