Described as a “tenacious and talented young barrister” by Chambers & Partners, Tim maintains a busy general common law practice that includes personal injury claims, insurance litigation (including credit hire litigation and motor fraud) and costs litigation. He appears in court on a regular basis, and advises in writing with a short turn-around time. In addition, he has extensive experience of inquests and of defending Health and Safety prosecutions.
Civil Fraud and contempt
Temple Garden Chambers has been ranked in Chambers & Partners as the only Band 1 set for motor insurance fraud. Tim was ranked as a leading junior in this area, with his strengths including being “tenacious, economical and full of ideas”. It was also said that he “inspires confidence”.
Tim’s work in this area includes drafting defences on behalf of insurers in fraud cases, as well as advising in conference and in writing. Tim is also regularly instructed by Claimants in cases where fraud has been alleged.
Tim also has experience of contempt of court proceedings in the context of motor insurance fraud cases, acting for applicants and respondents.
Lead by Andrew Prynne QC, and working with Shaman Kapoor, Tim has recently been instructed on a Chancery Division enquiry into profits allegedly made in breach of fiduciary duty. The value of the claim is said to exceed £100 million, and the matter is ongoing. Further, Tim continues to be instructed by the State of Libya in relation to ongoing litigation concerning their recovery of a valuable property in central London that was purchased with funds misappropriated from Libya by the Gaddafi regime.
Tim’s recent experience of costs includes representing the Respondent in the Court of Appeal in Walker Construction v Quayside Homes  EWCA Civ 93. His costs work includes cases arising from interpretation of the new costs regimes introduced after the Jackson report, including Fixed Costs cases, Qualified One Way Costs Shifting, and issues arising from “fundamental dishonesty”.
Tim has many years of experience in dealing with credit hire cases. He is regularly instructed to deal with cases involving disputes as to rates, period of hire and issues of enforceability of the agreement. In addition, he has been instructed in claims where insurers suspect that fraudulent claims are being made, and where Claimants suspect that fraudulent rates evidence has been provided.
Health & Safety and inquests
Tim represented Balfour Beatty at trial in the manslaughter prosecutions arising out of the Hatfield train crash, and later on the successful appeal against sentence. Since then, he has been regularly involved in health and safety cases and in inquests. Recent inquests have included acting for travel companies in relation to deaths on trekking expeditions, for a nursery school manager in relation to the death of a child who choked on a cube of jelly, and for a country house estate in relation to the death of a gardener. Legal 500 has listed Tim for Health and Safety in the 2015 edition.
Tim has a busy personal injury practice, representing both Claimants and Defendants.
Tim is authorised to accept work from the public on a public access bases. Recent work has included representing a basic hire rates survey company and individuals in connection with inquests.