Lead Counsel in X v Y a high value case in Supreme Court concerning breach of an alleged joint venture agreement central to control of a multinational investment manager. Acting for a Saudi family in high value dispute over the fraudulent divestiture of shares in Bermuda Holding Company. Lead Counsel on commercial, corporate and partnership disputes in Supreme Court and in mediation.
Acted on two freezing injunctions in BVI in respect of clients based in Hong Kong whilst working on Bermuda cases during the transition of cases from MJM to Harneys.
Commercial, chancery, corporate and insolvency practice. Complex multi-jurisdictional high value trust, insolvency and commercial litigation in Supreme Court. Representation of international and domestic clients in Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, Arbitrations and Mediation. Regularly instructed by Government ministers and departments.
Commercial: Domestic and international contractual and commercial disputes, the supply of goods and services, dry shipping, finance, the carriage of goods, agency, construction, distribution disputes, banking, finance, partnership, insurance, telecommunications, receivables financing and commercial fraud.
Company and Insolvency Law: involving personal and corporate insolvency, corporate governance, restructuring, minority shareholders' claims, directors’ disqualification proceedings and a wide range of applications under the Companies Act;
Interim Relief: Significant experience of obtaining interim injunctions and freezing injunctions in the High Court.
During 1999 worked for the leading Asian law firm of Allen & Gledhill in Singapore on large scale commercial and banking cases in the High Court and Court of Appeal. Appeared as a Junior with leading Senior Counsel in an international commercial arbitration concerning the construction of the Taiwan MRT system. Acted as a Junior in banking arbitration part heard in Thailand and part in Singapore.
1st Six months Commercial/Insolvency - Pupil Master: Paul Emerson
2nd Six months Property - Pupil Master: Mark West
A wide experience of court, advisory and drafting work in most areas of civil law as a Junior (Commercial, Common Law, Employment, Property and Personal Injury); including appearances in the Court of Appeal, the Employment Appeal Tribunal, the Queen’s Bench and Chancery Division of the High Court, the Companies Court, the Technology and Construction Court, HM Land Registry Adjudication, County Courts and Employment Tribunals. In addition ADR work through numerous mediation and domestic and international arbitral tribunals.
Currently representing management investment partners in trust claim which is central to the disputed control of a multinational company with a capitalisation of $40billion and $200billion assets under management. Hearings and Meetings in Bermuda, Toronto, New York and London.
The value of these cases ranged from $200,000 to $2billion.
Tim is Head of the International Practice Group and member of the commercial and insolvency practice groups in Lamb Chambers. He has an International and Domestic Commercial, Corporate and Insolvency Practice. Tim undertook an Insolvency and Commercial Pupillage and thereafter studied Credit and Security as part of his LLM (Comm) at Bristol University. He has wide experience of insolvency applications, petitions, and trials in UK, Bermuda, BVI and Singapore. He acted with MJM and Harneys in Madoff Feeder Fund litigation such as Kingate Global and Tensor. Tim also represented clients in Minority Shareholder oppression and winding up petitions in UK, Saudi Arabia, Bermuda, BVI and Singapore. He has acted on Directors’ disqualification proceedings, improper trading claims and negligence actions against Trustees in Bankruptcy. He has also wide experience of recovery actions on behalf of Liquidators and Trustees in Bankruptcy on basis of preferences and Fraud together with applications to wind up companies on just and equitable grounds.
Tim is a highly experienced barrister who acts in domestic, international and offshore cases. He is called to the bar of England & Wales, Bermuda and BVI and has a strong Commercial, Corporate, and Trust practice with expertise in complex multi-jurisdictional high value work. He has represented international and local clients in a wide range of jurisdictions in Court, Arbitration and Mediation. Tim is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a CEDR accredited mediator.
He has worked in law-firms in Singapore, Bermuda and BVI and understands that good client skills and effective team work are essential in achieving the best results for a client whether in collaboration with international firms on large scale projects or by simply having a good effective working relationship with an instructing solicitor or in house counsel in Domestic work. Tim has a wide experience of all areas of civil work which he brings to bare in achieving pragmatic, business orientated and cost effective results for his clients.
“Tim is a Class Act”
Principal Client in long running joint venture dispute valued at $300m
“At all times I found Tim intimately connected with the case, prompt, profesional and his advice to the Trust was near-flawless. I have encountered many dozens of lawyers in a long law enforcement career and now private sector career and it was refreshing to experience Tim who at all times exuded confidence, care, diligence and professionalism-something I have rarely seen.”
Former Commissioner of Police in Bermuda regarding High Value Bermuda Trust Case
“My Canadian Counsel has had reason to be in regular contact with Tim. In all of his and my dealings with Timothy Frith we have found him to be very profesional and are particularly impressed with his ability to collaborate with other co-defendants.”
Global Chairman of Asset Manager in dispute linked to control of a corporation with $200 billion under management
“At all times I consider that Tim acted very effectively and in our best interest and it was clear to us both that he was an accomplished barrister and lawyer.”
Client in dispute concerning sale of Hedge Fund to US investors.
Called to the BVI Bar (October 2015)
Called to the Bar of Bermuda (September 2013)
Registered Associate Bermuda Bar (September 2012)
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (2008)
Lecturer (Part-Time) (BPP Law School) (2004-5)
Direct Public Access Certification (College of Law) (2004)
CEDR Accredited Mediator
(Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution) (2004)
Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (2004)
Diploma in International Arbitration (2003)
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators [Malaysia]
Bristol University (2000-2003)
LLM (Commercial Law)
Commercial Law, Company Law, Employment Law, Credit Security and Insolvency
Dissertation on Insurance law:
“Subrogation: The Development of Conceptual Unity”
Pegasus Scholarship (Singapore) 1999
Called to the Bar of England & Wales: November 1996 (Middle Temple)
The Bar Vocational Course (1995-6)
The Inns of Court School of Law
The Common Professional Examination (1994-5)
The College of Law (Guildford)
St Andrews University
MA (Hons) IIi History (1987-1991)