Following a background in Common Law, Tim has been a specialist criminal practitioner for over 25 years. He currently deals with a full range of criminal offences , most often as a prosecutor, for the Crown Prosecution Service.
He is a Grade 4 prosecution advocate and on the specialist list for Rape and Serious Sexual Offences. Tim is also a specialist for POCA work and hearings in this field form a significant part of his workload.
He has long experience of cases involving witnesses with particular vulnerabilities and has always treated ‘witness care’ as one of the most important parts of the advocate’s role.
Tim was on the Attorney General’s B Panel for over 15 years, and prosecuted regularly for HM Revenue and Customs (UKBA) dealing with serious drug and tobacco smuggling cases, tax credit fraud and VAT offences.
He continues to be instructed on such cases by the CPS complex casework unit.
Regulatory and Local Government
Tim has extensive experience of all types of regulatory work, appearing for private clients and a large number of local authorities.
He has particular expertise in cases involving Trading Standards, benefit fraud, VOSA and Operators’ Licences and their appeals and also offences linked to road traffic regulations.
In recent years Tim’s practice has seen a particular emphasis on Trading Standards and he has been involved in numerous cases involving counterfeit goods, rogue trading, animal health and pioneering cases that involve breaches of the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008. He has been particularly involved in expanding the use of POCA confiscation by local authorities in Trading Standards matters and those involving rogue traders.
Tim is one of the foremost regional specialists in the Proceeds of Crime Act and this area of work has continued to expand rapidly over recent years. He is regularly instructed by Hampshire Police on cash detention and forfeiture matters and, more recently, on the new account freezing order.
He is regularly instructed in money laundering cases and those that involve post-conviction confiscation as well as in restraint proceedings and POCA revisits under s.22.