Thomas Buxton

Thomas Buxton

Year of Call: 1983
Inn of Court: Gray’s Inn

Thomas Buxton


No matter what happens in a case or how difficult a registrant can be, he exudes calmness and confidence’ – Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law – Leading Juniors (Legal 500 – 2017)

He is a criminal practitioner who both prosecutes and defends, and a providing specialist advice and advocacy at all stages of criminal, disciplinary and confiscation proceedings. With over 25 years’ experience at the Bar, he has appeared in every court in the criminal hierarchy, including two appeal cases before the House of Lords (now the Supreme Court).

Liked and trusted by his clients, he has a calm, confident manner, is good tactically and impresses with his eloquent, succinct yet uncompromising style in court. His strengths include mastering detail and distilling facts to facilitate an easy to follow exposition of the case. He is also well known for his economical but direct and effective cross-examination, ensuring that his client’s account is communicated logically and in a sequenced style.

Significant Cases

Significant Crime & Regulatory Cases

  • SFO v. Flint – Conspiracy to cheat, fraudulent trading.
  • R v. Miller & Others – Drugs Conspiracy Section 58 Criminal Justice Act 2003 Terminating Ruling Appeal.
  • R v. Ladega – Fraud 2 Stage Trial (Jury and Judge alone) Sections 17-21 Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004
  • R v. Kavanagh – Rape Autism, Expert Witness, suggestibility and consent.
  • R v. A – Historic sexual abuse by stepfather on daughter over a period of 12 years. Physically and psychologically vulnerable complainant.
  • R v. Miller & Other [2012] – Leading Junior for Defence.  A multi-million pound drugs importation using cover loads from Rotterdam in Holland.  This case went to the Court of Appeal on application by the Crown against a Terminating Ruling; Section 58 CJA [2003] – The Judge at first instance stayed the Indictment following a defence abuse of process argument based on Non-disclosure. The appeal was allowed and a re-trial ordered.
  • R v. Ah Fu Lam & Others [2012] – Defending one of 10 defendants charged with Violent Disorder in George Street, Chinatown. A culturally diverse case involving serious and bloody violence outside a nightclub. Allegations of extortion, drug dealing and Triad turf wars.
  • R v. Girvin & Others [2011] – Leading Junior for Defence.  A large multi-handed Trading Standards fraud alleging unfair sales and marketing by a corporate and individuals selling holidays. Fraudulent trading and application of the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive  and the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.
  • R v. Windsor [2011] – Defendant accused of large-scale advance fee fraud involving banks and accountancy practices.  Small businesses deceived in connection with applications for finance under the government backed Small Firms Loan Guarantee Scheme.
  • R v. Abdi Noor [2008] – Led Junior representing one of two defendants charged with the murder of a 15 year old boy as he lay sleeping at home in Peckham.  He was shot with a Mach-10 sub-machine pistol.  Much of the case hinged on expert evidence relating to telephone communication and movement via cell-site, gunshot residue and low copy number DNA.
  • R v. Ladega & Gbadebo – Prosecuting a multi-count, multi-identity benefits fraud.  This was the first ever prosecution of its kind under Sections 17-21 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004,  which allows for a single prosecution set out in a two-part Indictment; the first tried by jury, the second by judge alone. A total of 64 counts were proved.
  • R v. Sampson and Others [2005] – Led Junior in a complex 6 month fraud trial. A very paper heavy case alleging a conspiracy to defraud utilising the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme. The primary legislation on landfill and the Landfill Communities Fund is contained within the Finance Act 1996; intended as a disincentive to landfill by charging for each tonne of waste disposed of in this way, the Credit Scheme’s purpose was to apply the resources generated from the tax to support waste reduction and re-cycling schemes or projects. LiveNote and electronic presentation of evidence used.

Significant Professional Discipline and Regulatory Cases

  • NMC v. Nash – Death of a 10 year old child. Expert evidence in the field of paediatric gastroenterology. The proceedings followed specialist nurses acquittal in a prosecution for gross negligence manslaughter. The proceedings received widespread publicity in mainstream national media.
  • NMC v. Dixon – Death of baby. Highly publicised case against midwife employed by Morecambe Bay NHS Trust alleging misconduct in providing ante-natal care NMC-v-Smith Nurse cautioned for admitted medication error and dishonesty. PSA appealed and case remitted to the panel on grounds that the case had been undercharged and the sanction was too lenient.

Significant Solicitors Regulation Authority Cases

  • SRA v. L – Using client account as a banking facility, dishonesty, compromising integrity, conduct unbefitting, diminishing trust in the solicitors’ profession.
  • LL.B, Nottingham
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Member of the South Eastern Circuit
  • CyberCrime Practitioners Association

Areas of Specialism


Crime & Regulatory

Over 30 years experience prosecuting and defending in murder, violence, sexual offences, fraud and confiscation cases. Practicing with a mix of private and publicly funded clients, he is licensed for direct access work.

Key cases include:

  • R v. Noor – Old Bailey drugs gang machine gun killing.
  • SFO v. Flint – Conspiracy to cheat, fraudulent trading.
  • R v. Miller & Others – Drugs Conspiracy Section 58 Criminal Justice Act 2003 Terminating Ruling Appeal.
  • R v. Ladega – Fraud 2 Stage Trial (Jury and Judge alone) Sections 17-21 Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004.
  • R v. Kavanagh – Rape Autism, Expert Witness, suggestibility and consent.
  • R v. A – Historic sexual abuse by stepfather on daughter over a period of 12 years. Physically and psychologically vulnerable complainant.

 

Professional Discipline

He has a thriving practice, widely instructed by the RCN nationally, HCPC and to representing the interests of solicitors before the SRA. His main cases involve representing nurses and midwives on registration appeals as well as fitness to practise hearings regarding health, conduct and competence. He is involved in a wide range of cases involving clinical negligence, patient deaths, sexual misconduct and criminal conviction, dishonesty.

Key cases include:

  • NMC v. Nash – Death of a 10 year old child. Expert evidence in the field of paediatric gastroenterology. The proceedings followed specialist nurses acquittal in a prosecution for gross negligence manslaughter. The proceedings received widespread publicity in mainstream national media.
  • NMC v. Dixon – Death of baby. Highly publicised case against midwife employed by Morecambe Bay NHS Trust alleging misconduct in providing ante-natal care.
  • NMC v. Smith – Nurse cautioned for admitted medication error and dishonesty. PSA appealed and case remitted to the panel on grounds that the case had been undercharged and the sanction was too lenient.

 

Solicitors Regulation Authority

He has great experience advising and representing solicitors in all aspects of alleged regulatory breaches and misconduct.

Key cases include:

  • SRA v. L – Using client account as a banking facility, dishonesty, compromising integrity, conduct unbefitting, diminishing trust in the solicitors’ profession.

 

Other Details


  • Disclosure and LPP – he was instructed by the Attorney to act as Independent Counsel in a complex SFO investigation
  • Former prosecutor disciplinary proceedings for the Bar Council and member of the Professional Conduct Committee – he has a strong understanding of the nuanced approach to professional regulation
  • Advocacy Trainer – Gray’s Inn (2003)
  • Former member of the Professional Conduct Committee of the Bar