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 living and working 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”.

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.

Areas of Expertise

International Arbitration
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Many of the claims where Tim is instructed are arbitration claims and Tim has extensive has acted in arbitrations (including as sole advocate) conducted under a wide variety of rules including UNCITRAL, ICC, LCIA, DIAC and ADCCAC. The arbitrations include complex commercial dispute and construction disputes. The subject matter of the arbitrations is often based in the Middle East, where Tim lived and worked for 2 years.

He has also acted in court proceedings in support of arbitration, with particular experience of applications for anti-suit relief and applications to set aside arbitration awards.

Cases

SP v MT

Application to set aside an arbitration award (for in excess of US$ 500 million) on the...

(2016)
(2016)
SP v MT

Application to set aside an arbitration award (for in excess of US$ 500 million) on the grounds of serious procedural irregularity regarding disclosure.

Confidential ICC arbitration

Acting for the employer in an ICC arbitration relating to the construction of a gas fire...

(2016)
(2016)
Confidential ICC arbitration

Acting for the employer in an ICC arbitration relating to the construction of a gas fired power station in Iraq. The claim raised issues of misrepresentation (including fraudulent misrepresentation) along with issues of delay and disruption. The sums claimed were in excess of US$ 100 million. Tim was instructed as the sole advocate on behalf of the employer at the final hearing before 3 arbitrators that lasted approximately 4 weeks.

Maldives Airport Arbitration

Acting for the GMR-MAHB Consortium in a number of UNCITRAL arbitrations against the Mald...

(2016)
(2016)
Maldives Airport Arbitration

Acting for the GMR-MAHB Consortium in a number of UNCITRAL arbitrations against the Maldives Government relating to the performance and termination a concession agreement relating to the main international airport in the Maldives (with Bankim Thanki QC and Justin Fenwick QC). The sum claimed for wrongful termination exceeded USD 1.4 billion. The claim has also involved two sets of proceedings before the High Court of Singapore for an anti-suit injunction and an injunction preventing termination of the Concession Agreement (Maldives Airports Co Ltd and Anor v GMR Male International Airport Pte Ltd [2013] SGCA 16).

Confidential ICC arbitration

Acting for the sub-contractor in an ICC arbitration relating to the construction of an o...

(2016)
(2016)
Confidential ICC arbitration

Acting for the sub-contractor in an ICC arbitration relating to the construction of an oil processing facility in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Confidential ICC arbitration

Acting for a JV partner in a dispute involving a site fabrication yard in the Kingdom of...

(2016)
(2016)
Confidential ICC arbitration

Acting for a JV partner in a dispute involving a site fabrication yard in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Confidential LCIA arbitration

Acting for a high profile GCC individual in an LCIA arbitration relating to an investmen...

(2016)
(2016)
Confidential LCIA arbitration

Acting for a high profile GCC individual in an LCIA arbitration relating to an investment in a telecommunications company. The claim is for in excess of US$ 500M. The claim also involved related proceedings in the GCC and an application for anti-suit relief to the Tribunal.

Arbitration in Dubai

Acting for an insurer in an arbitration (in Dubai) regarding an insurance claim followin...

Arbitration in Dubai

Acting for an insurer in an arbitration (in Dubai) regarding an insurance claim following a fire at commercial premises (policy governed by UAE law).

Expert determination proceedings

Acting as sole advocate for the main contractor in ADR proceedings in support of an ICC ...

(2016)
(2016)
Expert determination proceedings

Acting as sole advocate for the main contractor in ADR proceedings in support of an ICC arbitration relating to the construction of a strategic oil pipeline across the UAE. The contract value was in excess of US$ 3 billion and the sum in dispute exceeded USD 500 million. The contract was subject to UAE law.

Confidential arbitration in Dubai

Acting for the contractor in an UNCITRAL arbitration relating to a claim brought by a co...

