Tim’s practice focuses on the problems faced by small and medium sized enterprises in the commercial and employment fields. A former international hockey player, Tim also has a keen interest in sport and legal matters relating to sport.
Tim’s commercial experience covers a wide range of cases that typically include contractual disputes, shareholders’ disputes, share sale agreements, civil fraud and asset recovery, breach of fiduciary duties and partnership. He is experienced in freezing orders and other forms of interim relief. His practice also extends to proprietary estoppel and constructive and resulting trusts, TOLATA claims, insurance claims, and professional negligence.
In the employment field, Tim offers extensive experience in unfair and wrongful dismissal and discrimination claims, acting for both employers (including public bodies) and employees in the Employment Tribunal and civil courts, as well as advising clients generally on employment matters: TUPE, redundancies, stress at work and discrimination. Tim also has experience of various regulatory tribunals. The enforcement of post-termination restrictive covenants is an area of particular interest.
In the Sports Law field, Tim has acted for various clubs, bodies and individuals in relation to a variety of sporting matters. Previous clients include, Gianluca Vialli, David Lloyd and Lincoln City FC.
Tim’s commercial practice extends to contractual disputes, shareholders’ disputes, derivative actions, share sale agreements, civil fraud and asset recovery, breach of directors’ and fiduciary duties and partnership.
He has acted in various section 994 petitions involving e.g. a coach operator, a claims handling company, a private airfield, a caravan park operator, a vehicle repair company (complicated by the existence of a lucrative option to purchase the premises for development purposes), a property company and a lap-dancing business.
Tim is experienced in freezing orders and other forms of interim relief, providing legal and tactical advice to ensure that Claimants can act swiftly to secure and recover misappropriated assets.
Tim’s practice also extends to proprietary estoppel and constructive and resulting trusts, TOLATA claims, insurance claims, and professional negligence and he has experience representing accountants and insolvency practitioners in regulatory proceedings.
Two recent cases illustrate Tim’s experience and skills in asset recovery:
In Glen Dimplex Home Appliances Ltd V Shelagh Ann Smith & 7 Ors  EWHC 3392 (Comm) – Led by Derek Sweeting QC, Tim acted for a company in a substantial fraud and asset recovery claim against an employee who had embezzled £2.8m from her employer and distributed those gains amongst various family members. Causes of action included breach of contract, deceit, unlawful means conspiracy, dishonest assistance, knowing receipt and proprietary tracing remedies. The case involved the obtaining of a search and seize order, freezing orders, including one out of the jurisdiction in Ireland, and disclosure orders against various banks, which enabled the misappropriated funds to be traced into the hands of multiple Defendants, secured and recovered.
In Kooh Veisi Trading Co & Kooh Veisi Co Ltd v (1) Ali Parsai (2) Zahra Nazari (2013) – Tim successfully acted for an Iranian company from freezing order to judgment in fraud and asset recovery proceedings against its UK representative and his wife to whom he had distributed misappropriated assets. Causes of action included breach of fiduciary duty, dishonest assistance and knowing receipt, and proprietary tracing remedies. The case was complicated by the impact on the Claimant’s ability to move funds by the financial sanctions in place against Iran; the forging by the Defendant of documents in Farsi necessitating expert handwriting evidence; and the manipulation by the Defendant of computer metadata to produce false emails, which necessitated expert evidence from computer experts.
Tim has 30 years’ experience advising and acting for both employers and employees on all aspects of employment law both in tribunal and the civil courts including:
Tim’s clients include a variety of businesses, local authorities, high earning individuals, directors, partners and several of the solicitors firms that instruct him.
With his complementary practice in commercial law, Tim is well used to dealing with boardroom disputes, shareholder disputes (including shareholder agreements and unfair prejudice petitions), partnership disputes and the removal of directors and their dismissal as employees. He is able to bring a commercial and practical perspective to bear and his wide understanding of the law ensures that he is able to give fully comprehensive advice.
Tim acts for both employers and employees in relation to post-termination restrictions. He advises regularly on the enforceability of covenants and the evidential and tactical considerations when seeking or opposing relief. Previous clients include recruitment consultancies and consultants, solicitors, salesmen, those in financial services and banking, and a variety of other employees from a wine salesman to a Michelin starred chef.
For both employers and employees, extricating oneself from an employment relationship that is failing is a difficult and stressful experience. Whether advising an employer on managing difficult employees or assisting an employee being mismanaged or maltreated, Tim enjoys investigating and understanding the human dynamics of the relationship and placing that within a legal framework, which enables him to provide best advice as to how to resolve the situation.
In the Sports Law field, Tim has acted for various clubs, bodies and individuals in relation to a variety of sporting matters.
Examples of his work include:
Tim regularly speaks on sports law issues, recently giving a seminar at Birkbeck College, London University.
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