Practice Areas

Criminal Defence, Motoring Law


Nottingham Law School


Phone: 0333 016 3333

Tom Oates


Tom Oates is a Partner of the firm and his roles include being the Manager of our Criminal Defence Department, Editor of our Website and Social Media output and Head of our Motoring Law Team.

Tom studied law and obtained his degree at Nottingham Trent University, before completing his Legal Practice Course at Nottingham Law School in 2005. He qualified as a solicitor in 2009 at Bhatia Best and quickly rose through the ranks, moving to and heading up the firm’s Mansfield office in 2014. He became an Associate in the firm, before being offered Partnership in 2016.

Tom has since returned to our head office in Nottingham to assist in the running of the Criminal Department, along with the general running of the firm. Tom is also the head of our thriving Motoring Law Department.

Tom’s responsibilities including the allocation of cases, overseeing external audits, being the point of contact for the firm’s Legal Aid Agency Contract Manager, overseeing the firm’s website and advertising content, providing staff with training and other general operational matters. Alongside this, Tom maintains a presence at the Police Station and Magistrates Court.
Tom will often be the first point of contact for Clients. His expertise and highly praised client care allows him to quickly establish the best way to proceed for the individual client. With a wide range of expertise and personalities available within the firm, Tom will carefully identify the best person for any particular case.

Tom understands that Police investigations or Court proceedings can be a worrying and difficult time. He prides himself in being a calming influence and allowing clients to see the key issues in their case. After having an initial discussion with Tom, clients will feel more at ease and clear about the way forward.

  • R v M and others. Conspiracy to commit burglary. Large scale conspiracy to steal high-value vehicles, conceal their identity and ship them to Tanzania, Africa. Dealt with from Police Station, Magistrates Court through to Crown Court trial.
  • R v M. Dangerous Dogs. Magistrates Court trial representation of two dogs alleged to be the pit bull breed. Expert instructed and provided alternative evidence to Police Expert. Not Guilty verdict and avoided dogs being destroyed.
  • R v O. Road Traffic/Exceptional Circumstances. Successful application for Exceptional Circumstances to avoid a disqualification under the totting up procedure.
  • R v H. Common Assault. Representation at a Magistrates Court trial for common assault involving local councillors. Press interest and scrutiny throughout.
  • R v B. Attempted Murder. Police station representation for individual accused of playing a part in the attempted murder of someone by driving at them in a car.
  • R v M. Rape. Representation of Defendant charged with Rape and GBH from Police Station, Magistrates Court and Crown Court. National press interest throughout.

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