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Welcome to

New Park Court Chambers

"Regarded as ‘one of the most prominent sets for crime in the North of England’."
- Legal 500 2015

Private Client

"Clients 'would strongly recommend New Park Court Chambers to anyone looking for a strong criminal or regulatory lawyer'."
- Chambers and Partners 2016

Thomas Moran 1996

Thomas Moran specialises in serious crime and is instructed by the prosecution and a wide range of defence solicitors. He has taken instructions on a number of occasions as a leading junior and has been led in numerous homicide cases for the prosecution and the defence.

Tom has acted in a number of appeals to the Court of Appeal where he was not the trial advocate. He has considerable appellate experience in both the Court of Appeal and the Divisional Court.

He has a keen interest in advocacy and is an advocacy trainer for the North Eastern Circuit. He is also an external advocacy practitioner at the University of Northumbria and an external advocacy assessor for the CPS.

Grade 4 prosecutor, Attorney-General’s Panel of Advocates

Defence of Public Sector Workers-Teachers, Care Worker, etc

Tom has many years of experience of cases involving allegations against public sector employees arising out of their employment.

He is regularly instructed in cases involving teachers, doctors, care workers, etc.

He is currently acting for a teacher and a doctor in separate cases involving sexual allegations.

Tom was part of a team of counsel instructed in a series of cases arising out of investigations into abuse in care homes in the North East.

Examples include;

R v DC [2012] -teacher charged with sexual offences in relation to 15 year old girl

R v NA [2012]- doctor charged with sexual assault on a patient and another female

R v SH [2011] -Psychiatric nurse charged with rape

R v DW [2010]-headteacher charged with sexual offences against numerous pupils

R v SH [2010]- reflexologist charged with rape and other sexual offences against his patients

R v DC [2009]- Psychiatric nurse charged with unlawful intercourse with patient

Homicide

Tom has been instructed in a number of high-profile and complex homicides in recent years, examples including;

R v RM [2012]

Manslaughter, alleged baby-shaking. Case involving multi-disciplinary medical approach especially in relation to the so-called ‘triad’ of injuries.

R v LT [2012]

Manslaughter, complex issues of causation, intervening act and joint-enterprise.

R v CN [2010]

Murder, torture of man with learning difficulties.

R v SO [2010]

Murder of elderly mother by son. Complex biomechanical and medical evidence as to whether victim fell or was pushed down stairs and as to time of death.

R v TH et al [2009]

Murder of man by three youths. Case prompted national campaign on knife crime.

Sexual Offences

Tom is regularly instructed by the prosecution and the defence in the most serious sexual allegations. In the last year he has been instructed in rape cases by eight different firms of solicitors. He has a keen interest in the use of medical evidence in such cases and has attended seminars with medical practitioners to discuss the issues arising in these cases.

Tom also has considerable experience in cases involving young defendants and defendants with learning difficulties.

Example of Recent Cases

R v DT [2012] Buggery and other offences committed up to 49 years ago. Issues of abuse of process and doli incapax.
R v RT [2012] Serious sexual offences against boys. Defendant 85 years old
R v BW [2012] Rape, defendant and complainant suffering serious learning difficulties.
R v RS [2012] Rape, relevance of voluntary intake of cannabis on consent and belief in consent.
R v SM [2011] Rape by two defendants, offence filmed on mobile phone by one of them.
R v RH [2011] Rape by church leader.

Judicial Review

Tom has a discrete practice in crime-related judicial review and case stated. He has acted in a number of cases of constitutional importance, for example;

R v T – multiple fatal road accident, propriety of prosecution changing mind as to prosecution following campaign by victims’ families

R v D- propriety of High Court judge directing prosecution to charge additional offences in a historic sex case in order to increase sentencing power. New charges initially stayed by justices , stay then quashed by Divisonal Court

Tom will advise pro bono in potential cases prior to the obtaining of funding.