Call: 1995

Thomas was born in Kent and his early intention was to join his father’s family tradition of farriery and blacksmithing.  However, at the age of sixteen he discovered the option of a career at the Bar.  From that moment his sights were set and he has never looked back.

Thomas studied law at the University of Dundee and graduated with Upper Second Class Honours.  He sat the Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law.  He was called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn during the Autumn of 1995.  He completed twelve months as a chancery pupil at 11 New Square, Lincoln’s Inn.  He then elected to develop an expertise in criminal work.

Thomas has formed a strong criminal defence practice in Kent and the South East.  He also appears on the CPS Advocates Panel.  He has forged an excellent reputation.  His experience is extensive and embraces all areas of criminal work. He is known for his assiduous preparation, excellent client-skills and ability to present cases in a persuasive and incisive manner.

Education

LLB (Hons)

Notable Cases

R v Sobohan (July 2022)
Defence of man indicted for causing death by careless driving and causing death by driving whilst uninsured (principal issue causation)

R v Gray (April 2022)
Defence of man indicted for robbery (dwelling with use of bladed weapon)

R v Irwine (Feb 2022)
Defence of man accused of possession of an imitation firearm with intent (forced entry into dwelling)

R v Zietkowski & another (Jan 2022)
Defence of man charged with section 20 GBH (security at licensed premises, issue self-defence/prevention of crime)

R v Gough (Sept 2021)
Defence of woman accused of causing serious injury by dangerous driving (motorcyclist left with paralysis)

R v Barton & others (June 2021)
Defence of one of three males accused of section 18 GBH and section 47 ABH offences (issue self-defence)

R v McCartney (May 2021)
Defence of man charged with possession of prohibited articles within prison cell (stockpile of weapons – defence duress)

R v Porter (Sept 2020)
Defence of young man accused of rape and assault by penetration

R v Bowler (Aug 2020)
Defence of man indicted for murder (strangulation)

R v Poole & another (March 2020)
Defence of second of two defendants charged with aggravated burglary (home of lottery millionaire)

R v Hunter (Feb 2020)
Defence of man accused of campaign of rape and controlling/coercive behaviour

R v Still & others (Nov 2019)
Defence of one of three indicted for section 18 GBH

R v Rutebuka (Oct 2019)
Defence of coach driver accused of assisting illegal entry into UK

R v McIntosh & others (Mar – May 2019)
Defence of one of seven defendants indicted for prison mutiny

R v Maibvisira & others (Apr – Jun 2018)
Defence of one of five accused of murder (revenge stabbing)

R v Storey (Mar 2018)
Defence of male indicted for inflicting life-changing GBH

R v Walker (Jan 2018)
Defence of young man accused of rape

R v Rahim & others (Dec 2017)
Defence of third of four defendants charged with attempted murder

R v Chambers & others (Sept 2017)
Defence of one of four accused of conspiracy to rob store

R v West (Sept 2017)
Defence of man indicted for ABH and dangerous driving where pedestrian deliberately driven down

R v Bangura (Jun 2017)
Defence of man charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving

R v Singh (May 2017)
Defence of a man accused of assault by penetration, sexual assault and false imprisonment

R v Horvath (Mar-Apr 2017)
Defence of Czech national indicted for causing death by dangerous driving

R v Richards (Feb 2017)
Defence of man charged with historic offences of indecent assault

R v ***** (Sept – Nov 2016)
Defence of one of eight defendants tried for conspiracies to produce cannabis on industrial scale

R v Ponnappah (Aug 2016)
Defence of first of two defendants indicted for section 18 GBH

R v Stevens (May 2016)
Defence of man accused of rape

R v Sialvi (May 2016)
Defence of man indicted for rape

R v Bedingfield (April 2016)
Defence of man charged with rape and false imprisonment

R v Scott (Feb 2016)
Defence of army Major accused of causing death by careless driving

R v Dolan (Feb 2016)
Defence of man indicted for rapes

R v McDonald (Jan 2016)
Defence of man charged with historic rapes and indecent assaults

R v Kidner (Dec 2015)
Defence of man indicted for section 18 GBH

R v Huggett (Nov 2015)
Defence of man accused of attempted rape of a stranger on a residential street

R v AB (Oct 2015)
Defence of a male youth charged with rape

R v Hogben (Sept 2015)
Defence of man indicted for dangerous driving

R v Hogan (May 2015)
Defence of man accused of causing serious injury by dangerous driving

R v James & others (Mar – May 2015)
Defence of the second of nine defendants charged with conspiracies to import and supply Class A drugs

R v Readman (Feb 2015)
Defence of man indicted for the alleged rape of his partner

R v Brady (Jan 2015)
Defence of man accused of sexual offences against children – defendant found to be under a disability and tried for the act

