Tom studied Law at Trinity College Dublin, graduated in 1995, and was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in the Republic of Ireland in 1998. He worked as an Associate in the Corporate Department of Matheson Ormsby Practice before joining Babington & Croasdaile in 2005 and becoming a partner in 2007. He is qualified to practice in both NI and the Republic , and his specialties are: Commercial Law, Banking and Insolvency ; and Conveyancing in the Republic of Ireland. He is an active member of the Londonderry Junior Chamber of Commerce and has tutored on the Commercial Law course with the Law Society of Ireland. Tom completed the Leaders for Tomorrow Programme at Harvard University in 2008.