Tom Blackburn


Tom is a newly qualified solicitor with a wealth of personal charm and legal knowledge. Since qualifying in 2014, Tom has been instructed on several criminal defence cases within our Magistrates Department and has achieved amazing results for his clients. Tom is primarily based in the Hayes office and adds a great dynamic to our Magistrates department, taking client instructions at police stations whilst also undertaking several prosecution cases for the RSPCA. Tom is an integral part of ABV and undertakes Criminal Defence work at all levels, emphasising his fantastic ability to undertake any task that is required in order to achieve the best result for his clients.

ABV is the first law firm that Tom has worked for. Since completing his LPC in June 2010 he then joined ABV as a paralegal in May 2011. Prior to this, Tom had undertaken work experience with the Crown Prosecution Service and Asylum Justice, a Swansea-based charity that provides free legal services to asylum seekers and refugees in Wales. When asked about working with ABV Solicitors, Tom had the following to say, ‘I enjoy working for one of the leading Crime and Fraud firms in the country. The approachability and affability of every member of staff from the partners down, gives the firm a unique workplace atmosphere that I believe lends itself to greater cohesion and productivity. I also enjoy working in a profession that provides different challenges and experiences every week.’

Tom studied Law at Bristol University and graduated with an LLB (Hons) in 2009. He then went on to undertake his Legal Practice Course (LPC) at Swansea University and achieved a commendation.

Tom is particularly interested in the interactions between technology and the law. His enthusiasm for technology and its current integration with the law can be clearly identified with this following statement,  ‘In this Information Age, with every advancement, the boundaries of topics such as free speech and the right to privacy are being tested as never before in new and interesting ways and the law is having to adapt.’ Tom is a keen advocate for Legal Aid and this is evident by his attitude towards helping those who cannot defend themselves.

Tom’s most memorable case of 2014 includes:

  • R v B & others – this case involved a conspiracy to import tens of millions of pounds worth of Class A & B drugs and cigarettes via a cargo clearing company based near Heathrow airport. The Prosecution documents totalled over 14,000 pages and included over 100 hours of surveillance footage. Following two trials (the first being stopped as a result of the Judge’s ill health), the defendant was acquitted, having spent close to two years remanded in custody.

Tom also has a basic understanding of German.

Team – Magistrates Court Team
Office – Hayes

Associated Cases

Drugs Offences
Operation Hotflex – Southwark Crown Court 2014

Multi-handed investigation in respect of the manufacture and importation of a substantial amount of Class C controlled drugs namely Steroids and the subsequent laundering of the criminal proceeds of crime. The value of the drugs was in excess of a £1 million which were sold online. Detailed analysis of E-bay accounts, online bank accounts and cell site evidence was relied upon by the Crown.