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Practice Summary

Tim has developed a broad commercial practice since transferring to the bar in 2015, acting in disputes and advisory work across chambers’ areas of expertise.  Prior to that, Tim worked as a solicitor at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, where he advised on a range of complex commercial disputes (before the English courts and under the rules of major arbitral institutions), gaining experience of all stages of proceedings.

In 2013-2014, Tim worked as the judicial assistant to Lord Mance JSC. During that time, he developed a detailed understanding of all stages of the appeals process in the Supreme Court and Privy Council and worked closely with Lord Mance and the other Justices in a number of the leading cases in chambers’ areas of practice.

EXAMPLES OF RECENT CASES

  • Arbitration

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    • Acted (led by Jeffery Onions QC) for a global asset management firm in the successful defence of a claim by an infrastructure company in an UNCITRAL arbitration.
    • Acted (led by David Streatfeild-James QC) for a contractor in an ICC arbitration concerning a major infrastructure project in the Middle East
    • Acted (led by Sa’ad Hossain QC) in the successful defence of a claim related to the breach of a joint venture agreement in an ICC arbitration.
  • Commercial Litigation

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    • Re Lehman Brothers Holdings Plc (in administration) and LB Holdings Intermediate 2 Limited (in administration) [2018] EWHC 2017 (Ch)
      Acting (led by Sonia Tolaney QC) for Deutsche Bank representing the interests of subordinated bondholders in the administrations of two companies in the Lehman Brothers group.
    • Re Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (in administration)
      Acted (led by Sonia Tolaney QC) for Barclays Capital in connection with its interests as a creditor in the administration of Lehman Brothers International (Europe).
    • Acting (led by Andrew Butler QC) in commercial court proceedings involving a claim for breach of a joint venture agreement.
    • Banco Santander Totta v. Carris and others [2016] EWHC 465 (Comm)
      Assisted (during pupillage) Laurence Rabinowitz QC, John Odgers QC and Simon Colton acting for the successful claimant in the first Financial List trial. The proceedings concerned the validity and enforceability of interest rate ISDA swaps with mark-to-market values of approximately €1.3 billion.
    • Autonomy Corporation Limited v Lynch and Hussain
      Assisted (during pupillage) Laurence Rabinowitz QC and Conall Patton acting for Autonomy and others in claims for breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract and misrepresentation in relation to the acquisition of Autonomy by the Hewlett-Packard group.
    • Assisted (during pupillage) Laurence Rabinowitz QC, Patrick Goodall QC and Conall Patton acting for Mr Kolomoisky in a high-profile Commercial Court claim between three Ukrainian businessmen concerning title to an iron ore plant.
  • Banking and Financial Services

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    • Re Lehman Brothers Holdings Plc (in administration) and LB Holdings Intermediate 2 Limited (in administration) [2018] EWHC 2017 (Ch)
      Acting (led by Sonia Tolaney QC) for Deutsche Bank representing the interests of subordinated bondholders in the administrations of two companies in the Lehman Brothers group.
    • Re Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (in administration)
      Acted (led by Sonia Tolaney QC) for Barclays Capital in connection with its interests as a creditor in the administration of Lehman Brothers International (Europe).
    • Banco Santander Totta v. Carris and others [2016] EWHC 465 (Comm)
      Assisted (during pupillage) Laurence Rabinowitz QC, John Odgers QC and Simon Colton acting for the successful claimant in the first Financial List trial. The proceedings concerned the validity and enforceability of interest rate ISDA swaps with mark-to-market values of approximately €1.3 billion.
    • Assisted (during pupillage) Jamie Goldsmith acting for investors in a complex dispute arising out of alleged negligence and fraudulent or negligent misrepresentations by a leading rating agency (S&P) and a bank (RBS). The damages claimed exceed €130m.
    • Assisted (during pupillage) Simon Colton advising a major UK financial institution in relation to an ongoing regulatory investigation.

Education

University of Oxford, New College: BA Jurisprudence (First Class Honours) [2006-2009]

The College of Law: Legal Practice Course (Distinction) [2009-2010]

Professional Experience

Trainee solicitor (rotations in: structured finance, corporate, dispute resolution and tax), Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) [March 2011 to March 2013].

Associate, dispute resolution, Weil Gotshal & Manges [March 2013 to August 2015].

Judicial assistant to Lord Mance JSC, Supreme Court of the United Kingdom [September 2013 to July 2014]. Tim worked as the judicial assistant to Lord Mance JSC. During that time he developed a detailed understanding of all stages of the appeals process in the Supreme Court and Privy Council: from permission to appeal to judgment. In addition, Tim worked closely with Lord Mance and the other Justices in a number of the leading cases in chambers’ areas of practice, including:

  • Williams v Central Bank of Nigeria [2014] UKSC 10 (the characterisation under the Limitation Act of a claim for dishonest assistance of a breach of trust and knowingly receipt of trust property);
  • Cox v Ergo Versicherung AG [2014] UKSC 22 (the private international law rules on the law applicable to the scope of damages in tort);
  • Les Laboratoires Servier v Apotex Inc [2014] UKSC 55 (the illegality defence);
  • Aspect Contracts (Asbestos) Ltd v Higgins Construction Plc [2015] UKSC 38 (the effect of adjudication pursuant to provisions implied into construction contracts by statute, raising issues on implied terms and restitution);
  • Cavendish Square Holding BV v Talal El Makdessi [2015] UKSC 67 (the doctrine on contractual penalties);
  • Fairfield Sentry Ltd (In Liquidation) v Migani [2014] UKPC 9 (contractual interpretation and the interaction between the law of contract and the law of unjust enrichment relating to a claim to recover payments made to a ‘feeder fund’ of Bernard L Madoff Investment Securities LLC);
  • Singularis Holdings Ltd v PricewaterhouseCoopers [2014] UKPC 36 (the extent of the common law power to give assistance to a liquidator of a foreign company) and the closely related appeal in Saad Investments Co Ltd [2014] UKPC 35.

Solicitor advocate (admitted with higher court rights of audience (civil)) [2015]

Other Experience

Anti-suit Injunctions: Expanding Protection for Arbitration under English Law, Dispute Resolution International (Jamie Maples and Tim Goldfarb) [November 2013]

Prudential decision and tax structuring: A cautionary tale, PLC Magazine (Oliver Walker and Tim Goldfarb [April 2013]

Decision making in land law, seminar at the Society of Legal Scholars annual conference (Prof Sue Bright and Tim Goldfarb) [2011]

Languages

  • German (fluent)
  • Russian (fluent)