R v Marley & others (Nov 2014 – Jan 2015)
Defence of first of eight defendants indicted for conspiracy to commit violent disorder

R v Green (Sept – Oct 2014)
Defence of female accused of perverting the course of justice during the investigation of a double attempted murder by shooting

R v McAndrew (July 2014)
Defence of man charged with the rape of his partner

R v Zidonis (Apr – Jul 2014)
Defence (junior counsel to Eleanor Laws QC) of one of four Lithuanian nationals accused of murder and wounding with intent

R v Coldrake (March 2014)
Defence of London taxi driver indicted for alleged causing death by careless driving

R v Ogwueleka (Feb 2014)
Defence of second of two defendants charged with perverting the course of justice by misleading police as to identity of a driver

R v Bailey (Jan 2014)
Defence of man accused of historic gross indecency

R v Musgrave (Dec 2013)
Defence of one of two defendants charged with attempted murder

R v Whiteman (Nov 2013)
Re-trial of case first tried in April 2013

R v Hopgood (Nov 2013)
Defence of truck driver accused of causing death by careless driving

R v Rahman (Sept 2013)
Defence of taxi driver indicted for dangerous driving and assault by the alleged use of vehicle against passengers

R v Williams (Sept 2013)
Defence of woman indicted for converting/ possessing criminal property

R v Highsted (Aug 2013)
Defence of man charged with historic acts of gross indecency

R v Porter & Hodge (Jun – Jul 2013)
Defence (junior counsel to Oliver Saxby QC) of one of two defendants accused of murder

R v Danny Whiteman (Apr – Jun 2013)
Defence of man accused of historic rape and buggery

R v Taylor (Mar – Apr 2013)
Defence (sole counsel) of one of five defendants charged with murder

R v Perreira (Jan 2013)
Defence of Portuguese national accused of causing death by dangerous driving

R v Dove (Dec 2012)
Defence of man charged with historic sexual abuse

R v Chorvat (Nov 2012)
Defence of Lithuanian national indicted for section 18 wounding (stabbing)

R v Marsh (Oct 2012)
Defence of man accused of historic rape and indecent assault

Latest news

15th October 2021

Thomas Stern secures section 18 acquittal for man accused of leaving his victim unconscious

Thomas Stern has secured a section 18 acquittal for a man accused of leaving his victim in prolonged disorder of unconsciousness.

1st September 2020

Strangulation trial – Oliver Saxby QC and Thomas Stern defending

The trial of a man accused of murdering his partner got underway at Maidstone Crown Court last week.

15th November 2019

Simon Taylor, Thomas Stern & Lucy Luttman judge at Bar Mock Trial Competition

A regional heat of the Bar Mock Trial Competition 2019/20 was held last weekend at Maidstone Crown Court.

1st February 2019

Thomas Stern secures acquittals in case of London taxi driver accused of Covent Garden driving incident

The trial of a London taxi driver, James Manley, has ended with the jury returning not guilty verdicts on two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

3rd December 2018

Oliver Saxby QC, Simon Taylor, Thomas Stern and Lucy Luttman judge at Bar Mock Trial Competition

On Saturday 1st December 2018, Maidstone Crown Court hosted the regional final of the Bar Mock Trial Competition 2018/19.

30th June 2017

London taxi driver acquitted of causing serious injury by dangerous driving

A London taxi driver represented by Thomas Stern has been acquitted of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

8th February 2016

Thomas Stern secures acquittal for army Major accused of causing death by careless driving

Thomas Stern has secured the acquittal at Salisbury Crown Court for army Major accused of causing death by careless driving. Please see below for...

13th November 2015

Better Case Management: Training and Information Event – 1st December

Six Pump Court is hosting a training event to provide an overview to the changes that will be implemented as a consequence of the...

15th October 2014

Aquittals in Gillingham shooting case

Oliver Saxby QC, leading Simon Wickens, have been successful in their defence of a man accused of Gillingham shooting; Thomas Stern also successfully defended...

5th October 2014

Thomas Stern defends one of five indicted for murder

Thomas Stern is representing one of five defendants indicted for murder before the Crown Court at Norwich. The complex trial in which the defendants are accused of the...

21st July 2014

Gillingham Shooting Trial Gets Under Way

The trial of Adam, Steven and Melissa Green has commenced at Maidstone Crown Court. Catherine Donnolly prosecutes. Oliver Saxby QC and Simon Wickens represent the lead defendant; and John Fitzgerald and Thomas...

9th July 2014

Eleanor Laws QC and Thomas Stern conclude their defence of a Lithuanian national tried for the murder and wounding of two Italian men

The trial of four Lithuanians accused of the murder of a young Italian man and the wounding of his friend has concluded at Maidstone...

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