Law reform specialist
Tom Farr is an anti-sexual exploitation law reform specialist working in the human rights sector, with a particular focus on issues that disproportionately affect women and girls, including human trafficking, prostitution, pornography, and the wider commercial sex industry. He has extensive experience working and advising on cases in the First-Tier Tribunal (Social Security and Child Support), Magistrates’ Court, High Court, Court of Appeal (Criminal, Civil, and Family Divisions), and most recently the European Court of Human Rights. He has also worked alongside Government departments, NGOs, and intergovernmental organisations including the United Nations, the Law Commission, and the Home Office. He is a three-time law school scholar, and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2021.
“Recognising the existence of sex-class inequality is fundamental when seeking to challenge the exploitation and abuse faced by millions of women and children, specifically at the hands of men, across the globe. My professional work involves striving to end such exploitation and abuse, and finding ways to change the law to afford those same women and children enhanced protections from male violence. Without understanding that women are treated prejudicially because of the very fact they are female, any attempt to challenge such oppression is rendered impotent and without purpose or direction. It is for this reason that we must say: sex matters in law and in life.”