Criminal Defence Solicitors and Advocates

Tom Clarke

Who are we?

Tom Clarke

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Tom is increasingly in high demand, with an excellent manner that bears dividends with all clients, irrespective of who they are.
— Principal - Ian Bond

Tom specialises in Police powers and investigative process.  He works from our Canterbury head office.  Tom represents those arrested and detained at Police stations across Kent on a daily basis.  Tom provides pre-charge advice and assistance for all offences from money laundering to murder and oversees the firms Police station cases with Principal – Ian Bond.  Having developed a particular interest in HM Revenue and Customs powers, Tom is regularly instructed to advise on the return of high value goods following seizure on importation. Tom is also regularly instructed to act on behalf of The National Union of Teachers as well as those members of professional regulatory bodies including the General Medical Council (GMC) and the General Dental Council (GDC).

Tom is also a member of our PRIVATE AID team.


Recent cases of interest include:

Recent cases of interest include:

  • Tom assisted trial counsel - Phil Rowley, at Canterbury Crown Court in one-punch-manslaughter case in July 2018.  Defendant successfully acquitted after 3 day trial.  See new report on Kent Online.
  • Tom was instructed by 4 defendants in a large scale drugs supply conspiracy on The Isle of Sheppey.  The investigation lasted for in excess of 12 months.  All defendants were eventually sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court in December 2017.  See news report on Kent Online.
  • In October 2017, Tom represented at Medway Police station, over the course of 4 days, a juvenile detained on suspicion of Murder.  The male was later released on bail before later being charged with 4 further defendants.  See news report on BBC News.
  • In August 2017, Tom attended Folkestone Police station to represent a male detained on suspicion of murder.  The male was later charged with manslaughter.  See news report on Kent Online.
  • In April 2017, Tom attended Canterbury Police station to represent a man following his arrest for murder and attempted murder.  He later assisted Chris Wray and Oliver Saxby QC in preparing the defendants case before Maidstone Crown Court.  See new report in The Daily Mail.
  • Instructed in October 2016, to represent young man detained following his arrest on suspicion of murder.  So-called 'Pokemon murder.'  See news report in The Sun.
  • Instructed in 2016, to represent young man following his arrest on suspicion of murder and subsequent detention at Colindale Police station, London.  Later assisted defence counsel - Oliver Saxby QC at The Old Bailey, London. See news report in The Daily Mail.
  • Instructed to represent male arrested on suspicion of murdering his neighbour in Chatham in 2015.  No charges were brought.  See news report on Kent Online.
  • Instructed to represent female arrested on suspicion of murder in Maidstone in 2015. No charges were brought. See news report on Kent Online.
  • Tom represented 3 young men detained at the Police station following their arrest for murder in Folkestone in February 2014. All of which were released without charge.  See news report on BBC News.
  • Tom attended Canterbury Police station with a male who was arrested for Murder.  The arrest sparked national media coverage as the Police had previously deemed the male wanted as extremely dangerous.  No charges were brought against the male. See new report in The Daily Mail.
  • Representation at Canterbury Police station of a male following his arrest for murder. See news report on BBC News.
  • Representation of a male at the Police station following his arrest for attempted murder in Folkestone. See news report on BBC News.
  • Tom represented a young man in a case which sparked national media coverage following the posting of a burning poppy on a social media website.  The male was later released without charge. See news report. See news report in The Telegraph.




I instantly knew that Tom was on my side and that he was there for me. I am truly grateful for his help.
— Anonymous

I am grateful to Tom for his work in convincing the police and CPS not to prosecute my son, who is under 18. Although the allegations were groundless, it is clear that a charge would have arisen without excellent legal representation. This was certainly provided by Tom who was easily accessible, communicative, professional and diligent throughout the process.
— Mr. S. Harrison

When I had trouble with a complicated legal issue, Bond Joseph were recommended to me by a professional contact.

I dealt exclusively with Tom Clarke, and I could not be happier with what he achieved for me. His extensive and expert knowledge of the law being of huge importance, goes without saying. However, Tom was always very approachable and easy to talk to. I was always able to contact him by phone and he was also very prompt at replying to emails. This was a great relief and comfort when I had any questions or needed clarification regarding any legal matters.

I would recommend Bond Joseph and particularly Tom Clarke to anyone requiring legal assistance.
— Dr. A.

I would like to offer my personal thanks. Your understanding and professionalism in dealing with the issue brought matters to a satisfactory conclusion.
— Chief Inspector - Kent Police