(2016)
(2016)
Confidential arbitration in Dubai

Acting for the contractor in an UNCITRAL arbitration relating to a claim brought by a contractor against an employer in respect of the construction of a shopping centre and hotel complex in Dubai following the termination of the main contract (governed by UAE law). The claim involved issues of wrongful termination, delay and disruption and there were also parallel proceedings in the Dubai courts relating to a performance bond.

Confidential LCIA arbitration

Acting for the owners of a Bahraini construction company in an LCIA arbitration relating...

(2016)
(2016)
Confidential LCIA arbitration

Acting for the owners of a Bahraini construction company in an LCIA arbitration relating to a dispute involving a private equity investment in the company by an international investment fund. The claim involved allegations of breaches of warranty and allegations of fraud.

Claim against an architect in Dubai

Acting for a Dubai subsidiary of a Singaporean contractor in a claim against a sub-contr...

(2016)
(2016)
Claim against an architect in Dubai

Acting for a Dubai subsidiary of a Singaporean contractor in a claim against a sub-contractor which involved allegations of defective architectural design work (contract governed by UAE law).

Construction & Engineering
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Tim is a recommended junior in the Legal 500 for construction and engineering disputes.

As noted in the Legal 500, his practice encompasses the full spectrum of litigation and arbitration, both domestic and international. Tim is often instructed in disputes relating to projects in the Middle East involving, in particular, allegations of delay and disruption. He is familiar with most standard form contracts with particular expertise in FIDIC based contracts. He has also been involved in a number of disputes involving PFI and other long term relationship contracts.

Tim is a TECBAR accredited adjudicator who acts in adjudications both as adjudicator and counsel. He is also often involved in proceedings for the enforcement of adjudication awards in the Technology and Construction Court. He has dealt with a number of adjudications which raised issues of jurisdiction and procedural unfairness.

Cases

Confidential ICC arbitration

Acting for the employer in an ICC arbitration relating to the construction of a gas fired power station in Iraq. The ...

(2016)
(2016)
Confidential ICC arbitration

Acting for the employer in an ICC arbitration relating to the construction of a gas fired power station in Iraq. The claim raised issues of misrepresentation (including fraudulent misrepresentation) along with issues of delay and disruption. The sums claimed were in excess of US$ 100 million. Tim was instructed as the sole advocate on behalf of the employer at the final hearing before 3 arbitrators that lasted approximately 4 weeks.

Confidential ICC arbitration

Acting for the sub-contractor in an ICC arbitration relating to the construction of an oil processing facility in the...

(2016)
(2016)
Confidential ICC arbitration

Acting for the sub-contractor in an ICC arbitration relating to the construction of an oil processing facility in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Expert determination proceedings

Acting as sole advocate for the main contractor in ADR proceedings in support of an ICC arbitration relating to the c...

(2016)
(2016)
Expert determination proceedings

Acting as sole advocate for the main contractor in ADR proceedings in support of an ICC arbitration relating to the construction of a strategic oil pipeline across the UAE. The contract value was in excess of US$ 3 billion and the sum in dispute exceeded USD 500 million. The contract was subject to UAE law.

Confidential arbitration in Dubai

Acting for the contractor in an UNCITRAL arbitration relating to a claim brought by a contractor against an employer ...

(2016)
(2016)
Confidential arbitration in Dubai

Acting for the contractor in an UNCITRAL arbitration relating to a claim brought by a contractor against an employer in respect of the construction of a shopping centre and hotel complex in Dubai following the termination of the main contract (governed by UAE law). The claim involved issues of wrongful termination, delay and disruption and there were also parallel proceedings in the Dubai courts relating to a performance bond.

Lalana Hans Place v MBP

Acting for a firm of structural engineers in respect of a dispute involving the design of substantial basements const...

[2017] EWHC 29 (TCC)
[2017] EWHC 29 (TCC)
Lalana Hans Place v MBP

Acting for a firm of structural engineers in respect of a dispute involving the design of substantial basements constructed beneath high-value residential property in central London. The case settled on the day the trial was listed to start.

