Thomas Cleeve

  • Year of Call 1993


Tom is a seasoned advocate in the criminal and civil courts. He has conducted trials involving serious violence and public disorder, firearms, aggravated arson, aggravated burglary, armed robbery, rape, child cruelty, money laundering, drugs supply, and perverting the course of justice. He both prosecutes and defends. 

Tom is an experienced Courts Martial advocate. He is fully security vetted and is a popular choice for cases of a particularly sensitive nature. 

Tom undertakes cases where there is a multidisciplinary element involving both criminal and civil courts such as asset tracing, cash forfeiture and asset recovery, including claims under the Proceeds of Crime 2002.

Tom advises and appears in Police Disciplinary Tribunals and is fully aware of the regulatory framework governing police conduct. He is experienced in civil actions against the police and in other areas involving civil injury claims.  

Tom is known for his approachability. He is in demand for his calm and effective advocacy and his ability to communicate with both clients and juries in a way that ensures the best outcome for each client in all the circumstances of the case.


BSc (Dunelm)

Notable Cases

Tom was instructed in the Court of Appeal case,  Weddall v Barchester Healthcare Ltd and Wallbank v Wallbank Fox Design Ltd [2012] EWCA Civ 25, which reviewed the underlying principles of vicarious liability arising in the work place. The issue was whether an employer was vicariously liable for an assault by an employee on his manager. Tom's multidisciplinary experience facilitated the consideration of the criminal nature of the assault, regulatory aspects of health and safety in the workplace and the civil claim for personal injury. 

Direct Access

Tom does not accept instructions via the Public Access/Direct Access Scheme.