Tim Nesbitt QC
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Tim Nesbitt QC has a practice focusing in the areas of commercial, regulatory and public law.
Tim’s brings to his practice in these areas qualities as an adviser and advocate that are consistently recognised by professional clients and directories, who especially cite his skills as an advocate, powers of legal analysis and his tenacity and commitment to his client’s cases.
The regulatory work Tim undertakes prominently includes defending and advising solicitors in connection with SRA/ SDT proceedings, defending medical professionals, financial services law, health and safety work, and acting for corporations in various particular industries facing their own regulatory environments, with particular emphasis on the commercial transport sector.
Tim 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.
The commercial work Tim undertakes is often linked to the regulatory fields in which he practices, but Tim also has over 25 years experience acting in general commercial cases. Tim also undertakes significant arbitration work, and accepts instructions to act as an arbitrator. Following a series of cases he worked on before taking silk (in 2018) Tim has a particular interest in cases involving claims of constructive trusts in relation to property.
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.
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.
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”.
The development of Tim’s transport related practice grew originally out of major public law work he undertook for the transport industry in the early 2000’s (most notably the human rights case of International Transport Roth GMBH & Others v Secretary of State for the Home Dept (2002) (CA) 3 WLR 344, which resulted in one of the first declarations of incompatibility under the HRA).
He has continued to practise in public law and judicial review over the last 15 years, but the recent focus of his public law work has been in relation to Court of Protection / High Court in COP related matters. Recent wider public law work includes; advising on issues relating to the boundaries between public and private bodies, and a judicial review of a regulator arising from failures to issue a licence to trade.
Tim has an LLM specialising in International Human Rights Law and is a member of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office Human Rights lawyers unit.
Dale v Natural England & DEFRA (2015) (Upper Tribunal Administrative Chamber)
Essex County Council v P (2014) (High Court sitting as COP)
Romantiek BVBA v Secretary of State for Transport (2008) (Court of Appeal)
2 Lloyds Reports 453 Construction of criminal statutes relating to detention of property & compatibility with EU law and European Convention on Human Rights.
Sparrow v HM Coroner for West Somerset (2007) ACD 3
Lawtel, November 2007 Human rights challenge to the adequacy of a judicial investigation into the death of a Judge in a fire.
Sutovic v HM Coroner for West London (2006) ACD 70
LTL April 2006 Judicial review challenge over Government investigation into death of UK citizen in Serbia.
International Transport Roth v Home Office (CA)  3 WLR 344
Declaration of incompatibility with Art 6 of European Convention of Human Rights of provisions of UK legislation.
Akudo v Solicitors’ Regulatory Authority (Admin Court)
Iqbal v Solicitors Regulatory Authority (Admin Court)
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.
Areas of Law
- Insolvency & Restructuring
- Commercial & Chancery
- Court of Protection
- Disciplinary & Regulatory
- Health, Safety & Environment
- Public Law
“Meticulous in his preparation. He has an excellent manner in tribunal and he gets results. Easy to instruct and builds a good rapport with clients.” Professional Discipline, Chambers and Partners 2021
“He prepared a powerfully argued written case, which showed his mastery of the field of professional discipline and the crossover with administrative and human rights law. He is a clear-headed and powerful advocate.” Professional Discipline, Legal 500 2021
“Tim is a real pleasure to work with. His dedication, commitment and attention to detail is unparalleled. He is brilliant with clients and inspires confidence. He produces robust written submissions and he is an outstanding advocate.” Health & Safety, Legal 500 2021
“Tim is a real pleasure to work with. His dedication, commitment and attention to detail is unparalleled. He is brilliant with clients and inspires confidence. He produces robust written submissions and he is an outstanding advocate.” Health & Safety, Legal 500 2020
“He prepared a powerfully argued written case, which showed his mastery of the field of professional discipline and the crossover with administrative and human rights law. He is a clear-headed and powerful advocate.” Professional Discipline & Regulatory Law, Legal 500 2021
“An extremely capable barrister who provides good representation.” Professional Discipline, Chambers and Partners 2020
“Excellent advocacy and advice in solicitors regulation and discipline. His submissions are clever and he is hard-working, realistic and liked by clients” Professional Discipline, Chambers and Partners 2020
“Incredibly bright and great with clients.” Health and Safety, Legal 500 2020
“Noted for his expertise in solicitor disciplinary work.” Professional Discipline, Legal 500 2020
“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