Thomas Bradnock

Thomas Bradnock
Called: 1997
Qualifications: BA
The Legal 500 - Leading Individual 2014

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Clerk: Nikkie Browning

Practice Areas

Regulatory Work

“Recommended for environmental crime and trading standards cases” Legal 500 2016

“He is very thorough and prepares well for a case” Legal 500 2015

A. Crime

Tom is experienced in prosecuting and defending in a broad range of regulatory matters, including:

  • Highways and street works offences, acting for local authorities, utility companies and individuals
  • Trading Standards prosecutions including consumer protection, Trade Marks and animal welfare
  • Environmental crime, particularly pollution offences
  • Housing
  • Other general regulatory criminal matters including planning, benefit fraud, fire safety and education.

He appears regularly before Magistrates’ and Crown Courts and in the Administrative Court.


B. Civil

In addition to his extensive practice in regulatory crime, Tom frequently acts in civil proceedings on behalf of local authorities, the Police, utilities and other public or quasi-public bodies. His practice includes:

  • Licensing, including alcohol, public entertainment, firearms, riding establishments and taxis, appearing before both courts and licensing sub-committees
  • Highways and planning disputes
  • Applications for premises closure orders, cash forfeiture, Anti-Social Behaviour Orders and Sexual Offences Prevention Orders
  • Injunction proceedings and applications for Enforcement Orders
  • Inquests

Tom provides talks and lectures to local authorities and others.


Tom prosecutes and defends across the spectrum of criminal offences in the Crown Court, including:

  • Offences of violence, from battery to murder
  • Fraud, including serious and multi-handed offences
  • Money-laundering, including confiscation proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002
  • Other offences of dishonesty including burglary and robbery
  • Drugs offences, from simple possession to conspiracy to supply
  • Sexual offences
  • Public order offences

He has also appeared before Courts Martial, the Administrative Court and the Court of Appeal.


Tom also has significant experience in civil matters, and maintains a general County Court practice that includes:

  • Negligence and personal injury
  • Landlord and tenant
  • Contractual disputes


Tom is authorised to accept direct access instructions.

Notable Cases

Thames Water Utilities Limited v Transport for London [2013] EWHC 187 (Admin)
Street works – whether statutory undertakers able to delegate functions under Traffic Management Permit Scheme Regulations. Acting for Thames Water. Court held duty to be non-delegable.

R v Aka [2012] EWCA Crim 2762
Attempted murder – appeal against conviction based on jury contamination. Acting for Crown. The appeal was dismissed and the conviction upheld.

Hertfordshire County Council v National Grid Gas plc [2007] EWHC 2535 (Admin)
Street works – abuse of process. Whether street authorities were entitled to lay multiple informations in relation to a single set of works under New Roads and Street Works Act 1991. Acting for National Grid. Court held street authority’s actions amounted to an abuse of process.

Attorney General’s Reference (No. 157 of 2004) [2005] EWCA Crim 537
Death by careless driving while under the influence of alcohol – whether non-custodial sentence unduly lenient. Acting for Respondent – sentence unduly lenient, but no immediate custody imposed.

Re Stephen Downing (2004, unreported)
Acting for client who served 27 years for murder before conviction quashed. Settling claim for ex gratia compensation payment from Home Office, at its time potentially the largest in history.

Direct Access

Tom accepts instructions from members of the public subject to the matter meeting the requirements of the Bar Council.  If you wish to instruct Tom please contact the clerks on 01392 274898



1997 Gray’s Inn


Exeter College, University of Oxford (BA (Jurisprudence))
Inns of Court School of Law

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Criminal Bar Association
Western Circuit


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