Tom Worden

Tom represents clients charged with a wide range of criminal offences including drug trafficking, robbery, serious assaults, burglary, firearms offences and perverting the course of justice.

Tom has been praised by a Crown Court judge for the ‘robust and effective’ manner in which he cross-examines witnesses. A solicitor recently described Tom as ‘an excellent advocate and a delight to instruct’. Clients have said he is friendly and compassionate while always fighting to achieve the best possible result for them.

Tom has represented numerous vulnerable clients including children as young as 12 and adults with mental health problems including autism spectrum disorder, paranoid schizophrenia and psychosis.

Tom has defended clients prosecuted by local education authorities and the RSPCA. He has successfully opposed the imposition of Criminal Behaviour Orders and is instructed in confiscation proceedings.

He also appears at the Court Martial defending members of the Armed Forces.

Tom was called to the Bar in 2017 following a successful career as a journalist.

Recent Cases

R v L (Lewes Crown Court) – L was arrested in possession of numerous wraps of cocaine and ketamine, a ‘burner’ phone with outgoing drug dealing messages and a knife. Found not guilty of possession with intent to supply Class A and Class B drugs after trial.

R v S (Northampton Crown Court) – Successful submission of no case to answer on one count of attempted burglary and one of burglary. The jury unanimously found S not guilty on another count of burglary.

R v N (Sheffield Crown Court)– N was convicted of possession of a firearm as a prohibited person (having previous convictions for preparing terrorist acts and possession of a firearm). He was sentenced to two years in prison following submissions in mitigation regarding his diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder.

R v J (Chelmsford Crown Court)– successful appeal against conviction for a domestic assault by beating on a former partner, where the complainant and a friend both gave evidence for the prosecution.

R v E (Croydon Crown Court)– E, who had three previous convictions for violence, appealed a sentence of 20 weeks’ custody for an assault by beating on a nightclub doorman. His sentence was reduced to a 12-month community order with a drug rehabilitation requirement.

R v Q (Southend Youth Court) ­–Q was accused of attempted burglary and handling £19,000-worth of stolen goods. The Crown served cell site evidence, phone records, ANPR and CCTV all said to incriminate Q, who was acquitted of both counts following a submission of no case to answer.

R v G (City of London Magistrates’ Court)– G, who had 13 previous convictions for burglary, stood trial accused of attempted burglary after two witnesses saw him climb scaffolding and smash the window on the third floor of a house in Fulham. He was acquitted after trial.

Education and Awards


  • Bar Professional Training Course – University of Law – Outstanding
  • Graduate Diploma in Law – University of Law – Distinction
  • MSc International Relations - LSE
  • BA History – LSE – Upper Second Class Honours
  • Winner of the 25 Bedford Row Plea in Mitigation Competition 2017
  • Runner up in the Times/Kingsley Napley Student Advocacy Competition 2016
  • BPTC Advocacy Scholarship – University of Law 2016


Fluent in Spanish

Professional Membership

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • South-Eastern Circuit
  • Inner Temple