Tim is a barrister and arbitrator specialising in family law and associated civil litigation. He is recognized as a Leading Junior both in the Chambers UK Guide and in the Legal 500.
In the current guide Chambers UK report: "He is a fantastic advocate who is very persuasive, sensible and pragmatic on his feet" and "He is really laid-back and doesn't panic". Meanwhile Legal 500 describes Tim as "a pleasure to work with and instruct". Chambers UK 2014 said "His advice has been realistic and well thought out, and he is very popular with clients" while Legal 500 (2015) commented that Tim is "Knowledgeable, reasonable and a persuasive advocate."
Tim is licensed to accept instruction from members of the public under the Bar Council Direct Access Scheme.
Having qualified as an Arbitrator to conduct financial remedy arbitrations in 2014, he qualified to conduct children arbitrations in 2016.
Tim is head of the Family Law team at 9 Gough Chambers. In addition, he sits on the Family Law Bar Association (FLBA) national committee and the committee of the Advocate's Gateway.
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Tim's child law practice concentrates principally on proceedings involving fatality, non-accidental injury and sexual abuse. He advises on Human Rights Act applications arising from family proceedings including alleged deprivation of liberty, special guardianship, placement or relocation of children overseas, foreign adoptions, judicial review of local authority decisions and forced marriages. Tim is instructed by most local authorities in the Greater London area, favoured for his ability to understand the pressures and difficulties faced by public sector clients. Tim is also a popular choice acting for parents and guardians in care proceedings, noted for his skilled analysis of factual and medical evidence in cases of alleged non-accidental injury.
Tim is also instructed in private law disputes between parents, often instructed on behalf of children’s guardians in the more complex or intractable cases. In addition he has experience in relocation cases and those involving wrongful removal from the jurisdiction.
Tim qualified as an Arbitrator to conduct children cases in 2016. As such he is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and accredited by the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators. The majority Child Arrangement Order disputes will be capable of resolution through arbitration. Tim can be appointed as arbitrator to adjudicate in children disputes or in the alternative to represent parties to arbitration. For more information about family arbitration visit www.ifla.org.uk.
Tim has undertaken ancillary and relief and financial remedy work throughout his career at the Bar. He has expertise in all financial remedy applications connected to divorce, civil partnership and co-habitee disputes including applications under Children Act 1989 Schedule 1. His cases tend to fall into the range of net assets valued at between £500,000 and £5million.
Having recently qualified as a Family Law Arbitrator, Tim is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and listed by the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators. Tim can be appointed as arbitrator to adjudicate in financial remedy disputes or in the alternative to represent parties to arbitration.
Related to his financial remedy practice, Tim is instructed in TOLATA, I (PFD) A and contested probate actions. He also advises in professional negligence proceedings arising from solicitors' negligence in financial remedy cases. Tim is particularly interested in ADR / NCDR. He recently settled a protracted probate dispute through mediation.
Tim has been involved in a large number of cases concerning vulnerable adults and children in care proceedings as well as financial remedy cases. He acts for all parties in the Court of Protection and has a particular awareness of the interface between the Court of Protection and the Family Court.
In Re M  EWCOP 4 Tim was instructed in this appeal on behalf of the applicant deputy. The appeal considered issues of disclosure and procedure in consecutive Family Court and Court of Protection Proceedings. Following this appeal P regained capacity and the deputy sought permission to withdraw proceedings which was unsuccessfully opposed by members of P’s family at a fully contested High Court hearing.
Tim is instructed usually on behalf of respondents in cases concerning local authority decisions concerning the children services and education.
Tim is instructed in claims under the Human Rights Act related to care proceedings, both in connection with unlawful s20 agreements: LB Brent v C  EWHC 1335 and more recently concerning the wrongful deprivation of liberty.
Related to his financial remedy practice, Tim is instructed in TOLATA, I (PFD) A and contested probate actions. He also advises in professional negligence proceedings arising in financial remedy cases.
Tim is particularly interested in ADR / NCDR. In addition to his qualification was an arbitrator, Tim is in the process of qualifying as a civil mediator.