Tim Johnston > Chambers of Mark Howard KC and Helen Davies KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Mark Howard KC and Helen Davies KC
Brick Court Chambers


Tim has a thriving public law practice. His current and recent public law cases include appearing before the Divisional Court for the Treasury to resist British Telecom’s challenge to a decision to index public service pensions (that may increase BT’s pension liability by £600 million). BT is now appealing to the Court of Appeal. Tim has also appeared in the TfL/Uber litigation before the Court of Appeal, and in Uber’s appeal against the decision to revoke its licence. In the recent past, Tim appeared in the Miller “Article 50” litigation, before the Divisional and Supreme Courts, and the Tobacco Plain Packaging judicial review (before the Court of Appeal). He also has considerable public international law experience, acting for NGOs, private parties and States in a variety of forums. He recently acted for the International Commission of Jurists and the CORE Alliance (pro bono) in the Supreme Court in Lungowe and Others v Vedanta Resources Plc [2019] UKSC 20. Tim is currently instructed by one of the Core Participants before the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse.


Called 2011, Lincoln’s Inn; pupillage Brick Court Chambers 2011-12, tenant 2012 to date.


French, Russian (good).


Keble College, Oxford (1998-2001 BA (Hons) in Modern History (Double First); 2003-07 DPhil Modern History); Graduate Diploma in Law (2009-2010 (Distinction)).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Competition

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Tim JohnstonBrick Court ChambersTim has a well-deserved reputation as an outstanding competition barrister. His advocacy is clear and forceful and he is frequently instructed against silks.

London Bar > Administrative law and human rights

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Tim JohnstonBrick Court Chambers ‘Tim’s knowledge of the law in this area is excellent and is complemented by his highly industrious work ethic and crisp, clear drafting. He is also a formidable advocate who clearly has the ear of judges with his succinct submissions. Surely a star of the future.’

‘Stacked full of talented barristers’ one of Brick Court Chambers‘ key strengths is its strength in depth and array of at both silk and junior level. The set is known for public law work in a more commercial context, as well as representation of highly-respected NGOs as claimants. ‘Very strategic’ silk Paul Bowen KC has appeared in the High Court many times and recently represented the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants in a challenge to the Home Office’s failure to monitor applications to the EU Settlement Scheme by Equality Act protected characteristics. Another barrister of note with a varied practice is James McClelland KC, a standout mandate of whose in 2021 was R (Donegan) v Financial Services Compensation, a judicial review against the FSCS’s decision to refuse compensation to victims of the collapse of London Capital & Finance – he led Tim Johnston and Charlotte Thomas.

London Bar > European Union law

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Tim JohnstonBrick Court ChambersTim is an excellent senior junior with very good written skills and a very accomplished advocacy style; he is a silk in waiting.

London Bar > Public procurement

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Tim JohnstonBrick Court Chambers ‘Tim is a solid and reliable junior.’ 


Solid and reliable‘ junior Tim Johnston is a key name to note as Brick Court Chambers, and he often assists public authorities and claimants with procurement matters. Public procurement is also becoming more and more of a significant part of Sarah Love’s practice – she represented the claimant in R (Bluebird Boats Ltd) v The Royal Parks Ltd and The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, a judicial review against the Royal Parks regarding its refusal to grant Bluebird Boats an interim contract and permission to trade following the expiry of the previous concession contract.