Tim is consistently recommended as a leading junior by the Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 legal directories where he is praised as: "the epitome of what we look for in a modern barrister; he doesn't just sit in chambers, but gets involved in cases and sees clients with you…”"He's good at giving strong, commercial, practical and down-to-earth advice..” and “is able to guide a court through complex case law in a very simplistic way and convey technical points that would otherwise take days at trial". Tim is currently the only practising junior listed in Who’s Who Legal: Transport 2017 and recommended in the Insurance & Reinsurance Barristers Guide 2017.
Tim has particular expertise in insurance, travel regulation and aviation, including aviation-related finance. Prior to joining Chambers, Tim worked for a number of years at Lloyd's, specialising in contentious insurance and reinsurance matters, predominantly in the field of aviation. Tim's experience includes handling excess of loss problems and direct insurance coverage issues arising out of the September 11th terrorist attacks and liability issues arising in multi-jurisdictional aviation disasters. Tim's industry experience has given him invaluable knowledge of the workings of the London insurance market and the commercial aspects of case handling.
Tim's practice continues to be aviation and insurance-focused, but embraces all aspects of commercial law and he appears regularly in the High Court and Court of Appeal, as well as in arbitration and mediation.
Tim is co-editor of Margo on Aviation Insurance (4th Edition).
..."Tim is responsive and user-friendly, with excellent experience of aircraft lease disputes."... "Very good technical knowledge and understanding of the aviation industry. Very easy to work with."...Chambers and Partners, 2017 (Aviation Band 1, Travel: Regulatory and Commercial, Band 1)
..."extremely well known in the aviation and commercial field"...Chambers and Partners, 2017 (Aviation Band 1, Travel: Regulatory and Commercial, Band 1)
..."He is bright, robust and tenacious when it comes to aviation and liability questions"...Chambers and Partners, 2017 (Aviation Band 1, Travel: Regulatory and Commercial, Band 1)
...“Tim is unique at the aviation Bar. He has an all-round forensic understanding of the law and also of the business of aviation insurance.”...Who’s Who Legal, 2017 (Aviation and Travel)
..."He speaks the language of commercial clients"...Legal 500, 2016
..."An outstanding junior, who has an amazingly good grasp of the technical issues."...(Legal 500, 2016)
Affectionately termed "a sophisticated bruiser," he is seen by many as being the top junior for aviation insurance cases, aircraft finance matters and disputes arising out of the Montreal and Warsaw Conventions. "A superstar who is brilliant at everything." "Personable, easy to work with, legally very astute and very commercially aware." He is noted for being a particularly impressive advocate with strong knowledge of aviation law.(Chambers and Partners 2016. Aviation Band 1 and Travel (Regulatory) Band 1).
..."He has an easy manner, and puts difficult issues in an easy-to-understand way. He's affable, charming and great at cross-examinations." "Represents the epitome of what we look for in a modern barrister; he doesn't just sit in chambers, but gets involved in cases and sees clients with you. His presentation is just fantastic." "He's good at giving strong, commercial, practical and down-to-earth advice." "He comes into his own in advocacy, as he is able to guide a court through complex case law in a very simplistic way and convey technical points that would otherwise take days at trial."...Chambers and Partners 2015
...“His ability to pick up and apply the required aviation technical knowledge quickly and easily is impressive.”...Legal 500 2015
Legal 500 2014
...“His knowledge and experience means that he can give comprehensive, accurate advice very quickly.”...
..."Tim is extremely good to work with - very responsive and very much a team player. He will definitely roll up his sleeves and get on with it." "I think in terms of airline liability work, if you don't need a QC involved, he has built himself a reputation as the go-to person. He is user-friendly and approachable. A lot of this is due to his background in the aviation insurance industry prior to going to the Bar - he really understands what the clients want and has a unique perspective on what the aviation industry wants too."...Chambers UK 2014
Prior to joining Chambers, Tim worked for a number of years at Lloyd's, specialising in contentious insurance and reinsurance matters, predominantly in the field of aviation. Tim's experience includes handling excess of loss problems and direct insurance coverage issues arising out of the September 11th terrorist attacks and liability issues arising in multi-jurisdictional aviation disasters. Tim's industry experience has given him invaluable knowledge of the workings of the London insurance market and the commercial aspects of case handling.
Tim has a particular specialism on the Warsaw/Montreal Convention regime, together with recent EU Regulations on delay and PRMs. He regularly appears in court and arbitration on behalf of most of the world's leading airlines and products manufacturers, as well as airports, ground handlers and general aviation interests. He has extensive experience of appearing on behalf of owners, operators, manufacturers and airports at inquests into air crashes.
