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Tim Bignell

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Howard Kennedy LLP

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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: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil

Within: Fraud: civil

Howard Kennedy LLP deals with civil fraud matters involving multi-party, multi-jurisdictional litigation and handles ‘very complicated international fraud very well indeed’. ‘First-rate performer’ Louise Bennett heads the department, Joel Leigh is ‘a first-rate litigator with excellent judgment on both matters of substance and procedural issues’. Tim Bignell has ‘huge experience and is thoughtful and resourceful’. Craig Emden and Fiona Hinds are also recommended.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

The 'forward-thinking, efficient' Howard Kennedy LLP 'provides an excellent levels of service'. It advises on contractual disputes, professional negligence actions, complex international litigation and arbitration, and contentious insolvency; the practice is also experienced in director and shareholder disputes and civil fraud. It obtained a series of injunctions for a payment and foreign exchange services firm, whose banking services were suspended following alleged money laundering and fraudulent activity by a number of its customers. Commercial litigation head Louise Bennett 'gets to grips with complex financial issues to see the bigger picture'; dispute resolution head Simon Taylor is 'an excellent strategist and superb negotiator'; Tim Bignell 'cuts through detail to commercial issues and practical solutions'; and Fiona Hinds is 'an excellent, pragmatic commercial lawyer'. Other key litigators include managing partner Craig Emden, Steven Morris, Joel Leigh and Mark Stephens CBE; while senior associate Ayesha Salim is 'always in command of the details'.

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London: Private client

Art and cultural property

Within: Art and cultural property

Mark Stephens  heads a dedicated team at Howard Kennedy LLP that advises on all aspects of the law relating to art and cultural property, from drafting agreements to litigation and the resolution of disputes for clients such as museums and galleries as well as public art organisations, photo libraries and ultra-high-net-worth individuals. Other clients include governments and national institutions. The ‘robust’ Daniel McClean  divides his time between the US and UK and is recommended along with Robert Lands, who specialises in intellectual property and related IT and media work. Major clients include The Tate, Contemporary Arts Society, Mark Wallinger and the Design Artists Copyright Society. Sir Peter Blake and Art Basel are other significant clients. Tim Bignell  is leading the advice for a pre-eminent Middle Eastern gallery and art collector in a claim against the international art house Sotheby’s. The claim is for the alleged incorrect description and dating in a sales catalogue relating to the sale of a historical bronze statue.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Howard Kennedy LLP’s media and entertainment practice acts for individual and corporate clients across publishing, theatre, film, TV, music, advertising, PR, marketing, gaming and social media. Its expertise spans corporate, financing, IP, regulatory compliance, employment and defamation matters, and it handles international broadcasting, online content and global rights protection cases. Corporate partner Stephen Heinemann advised Greene Light Stage the fund raising for a joint venture with Elton John’s production company, Rocket Stage. Consultant David Hooper is a publishing expert and is representing Democratic Press in a libel action. Litigator Tim Bignell is representing musician Richard Blackmore on claims against HEC and DPO (both in administration).  Senior associate Elizabeth Morley handles media and entertainment sector disputes and employment head Jane Amphlett is also noted for her expertise in the sector. Media law and regulatory head Mark Stephens CBE leads the department with IP and commercial head Robert Lands.

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