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

Chambers of Mark Howard QC and Helen Davies QC
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 > Administrative and public law (including local government)

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Tim JohnstonBrick Court ChambersA bright, up-and-coming public lawyer who finds himself in leading cases.

London Bar > EU Law

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Tim JohnstonBrick Court ChambersAn outstanding junior who is able to quickly cut to the key issues in a case.

London Bar > Public procurement

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Tim JohnstonBrick Court ChambersCommitted and available, he masters his brief. Good at spotting essential points for pleadings.