Already during his studies Thom learned that legal problems faced by private individuals, companies and governments take little notice of national borders and the traditional distinction between various fields of law. He believes that a lawyer who truly wants to understand these problems and solve them should have a similar mentality. From that belief and a penchant for (international) criminal law, Thom focused his practice on cases at the intersection of criminal law, international public law and European law. These are often cross border criminal cases. He regularly works in teams with other lawyers in other types of cases such as civil cases and administrative (fine) proceedings. Usually on the foreground but not seldomly also on the background, for example as a ‘lawyer’s lawyer’ due to his specialist knowledge. Thom’s clients are companies, (local) governments, directors and members of supervisory boards, both from the Netherlands and abroad.
In addition to his work as an attorney-at-law, Thom also regularly teaches. For example, on the implications of European law for criminal law practice, the compliance with anti-money laundering legislation (Wwft) and the implications of human rights for companies (Business & Human Rights). Thom has authored various publications in the area of international and European criminal law. He is an author for the Handboek Verdediging [Defence Manual] and the criminal procedure edition of the Tekst & Commentaar [Text & Comment] series. Thom is a member of the association of defence lawyers practicing at the Dutch Supreme Court (VCAS) and the European Criminal Bar Association (ECBA). Since 2014, Thom has been a member of the Criminal Law Advisory Committee of the Dutch Bar Association (NOvA), which assesses legislative proposals in the field of criminal law on behalf of the legal profession.
Thom was admitted to the bar in 2010. He has been a partner at JahaeRaymakers since 2017.