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



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 Godfrey23 Essex StreetA barrister who pays attention to detail and prosecutes with determination.

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Tom Godfrey – 23 Essex Street ‘Tom is a strong jury advocate. He clearly commands the confidence of his client.

A good set with quality counsel‘, 23 Essex Street prosecutes and defends across a wide spectrum of criminal work; recent instructions include drugs conspiracies, people trafficking, and murders. Mark Fenhalls QC successfully prosecuted Shofael Israel who was convicted of the murder of Joy Morgan, following Morgan’s disappearance in 2018. On the defence side, Lisa Wilding QC acted for RAF pilot Tim Barry, who was acquitted of the alleged attempted murder of his girlfriend, instead receiving an 18-month community order for assault. Rossano Scamardella QC and Tom Godfrey represented Henry Long in a multi-defendant trial concerning the death of PC Andrew Harper in August 2019; Long pleaded guilty to manslaughter but was acquitted of murder in July 2020. Ahmed Hossain QC was elevated to silk in March 2020.