Teams: Crime & Regulatory (General Crime, Asset Recovery & Money Laundering, Court Martial & Service Law, Trading Standards, Health & Safety, Food Safety, Animal Health), Public Access (Direct Public Access)
Year Called: 1987
Inn: Lincoln's Inn
Qualifications: LLB (Hons) (Bristol University)
Appointments: Western Circuit Advocacy trainer for the Pupils and Young Practitioners Programme,
Crown Prosecution Service (Level 4 Prosecutor),
Schools mentor for Citizenship Foundation/Bar; Schools Mock Trial Competition.
Memberships: Criminal Bar Association,
Proceeds Of Crime Lawyer's Association
After a general common law background Tim has been a specialist criminal practitioner for over 22 years. He currently deals with the full range of criminal offences, most often as a Prosecutor, for the Crown Prosecution Service. He is a Grade 4 Prosecutor and on the specialist list for Rape and Serious Sexual Offences and for POCA matters and these currently form a significant part of his workload.
Tim was on the Attorney General’s B panel for over fifteen years, and prosecuted regularly for HM Revenue and Customs (UKBA) dealing with serious drug and tobacco smuggling cases, Tax Credit and VAT Frauds. He continues to be instructed by the CPS complex casework unit who now have responsibility for such matters. He was also regularly instructed by the Department of Work and Pensions on larger scale, or complex benefit frauds and NHS Counter Fraud cases and continues to work on such cases for the Welfare Health and Rural division of CPS.
Tim has long experience of other regulatory type work, appearing for private clients and Local Authorities in particular specialising on Trading Standards, Benefit Fraud, VOSA and Operators Licences enquiries and Appeals, and Road Traffic cases.
Trading Standards work has been a key focus of his practice in recent years and he has been involved in numerous cases involving counterfeit goods, rogue trading, animal health and pioneering cases involving breaches of the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.
Tim's specialist practice in Proceeds of Crime Act and confiscation matters has also expanded significantly over recent years. He is instructed by Hampshire Police on cash detention and forfeiture matters, by CPS and RARTS on restraint orders and post-conviction confiscation and increasingly by Local Authorities who are utilising POCA powers much more in their regulatory enforcement matters. His expertise is often called on when the CPS are prosecuting money laundering and “rogue trader” type fraud cases.
In 2006 he initiated our Chambers “POCA forum” bringing together local Financial investigators, lawyers and our team of Counsel to exchange information about case law, procedure and local experience in this fast developing field. This has been so successful that this regular forum is now also held in Surrey and is attended by representatives from four Police forces, HMRC, UKBA, NCA, SFO and numerous Local Authorities.
Tim has given training seminars and talks on interview techniques, evidence and POCA for Hampshire Police, as to lawyer’s roles for Victim & Witness Care, and on effective Prosecutions, POCA and Courtcraft for Local Authority investigators and lawyers. He has spoken to National Conferences of TSI, LACORS and with the NPIA, Asset Recovery Working Group and the Metropolitan Police on POCA issues.
Tim can accept instructions on a direct access basis for criminal, POCA and regulatory matters.
VAT Number: 522277853