Tom is a leading junior in employment and regulatory law.
His employment work encompasses all areas of statutory and commercial employment law, with a particular focus on cases with a regulatory angle.
Tom also a regulatory / professional discipline specialist. He is well-known for his work in financial services, and also acts in the accountancy and legal sectors. Chambers & Partners recognise Tom “for his considerable expertise in matters at the intersection of financial services regulation and employment law.”
He has significant experience in equality law, investigation/inquiry work, and public law matters, particularly in the education sector.
Tom acts in the full-range of commercial disputes arising out of employment, partnership and LLP arrangements. He is frequently involved in cases in the High Court concerning post-termination restraints, the protection of confidential information, team moves, wrongful termination/expulsion, the economic torts, diversion of opportunities by fiduciaries, and allegations of conspiracy or inducement.
Tom’s recent cases include:
Tom advises and acts in the full range of Employment Tribunal, County Court and High Court proceedings. He regularly appears in multi-day trials in the Employment Tribunal, particularly in relation to whistleblowing and discrimination matters.
Tom acts for clients in all industries, but he is particularly sought-after for financial services cases account of his expertise in both financial regulation and employment law, on which Tom frequently advises in tandem. Tom is the co-editor of Conduct and Pay in the Financial Services Industry: the Regulation of Individuals (link), with Richard Leiper KC.
Examples of Tom’s work include:
Details of Tom’s commercial employment law work are set out in the ‘commercial’ section above.
Investigations and inquiries
Tom accepts instructions to undertake investigations and inquiries, either as sole investigator or as part of a team of professionals. Tom’s recent investigations include:
Tom also has experience of investigations and proceedings arising from investigations relating to the Financial Conduct Authority.
Tom acts in a range of industries for individuals and regulators in both professional discipline and general regulatory matters, with a particular specialism in financial services.
Tom acts for and against the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority in a range of matters, and provides advice in relation to such matters on a regular basis.
Tom is the co-editor of Conduct and Pay in the Financial Services Industry: the Regulation of Individuals (link), with Richard Leiper KC.
In 2013/14 Tom was seconded to the FCA, during which he sat in the Enforcement Division’s Legal Group and in the General Counsel Division. Whilst on secondment, Tom drafted submissions to the Regulatory Decisions Committee and appeared at the FCA’s Regulatory Transactions Committee. In GCD, Tom drafted sections of the FCA Handbook.
Examples of Tom’s recent financial regulatory work includes:
Tom appears in the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and has advised both the Solicitors Regulation Authority and individuals. Tom represented the Solicitors Regulation Authority in Fessahaye v SRA and has acted for the SRA in a number of other appeals.
Tom acts for the Bar Standard Board in cases brought against members of the Bar. He represented the BSB in its case against Nicola Cain (link), who was disbarred having forged a court order in civil proceedings brought against Christopher Steele – author of the so-called ‘Steele dossier’ on Donald Trump.
Tom appears in domestic tribunals of all kinds. He represented the National Executive Committee of the Labour Party in National Constitutional Committee proceedings in which a member was accused of anti-Semitic abuse.
Tom has advised on matters including disciplinary proceedings against by Ofqual against recognised bodies, National College of Teaching and Leadership proceedings against teachers, and a variety of matters relating to the governance of academies and local authority maintained schools.
Tom acts in a range of administrative law matters, particularly those relating to equality law, regulatory matters, and education.
Tom has particular experience of the Firefighters Pension Schemes and issues relating to injury awards. He completed a lengthy investigation in relation to the payment of injury awards at Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Fire Authority. He has advised a number of fire authorities on similar matters.
Tom acts in a range of discrimination and equality matters in the County Court, Employment Tribunal and First-Tier Tribunal. Examples of Tom’s cases include:
Public and regulatory law
Tom regularly advises clients in a contested disciplinary context as to their options in public law vis-à-vis regulatory action: see the ‘regulatory’ section above.
R (Admiral Wealth Management) v Financial Ombudsman Service. In 2016, Tom was instructed to act for the FCA, which was an interested party in a judicial review of the brought by Admiral.
R (Hoebeck) v Financial Ombudsman Service. Tom represented the FOS in defending this judicial review of the ombudsman’s decision.
Tom’s education law practice concentrates on discrimination claims, exclusions, and contractual/negligence issues, particularly in a University context. Tom appears in the High Court, First-Tier Tribunal and the County Court in relation to his education work. Many of his cases have an equalities angle; see the ‘Equality Law’ section above.
R (J) v Ofsted. Tom has acted for a nursery seeking an interim injunction against Ofsted seeking to restrain the publication of a critical Ofsted report.
R (ME) v Cornwall Council. Tom acted for the interested party in this judicial review challenging the funding decisions relating to the provision of special education at a sixth-form college.
Tom has been instructed by the University of Oxford in a range of High Court and County Court claims brought against it by current and former students.
Tom has particular expertise in school exclusion matters on account of his previous work as a teacher, and his continued pro bono work on the School Exclusion Project, of which he is a barrister director.
Prior to joining the Bar, Tom was a teacher at the London Boxing Academy Community Project, for teenage boys, many of whom had been permanently excluded from school.
“Tom is a sophisticated litigator and particularly good on FCA matters.” Chambers & Partners
“From a pure technical legal analysis standpoint, his judgement is excellent.” Chambers & Partners
“He is technically excellent, hard-working, responsive and confident in his advice. He is the barrister that springs to mind for a complex employment dispute in the financial services industry, as he really adds value and is a brilliant team player.” Chambers & Partners
“He is a really accessible and approachable barrister with huge expertise in employment issues for regulated financial services employers.” Chambers & Partners
“Tom is very professional, offers sound and thorough advice, also strikes a good rapport with the client” Legal 500
“He is very accessible and down to earth in his approach, yet comprehensive and confident in his advice” Legal 500
“He’s incredibly perceptive, very bright and gets the job done; he’s a go-to on very technical matters.” Chambers & Partners
“Very bright and technically astute.” Legal 500
“He’s really good in technical terms and is very responsive and very calm with clients.” Chambers & Partners
“He does an excellent job of making the dry and labyrinthine regulations clear.” Chambers & Partners
Tom is the co-editor of Conduct and Pay in the Financial Services Industry: the Regulation of Individuals (link) (with Richard Leiper KC), Informa from Routledge, 2017.
Boxing Clever, (2012), Civitas. This book describes Tom’s career prior to the Bar, in which he was a teacher at the London Boxing Academy Community Project in Tottenham, North London, a school which catered for teenagers who had been expelled from mainstream schools.
A New Secret Garden? Alternative Provision, Exclusion and Children’s Rights, (2010), Civitas.
Tom Ogg, Anna Zimdars, and Anthony Heath (2009) ‘Schooling effects on degree performance: a comparison of the predictive validity of aptitude testing and secondary school grades at Oxford University’, British Journal of Educational Research, Vol. 35(5) pp.781 – 807 (concerning the impact of attending either a state school or an independent school upon performance in final examinations at Oxford University).
University of Oxford, BA (Hons) Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE), Corpus Christi College.
University of Oxford, MSc Sociology, Nuffield College.
City, University of London, Graduate Diploma in Law.
City, University of London, Bar Professional Training Course.
Tom is a Barrister Director of the School Exclusion Project (link), and an Honorary Visiting Lecturer at the City Law School, University of London in relation to the same.
Tom is a member of the ‘C Panel’ for both the Attorney General’s and Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Panel of Counsel.
Tom has also acted in cases in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).
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Professional title: Barrister
Full name (as registered with Bar Standards Board of England and Wales): Thomas Ogg
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