Details of practice

Tom joined Three Raymond Buildings following successful completion of his pupillage. He is developing a practice across Chambers’ main areas of expertise.

Fraud and financial services regulation

Tom’s background in white collar crime and regulation has seen him continue to receive instructions in these areas.

Tom is currently assisting an international law firm on a number of its ongoing SFO and FCA cases, acting for both corporates and individuals.

He recently completed a secondment at the Financial Conduct Authority, within the Criminal Prosecutions Team. During his secondment, Tom primarily assisted on the preparation for trial of a major insider dealing case.

During 2018, Tom also worked on a large data privacy and banking confidentiality review for a leading US law firm.

In 2017 he assisted the defence team for one of the three former Tesco executives charged with fraud and false accounting relating to Tesco’s statements to the market in 2014.


Tom regularly appears in Magistrates’ Courts and the Crown Court, mainly for the defence. He has defended individuals charged with a range of offences, including assault, burglary, motoring offences and drug offences.

Tom has experience prosecuting for the Crown Prosecution Service, Transport for London and the National Probation Service.


Tom is developing a broad practice in licensing matters, advising and acting for both the police and premises licence holders. Highlights include a successful summary review for the Metropolitan Police of the licence of JuJu, a high-profile nightclub on King’s Road.

Tom co-edits a number of Westlaw “Insight” articles on the licensing of alcohol and gambling (with Sarah Le Fevre).

Tom also represents Transport for London in licensing appeals in the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts.

Education and professional qualifications

Bar Professional Training Course, Kaplan Law School (Outstanding)
MA (Cantab) Trinity Hall, Cambridge – Law (First)

Baron Dr Ver Heyden de Lancey Prize, Middle Temple (2014)
Certificate of Honour, Middle Temple (2013)
Astbury Scholar, Middle Temple (2012)
Dr Cooper Law Studentship, Trinity Hall (2012)
Trinity Hall Law Studentship (2012)
The Ellis Lewis Prize for English Law, Trinity Hall (2012)
Elected Bateman Scholar, Trinity Hall (2012)
Alan King-Hamilton Bursaries, Trinity Hall (2010 & 2012)
Lovells Prize, Trinity Hall (2010)

Other information

Before starting pupillage, Tom worked as a paralegal in the corporate crime team at Hickman & Rose. He assisted on some of the firm’s most significant criminal and regulatory matters for individuals and corporates, with a focus on LIBOR manipulation. In particular, he was heavily involved in the defence of the first trader and manager exonerated by the FCA’s Regulatory Decisions Committee for alleged LIBOR manipulation.

Professional Memberships

Criminal Bar Association
Young Fraud Lawyers Association

Direct access

Tom Bushnell is qualified to accept instructions direct from clients under the Bar Council’s Public Access Scheme. This means that members of the public who seek specialist advice can come direct to him. In addition, he welcomes instructions from solicitors, in-house law departments, qualified foreign lawyers, and clients licensed by the Bar Council to give instructions direct to barristers under the Bar Council’s Licensed Access Scheme.

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