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With experience of both the English Bar chambers system and also international “Big Law”, Tim’s work focus is delivery of work in line with onshore expectations. A substantial part of his practice is contentious insolvency work out of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court Commercial Court, as based in the British Virgin Islands (the “BVI”).
He appeared successfully on the first ever (2019) Dubai (DIFC) Court recognition application for a BVI-appointed liquidator.
In addition to the Turks & Caicos Islands, he has lived and worked as an advocate and litigator in Bermuda and the BVI while covering court, tribunal and inquiry work across the Caribbean Region as a whole. Based in Bermuda in the immediate aftermath of the 2008 world financial crisis, he was heavily involved in the impact of the Lehman collapse followed by the Bernie Madoff ponzi scheme fraud and resulting ‘clawback’ efforts by the Madoff special interest trustee.
His jurisdictions of admission and operation are Anguilla, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Dubai (DIFC), England & Wales, Gibraltar, Grenada, St Kitts & Nevis, St Vincent and The Grenadines, Turks & Caicos Islands and Trinidad & Tobago.
Trustee-related work is a major focus of his practice. He is also a long-time Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and experienced arbitral advocate.
Very often the “bridge” between (i) onshore clients and co-counsel spread across multiple time zones and (ii) the offshore team tasked with implementation, his is a track-record of protecting clients’ positions and interests irrespective of those being adverse to domestic or overseas governments. He has a long history of dealings with Europe and Middle East-based clients.
His blend of both offshore and onshore work is unique to the Turks & Caicos Islands and much of the Caribbean Region. He regularly provides expert evidence on trustee performance, judgment enforcement issues, as well as corporate and insolvency issues impacting directors’ duties. He has appeared for regulators in contested proceedings, as well as appeared as an advocate before regulators in both disciplinary and licence-revocation tribunal hearings.
He is a licensed insolvency practitioner himself (TCI) under the newly-introduced (April 2019) licensing regime.
An advocate determined to get to the core issues for the client as quickly as possible, his approach of ensuring forward momentum is key. Practitioner directory Chambers Global 2021 describes Tim as operating “an impressive litigation practice across the Caribbean”. In the Legal 500 2020 practitioner directory (London Bar, UK – Insolvency category) he is described as “a go-to expert for offshore insolvency work”. He has been on the panel of judges for the Society of Trust and Estates Practitioner (“STEP”) Private Client Awards since 2019, focused on trust companies.
His work involves many jurisdictions and his is admitted across much of the Caribbean Region. Tim also has experience of litigation funding issues in jurisdictions where alternative fee arrangements are possible.
He has practised TCI law since 2000 and BVI law since 2004. He uses TCI as a platform for an international litigation practice and understands the need to travel for existing and potential future clients.
His early pro bono work included Death Row Appeals in Texas. There he worked on habeas corpus appeal issues for Stanley Faulder, a native of Jasper, Alberta, Canada denied rights under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations for 15 years. Continuing pro bono work includes habeas corpus work in the Caribbean and a wide range of “heavy” crime at appellate level. Tim is the Chair of the TCI Pro Bono Committee of the Bar Association.
With a long history of work connections with New York, Tim has also run the marathon there five times. The year of his completing the infamous Marathon des Sables, in the Northern Sahara Desert saw the worst sandstorm conditions in the history of the race.