Tom Orpin-Massey > Chambers of Mark Ellison QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Mark Ellison QC
QEB Hollis Whiteman


Tom joined QEB Hollis Whiteman in February 2015. He now accepts instructions in all of chamber’s practice areas, which encompass: general crime: Tom has successfully defended clients charged with dishonesty offences (theft, fraud), assault, harassment, and public order offences. In addition, Tom is a Grade 1 CPS advocate, and has prosecuted in both the Magistrates’ and Crown Court. Motoring offences: Tom is regularly instructed on a private basis to represent individuals and companies charged with driving offences. He has sound knowledge of all driving offences, including insurance and licencing matters. He has particular experience with special reasons and exceptional hardship arguments, which may save a driver from a ban even though they are guilty of a motoring offence. Criminal and civil fraud: Tom is presently instructed by the Serious Fraud Office to review material relating to an investigation into liquidity auctions at the Bank of England during the financial crisis. Intellectual property infringement: Tom has a strong interest in trading standards law and intellectual property infringement, and spent a good deal of time during his pupillage working at the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT). Sports law: Tom is a registered lawyer under The FA Football Agents Regulations, which allows him to represent players and clubs in England. As a pupil, he assisted with the drafting of advice for the FA Premier League on the protection of its sports data from fraudulent third parties. Public inquiries and inquests: between February and June 2014, Tom was instructed by FieldFisher, solicitors to the Coroner of the Hillsborough Inquests, as a junior member of their disclosure team. He has good experience of large document review tasks.


Called 2013, Lincoln’s Inn. Before completing his LLB and being called to the bar in 2013, Tom worked for the academic year 2010/11 at Magdalen College School, Oxford; one of the top schools in the county. While studying law, Tom was awarded a Sunley Scholarship, a Denning Scholarship, a Harwicke Entrance Award, and a Brougham Scholarship, all by Lincoln’s Inn. Publications of note: “Neither a body to kick nor a soul to damn”: The corporate defendant and the Corporate Homicide Act 2007, BPP University, 2014.


Criminal Bar Association; Young Fraud Lawyers Association; British Association of Sports Lawyers.


Stanwell Comprehensive School, Penarth; Keble College, University of Oxford (2012 BA (Hons) Modern History and Politics); University of Law, Bloomsbury.


Tom is a keen footballer, and represented the Men's First XI while studying at Oxford University. He now plays for Polytechnic FC, based in Chiswick.