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Tom Burgess

Senior Associate | Oxford | Milton Keynes | Bristol

"Tom Burgess is kind and understanding with clients, always providing sensible and practical advice. He is organised and reliable when it comes to court documents and deadlines."
The Legal 500, 2024

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About Tom

Tom has specialised exclusively in family law since qualifying as a solicitor in 2014 and has been with Freeths since 2015. He takes a pragmatic approach, focusing on guiding his clients to resolve matters as quickly, constructively and cost-effectively as possible, by identifying the best approach for their individual circumstances at the earliest possible stage.

Tom deals with all aspects of family law, including divorce, pre- and post-marital agreements,  arrangements for children, cohabitation agreements and resolving financial matters between divorcing spouses and separating cohabitees. He also has a particular interest in issues surrounding legal parenthood and parental responsibility arising out of fertility treatment, donor conception and surrogacy arrangements.

Tom has considerable experience of complex financial matters, for example those involving businesses and substantial inherited assets. He has worked on many cases with an international element, dealing with property, pensions and other assets in jurisdictions including the US, Europe, and the UAE.

Tom advises on a wide range of disputes over arrangements for children, including those involving special educational needs health issues, or changes of school, and cases where one parent wishes to relocate with the children, either within the UK or overseas. He is experienced in dealing sensitively but robustly with cases involving mental health issues, allegations of domestic violence, including physical and emotional abuse.  Tom deals with these matters in child proceedings, particularly where they involve parental alienation, and controlling behaviour.  His cases have also concerned injunctions and urgent applications in relation to children.

In addition to his work as a solicitor, Tom qualified as a family mediator in 2022 and is working towards accreditation by the Family Mediation Council.

He is a member of Resolution, a family law professionals’ group committed to resolving family disputes in a constructive, non-confrontational way that puts the best interests of the children first.

Tom is listed as a Recommended Lawyer and recognised as a Rising Star in The Legal 500 (2024 edition) in Family.


  • Resolution - a family law professionals’ group

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  • Tom Burgess is a very capable lawyer who is able to quickly cut to the heart of an issue and provide robust advice.

    The Legal 500, 2024

  • Tom Burgess stands out.

    The Legal 500, 2023

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