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

Public Access

Tom accepts instructions directly, by public access, across the range of areas of work that he undertakes. Where appropriate a person can now go directly to a barrister without having to involve anyone else (e.g. a solicitor) and this presents a cost effective and efficient approach to obtaining legal advice.

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Notable Cases


S v E [2021]
Tom acted for the Claimant in relation to his personal injury claim arising from an accident at work whereby he suffered amputation to all his digits in his dominant right hand. The Claimant had ongoing mechanical and phantom pains requiring chronic pain management. In addition the Claimant requires prosthetics for the rest of his life. The claim settled at a JSM for just short of £1.5 million.

Da Silva v TFL [2021] 3 WLUK 316
Tom acted for the Claimant in relation to his personal injury claim arising from a road traffic accident, whereby the Claimant fell from his moped when it skidded on a worn manhole cover in the highway. The claim was brought under the Highways Act 1980. Judgment for the Claimant was found following a two day trial for agreed damages of £60,000.

Garey v OneTree Estates Ltd [2020]
Tom acted for the Defendant in this multi-track personal injury claim listed for a 5 day trial. The claim arose from an accident at work when the Claimant allegedly sustained injuries to her right arm and psychological injuries as a result of becoming trapped in a lift, and the lift then moving. The Claim was initially pleaded based on the Claimant being disabled and intimidated a high six figure claim. The Claimant alleged her right arm was effectively useless and since the accident she had agoraphobia. Liability, Causation, Quantum and Fundamental Dishonesty were all in issue for the trial. 8 days before trial the matter settled. Expert evidence from engineers, orthopaedic surgeons and psychiatrists were relied by both parties.

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Allfree v CP Environmental Ltd [2020]
Tom acted for the Defendant in a claim pleaded at over £750,000 arising from an accident at work when the Claimant’s foot became trapped in a metal recycling machine, causing injuries to his right foot, including amputations of the Claimant’s big toe and second toe. Case settled at a JSM. Liability, Contributory Negligence, Causation and Quantum all remained in issue at the JSM. The case involved expert evidence in the fields of Orthopaedics, Psychiatry, Podiatry, and Prosthetics.

Power v Secure Code Warrior Ltd [2020] London Central Employment Tribunal
Tom acted for the Respondent in a claim for sex-related harassment, sex discrimination, and victimisation. All the claims were dismissed by the London Central Employment Tribunal following a five day trial in February 2020.

Thorne (by her litigation friend Mrs Vincent) v Griggs [2019]
Tom acted for the Claimant in this Personal Injury Claim that settled at a JSM for a lump sum of and a PPO. This settlement was subsequently approved by the Court. The Claimant was injured when as a pedestrian she was hit by the Defendant’s car. She sustained numerous and significant injuries including: dental Injuries, multiple fractures on her right side, a pulmonary contusion, a right pneumothorax, a head injury, a fractured left ankle, a fracture and soft tissue injury of the spine, an abdominal injury, psychiatric symptoms, multiple strokes leading to permanent brain damage, a perforated colon and ileum leading to the fitting of a stoma bag, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, and a tracheostomy. The strokes were caused by complications arising from her treatment in hospital where she suffered a series of brain infarcts leading to a series of strokes that caused brain damage. Expert evidence in seven areas of expertise was required including the main areas of contention: Neurology and Care.

Thomas v Rudolph [2019]
Tom acted for the Defendant in this Personal Injury Claim that was pleaded over £1.5 million and which settled at a JSM. The Claim arose from an accident at work when metal box pallets fell onto him. The Claimant sustained numerous injuries, including a left pneumothorax, lung contusions, multiple and bilateral rib fractures, a complex fracture to his right pelvis involving fractures of the sacrum at L4 and S2 and pubic rami, causing 1) a laceration of the right superior gluteal artery requiring life-saving surgery and embolization but resulting in wasting and weakness of the gluteal muscles, 2) damage to the lumbar-sacral nerves as a result of which the Claimant suffers pain and weakness in his right lower leg, abnormal sensations below the knee and foot drop, and 3) severe back pain, a transverse fracture of the left acetabulum, urinary tract problems, erectile dysfunction, sleep apnoea symptoms, PTSD and depressed mood. Between the parties there were reports from 17 experts.

Gallagher v Roadform [2019]
Tom acted for the Defendant in this Personal Injury Claim that arose out of an accident at work when a skip that was being moved by a crane fell and landed on the Claimant. The accident caused injuries including to the neck, back and knee. The extent and causation of the ongoing symptoms were both disputed. The expert Orthopaedic Evidence was starkly different such that based on the Defendant’s evidence the Counter-Schedule pleaded losses were just over £20,000 and on the Claimant’s evidence the Claimant pleaded his loss at over £1,450,000. The claim settled at a JSM.

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.

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 chambers@farrarsbuilding.co.uk

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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)

Testimonials


“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.