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Tim Nesbitt QC

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Tim Nesbitt has over 20 years experience acting as an advocate and adviser in a number of areas of commercial, regulatory and public law.

The commercial and regulatory work Tim undertakes is often linked, and often involves issues arising out of the commercial transport and financial services sectors.

In the commercial transport sector, Tim has a particular depth of experience and expertise, with work ranging from regulatory public inquiries and appeals from public inquiries through to private commercial litigation and arbitration.

Tim’s work in the financial services sector has included a recent extended period advising the Financial Conduct Authority on issues relating to the financial crisis in 2008 and assisting in the drafting of new rules relating to the regulation of the consumer credit industry. Tim also has a strong track record of acting in a wide range of general commercial cases, and has recently been engaged in a number of arbitrations, including as an arbitrator.

Tim also undertakes a wide range of other regulatory work, including professional disciplinary work, and regulatory crime (especially health and safety and environmental and motor crime).

Tim acts for a range of professionals in disciplinary proceedings, including the medical profession, but is particularly well known for his work acting for solicitors in the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal, in relation to which he has acted in some of the most substantial cases in recent years.

In addition to his regulatory and commercial work Tim has undertaken public law for many years. The particular focus of his public law work in recent years has been in relation to the Court of Protection as part of the Outer Temple COP team, and he appears very regularly for Local Authorities and other parties in COP proceedings.

Tim’s qualities as an adviser and advocate are consistently recognised by professional clients who especially cite his sharp powers of legal analysis, his skills as an advocate, and his tenacity and commitment to his client’s cases. Recent feedback includes: “utterly brilliant”; “his commitment [is] outstanding and exceptional”; “brilliant skills in cross examination”; “preparation he put [in is] …immense”; leaves “no stone unturned”.

Health, Safety & Environment

Tim regularly acts in regulatory criminal matters, often in cases having some connection with the transport sector – especially health and safety prosecutions, and motor crime (causing death by dangerous and careless driving and manslaughter), but also in relation to environmental and white collar fraud prosecutions.

Recent regulatory criminal successes include successfully defending two company managers in a 4 month trial which was the largest prosecution ever brought by the enforcement arm of the Department of Transport (VOSA / DVSA) (R v Collins, Gosling, Edwards, Laurie & Lawson, 2015) on charges of defrauding the regulator, and the successful defence of transport company directors on manslaughter charges arising from a death caused by driver tiredness alleged to arise out of abuse of drivers’ hours and working conditions.

He is currently instructed in a number of cases of causing death by dangerous or careless driving, particularly arising out of the commercial haulage sector. Tim also has a substantial inquest practice, regularly appearing for companies, directors, families and medical professionals at inquests, especially arising from deaths at work / health & safety failings, road accidents, and deaths in hospital and in custody.

Appointments & Memberships

  • Health & Safety Lawyers Association
  • Human Rights Lawyers Association

Tim Nesbitt QC is regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. If you are not satisfied with the service provided, please click here.

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“Conscientious and utterly professional.” Professional Discipline, Chambers and Partners 2019

“Willing to do things out of the box, he is not stuffy in any way.” Professional Discipline, Legal 500 2019

“Thoughtful and well prepared.” Professional Discipline, Chambers and Partners 2018

“Exceptionally intelligent.” Professional Discipline, Chambers and Partners 2018

“He achieves great results in the most difficult of cases.” Professional Discipline, Legal 500 2017

“Very bright, exceedingly nice and very good in court.” Professional Discipline, Legal 500 2016

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