Tom Collins

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    Year Of Call: 2010

    Tom joined Chambers as a tenant in October 2012 upon successful completion of his pupillage. He receives instructions in all areas of Chambers’ practice. Tom regularly appears in the county court, as well as undertaking drafting and advisory work.

    He has a broad personal injury practice, encompassing occupiers’ and employers’ liability, claims against local authorities and RTA (often involving allegations of fraud and/or significant credit hire claims). He has experience in insurance coverage disputes arising from RTA. As a pupil he assisted John Ross QC and Laura Johnson in the Court of Appeal in Bristol Alliance v Williams and EUI, concerning the liability of insurers to innocent third party victims (judgment awaited).

    Tom has a particular interest in professional negligence, including clinical negligence. As Zachary Bredemear’s pupil he worked on a number of solicitors’ and conveyancers’ negligence claims. As Sophie Mortimer’s pupil he gained extensive experience in clinical negligence, including cases of failure to diagnose or refer, negligent surgery (including dental surgery) and post-operative treatment.

    He also has an interest in litigation with a foreign element. As Matthew Chapman’s pupil he gained experience in conflict of laws and travel claims. He has a good working knowledge of the EC Judgments, Package Travel and Rome II Regulations, as well as the Athens and Montreal Convention.

    Tom graduated from the University of Bristol with a first in politics. He completed the GDL at City Law School. During the BVC Tom was graded ‘outstanding’ in advocacy and was awarded the Paul Methven Scholarship and an Exhibition by Inner Temple. In 2009 he represented Inner Temple at the European Universities Debating Championships and became the President and Trainer of the Inn’s debating society the following year.