Tim practises in all areas of criminal law but particularly murder, serious fraud, drug related offences, arson and serious sexual offences as well as those matters involving regulatory aspects. His practise is geographically country wide and is prepared to work abroad where jurisdiction allows. He accepts instructions and briefs on a private and publicly funded basis. For privately funded matters, Tim offers a transparent and commercial approach to fee negotiation through his clerks, often working to a fixed / capped fee providing certainty of costs for clients.

Serious Sexual Offences:
Tim has a successful track record on rape and other sexual offences cases. Those cases include many “date” and “marital” cases where he has an exceptional record in successfully defending such allegations. For reasons of preserving client confidentiality and to protect the innocent defendants’ identity we do not feel it to be appropriate to list these cases by name in a document such as this but will supply all relevant details to future clients on request on suitable conditions as to the preservation of this aspect of the privacy of past acquitted clients in such cases.

Specialist Knowledge:
Through the cases that Tim has conducted over his many years of practise of which 29 have been as a leading Silk he has built up an extensive specialist knowledge in mobile phone technology and cell site analysis; DNA techniques and analysis; medical issues related to the homicide of young children and also has particularly extensive expertise in all matters of pathology and in cases where there are issues surrounding and arising from mental health disorders.

Cases Through the Bars Public Access scheme:
Tim is authorised to undertake Public Access work in his practise areas. Each case has to be assessed to ensure that it meets the criteria of the scheme and that it is in the best interest of the client to proceed on that basis.

Recent Criminal Cases:
Jan 2020 Leeds Cr Ct – R v Mohammed Azad & 3 ors (3/4 weeks) Att Murder – Arson
March 2020 Central Criminal Court – R V Bowers and others (Trial 1) 2 weeks – The “PC Harper” Trial
June 2020 Central Criminal Court – R V Bowers and others (Trial 2) 5 weeks – See above
Oct 2020 Nottingham Crown Court – R V Cooper and Others – 11 weeks Murder/ Drugs Conspiracy Trial
Jan 2021 Bradford Crown Court R V Malik and Others 7 weeks – multiple Attempted Murder by Arson March 2021 Leicester R V Khela (Trial 1) 2 weeks – Fraud
May 2021 Stafford Crown Court – R V M Khan and Another 4 weeks – Murder
June 2021 Reading Crown Court R V L and Others 5 weeks – 13 year old boy charged with Murder September 2021 Leeds Crown Court R V Bagri 2 weeks – Historic Rape
October 2021 Birmingham Crown Court R V M & Others 5 weeks -15 year old boy charged with Murder January 2022 Leicester Crown Court R V Khela (Trial 2) 4 weeks – see above
March/April 2022 Teesside Crown Court R V Merizaj – 2 weeks – Murder
May 2022 Reading Crown Court R V Trussler – 2 weeks – Murder

Recent Regulatory Cases:
Given his extensive experience of dealing with matters of considerable gravity and complexity, frequently involving highly technical expert evidence, Tim is well placed to deal with proceedings brought in relation to regulatory offences. Recent examples include:

Apr 2018 Leicester Crown Court R (Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council) v Hinckley Golf Club (10-day
Instructed by the local authority to lead Junior Counsel in the prosecution of a golf club after an employee suffered fatal injures having been struck on the head by a branch that fell from a tree in the vicinity of where he was working. It was alleged that the club had failed to ensure their employee’s safety by not conducting suitable and sufficient risk assessments for tree inspections or management, lone working and chain saw work, by failing to have a safe system of work for such activities and by failing to ensure proper training for and supervision of such work. At the end of a 10-day trial where the defendant organisation was also represented by a Silk the jury delivered unanimous guilty verdicts on all charges.

Oct 2018 Stafford Crown Court R (West Midlands Fire & Rescue Authority) v Walsall Renovations
Limited, Chinderpal Singh & Sundeep Sidhu (7-day trial)
Instructed on behalf of a company director and the Company of which he was the guiding personality who were each charged with 12 counts of breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 arising from the operation of a hand car wash at a former public house where the evidence alleged that the premises were also being used as living accommodation. A custodial sentence was avoided as was any issue as to the First Defendant’s generally capacity as a Director of a Company.

Judicial Experience:
Tim was authorised to try all Serious Sexual Offences in his capacity as a Recorder an appointment he held from 1991 until his judicial retirement in 2019. He also dealt with Appeals from the magistrates as well as Civil cases at all County Court levels.
Professional Teaching / Training:
Timothy, together with the late Mr Justice Wakerley and the late Mr Justice James Hunt when they were the Leaders of the Midland Circuit, was centrally instrumental in the introduction of Advocacy Training courses for the Bar on the Midland and Oxford Circuit between 1991 and !998. He organised and taught on them up until 1998. The training he has helped develop in the UK is based upon the techniques of the distinguished Australian Professor George Hempel. Timothy was one of those originally trained by Professor Hempel himself when this form of training began in the early 1990s.
Since 1998 he has continued to train advocates and advocacy trainers on a regular basis on behalf of the Inner Temple as a senior member of the Inns Advocacy Training Committee and has delivered Advocacy Training to both the Judiciary and Advocates in Singapore and at the International Criminal Court at The Hague.

Professional Courses:
Human Rights Act 1998 Sexual Offences Act 2003 Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 Vulnerable witnesses Expert Witnesses
Criminal Justice Act 2003 Forensic Accounting International Criminal Court Criminal Procedure Rules Serious Sexual Offences (JSB)
Other Professional memberships:
Inner Temple
Midland Circuit
Criminal Bar Association South Eastern Circuit
Leisure Activities:
Golf, Scuba Diving, Bridge