Claim against a structural engineer

Acting for a firm of structural engineers in respect of a dispute involving the design of staircases and transfer bea...

Claim against a structural engineer

Acting for a firm of structural engineers in respect of a dispute involving the design of staircases and transfer beams in a central London development. The claim involves issues of delay and disruption.

Claim against an architect

Acting for a firm of architects in a claim involving allegations of negligence regarding the design and construction ...

Claim against an architect

Acting for a firm of architects in a claim involving allegations of negligence regarding the design and construction of security measures at a jewellery shop in London following a raid where watches worth several million pounds were stolen.

Claim against an architect in Dubai

Acting for a Dubai subsidiary of a Singaporean contractor in a claim against a sub-contractor which involved allegati...

Claim against an architect in Dubai

Acting for a Dubai subsidiary of a Singaporean contractor in a claim against a sub-contractor which involved allegations of defective architectural design work (contract governed by UAE law).

Claim against a quantity surveyor

Acting in an adjudication where the allegation was negligent certification of a final account by a quantity surveyor....

Claim against a quantity surveyor

Acting in an adjudication where the allegation was negligent certification of a final account by a quantity surveyor. The adjudication involved cross-examination of expert quantity surveyors.

Claim against an M&E contractor

Acting in a substantial adjudication involving allegations of defective  works in the construction of the developmen...

Claim against an M&E contractor

Acting in a substantial adjudication involving allegations of defective  works in the construction of the development used as the Olympic Village for the 2012 games.

Dispute regarding waste handling contract

Acting in a number of related adjudications in relation to the long term PFI contracts regarding sewage processing in...

Dispute regarding waste handling contract

Acting in a number of related adjudications in relation to the long term PFI contracts regarding sewage processing in Northern Ireland (with Anneliese Day QC).

PFI dispute

Acting in adjudication proceedings relating to the contract to supply and install water meters in Central London.

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PFI dispute

Acting in adjudication proceedings relating to the contract to supply and install water meters in Central London.

Family Mosaic Housing v Mears Ltd

Acting (with Anneliese Day QC) in Part 8 Proceedings relating to the true construction of a settlement agreement that...

LTL 5/5/2016
LTL 5/5/2016
Family Mosaic Housing v Mears Ltd

Acting (with Anneliese Day QC) in Part 8 Proceedings relating to the true construction of a settlement agreement that terminated a long term supply agreement for maintenance services in respect of social housing. Also instructed in related adjudications.

Dispute between employer and main contractor

Acting for the main contractor in a dispute involving the construction of a railway bridge.

Dispute between employer and main contractor

Acting for the main contractor in a dispute involving the construction of a railway bridge.

Adjudication

Acting (as adjudicator) in respect of a payment dispute regarding works connected with a railway.

Adjudication

Acting (as adjudicator) in respect of a payment dispute regarding works connected with a railway.

Adjudication

Acting (as adjudicator) in an adjudication involving allegations of wrongful termination of a ground works contract.<...

Adjudication

Acting (as adjudicator) in an adjudication involving allegations of wrongful termination of a ground works contract.

Bank guarantee

Acting for a main contractor on the true construction of an agency agreement and a bank guarantee.

Bank guarantee

Acting for a main contractor on the true construction of an agency agreement and a bank guarantee.

Professional liability
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Tim is a recommended junior in the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners for professional liability claims.

Tim has extensive experience in the full range of claims brought against professionals and regularly acts for both claimants and defendants. He has acted both for and against solicitors, surveyors, architects, accountants, insurance brokers and financial services professionals.

With a degree in chemistry and professional experience working as a software developer, Tim has a very strong scientific and technical background and hence he is often involved in cases that raise complex scientific and technical issues. These claims include claims against construction professionals, information technology professionals and patent agents.

