Tim’s practice centres on insolvency, chancery and commercial litigation. As a senior junior, his considerable experience enables him to assimilate complex material and identify the key issues at speed. When working with a leader, he provides reliable and cost-efficient written work. He is also commonly instructed to work with another junior, providing experienced advice and advocacy skills.
Tim spent his first ten years of practice specialising in traditional Chancery fields, principally capital taxes, trusts and contentious probate, and charities. He joined what is now Maitland Chambers in the early 1990’s, and his practice now includes insolvency, minority shareholder disputes and legal professional negligence (including disciplinary work).
Areas of practice
Insolvency: Acts and advises in personal as well as corporate insolvencies, including insolvent partnerships and insolvent deceased person’s estates. All aspects of asset tracing and priorities.
Minority shareholders disputes: Tim has extensive experience in advising on practical solutions to shareholder disputes in private companies
Contentious probate: Acts and advises personal representatives, beneficiaries and disappointed family members, including Inheritance Act work
Contentious trusts: In particular, disputes with offshore trustees, involving disclosure, professional negligence, asset tracing and fraud
Charities: Wide experience in dealing with the Charity Commission at all levels. His extensive work with the Trustees of the Borough Market resulted in the Commission accepting that the Market is a charity and has contributed to the subsequent revitalisation of the Market in recent years
Professional negligence: Principally arising out of probate matters, including complaints about negligent inheritance tax advice
Disciplinary tribunals: Principally the SDT, although some work in other professional disciplinary tribunals
Some recent cases
Ahluwalia v Singh  WTLR 1  WTLR 3 (CA) - a rare example of proof of a defective will execution
McCall v Keenan v HMRC  WTLR 1823 (Northern Ireland Court of Appeal) - a case on the availability of Business Property Relief on land let for grazing
Hill v Spread Trustees  1WLR 2404;  1 AER 1106, CA - a leading case on s. 423 of the Insolvency Act 1986
Walbrook Trustees v Fattal  EWHC 991 (Ch) - strike-out on Henderson v Henderson grounds
Walbrook Trustees v Fattal  EWHC 2808 (Ch) - a case on the burden of proof in unusual circumstances
Kite v Rasini  WTLR 969 - an interesting case on undue influence
Re Challinor  WTLR 1823- a recent example of an Inheritance Act case actually going to trial
Popely v Ayton and Others  (High Court in St Vincent) - a successful attack on offshore trustees attempt to hi-jack the trust fund
Julian Holy v The Law Society  EWHC 1034 Admin - an appeal against an unduly harsh striking-off order against a solicitor
Carr v Isard  EWHC 2095 (Ch) - a case on the limits of severance of joint tenancies of land by conduct
Charities and the Public Benefit Test. Click click here for link to lecture notes published on the Maitland website.