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Chambers of James Goudie QC and Daniel Stilitz QC

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Barrister practising predominantly in the fields of administrative and public law, human rights, education, employment, professional discipline and regulation, and data protection. He acts for individuals, companies, government, and associations across the private and public sectors alike.


Called 2007; joined 11KBW in 2010; part-time visiting lecturer, City University 2008-09; first judicial assistant, UK Supreme Court 2009. He has appeared in courts and tribunals at all levels up to the Supreme Court. He is co-author of a number of leading practitioner texts including ‘The Protections for Religious Rights: Law and Practice’ (OUP) and has written regularly for a varied range of publications including The Times. Appointed counsel to the Crown in civil matters (A Panel); counsel to the Welsh Government (A Panel); and the Panel of Counsel for the Equality and Human Rights Commission.


English, French, Spanish




Queen’s College, Oxford (2005 Double 1st Hons French and Spanish). City University (2006 Graduate Diploma in Law, distinction); BVC (2007, outstanding). Recipient of the Sir Robert Megarry Award, the Buchanan Prize, a Lord Denning Scholarship, a Lord Bowen Scholarship and a Hardwicke Entrance Award from Lincoln’s Inn. Chosen by the Bar European Group as the Peter Duffy Human Rights Scholar for 2007.


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Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Local government (including rating law)

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Tom Cross11KBWHe is very bright and easy to work with. His written and oral advocacy is always of the highest standard. He always responds to requests for advice and support in a timely manner.

A ‘highly-regarded set with brilliant barristers‘, members of 11KBW advise local government on the gamut of governance and public law issues. Peter Oldham QC advised Buckinghamshire County Council in litigation concerning the county’s transition to a unitary authority, while Jen Coyne assisted two of the districts on the same matter. Andrew Sharland QC represented Leicester City Council in litigation concerning the compliance of non-binding resolution to boycott goods from Israeli settlements with its public sector equality duty. Unled, Tom Cross advised Gedling Borough Council concerning whether a Conservative councillor, who stole a European Union flag from anti-Brexit demonstrators, did so in his official capacity.

London Bar > Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Tom Cross11KBWExcellent legal analysis coupled with an impressive capability (especially for a public law junior of this quality) to take the strategic initiative and engage fully with clients.

11KBW is an ‘excellent set with very proactive and high-powered silks’ who are frequently engaged in civil liberties matters pertaining to immigration, social care, and detention. Leading silk Jason Coppel QC represented the Equality and Human Rights Commission in a Supreme Court appeal concerning the immigration rights of human trafficking victims, as well as acting for NGO Maternity Action in a judicial review challenging the NHS charging regime for disproportionately impacting migrant women. Tom Cross is engaged in a judicial review for the parents of Charlie Hughes who are challenging the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence Guidelines over the prescription of cannabis-based medicine to children. ‘King of data rights‘ Christopher Knight is also of note and has expertise across media and privacy law-related human rights claims. Aileen McColgan QC has strengthened the set with her elevation to silk in early 2020.

London Bar > Education

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Tom Cross11KBWAn extremely good barrister, his knowledge of education law is encyclopaedic. Tom’s manner and approach is always clear, commanding and convincing; he has a very calming manner.

11KBW retains its position as the ‘leading set in education law and provides the best service’ with members described as ‘simply exceptional.‘ Recent instructions for the set include Peter Oldham QC acting in R (D) v Leicestershire County Council for the defendant on a discrimination claim regarding the council’s transport policy on grounds of disability and age, as well as acting for a further education college challenging an Ofsted report. Tom Cross is acting for the claimant (as instructed by the Safe School Alliance) in a judicial review in R (Edwards) v Oxfordshire County Council and others challenging the council’s response surrounding the balance between trans rights in schools and female-only safe spaces.

London Bar > Administrative and public law (including elections)

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Tom Cross11KBW Very through in his analysis of the issues which a client will face and very clear on the prospective outcomes depending on the tactical approach adopted.

London Bar > Professional disciplinary and regulatory law

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Tom Cross11KBWTom has vast experience in advising clients in this sphere meaning that he has an almost instinctive sense of the public law challenges that can be brought to bear to secure the best results for clients. Decisive, deft and devastating in drafting, Tom is the go to barrister in these cases.

London Bar > Data protection

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Tom Cross11KBWHe clearly has a good understanding of regulatory proceedings in the data protection arena.