Lawyers

Tim has been involved in a substantial number of claims against solicitors and barristers where the underlying subject matter relates to both civil and criminal matters. He has particular experience of claims that relate to the misconduct of litigation and also claims involving residential and commercial conveyancing transactions. He has also been involved in a number of wasted cost claims involving both solicitors and barristers.

As a result of his experience with issues relating to legal costs (Tim is also a recommended junior in the field of legal costs), Tim is also often involved in claims where there are allegations of overcharging and negligence.

Cases

Claim involved allegations of misconduct of Lands Tribunal proceedings

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Claim involved allegations of misconduct of Lands Tribunal proceedings

Acting for the claimant in a claim against both solicitors and counsel (along with other professionals) involving allegations of negligence in the course of proceedings before the Lands Tribunal for compensation following the compulsory acquisition of commercial premises in Bristol (with David Halpern QC).

Claim relating to the mishandling of financial proceedings arising out of a divorce

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Claim relating to the mishandling of financial proceedings arising out of a divorce

Acting for the claimant in a claim against his former solicitors and accountants involving allegations of misconduct in divorce proceedings that led to an agreed financial settlement being set aside (with Roger Stewart QC).

Claim against a solicitor

Acting for a solicitor accused of mismanagement and under-settlement of litigation by an IFA against his former umbre...

Claim against a solicitor

Acting for a solicitor accused of mismanagement and under-settlement of litigation by an IFA against his former umbrella organisation. The amount of the under settlement is said to be in excess of £6 million.

Brown & Ors v Innovatorone Plc & Ors

Acting for a senior partner of a London law firm accused of conspiring to defraud investors in the Innovator lit...

[2012] EWHC 1321 (Comm)
[2012] EWHC 1321 (Comm)
Brown & Ors v Innovatorone Plc & Ors

Acting for a senior partner of a London law firm accused of conspiring to defraud investors in the Innovator litigation (led by Sue Carr QC). Following a 16 week trial, all claims were dismissed.

Claim against a barrister

Acting for a barrister accused of misconduct in the course of a trial of a construction dispute.

Claim against a barrister

Acting for a barrister accused of misconduct in the course of a trial of a construction dispute.

Construction Professionals

Tim is regularly instructed in construction and engineering disputes that involve allegations of professional liability, particularly involving architects, quantity surveyors and structural engineers. He has particular experience of construction and engineering disputes in the Middle East. With his technical background, he particularly enjoys claims which raise complex scientific and technical issues.

Tim is a TECBAR accredited adjudicator and has considerable experience of adjudication in professional liability matters. He has dealt with a number of adjudications and also proceedings to enforce adjudication awards that raised issues of jurisdiction and procedural unfairness.

Tim is an editor of the Construction Professionals chapter of the 8th edition of Jackson & Powell on Professional Liability.

Cases

Claim against a quantity surveyor

Acting in an adjudication where the allegation was negligent certification of a final account by a quantity surveyor....

Claim against a quantity surveyor

Acting in an adjudication where the allegation was negligent certification of a final account by a quantity surveyor. The adjudication involved cross-examination of expert quantity surveyors.

Claim against M&E contractor

Acting in a substantial adjudication involving allegations of defective  works in the construction of the developmen...

Claim against M&E contractor

Acting in a substantial adjudication involving allegations of defective  works in the construction of the development used as the Olympic Village for the 2012 games.

Lalana Hans Place v MBP

Acting for a firm of structural engineers in respect of a dispute involving the design of substantial basements const...

[2017] EWHC 29 (TCC)
[2017] EWHC 29 (TCC)
Lalana Hans Place v MBP

Acting for a firm of structural engineers in respect of a dispute involving the design of substantial basements constructed beneath high-value residential property in central London. The claim involved an issue regarding the extent privilege can be asserted  by an expert in respect of advice given regarding required remedial works.

Claim against a structural engineer

Acting for a firm of structural engineers in respect of a dispute involving the design of staircases and transfer bea...

