Tom Rochford

Call: 1984


Tom studied law at Cambridge University, and has been a member of St Philips Chambers since its foundation.  He practises mainly in the fields of personal injury and clinical negligence.  Most of his cases are high value (£100,000 +) or complex.  He is instructed both by claimants and defendants (more claimant than defendant).  He is also instructed in employment cases (ET), and in commercial cases which are linked to his main fields of expertise (for example, professional negligence claims which arise from negligent handling of a personal injury case).  He is head of the Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Groups within Chambers.  He is a School Governor of a primary school near his home in Warwickshire.

What the Directories Say:

Chambers and Partners 2020 (Clinical Negligence)
Frequently instructed in high-value cases on behalf of claimants. He has notable expertise in cases involving complicated medical issues, with a particular interest in complex schedules of loss.
Strengths: “He has a very quick grasp on matters and has a good nature with the clients.” “He’s very impressive; very methodical with a good eye for detail.” “He’s very good with clients that are distressed; he has got a sure touch with clients who are troubled.”

Chambers and Partners 2020 (Personal Injury)
Mainly represents claimants in high-value personal injury cases involving issues such as RTAs and employers’ liability. Instructing solicitors value his experience, thorough approach and client rapport.
Strengths: “He is courteous, persuasive and authoritative, and he knows the law inside and out. I would rather have him on my side than as an opponent.”

Legal 500 (2015)
Ranked within personal injury and clinical negligence, leading juniors
“Very thorough, with excellent attention to detail in advice, pleadings and schedules.”

Qualifications and Appointments:

MA (Cantab)

Recorder (Crown Court and County Court)


  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • Birmingham Medico-Legal Society
  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • Employment Law Bar Association

My Expertise