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Tim is a Partner in the Immigration Department advising clients across the full range of personal, business immigration, and human rights and refugee based claims. More than 17 years qualified, he started his practice in the Legal Aid sector, moving on to work for 10 years within a highly regarded niche immigration firm: Wesley Gryk LLP, before joining Bates Wells Braithwaite. Tim is equally at ease working with high net worth individuals and their families, organisations and businesses, couples and family groups, and vulnerable applicants.


  • Trained and qualified at Wilson & Co
  • Legal Aid asylum and human rights lawyer at Glazer Delmar
  • Private immigration associate to partnership at Wesley Gryk LLP


  • Former Chair of Trustees of UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG) and ongoing volunteer lawyer for the same.
  • Former Trustee/Board member Immigration Law Practitioners Association (ILPA)
  • Trainer for ILPA, Office of the Immigration Service Commissioner (OISC) and many others


  • Emmanuel College, Cambridge University. BA English 1986
  • College of Law. Common Professional Examination and Legal Practice Course 1993

Lawyer Rankings

London > Human resources > Immigration

(Next Generation Partners)

Tim BarndenBates Wells

Bates Wells‘ immigration team is ‘outstanding‘; it ‘offers a very high level of service‘ and it is ‘particularly good at providing holistic advice‘. For business immigration, the team – which is led by Chetal Patel and features the ‘eminentPhilip Trott – is instructed by major businesses and charities, and it is also experienced in handling immigration matters for high-net-worth individuals and well-known celebrities. In an example of its charity sector experience, the team advises Climate Policy Initiative on the recruitment of sponsored workers and on sponsor licence obligations and duties. The firm also advises on a raft of personal immigration matters, where Tim Barnden heads the team. Here, the team regularly advises on complex personal immigration matters, and handles cases which engage Article 8 of the ECHR, the right to private and family life. It also handles asylum and other protection claims for individuals and charities. Barnden is noted for his experience in handling applications by couples and families, LGBT applicants, and handles refugee cases. Senior associate Katie Dilger handles a range of personal immigration instructions and is ‘attentive and responsive at all turns‘.