Claim against a structural engineer

Acting for a firm of structural engineers in respect of a dispute involving the design of staircases and transfer beams in a central London development. The claim involves issues of delay and disruption.

Claim against an architect

Acting for a firm of architects in a claim involving allegations of negligence regarding the design and construction ...

Claim against an architect

Acting for a firm of architects in a claim involving allegations of negligence regarding the design and construction of security measures at a jewellery shop in London following a raid where watches worth several million pounds were stolen.

Surveyors & Valuers

Tim also has experience in claims against valuers involving both residential and commercial property. He has been instructed both by banks seeking to recover losses caused by negligent valuations and also by valuers defending such claims. He also has been involved in a number of mortgage fraud cases. Tim also has experience of contribution claims brought by solicitors against valuers.

Cases

Claim relating to a failed tax scheme

Acting for a firm of valuers who provided a valuation of a technology business for the purposes of a tax scheme (with...

Claim relating to a failed tax scheme

Acting for a firm of valuers who provided a valuation of a technology business for the purposes of a tax scheme (with Jamie Smith QC).

Claim against a surveyor

Acting in a number of cases involving allegations of negligent valuations provided by surveyors to lenders (including...

Claim against a surveyor

Acting in a number of cases involving allegations of negligent valuations provided by surveyors to lenders (including claims where it is said that the underlying transaction was fraudulent).

Accountants, Auditors & Actuaries

Tim’s experience of claims against accountants ranges from group litigation by a number of investors in a film finance scheme to claims against accountants by individuals in respect of negligent tax advice. His recent cases include a claim for damages following the admitted failure by an accountant to file accounts and a claim against finance director for mismanagement of corporate accounts.

Cases

Claim against an accountant

Acting for a Claimant in a claim where a company was struck off as a consequence of the (admitted) breach of duty by ...

Claim against an accountant

Acting for a Claimant in a claim where a company was struck off as a consequence of the (admitted) breach of duty by the company’s accountant.

Standard Life v Corr and others

Acting for a company director accused of misconduct in the course of preparation of company accounts in a claim worth...

[2015] EWHC 3844 (Comm)
[2015] EWHC 3844 (Comm)
Standard Life v Corr and others

Acting for a company director accused of misconduct in the course of preparation of company accounts in a claim worth in excess of £20 million (with Graeme McPherson QC).

Financial Services Professionals

Having worked for Goldman Sachs prior to coming to the Bar, Tim is regularly involved in claims involving financial services professionals, ranging from group litigation against accountants accused of giving negligent tax advice to smaller claims against IFAs.

Cases

Keydata litigation

Acting for a number of IFAs in proceedings brought by the FSCS in the Commercial Court relating to the collapse of Ke...

Keydata litigation

Acting for a number of IFAs in proceedings brought by the FSCS in the Commercial Court relating to the collapse of Keydata.

Claim against IFAs

Acting for a number of IFAs in a substantial commercial Court action involving allegations of pension transfer mis-se...

Claim against IFAs

Acting for a number of IFAs in a substantial commercial Court action involving allegations of pension transfer mis-selling.

Claim against fund managers

Acting for an individual in a claim against a fund managers accused of mismanaging investments.

Claim against fund managers

Acting for an individual in a claim against a fund managers accused of mismanaging investments.

Insurance Brokers & Agents

Tim is involved in claims both where the primary claim is against the insurance broker and also disputes between policy holders and insurers where the broker has been added as an additional party. He has experience of claims involving material non-disclosure, negligent advice by brokers and also claims where the broker failed to renew insurance policies.

Cases

RR Securities Ltd & Ors v Towergate Underwriting Group

Acting as sole counsel for the successful Claimant in a trial in the Mercantile Court in a claim involving allegation...

[2016] EWHC 2653 (QB)
[2016] EWHC 2653 (QB)
RR Securities Ltd & Ors v Towergate Underwriting Group

Acting as sole counsel for the successful Claimant in a trial in the Mercantile Court in a claim involving allegations of failure to advise on minimum security standards.