Tim also regularly advises and acts in disputes arising from aircraft sales, finance and leasing, representing banks, lessors and lessees, as well as other affected interests.
Illustrative cases include:
Peires v Bickerton’s Aerodromes Limited  EWCA Civ 273. Important decision on the scope of the statutory immunity for nuisance under s.76(1) of the Civil Aviation Act 1982. Tim acted for the successful appellant aerodrome in the Court of Appeal.
Coltish Aircraft v Action Aviation Limited & Others  EWHC 2439 (Comm);  EWCA Civ 1328. Aircraft Sales; Directors' liabilities; fraudulent misrepresentation; buy-back guarantees. Tim acted for the Defendants and successful Respondent director in the Court of Appeal.
Rogers v Hoyle  EWCA Civ 257;  3 W.L.R. 148;  3 All E.R. 550;  C.P. Rep. 30Test case on admissibility of AAIB report in civil proceedings. Tim (led by Robert Lawson QC) acted for the Appellants, supported by IATA and the DfT intervening.
Samarasinghe v British Airways (2013 Central London County Court) successfully defended British Airways against claim of racial discrimination in relation to 'profiling' at airport in Denmark. Court agreed that case not made out on the facts, but in any event combination of Montreal Convention and lack of territorial reach of Equality Act 2010 precluded even declaratory relief.
Global 5000 v Wadhawan  1 Lloyd's Rep 239 (Court of Appeal);  EWHC 853 (Comm);  2 All E.R. (Comm) 190. Allegation of personal guarantee in US$55 million aircraft sale. Issues concerning setting aside of service out of jurisdiction and the applicable threshold in cases of collateral contract. Tim was junior counsel for the successful applicant.
Association of Pakistani Travel Agents v PIA Tim is acting on a dispute between Pakistan Airlines and the Association of Pakistani Travel Agents over commission payments for fuel surcharges. The case is important because it is revisiting the commission arrangements between travel agents and airlines as they stand in 2012 when they have not been re-examined legally since 2000 and do not take into account all of the changes that have happened to the market since that date including IT and communications structures.
Tim acts on a broad range of commercial disputes particularly within the insurance, aviation, and travel sectors as well as broader commercial disputes including issues of carriage of goods, personal guarantees, duty of care, and vicarious liability. Illustrative cases include:
Tim has acted for a number of banks and financial institutions in actions on guarantees, aircraft lease disputes and aircraft sale agreements.
Tim acted on behalf of reinsurance interests in relation to matters arising from various class actions against investment banks alleging breaches of the 1933 US Securities Act in certain IPOs in the United States.
Predominantly an aviation specialist, Tim is regularly involved in multi-modal transport cases, and cases arising out of carriage by road both CMR and non-CMR He also has experience of bailment, central to many cargo claims in the transport sector.
Tim has provided expert evidence to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on the application of the jurisdiction provisions of the CMR where CMR applied by contract rather than law.
Although his specialism is primarily aviation insurance and reinsurance, Tim has advised and acted in other areas of Marine and Non-Marine insurance and reinsurance. Tim was heavily involved in insurance and reinsurance coverage issues arising from the September 11th terrorist attacks, both as an insurer and then at the Bar.
Tim has acted as an expert witness to the Norwegian Court of Appeal and the Malaysian High Court in cases involving interpretation of the wording of the AVN1C Market Form and giving evidence as to London Market practice.
Tim acted on behalf of various reinsurance interests in relation to matters arising from various class actions against investment banks arising from IPOs in the United States, as well as on D&O coverage disputes arising from the collapse of Enron and Worldcom.
During his time at Lloyds Tim participated as insurance client in numerous mediations, both in this jurisdiction and overseas. This experience enables him to participate more effectively in mediation. Tim has acted as a mediator in ad hoc mediations in disputes between underwriters and brokers, as well as appearing as counsel in numerous mediations.
‘Affectionately termed "a sophisticated bruiser," he is seen by many as being the top junior for aviation insurance cases, aircraft finance matters and disputes arising out of the Montreal and Warsaw Conventions.’(Chambers and Partners 2016)
Lloyd's Claims Office, Xchanging Claims Services.
Tim is the Co-editor (with Kathy Posner Condon & Forsyth and Philip Crystal of Swiss Re) of the 4th Edition of Margo on Aviation Insurance.