Thomas Bushnell

Call: 2013

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Thomas Bushnell practises across Chambers’ main areas of expertise, with particular experience in financial crime and financial services regulation.

Legal Expertise

Financial crime and financial services regulation overview

Tom’s extensive background in white collar crime and regulation has seen him continue to receive instructions in these areas. He is currently instructed by the FCA in its prosecution of a major retail bank for alleged breaches of the Money Laundering Regulations 2007.

In 2018-2019, Tom spent six months as a part-time consultant to the regulatory and investigations group of a large international law firm, assisting on a number of its ongoing SFO and FCA cases. His advice spanned:

  • Fraudulent trading in India;
  • An internal investigation into South American bribery and corruption;
  • Money laundering in the insurance industry;
  • LPP;
  • Various aspects of FCA regulation, including in relation to SUP15 notifications and ongoing investigations by Supervision and Enforcement.

Tom was also heavily involved in representing a corporate witness to a long running SFO investigation, liaising directly with the SFO case team and advising on responses to complex s. 2 notices.

In 2018, Tom completed a secondment at the Financial Conduct Authority, within the Criminal Prosecutions Team. During and after his secondment, Tom primarily assisted on the preparation for trial of a major insider dealing prosecution of Fabiana Abdel-Malek and Walid Choucair.

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.

Notable Financial crime and financial services regulation cases

SFO v Bush, Rogberg & Scouler

Assisted the defence team for one of the three former Tesco executives acquitted of fraud and false accounting.

FCA v Abdel-Malek and Choucair

Substantial insider dealing case.

Crime overview

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, forgery, motoring offences and drug offences.

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

Notable Crime cases

R v C

Successful defence of an 85-year-old man charged with criminal damage of a neighbour’s fence. Crown offered no evidence after legal argument on “fixtures” as a matter of land law.

R v X

Successfully represented a notable nightclub boss at risk of a “totting” ban.

R v S

Represented a former FCA approved person charged with using a fraudulent instrument. Successfully invited the imposition of an absolute discharge.

Licensing overview

Tom has a broad practice in licensing matters, advising and acting for licensees, applicants, the police and local residents. Highlights include a successful summary review for the Metropolitan Police of the licence of JuJu, a high-profile nightclub on King’s Road.

Tom regularly speaks and writes about topical licensing issues. He delivered lectures at the National Pubwatch Conference 2019 (with Stephen Walsh QC and Gary Grant), and in July 2018 delivered an “update on licensing law” to the Licensing Committee of a large London Borough (with Matthew Butt). He co-edits a number of Westlaw “Topic” 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.

Notable Licensing cases

Juju, King’s Road

Represented the Metropolitan Police Service in successful summary review proceedings before the Licensing Sub-Committee of the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. Reported in the London Evening Standard.

Giovanni, Knightsbridge

Represented the Metropolitan Police Service in review proceedings before the Licensing Sub-Committee of the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. Reported in the London Evening Standard.

Wagamama, Canterbury

Represented a branch of the popular restaurant chain in a successful application for planning permission to allow chairs and tables outside.

Club Aquariam, Old Street

Represented the Metropolitan Police Service in a successful review before the Licensing Sub-Committee of Islington Borough Council. The licence of this large and famous nightclub was revoked following a string of criminal offences associated with the premises, and the operating hours on the shadow licence were reduced.

Civil Orders overview

Tom regularly advises and represents the Metropolitan Police in applications for various civil orders in the criminal courts. These include sexual harm prevention orders, closure orders and orders for cash forfeiture, both at first instance and on appeal.

Tom’s experience both in applying for civil orders and in criminal law generally means he is well placed to advice individuals responding to applications, including when there are concurrent criminal proceedings.

Inquests & Inquiries overview

Tom acts on behalf of IPs in inquests. He has recently represented the Metropolitan Police Service in two inquests following multi-officer restraint.

Notable Inquests & Inquiries cases

Inquest touching the death of IK, Inner West London Coroner’s Court

Tom acted alone for the MPS. The deceased had been killed by a relative suffering from schizophrenia following his release from being sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

Inquest touching the death of DC, Central Criminal Court

Tom acted for the MPS (led by Edmund Gritt) in one of the first inquests held at the Old Bailey. The deceased died following the ingestion of cocaine during a search warrant executed by a large number of officers from the Trident and Haringey Gangs units. All the officers concerned were granted anonymity during the inquest. The MPS and its officers were not criticised in the jury’s conclusions.

Inquest touching the death of DB, South London Coroner's Court

Tom acted alone for the MPS regarding a death following police contact. Nine MPS officers were called to a suspected burglary in progress in South London. Following restraint and unsuccessful CPR by the officers and the London Ambulance Service, the deceased died of acute cocaine toxicity. Eight of the MPS officers gave live evidence in the inquest. The MPS and its officers were not criticised by the jury in its conclusions.

SFO v Bush, Rogberg and Scouler
Assisted the defence team for one of the three former Tesco executives charged with fraud and false accounting.

FCA v M and C
Substantial insider dealing case.

Juju, King’s Road
Represented the Metropolitan Police Service in successful summary review proceedings before the Licensing Sub-Committee of the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.  Reported in the London Evening Standard.

Instructing Thomas

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  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Young Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Bar Professional Training Course (Outstanding), Kaplan Law School
  • MA (Cantab) Law (First), Trinity Hall, Cambridge
  • 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)
  • Serious Fraud Office Prosecution C Panel
  • Security cleared to SC Level

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.

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Rev 1.0 – 18.05.2018

Tom 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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