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 over the past 20 years. He currently deals with the full range of criminal offences, with a defence practice in all local Crown Courts, but more often as a Prosecutor, now at Grade 4 level for the Crown Prosecution Service.
Tim has been on the Attorney General’s B panel for over fourteen years, and has prosecuted regularly for HM Revenue and Customs (UKBA) dealing with serious drug and tobacco smuggling cases, Tax Credit and VAT Frauds. Also instructed by the Department of Work and Pensions on larger scale, or complex benefit frauds and NHS Counter Fraud cases.
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 once again become 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 regularly 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.
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, SOCA, 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.
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