Tom Bourne-Arton

He is efficient and sensible." "He is quick to grasp issues and very efficient in turning work around.

Chambers UK 2021

Tom Bourne-Arton

  • Called in 2005

Tom Bourne-Arton is an experienced junior barrister, predominantly specialising in high value complex Personal Injury and high value Employment law. He is extremely experienced in all aspects of litigation.

Tom is proud of his quick turnaround of papers and is happy to accept instructions to turn around papers urgently.

Tom completed his pupillage at Farrar’s Building and has been a tenant ever since.

Personal Injury

Tom is ranked in Chambers UK 2021 for Personal Injury.

Tom’s personal injury practice involves working for both Claimants and Defendants in all aspects of personal injury and fatal accident claims. His practice involves predominantly six figure claims. He is particularly experienced in highway liability claims, workplace accident claims, road traffic accident claims, complex care claims, and industrial disease claims (including noise induced hearing loss, VWF and HAVS claims). Tom is also experienced with costs budgeting hearings.

Tom’s personal injury practice involves all aspects of litigation including advising, drafting pleadings, CCMCs, JSMs, PTRs, conferences with clients and experts, and trials.

Recent cases of note have included settling a fatal accident claim at a JSM, a contribution claim trial between a highway authority and their contractor, a complex work equipment claim, a subtle brain injury claim and a claim involving 17 separate medical experts.

Tom has experience with claims involving severe injuries, including claims involving multiple and severe injuries, including subtle brain injuries and complex internal injuries.


Tom’s employment practice involves working for both Claimants and Respondents, in all aspects of employment law. He is particularly experienced in unfair dismissal claims, whistle blowing claims, and all types of discrimination claims.

Tom’s employment practice involves all stages of litigation from pleadings, through interlocutory hearings, to final liability and remedy hearings.

A recent case of note was a disability discrimination, whistle blowing and unfair dismissal claim where Tom successfully represented the Claimant in a four week liability trial, and the subsequent three day remedies hearing. Tom has also recently represented a Claimant in a race discrimination claim, and a Respondent in a disability discrimination claims.

Clinical Negligence

Tom is happy to act for both Claimants and Defendants. He has extensive experience of fatal and catastrophic injury claims. His clinical negligence work is usually conducted in the High Court. Tom’s clinical negligence practice is burgeoning. However, he is used to dealing with complicated medical issues, including causation, and with cross examining medical experts, as a result of his extensive personal injury practice.


Tom is very experienced with Costs Budgetting hearings and is routinely instructed by both Claimants and Defendants in the county court and in the high court. Tom can grasp complicated claims quickly and is happy to provide tactical advice as part of instructions for CCMCs.

Credit Hire

Tom is experienced in credit hire claims and is instructed by both Claimants and Defendants in fast track and multi track cases.

Criminal Fraud

Tom’s personal injury practice includes acting for Defendant’s in fraudulent personal injury claims. Examples of fraud cases Tom has been involved in include fraudulent occupancy claims, “slam on” road traffic accident claims, and made up or exaggerated personal injuries claims.

Civil Fraud

Tom has acted for Defendants in numerous cases where a finding of Fundamental Dishonesty has been made against the Claimant, both in terms of dis-applying QOCS and in having the claim struck out pursuant to s.57 Criminal
Justice and Courts Act 2015. Examples include claims where it was found no accident occurred, where the injuries claimed were grossly  exaggerated, where the repairs claimed were dishonest, and where surveillance footage showed the Claimant working when claiming ongoing loss of earnings.

In addition, Tom has successfully defended claims with a defence of fraud; and on one such occasion successfully applied for a claim to be referred to the Attorney General asking for consideration to starting Contempt of Court Committal proceedings.

Although Tom predominantly acts for Defendants, he has successfully defended an application for permission to commence committal proceedings in the High Court.

General Common Law

Tom has undertaken numerous contractual dispute cases, including those involving building works, sale of goods and misrepresentation claims.


Tom regularly appears at inquests on behalf of insurers and has experience of both coroner and jury inquests.

Professional Negligence

Tom has experience with advising and litigating professional negligence claims.

Travel and Tourism

Tom is regularly instructed in cases involving personal injury in the Travel Law sphere on behalf of Claimants and Defendants in cases brought under the Package Travel Regulations, Montreal or Athens conventions. Examples of cases include a road traffic accident in Greece, personal injury accidents suffered whilst on board plane, and whilst in transit in airports, food poisoning claims, accidents in hotels (such as slips and trips), a tripping accident on a cruise ship and a fatal accident following a light aircraft accident.
Tom has extensive experience through his travel law and other personal injury practice with issues of jurisdiction and choice of law.

Notable Cases

Advantage Insurance Company Ltd v Latif & Ors [2019]
Successfully defending a permission to bring contempt of court proceedings against the First Defendant.

Elson v Stilgoe [2017] EWCA Civ 193
Successfully acted for the Defendant/Respondent in an appeal, heard by the Court of Appeal, against the decision to dismiss the Claimant/Appellant’s claim for personal injuries, loss and damage in a road traffic accident.

Advantage Insurance Company Ltd v Latif & Ors [2019]
Successfully defending a permission to bring contempt of court proceedings against the First Defendant.

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Thomas v Rudolph
Acted for Defendant in claim involving multiple internal and external injuries, which were the subject of 17 expert reports, and which settled at a JSM for more high six figure sum.

Thorne v Griggs
Acted for Claimant in complex brain injury claim that settled for over £200,000 with a life time PPO to cover her ongoing care needs.

Gallagher v Roadform
Acted for Defendant in claim that settled for over £500,000

Stephen v Trad Group
Acted for Claimant in claim that settled for over £300,000

Regeneration Community Association Ltd
Successful unfair dismissal claim for six figure sum.

Daniel v Mountain of Fire & Miracles Ministries International UK Ltd
Successfully struck out an employment claim on grounds Claimant was not in a position to pursue his claim due to continuously purporting to be too unwell to attend a trial.

Monk v Newsquest London Ltd
Successful claim for religious discrimination.

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If you would like to instruct Tom Bourne-Arton or would like help or advice in doing so, please call and talk to our excellent clerking team, led by Chief Executive, Alan Kilbey MBE. Our phone number is +44 (0)20 7583 9241. Alternatively, please email us at

For more information about our clerking team, please click here for the clerks page.

Appointments & Memberships

  • South Eastern Circuit
  • Personal Injuries Bar Association
  • Employment Law Bar Association

Education & Qualifications

  • BPP Law School (2004 – 2005)
  • Diploma in Law, City University (2003 – 2004)
  • MA in Mental Philosophy, Edinburgh University (1999 – 2003)


“A very approachable counsel with impressive grasp of the facts and law relating to personal injury claims and with proven success at court. Highly regarded by our commercial clients.”
Andrew West, BLM

“I have worked with Tom Bourne-Arton on a number of Tribunal matters over the years including many final hearings – always with success. Tom is easy to work with, approachable, and builds good rapport with clients. Tom is technically sound and hones down on key detail to the success of the case. Great Counsel to have in the team.”
Victoria Russell, LLP Partner, Silverman Sherliker LLP

“Tom is a very good junior and typical of this set. Strong on paper, on his feet and in conference, I find him especially good on Claimant employers liability. He is very switched on to the harsh realities of CFA work, but refreshingly not risk averse.”
Neille Ryan, Partner, Furley Page

Directory Quotes

“He is efficient and sensible.” “He is quick to grasp issues and very efficient in turning work around.”

Chambers UK 2021

Personal Interests

Tom enjoys playing cricket, golf, and the piano. He is also an avid reader and a keen, albeit very amateur, cook.