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Thomas Wood

Call 2002
Telephone 020 7831 0222
Email thomas.wood@42br.com


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Tom excelled in his university studies. Achieving a First Class degree in law and receiving four subject prizes (including tort and medical law). He was awarded two Scholarships from Lincoln’s Inn (Lord Denning and Hardwicke) and was called to the Bar in 2002. His pupilage encompassed primarily medical law issues (negligence claims, consent and capacity issues and professional regulatory prosecutions) as well as personal injury and other regulatory work.

He has been at 22 Old Buildings and then 42 Bedford Row since 2005 practicing almost exclusively in the fields of personal injury and clinical negligence.

Tom is a contributor to Westlaw Insight and regularly provides training on all aspects of his practice.

Tom is able to accept instructions on a public access basis from individuals, companies and other organisations including NHS Trusts.

Court of Protection

  • Tom accepts instructions to appear in the Court of Protection.


Coroner’s court work is an important part of Tom’s work. He receives instructions from a variety of interested parties, but is always acutely aware of the respect required for all those involved in what is understandably a difficult process for all those involved.

Tom is keen to be involved from the earliest opportunity to engage with the investigation of the facts, the HSE (where appropriate), interested parties and, of course, the Coroner themselves. Advisory and advocacy work in the Coroner’s Court forms a vital part of the investigation of the untimely death of an individual.

Tom often advises in relation to potential civil actions that may be running alongside, or starting after, the conclusion of proceedings before the Coroner.

Tom is able to accept instructions on a public access basis from individuals, companies and other organisations including NHS Trusts.

Personal Injury

Tom’s written and court work as a personal injury barrister now focuses on Multi Track disputes. He advises on cases in six figures on a regular basis and enjoys the process of negotiation and settlement, whether at JSM or otherwise. He has significant experience of all types of personal injury claim:

  • road traffic
  • employers liability
  • occupiers’ liability
  • highways act
  • fatal accidents
  • industrial disease (including asbestos related disease, vibration injuries and NIHL)
  • He works for both Claimants and Defendants and prides himself on being able to interact constructively with his lay client, whether individual or insurer, to conclude the claim on the best possible terms.

He has a significant part of his work dedicated to fraudulent road traffic claims, including fraud rings, staged accidents, exaggerated claims, phantom passengers and other opportunistic dishonest conduct. He is the author of the article on civil fraud on Westlaw Insight.

Tom has a particular interest in drafting complex Schedule of Loss and Counter Schedules. He has developed a keen interest in cost budgeting and mathematical aspects of personal injury work.

Tom is able to accept instructions on a public access basis from individuals, companies and other organisations including NHS Trusts.

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Professional Regulatory and Disciplinary

  • Tom’s work encompasses the GMC, GDC, Nursing and Midwifery Council, General Chiropractic Council.
  • He is happy to hear at interim and final hearings and provide advisory work, where necessary.


  • ‘An experience practitioner specialising in the fields of Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence’

Professional memberships

  • PIBA
  • PNBA
  • AVMA

Selected cases

  • Several cases of delayed diagnosis of different types of cancer;
  • Negligent operative treatment;
  • Failing to provide adequate post-operative care;
  • Misdiagnosis of torsion of the testicle;
  • Instrumentation left inside the body; and
  • Hospital acquired infection cases, including MRSA and C Diff


  • Marling School, Stroud
  • King’s College London (LLB with First Class honours)

Scholarships and Awards

  • Lord Denning Scholar
  • Hardwicke Scholar (both Lincoln’s Inn)
  • 3 Serjeants’ Inn Medical law prize
  • Withers Trusts law prize
  • Tort law prize
  • Contract law prize
  • Laws exhibition award

Other information

  • I play cricket for Old Wimbledonians Cricket Club and enjoy watching all sport.
  • I am developing an interest in wine.
  • I hold the Queen Scout Award.

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