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Timothy Taylor QC

Timothy Taylor QC

S J Berwin

London England, , GBR


Tim Taylor QC is a Solicitor Advocate who has specialised in complex international dispute resolution throughout his professional career since qualifying with Herbert Smith in 1980. His practice embraces litigation as well as arbitration and mediation and spans both private international law and public international law issues.

Tim Taylor was appointed to Queen's Counsel on 7 April 2011. Tim headed SJ Berwin's litigation department from 1997 to 2004, after which time he began to spearhead the firm's International Arbitration practice. He has represented clients affected by disputes, investigations and other crisis situations involving courts, arbitration tribunals and other national and international institutions in over 30 different countries.

Tim's clients have ranged from private citizens to Heads of State, Governments, Multinationals, Hedge Funds, Private Equity Houses, Investments Banks and a range of other commercial interests operating across a broad spectrum of industry sectors including commodities, oil and gas, insurance, pharmaceuticals, film, media, gambling, satellites, defence procurement and telecommunications.

International Arbitration

Tim has conducted numerous arbitrations (both ad hoc and institutional) including ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, IFTA (formerly AFMA), DIAC, DIFC: LCIA, LMAA and under various commodity association rules.

In addition to representing parties as counsel, Tim also acts as arbitrator including appointments by both the LCIA and the ICC. 

Tim has been appointed to the panels of arbitrators of the International Film and Television  Alliance (IFTA) and International Court of Arbitration of the Kyrgyz Republic and of Kazakhstani International Arbitrage.

Public International Law

Throughout his career, Tim has acted for various states and parastatal organisations in cases raising both Private International Law issues and, in many instances, Public International Law issues.

Sovereign clients have included:

  • The Sultan of Brunei
  • The late King of Morocco
  • The Estate of a Nigerian Head of State who died in office
  • The Republic of Malawi
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan
  • Peru
  • Armenia
  • Guinea-Bissau

State interests against which he has acted have included Nigeria, The Czech Republic, Sweden and The Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Public International Law issues raised have included:

  • The Impact of the UN Resolutions
  • The Legality and resolution of Armed Conflict
  • Self-Determination, Plebiscites and Referenda
  • Sovereign Immunity
  • Diplomatic Privileges
  • The Assignability of Sovereign debt and Paris and London Club issues.

In addition, Tim acts in Investment Disputes in which Public International Law is engaged alongside the municipal law of investee States.

Tim is recognised as a leader in the field of dispute resolution in the Legal Business, Legal Experts' Directory and the Chambers & Partners Global Directory of the World Leading Lawyers. He is variously described in Chambers and Legal 500 as an "arbitration guru", his "(Tim's) knowledge is encyclopaedic", as a "go-to lawyer for disputes", "a most inventive mind and an ability to think out of the box." "a strong and intelligent advocate", "a marvellous and mercurial figure", and as having "an extraordinary mind which allows him to bring something different to any piece of litigation".

Tim lectures and writes internationally on issues in dispute resolution. He was co-author of Sweet & Maxwell's' European Litigation Handbook and has been the author of published articles on subjects as diverse as the legality of war; "War the Mother of All Mass Torts" (Sedona Journal), "Good Faith in International Commercial Transactions"  (Arbitration International) and "How the US and oil majors should view China-Japan tensions" (Financial Times).

Tim is a member or affiliate of the IBA, ABA, LCIA, ASA and BIICL. He is also the founding director of International Lawyers for Africa (www.ilfa.org.uk)



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