Tom Walkling Crime

Call: 2001


With a specialist criminal practice, Tom has a wide range of experience and expertise in all areas of crime.  He comes recommended as an accomplished, talented and dedicated trial advocate, but is also known for the quality and intelligence of his written work and his attention to detail. He is a level 3 prosecutor and member of the specialist rape panel.

Tom believes that hard work, preparation and working closely with his professional clients are the keys to successfully presenting a case.

Qualifications and Appointments:

University of Bristol:

BA (Hons) Philosophy, First Class

Winner of Cicely Coulson Prize, awarded to the most promising final year student

University of Birmingham:

Common Professional Examination (Postgraduate diploma)

Winner of Branthwaite Prize, awarded for best performance on the CPE

Inns of Court School of Law:

Bar Vocational Course

Lincoln’s Inn Levitt Pupillage Scholarship


Criminal Bar Association

Midland Circuit


Homicide (Murder and Manslaughter)

Tom has considerable experience in homicide cases, including cases of lethal group violence,planned individual murders, conspiracies to murder, attempted murder and death by dangerous driving.

Reported Cases:

  • R v PW (2014): Causing death by dangerous driving
  • R v ST (2013): Attempted murder, home invasion stabbing
  • R v Martyn Geoghegan (2013): Conspiracy to murder - drive-by shooting
  • R v Meenan, Meenan, Ryan, Bayliss & others (2011): Murder of shopkeeper in the course of a robbery. Issues of joint enterprise and visual capacity.
  • R v Hollyoake, Poyner & Neelan (2008): Group murder by sustained beating within the Coventry homeless community
  • R v Britten (2007): Murder. Complex issues of mixed sample DNA contamination and transfer.
  • R v Campbell & others (2006): Murder and assisting an offender. City centre nightclub shooting.
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Organised Crime and Terrorism

Tom prosecutes and defends cases involving serious organised crime, from multi-million pound international smuggling and drug importation to regional gang violence and domestic conspiracies to murder, rob and steal.

Reported Cases:

  • R v BOR (2013): Conspiracy to escape from prison - the John Anslow escape from HMP Hewell
  • [2013] EWCA Crim 1916
  • R v Shoyeju (2011): UKBA Immigration Officer charged with corruptly granting ILR for money. The conspiracy extended over a number of years from UK to Nigeria.
  • R v Mason, Chiverton, Pryce & Fennell (2011): Alleged gang shooting in the Moss Side area of Manchester.
  • R v Conner, Delaney, Rooney & others (2007): Large scale conspiracy to burgle. Distraction burglaries committed against the vulnerable and elderly.
  • R v Collins & Robertson (2007): High value firearm cash-in-transit robberies.
  • R v Bale & others (2005): Conspiracy to attack cash machines with industrial equipment. Involved sensitive issues of disclosure and the use of covert listening posts.
  • R v Owens, Grassick & others (2005): Multi-million pound international cigarette smuggling conspiracy.
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Restraint and Confiscation

Tom has substantial expertise in confiscation proceedings. He practices in both the civil and criminal sides of restraint, cash forfeiture and confiscation. He believes that a sound understanding of confiscation and restraint is essential to the proper conduct of many criminal cases.

Reported Cases:

  • R (on the Application of Afzal & Suhail) v the Crown Court at Birmimgham (2011): Successful defence before the Administrative Court of an application to judicially review the decision to forfeit monies seized from the claimants under s.298 POCA.
  •  Edwards v Chief Constable of the West Midlands Police (2010): Appeal against a decision to forfeit £20,000 in cash
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Serious Sexual Offences

Reported Cases:

  • R v Alan Male (2013): Historic abuse of family members.
  • R v Copestick (2013): Allegations of rape and abuse of children fostered by the defendant.
  • R v Jones (2010): Historic rape and sexual offences against a sibling. Doctrine of Doli Incapax applied.
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