Tom Lawal

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Tom Lawal is an experienced and highly regarded private children and housing law Barrister. Tom is known for the passionate, tenacious, thorough and tactically astute approach he adopts to every set of instructions. Tom has over 10 years of experience dealing with complex and wide-ranging issues arising out of his specialist areas.

Tom is described in Chambers & Partners (see below) as a “fantastic advocate”, who is a “joy to work with”. In addition, Tom is said to have the “likeability factor”, who has “great technical ability and excellent judgement”.

Passionate and committed, Tom is often counsel of choice for the vast majority of his professional clients.

Tom is a specialist and experienced private law practitioner. His practice focuses exclusively on representing parents, children (via 16.4 Guardians) and grandparents in complex, highly contentious and sensitive private law children matters.

Tom has extensive experience in a wide range of housing matters and is regularly instructed to attend multi-day trials, committal hearings, injunctions and possession proceedings, in addition to drafting pleadings and advice on complex legal and factual matters.



LL.B (Hons)

LL.M (International Human Rights)

Bar Vocational Course (Very Competent)

Prizes and Awards

Birmingham Black Lawyers 2023 – Special Recognition Award, Outstanding Role Model

Worcestershire Law Society Awards 2021 – Barrister of the Year

Black British Business Awards 2015 – Leader of the Year for Professional Services

Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards 2011 – Pupil Barrister of the Year

Undergraduate Law Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Law



Deputy District Judge (Midlands, 2022) Civil & Family


Legal 500 2024: “Tom is intelligent, articulate and has great people skills. He is enthusiastic about any case he is instructed on and instantly becomes part of the team. He is a star on his feet and commands the courtroom.”

Chambers and Partners 2024: “Tom Lawal is a favourite amongst many of our clients. He is professional, personable and excellent on his feet. Tom gets to grips with complex issues and puts the clients at ease. He is an excellent barrister.” “Tom Lawal is an outstanding advocate. He is wonderfully reassuring with vulnerable witnesses.” “Tom Lawal has great technical ability. He is brilliant with clients, really personable and well liked.”

Chambers and Partners 2023: “Tom is brilliant with clients and an excellent advocate. Tom is commercially astute, always builds an excellent rapport with clients and is impressive on his feet. Tom is a favourite among many of our clients.” “Tom is creative and really fights the client’s corner.”

Chambers & Partners 2022: “With Tom you can really rest assured that your case is in the best possible hands; he has an enthusiasm and passion for the job and engages from the get-go.” “I would recommend Tom and his positive, personable and proactive approach to any instructing solicitor or litigating client.”

Chambers and Partners 2021: “He is full of energy, very personable and builds immediate relationships. He is very good on his feet in court, always very well prepared and has excellent knowledge of the practice area.”

Chambers & Partners 2020: “He is extremely thorough and has the likeability factor so he is very easy to get on with.” “He always gets fantastic results and he is a joy to work with.”

Chambers & Partners 2019: “He is incredibly easy to work with. He also has great technical ability and excellent judgement.” “A fantastic advocate who is great at getting results for clients.”

Chambers & Partners 2018: “He is energetic and you can tell he has a good understanding of what’s going on. He’s also really good on his feet and gets on well with clients.” “His way of cross-examination is very charming and he also has a great eye for detail.”

Chambers & Partners 2017: “He’s a real fighter, who is very vivacious and very protective of his clients and witnesses when he’s in court.” “He has a great rapport with clients and offers sound, pragmatic advice.”

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