Claim against Insurance Brokers

Acting for a producer of industrial chemicals in a claim against its insurance broker following a fire in the course ...

Claim against Insurance Brokers

Acting for a producer of industrial chemicals in a claim against its insurance broker following a fire in the course of the construction of a new chemical plant.

Claim against insurance broker

Acting for a commercial laundry in a claim against its broker involving allegations of under-insurance.

Claim against insurance broker

Acting for a commercial laundry in a claim against its broker involving allegations of under-insurance.

Claim against insurance brokers

Acting for the claimant in a substantial claim against an insurance broker resulting from the avoidance of a buildi...

Claim against insurance brokers

Acting for the claimant in a substantial claim against an insurance broker resulting from the avoidance of a buildings insurance policy following a fire by underwriters.

Patent agents

Tim has experience of claims against patent agents involving allegations of negligent advice in respect of the validity and registration of patents. With his scientific background, Tim is often instructed in litigation that involves complicated technical issues.

Commercial litigation
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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. Tim has particular experience of claims where there are competing proceedings in different jurisdictions and those involving issues of conflict of laws.

Additionally, having worked as a software developer prior to coming to the Bar, Tim has experience of every stage of software development from concept design to testing and implementation and hence Tim is often instructed in claims that relate computer contracts and information technology professionals.

Cases

SP v MT

Application to set aside an arbitration award (for in excess of US$ 500 million) on the grounds of serious procedura...

(2016)
(2016)
SP v MT

Application to set aside an arbitration award (for in excess of US$ 500 million) on the grounds of serious procedural irregularity regarding disclosure.

Maldives Airport Arbitration

Acting for the GMR-MAHB Consortium in a number of UNCITRAL arbitrations against the Maldives Government relating to t...

(2016)
(2016)
Maldives Airport Arbitration

Acting for the GMR-MAHB Consortium in a number of UNCITRAL arbitrations against the Maldives Government relating to the performance and termination a concession agreement relating to the main international airport in the Maldives (with Bankim Thanki QC and Justin Fenwick QC). The sum claimed for wrongful termination exceeded USD 1.4 billion. The claim has also involved two sets of proceedings before the High Court of Singapore for an anti-suit injunction and an injunction preventing termination of the Concession Agreement (Maldives Airports Co Ltd and Anor v GMR Male International Airport Pte Ltd [2013] SGCA 16).

Confidential ICC arbitration

Acting for a JV partner in a dispute involving a site fabrication yard in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

(2016)
(2016)
Confidential ICC arbitration

Acting for a JV partner in a dispute involving a site fabrication yard in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Confidential LCIA arbitration

Acting for a high profile GCC individual in an LCIA arbitration relating to an investment in a telecommunications com...

(2016)
(2016)
Confidential LCIA arbitration

Acting for a high profile GCC individual in an LCIA arbitration relating to an investment in a telecommunications company. The claim is for in excess of US$ 500M. The claim also involved related proceedings in the GCC and an application for anti-suit relief to the Tribunal.

Confidential LCIA arbitration

Acting for the owners of a Bahraini construction company in an LCIA arbitration relating to a dispute involving a pri...

(2016)
(2016)
Confidential LCIA arbitration

Acting for the owners of a Bahraini construction company in an LCIA arbitration relating to a dispute involving a private equity investment in the company by an international investment fund. The claim involved allegations of breaches of warranty and allegations of fraud.

Claim relating to a failed tax scheme

Acting for a firm of valuers who provided a valuation of a technology business for the purposes of a tax scheme (with...

Claim relating to a failed tax scheme

Acting for a firm of valuers who provided a valuation of a technology business for the purposes of a tax scheme (with Jamie Smith QC).

Shareholder dispute

Representing an individual seeking a declaration in High Court Proceedings that he is the beneficial owner of shares ...

