Tim commenced pupillage in September 2019, having previously practised as a solicitor for seven years. Tim will start his second six on 16 December 2019 and will be able to conduct advocacy and provide reserved legal services from that date.

As a solicitor specialising in employment disputes, Tim managed cases in the Tribunal, EAT and High Court, acting for individuals, businesses and trade unions, as well as some litigation in the Court of Appeal.  He has considerable experience of all aspects of employment litigation, including unfair dismissal, whistleblowing, discrimination and equal pay claims.  Tim has also had significant involvement in complex confidentiality, trade secrets, restrictive covenant and team move litigation, particularly in the financial services and real estate sectors and including working on a number of pre-issue injunctions.  In addition, Tim has experience of advising on worker status and gig economy issues, and his commentary on the subject has been quoted by the Times, the Guardian, the Wall Street Journal and the BBC.

Alongside his employment work, Tim also has an interest in and is looking to develop a broad practice in all elements of personal injury law, with a particular focus on those areas that cross over with his employment practice, such as stress at work, employer’s liability, workplace accidents and industrial disease litigation. During the first months of his pupillage, Tim has worked on a range of personal injury cases, including assisting Leading Counsel with complex litigation arising from criminal activity and researching points of appeal for a senior member of Chambers. Tim additionally has particular interests in asbestos, aviation and travel litigation cases and has spent time working with members of Chambers on these types of disputes.

Tim will also be accepting instructions on a range of small claims, fast track and road traffic cases.

Tim has undertaken pro bono work for a number of organisations, including the South Westminster Legal Advice Centre and Peckham Citizens’ Advice.  Additionally, he has acted for a law centre and a developing world water charity on a pro bono basis. He has also been involved in charitable projects such as Lawyers in Schools.

Tim studied politics at the University of Edinburgh between 2003 and 2008, during which time he took a sabbatical year as the elected President of the Student’s Association. Away from Chambers, Tim’s interests include cooking, photography, travel and sailing.

 

Notable Cases
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Ojelade v Genesis Housing Association Ltd 3201771/2017 (12 April 2018) Tim acted for the respondent in a discrimination and dismissal claim whilst employed as a solicitor. Tim represented the respondent at a hearing in which he successfully applied to have the claims struck out and the claimant pay the respondent’s costs.

 Chesterton Global Ltd & Anor v Nurmohamed & Anor [2018] 1 All ER 947 Tim worked on the first case to consider the public interest test in whistleblowing legislation, whilst employed as a solicitor. Tim worked on the early stages of the Court of Appeal proceedings.

National Union of Mineworkers v Scargill [2012] EWHC 3750 (Ch) Shortly after qualifying as a solicitor, Tim assisted the Claimants in their successful, high-profile action concerning contractual employment benefits claimed by a former President of the Union after retirement.

Phaestos Ltd & Anor v Ho / IKOS CIF Limited & Ors v Gover [2012] EWHC 2756 (QB) Whilst at a City law firm, Tim assisted with claims relating to the misuse and retention of confidential information and trade secrets in the financial services sector brought by former employers against two ex-employees.

Qualifications
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Admission to the Roll of Solicitors – 2012 (no longer practising)
Graduate Diploma in Law – BPP Professional Education – 2009
MA (Hons.), Politics – University of Edinburgh – 2008

Memberships
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Employment Lawyers Association
Employment Law Bar Association