Mr Tom Little QC > Chambers of Jacob Levy QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Jacob Levy QC
9 Gough Chambers
The Chambers of Jacob Levy QC
3-5 Norwich Street


Crime: As Treasury Counsel Tom regularly prosecutes homicide trials at the Old Bailey as well as appearing in the Court of Appeal in cases of general public importance. Tom is ‘Developed Vetted’ and has significant experience of the disclosure of material of the highest sensitivity including, but not limited to, that obtained in terrorist investigations. Tom has undertaken work for the Serious Fraud Office and is currently advising them on a high profile investigation relating to allegations of LIBOR rigging. Civil: After many years undertaking a wide range of civil work Tom’s primary civil areas of practice are now public law proceedings (including, but not just, judicial review claims relating to the criminal law) and inquests. He also provides strategic advice to liquidators and creditors on the interplay between civil and criminal proceedings where there is suspected fraud as well as regulatory cases in various tribunals. Professional Responsibility: Between 2002 and 2009 Tom was an elected member of the Bar Council and in 2006 he was Chairman of the Young Bar. In 2012 he became Vice Chairman (Crime) of the Bar Council’s Remuneration Committee. Tom was also appointed by the Lord Chancellor to the Criminal Procedure Rule Committee and was a member of that Committee between 2004 and 2011.


Called 1997, Silk 2018. Notable Cases: General Crime: R. v. Hassan & Anderson (2015) Successfully prosecuted execution in drug den of 17 year old boy. R. v. Hunter & Others (2015) 2 Cr. App. R. 9 Guideline case before a five judge constitution of the Court of Appeal (including the Lord Chief Justice, the President of the QBD and the Vice President of the CACD) on the correct approach to the giving of good character directions to the jury. R. v. Muddar & Chowdhury (2015) Succesfully prosectued defendants for killing young girl following months of cruelty. R. v. Clifford (2014) [2015] 1 Cr. App. R. C (S) 232 Successfully prosecuted the notorious publicist Max Clifford for historic indecent assaults. R. v. Ekaireb (2013) Successfully prosecuted wealthy property developer for historic missing body murder involving the death of his Chinese wife who he had met when she was a lap dancer in Ireland. R. v. Bidace (2013) Successfully prosecuted murder and attempted murder trial. The deceased was executed whilst on his knees in his own sitting room and then the gun man attempted to kill the deceased’s wheelchair bound partner as she had recognised him. The Defendant received one of the longest minimum term life sentences ever given at the Old Bailey. R. v. Perkins, Bennett & Hall [2013] EWCA Crim 323 Represented the Prosecution in 3 co-joined appeals before the Lord Chief Justice in which guidance was provided on the use of Victim Personal Statements. R. v. Caley & others [2012] EWCA Crim 2821; (2013) 177 J.P. 111 Represented the Prosecution in a series of conjoined appeals in which the Court of Appeal provided important guidance on the reduction in sentence for pleading guilty and in particular on when the first reasonable opportunity is for a Defendant to indicate a guilty plea. R v Gjikokaj (2012) Prosecuted murder trial involving shooting of victim in his own home. R. v. Koc (2012) Prosecuted double murder with 5 similar attacks. Defendant convicted following 4 week trial and given life imprisonment with a minimum term of 35 years. R. v. Dlugosz and Wyrostek (2011) Prosecuted manslaughter trial involving the binding and gagging of a lone female in her 80s during the course of a burglary. She was left tied up and died of hypothermia. Case involved complex bad character and LCN DNA arguments. R. v. Allen (2011) Prosecuted baby murder trial at the Old Bailey. R. v. Kayani [2011] EWCA Crim 2871 Instructed solely in the Court of Appeal by the CPS in this Guideline sentencing case on child abduction before the Lord Chief Justice. Public Law: R. (DPP) v. Sunderland Magistrates (2014) EWHC 613 Appearing for the DPP in successful judicial review of a decision to issue summonses instituting the private prosecution of a Chief Crown Prosecutor and a Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for misconduct in public office. R. (Barons Pub Co) v. Staines Magistrates Court [2013] EWHC 898 (Admin); [2013] Crim. L.R. 758; [2013] A.C.D. 92 Representing the DPP as an intervenor in this important Judicial Review on abuse of process in the Magistrates Court. R. (Firth) v. Epping Magistrates’ Court [2011] 1 W.L.R. 1818 Appeared on behalf of the DPP in important Judicial Review claim relating to the admissibility of the contents of a Case Progression Form completed by the Defendant’s advocate. Fraud: Re LIBOR (2014-2015) Advising SFO on alleged LIBOR rigging at RBS. R v Crawley and others (2014) Appointed by the Attorney General to act as an amicus in the FCA prosecution where no advocates were willing to represent the defendants following VHCC fee cuts by the government. R. v. Okedare [2014] 1 W.L.R. 4071 Led for the prosecution in Court of Appeal in important case determining whether a confiscation order can be made against a defendant who absconds before conviction. R. v. William & others (2011 – 2014) Prosecuted six defendant multi-million tax fraud and associated money laundering by the family both internationally and by purchasing properties. Also instructed in complex confiscation proceedings and in the Court of Appeal on both the conviction and confiscation appeals. R. v. Bestel (2010 – 2013) [2014] 1 W.L.R. 457 Prosecuted multi-million pound mortgage fraud for CPS Fraud Prosecution Service. Regulatory & Disciplinary: The Hallett Review (2014) Junior counsel to the Independent review by Dame Heather Hallett DBE into the On the Runs Administrative Scheme. Bales College v The Secretary of State for Education (2014) Represented the Secretary of State in Appeal proceedings relating to the determination that the college be removed from the register of schools under the Education Act. AJ v Secretary of State (2012 – 2013) Represented the Secretary of State in Appeal proceedings relating to historic allegations. The Appeal was struck out. PM v Secretary of State (2012 – 2013) Represented the Secretary of State in Appeal proceedings relating to standards of nursing which had caused three patients in a care home to die. The Appellant withdrew his Appeal prior to the hearing. RG v Secretary of State (2011) Tom represented the Secretary of State in a Care Standards Appeal in a hearing relating to a care worker who made allegedly false allegations of rape against a teenage boy. JL v Secretary of State (2010) Represented the Secretary of State in a Care Standards Appeal relating to misrepresentations made in relation to employment history by applicant who intended to work with children.


Junior Counsel to the Crown \’A\’ Panel, Junior Treasury Counsel, Recorder of the Crown Court, Special Advocate and Middle Temple Advocacy Trainer.


History BA (Hons) Nottingham 1995, PGDL Nottingham Law School 1996.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Administrative and public law (including elections)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

Tom Little QC9 Gough ChambersA phenomenon. He is a brilliant lawyer with a razor-sharp mind, who is able to crunch through complex problems, apply a breadth and depth of legal knowledge to them and come to a clearly expressed answer.

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

Tom Little QC9 Gough ChambersA stylish and well-prepared advocate who pays great attention to detail.