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Tim Bignell

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Howard Kennedy LLP

Work Department

Dispute resolution.


Partner. Tim has over 30 years’ experience in all aspects of commercial litigation having advised and acted on a large number of complex and high value claims. Tim has particular expertise in: insolvency litigation; directors disqualification proceedings; art and entertainment litigation;tracing and asset recovery actions; actions for and against delinquent directors; coordinating proceedings in multiple jurisdictions; company/partnership/shareholders disputes; claims in relation to confidential information and restraint of trade; and injunction applications including applications for freezing and search orders.

Tim is noted for his calm, measured and strategic approach to dispute resolution which is appreciated by colleagues, clients and opponents alike.


1985-1999 – Partner, Argles & Court1999-2009 – Partner, Druces & Attlee

2009-2013 – Partner, Finers Stephens Innocent

2013 – Partner, Howard Kennedy LLP




Taunton School, Taunton
University of Southampton LLB (Hons)


Reading, gardening, military history, flying largescale model aeroplanes

London: Corporate and commercial


Within: Partnership

Howard Kennedy LLP is β€˜a good commercial firm with a strong partnership offering’ and it adopts a cross-disciplinary approach to contentious and non-contentious partnership issues. β€˜Charming and effective’, Robert Craig, who is β€˜one of the most experienced partnership practitioners in practice’, acted for an accountancy practice in relation to certain amendments to the partnership documentation. Jane Amphlett specialises in the employment aspects of partnership law and has β€˜a strong following among professional services firms and LLPs’. Additionally, Tim Bignell is β€˜an extremely impressive litigator’ and Daniel Tunkel is instructed by a litany of investment fund partnerships. Paul Millett is also recommended. In 2016-2017, the department added Cain Hoy Guggenheim and Lillie Square LP to its client roster.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Howard Kennedy LLP fields β€˜excellent people who give good, sensible advice’. The practice’s scope of commercial litigation work covers international contractual and commodities disputes; financial services matters and civil fraud; professional negligence; IP; and insolvency disputes. It is also well known for sports and media sector litigation. Louise Bennett is commercial litigation head; Tim Bignell is β€˜able to handle testing situations’; and Craig Emden is β€˜a brilliant litigator’. Steven Morris, Fiona Hinds, Joel Leigh, Mark Stephens CBE and Simon Taylor are key contacts. Former commercial litigation head, Sue Thackeray, joined Kingsley Napley LLP.

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London: Private client

Art and cultural property

Within: Art and cultural property

Mark Stephens is β€˜a brilliant strategic thinker’ and heads a skilled team at Howard Kennedy LLP which has β€˜an excellent understanding of the practicalities of the art market and is therefore particularly well able to assist its clients in potentially contentious situations’. Robert Lands is β€˜very experienced’ on all aspects of intellectual property, and Daniel McClean is β€˜really hungry to get the best results for his clients, with an excellent understanding of the art world and a sophisticated understanding of artists’. Jonathan Sellors is β€˜very practical and adopts a good strategic approach to matters’. The team is best known for its work in relation to impressionist, modern and contemporary art, and looted art and cultural property, and covers both transactions and contentious issues. It acts for high-profile artists, galleries, estates and charitable foundations including The Tate, ArtAngel, Sir Peter Blake and Turner prize-winner Mark Wallinger. Tim Bignell recently led the defence of a client in High Court litigation brought by the Art Loss Register for breach of confidential information, employment covenants and solicitation of company clients. In another major matter, the group acted for Meem Gallery (Dubai) on behalf of a group of leading Iranian artists and estates against Christie’s (London) and Darius and Marc Azari in relation to 300 disputed artworks.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

The β€˜innovative’ team at Howard Kennedy LLP is β€˜the team you want to go to if you have a high-profile and very sensitive media case’. Its expertise spans the music, publishing, film and TV sectors, advising on contentious and non-contentious matters spanning corporate, financing, international broadcasting, online content, IP, regulatory compliance, financing, employment and defamation. It acts for a number of North American media outlets including Washington Post, CNN, Thomson Reuters and New York Times. It also acts for UK-based media outlets including Express Newspapers. Mills & Boon, The Old Vic and Ingenious are also clients. The team is jointly headed by Mark Stephens, who is β€˜second-to-none on strategy’ and is experienced in international comparative media law and regulation, and IP, publishing, entertainment and media specialist Robert Lands. They are ably assisted by Jane Amphlett, who handles employment matters, Tim Bignell, who handles disputes in the sector, senior associate Elizabeth Morley, who also handles dispute resolution and is β€˜quietly charming, but with a steely core’, and consultant David Hooper, who joined from RPC in 2016 and β€˜brings endless knowledge, expertise and wisdom’.

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