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Tim Chelmick

Call: 2004

Tim specialises in commercial disputes with a particular emphasis on international arbitration, construction, professional liability and costs. Many of his disputes relate to projects in the Middle East as Tim spent 2 years on secondment to a market leading law firm in Dubai. With a strong scientific background, Tim is regularly involved in cases with a scientific or technical element involving complex expert evidence.

He is recommended in the UK legal directories for construction, costs and professional liability. He has been described by clients in UK legal directories as “An incredibly commercial barrister, who is able to cut through all extraneous information and drill down to the facts of the case” who has “an uncanny ability to adapt quickly to all kinds of instructions”; “an extremely bright mind” and “excellent advocacy skills” with “the potential to rise to the top of the profession”.

International arbitration - Tim has considerable experience of domestic and international arbitrations and has acted in arbitral proceedings, often as sole advocate. Many of his instructions relate to projects in the Middle East. He has been involved in arbitrations conducted under a wide variety of rules including UNCITRAL, LCIA, DIAC, ADCCAC and ICC. Tim also has experience of associated court proceedings and has particular experience with anti-suit relief in support of arbitration proceedings.

Construction – Tim is a recommended junior in the Legal 500 for construction and engineering disputes and has extensive experience of domestic and international construction related litigation and arbitrations, particularly disputes relating to projects in the Middle East. He has been involved with claims in a number of sectors including infrastructure (including airports), transport, power generation and oil and gas He is familiar with most standard form contracts with extensive expertise in FIDIC based contracts. As a TECBAR accredited adjudicator, Tim has also often instructed in adjudications (both as counsel and also as adjudicator) and related enforcement actions.

Commercial litigation - Tim has acted in a wide range of commercial disputes including those arising from concession agreements for infrastructure projects, project finance and a variety of contractual claims, often involving allegations of fraud and dishonesty. Tim has been instructed in a number of international claims where there are competing proceedings in different jurisdictions and those involving issues of conflict of laws.

Professional liability – Tim is a recommended junior for professional liability in both the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. He has substantial experience in the full range of claims brought against professionals and regularly acts for both claimants and defendants. He often advises on cases that involve solicitors, surveyors, architects, accountants, insurance brokers and financial services professionals.

Further details of all areas of Tim’s practice can be found by following the links for each of practice.

Prior to joining chambers, Tim read chemistry at Magdalen College, Oxford obtaining a first class degree. After leaving Oxford, Tim worked for 2 years as a software developer in the technology department of Goldman Sachs in the London, New York and Hong Kong offices.


Editor of the 7th and 8th Edition of Jackson & Powell on Professional Liability

Contributor to Butterworths Costs Bulletin (edited by Nick Bacon QC)




TECBAR – accredited adjudicator


MChem (Oxon) Dip. Law (City)