Experience

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.

Directories

“Meticulous in his preparation and fiercely bright” (Legal 500 – 2015)

“Tim Sharpe was involved in the inquests and litigation that occurred in the wake of the Hatfield train crash. One source described him as “bright, hard-working and dependable – a possible star of the future””. Chambers & Partners 2013

“Tim Sharpe continues to make his mark in the field, and is “as tenacious a young man as you’ll find at the Bar.”” Chambers & Partners 2010

“Tim Sharpe has also made a mark in the area and is predicted to achieve great things in the future. This “tenacious and talented young barrister” defended a company in a major fatal accident prosecution in 2007.” Chambers & Partners 2009

“Viewed as the rising star of the set, Tim Sharpe acted on R v Network Rail and Others in the Central Criminal Court and was instructed by Fisher Scoggins to act on behalf of Balfour Beatty Rail Maintenance in the prosecution for manslaughter and health and safety offences arising out of the Hatfield train disaster.” Chambers & Partners 2008

Education

MA Cantab (Pembroke college)

Professional Memberships

HSLA
PIBA

Public Access

Undertakes Public Access work

Egner v Hastings Insurance

Tim Sharpe (instructed by Miles Cowan of Horwich Farrelly) represented Hastings Insurance on a committal application on 9th August 2017.

In summary, Mr Egner’s van was damaged by a driver insured by Hastings, as a result of which that individual was prosecuted for criminal damage. Mr Egner later presented a claim to Hastings for back injuries allegedly sustained by him in that incident. His claim was set out in various documents bearing statements of truth.

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Re Tiya Chauhan

This inquest arose out of the death of a 22 month old girl who was attending a nursery school. As part of an activity session, cubes of jelly were made available in a sensory tray. Tiya choked on a cube of jelly taken from this tray. The jury considered that the death was contributed to by neglect. Keith Morton QC represented the company operating the nursery, Tim Sharpe represented a senior manager of the company and Charles Curtis acted for the London Borough of Merton.


Quinn v Altintas

Insurer’s application for committal to prison for contempt of litigant in county court personal injury claim who falsely represented that a witness to a road traffic accident was independent and unknown to her, when they were long standing friends. Respondent received penalty of 6 weeks imprisonment, suspended for


Walker Construction v Quayside Homes Ltd [2014] COURT OF APPEAL EWCA Civ 93

Appellate decision on the exercise of the court’s discretion on costs when successful Claimant recovered less than 6% of the original pleaded claim, and where trial judge failed to consider the reasonableness of a Calderbank offer made by the Defendant.


Chen Wei v Cambridge Power and Light

First instance decision on the applicability of the impact of the Cancellation of Contracts Made in a Consumer’s Home or Place of Work Regulations 2008, and the effect of breach of the same on a Claimant’s claim for credit hire charges. Upheld on appeal and now a leading decision on this issue.


R v P & Ors

Prosecution of a Port and the Managing Director over a fatal accident involving a Port visitor.


R v Balfour Beatty Rail Infrastructure Services Ltd

Acted on behalf of Balfour Beatty in the prosecution arising out of the Hatfield Train Crash. Section 3 HSWA and corporate manslaughter. Central Criminal Court. Led by Ronald Thwaites QC, Anthony Seys-Llewellyn QC, James Ageros. Instructed by Fisher Scoggins


TGC Fraud Newsletter Issue VIII – July 2018

2nd July 2018

Please see link below for Issue VIII of TGC Fraud Update, a publication we have set up with the stated aim of facilitating the sharing of information about decided claims involving issues of road traffic fraud and related matters.


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TGC Fraud Newsletter Issue VII – February 2018

21st February 2018

Please see link below for Issue 7 of TGC Fraud Update, a publication we have set up with the stated aim of facilitating the sharing of information about decided claims involving issues of road traffic fraud and related matters.


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TGC Fraud Newsletter Issue V – May 2017

4th May 2017

Please see link below for Issue 5 of TGC Fraud Update, a publication we have set up with the stated aim of facilitating the sharing of information about decided claims involving issues of road traffic fraud and related matters.

 

TGC Fraud Newsletter Issue V


TGC Fraud Update v3 – June 2016

22nd June 2016

Stemming the tide of the fraud.
Please see link below for the third edition of TGC Fraud Update, a publication we have set up with the stated aim of facilitating the sharing of information about decided claims involving issues of road traffic fraud and related matters.


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TGC Fraud Update February 2016

3rd February 2016

Facing up to the challenge of fraud rings.
Please see link below for the second edition of TGC Fraud Update, a publication which was set up with the stated aim of facilitating the sharing of information about decided claims involving issues of road traffic fraud and related matters. Thank you also for all of the kind words and helpful feedback received about the inaugural edition.

 


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TGC Fraud Update

9th October 2015

Welcome to the inaugural edition of TGC Fraud Update, a new publication from the fraud team at Temple Garden Chambers containing a number of articles on legal matters relevant to insurance fraud practitioners and a digest of recent noteworthy cases in which Members of Chambers have been involved.


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Prosecuting and Defending Health and Safety Cases

30th April 2007

Co-author of book written with the intention of highlighting the various areas of law associated with prosecuting and defending health and safety cases


Fundamentally dishonest Claimant imprisoned for contempt of court

10th August 2017

Tim Sharpe (instructed by Miles Cowan of Horwich Farrelly) represented Hastings Insurance on a committal application before HHJ Moloney QC, sitting as a Judge of the High Court in the Norwich District Registry, on 9th August 2017. The application for committal of the Claimant (Mr John Egner) was based on false statements made in document bearing statements of truth, namely his Claim Form, Particulars of Claim and Part 18 Replies.

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TGC Fraud Update Issue V – May 2017

4th May 2017

TGC Fraud Update May 2017, a publication we have set up with the stated aim of facilitating the sharing of information about decided claims involving issues of road traffic fraud and related matters.

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TGC Fraud Update v3 – June 2016

22nd June 2016

Stemming the tide of the fraud.

Please see link below for the third edition of TGC Fraud Update, a publication we have set up with the stated aim of facilitating the sharing of information about decided claims involving issues of road traffic fraud and related matters.


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