Shareholder dispute

Representing an individual seeking a declaration in High Court Proceedings that he is the beneficial owner of shares that were the subject of a fraudulent transfer.

Claim against a company director

Acting for a company director accused of misconduct in the course of preparation of company accounts in a claim worth...

Claim against a company director

Acting for a company director accused of misconduct in the course of preparation of company accounts in a claim worth in excess of £20 million (with Graeme McPherson QC).

Insurance
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Tim also regularly advises insurers on coverage issues and additionally on the meaning of policy wording. Tim has particular experience dealing with issues in respect of professional indemnity policies and cases which raise issues where a conflict of interest has arisen between insurers and policyholders.

Tim has also been instructed in a number of cases where the insurance broker is accused of negligence.

Tim also regularly deals with subrogated recovery actions by insurers against construction professionals.

Cases

Arbitration in Dubai

Acting for an insurer in an arbitration (in Dubai) regarding an insurance claim following a fire at commercial premis...

Arbitration in Dubai

Acting for an insurer in an arbitration (in Dubai) regarding an insurance claim following a fire at commercial premises (policy governed by UAE law).

RR Securities Ltd & Ors v Towergate Underwriting Group

Acting as sole counsel for the successful Claimant in a trial in the Mercantile Court in a claim involving allegation...

[2016] EWHC 2653 (QB)
[2016] EWHC 2653 (QB)
RR Securities Ltd & Ors v Towergate Underwriting Group

Acting as sole counsel for the successful Claimant in a trial in the Mercantile Court in a claim involving allegations of failure to advise on minimum security standards.

Claim against insurance broker

Acting for a producer of industrial chemicals in a claim against its insurance broker following a fire in the course ...

Claim against insurance broker

Acting for a producer of industrial chemicals in a claim against its insurance broker following a fire in the course of the construction of a new chemical plant.

Claim against insurance broker

Acting for the claimant in a claim against their insurance brokers involving allegations of failure to advise about m...

Claim against insurance broker

Acting for the claimant in a claim against their insurance brokers involving allegations of failure to advise about material terms in the policy.

Claim against insurance broker

Acting for a commercial laundry in a claim against its broker involving allegations of under-insurance.

Claim against insurance broker

Acting for a commercial laundry in a claim against its broker involving allegations of under-insurance.

Claim against insurance broker

Acting for the claimant in a multi-million pound claim against an insurance broker resulting from the avoidance of a ...

Claim against insurance broker

Acting for the claimant in a multi-million pound claim against an insurance broker resulting from the avoidance of a buildings insurance policy following a fire by underwriters.

Repudiation of cover

Acting for the claimant in a claim for against insurers for wrongfully repudiating cover following a fire in the cour...

Repudiation of cover

Acting for the claimant in a claim for against insurers for wrongfully repudiating cover following a fire in the course of the construction of a chemical factory.

Information Technology
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Tim worked as a software developer for Goldman Sachs prior to coming to the Bar and hence has significant first-hand experience of the full life cycle of IT projects. He has been instructed in a number of disputes relating to IT contracts involving both issues of defective software and late delivery of projects. His cases often involve complex technical expert evidence.

Tim was recently involved in a number of disputes relating to a contracts with a number of governments in the Middle East for substantial infrastructure projects in the region. The cases involved allegations of defects with the software and late delivery of project requirements along with claims of wrongful termination of the contracts. The cases also raised issues relating to national security.

Tim has also recently been instructed by a local authority to advise in respect of the proper construction of an outsourcing contract.

Tim edited of the Information Technology chapter of the 7th edition of Jackson & Powell on Professional Liability.

Costs
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Tim is recommended in the Legal 500 for costs disputes. He has extensive experience of costs litigation at all levels up to and including the Court of Appeal.

Inter-parties costs

Tim is regularly instructed in complex detailed assessment proceedings and other hearings where the primary issue is the recoverability of legal costs. He often deals with claims that involve challenges to the solicitor’s retainer, allegations of misconduct (such as alleged failures to mediate) and also claims which deal with insurance issues, particularly involving after the event insurance.

He also is regularly instructed to deal with costs budgeting issues (even when not involved in the underlying litigation) and has been involved in a number of significant cases before the High Court involving substantial cost budgets. He also often deals with wider procedural issues relating to costs, including issues relating to Part 36.

RTA Portal cases

Tim also has specific experience in issues relating to RTA Portal cases. He has been involved in both of the two significant cases where the costs consequences of the Pre-Action Protocol for Low Value Personal Injury Claims in Road Traffic Accidents and associated Part 8B Proceedings have been considered (Mulholand in the Newcastle County Court and Phillips in the Court of Appeal). He has advised and appeared in numerous other claims relating to the RTA Portal involving a wide variety of issues such as the circumstances in which cases can leave the Portal, the effect of statements made in Stage 2 and the costs consequences when cases wrongly exit the Portal.

Solicitor own client costs

Tim also has significant experience of claims where the costs are challenged by the client including assessment of solicitor and client costs under the Solicitors Act 1974.
He has additionally dealt with a number of cases raising costs related issues in the context of wider issues of negligence by the solicitor.

Tim also has experience of disputes between the SRA and solicitors regarding the interpretation of the Solicitors Accounts Rules

Other areas

Tim also has experience of applications for costs orders being sought against directors of companies involved in litigation. He also has particular experience in applications for security for costs in commercial litigation. He also has advised on the recoverability of costs in arbitral proceedings.

Cases

RTA Portal Test cases

Acting for claimants in a number of appeals relating to the correct operation of the Pre-Action Protocol for Low Valu...

RTA Portal Test cases

Acting for claimants in a number of appeals relating to the correct operation of the Pre-Action Protocol for Low Value Personal Injury Claims in Road Traffic Accidents (including Mulholand in the Newcastle County Court and Phillips in the Court of Appeal, both with Nick Bacon QC).

Cape Distribution Ltd v Cape Intermediate Holdings Plc

Acting for the Claimants in the costs budgeting aspects of multi-party litigation involving mesothelioma claims.

Cape Distribution Ltd v Cape Intermediate Holdings Plc

Acting for the Claimants in the costs budgeting aspects of multi-party litigation involving mesothelioma claims.

Disclosure of CFA

Acting for a Defendant in an application for relief from sanction where there had been non-disclosure of a CFA.

Disclosure of CFA

Acting for a Defendant in an application for relief from sanction where there had been non-disclosure of a CFA.

Solicitor own client proceedings

Acting in Part 8 Proceedings where beneficiaries under a will seek detailed assessment of the fees of the former prof...

Solicitor own client proceedings

Acting in Part 8 Proceedings where beneficiaries under a will seek detailed assessment of the fees of the former professional trustee.

Part 36

Acting for the successful appellant in an appeal relating to the grant of permission to accept a Part 36 offer after ...

Part 36

Acting for the successful appellant in an appeal relating to the grant of permission to accept a Part 36 offer after the conclusion of a preliminary issue. Permission was granted by the Court of Appeal for a second appeal but the case settled before the appeal was heard.

Failure to mediate

Acting in an appeal in a case involving an allegation that there had been an unreasonable failure to mediate and that...

Failure to mediate

Acting in an appeal in a case involving an allegation that there had been an unreasonable failure to mediate and that there should hence no order as to costs.

Bilkus v Stockler Brunton (a firm)

Acting as sole advocate at all levels in proceedings that ended in the Court of Appeal where the client successfully ...

[2010] EWHC Civ 101
[2010] EWHC Civ 101
Bilkus v Stockler Brunton (a firm)

Acting as sole advocate at all levels in proceedings that ended in the Court of Appeal where the client successfully challenged the recoverability of an uplift on fees charged by a solicitor at the conclusion of a retainer.

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