Timothy Hill KC > Twenty Essex > London, England > Barrister Profile

Twenty Essex

Work Department


Timothy specialises in international commercial litigation and arbitration. He has considerable expertise in very high value and complex cases and also urgent disputes involving swift interim relief.

He is well known for his ability to quickly master complicated and technical cases. Timothy has considerable experience of conducting heavy and lengthy trials and arbitrations, and of working closely with large teams of junior counsel, solicitors and experts. He is well known for his formidable skills in cross-examination and appearances in the appellant courts.

Timothy works across all sectors but he has particular experience in energy and natural resources, insurance, construction and engineering, international trade, commodities, transportation, shipping and aviation. Other commercial litigation which he regularly undertakes includes: joint ventures and shareholders’ agreements, distribution agreements, commercial agents, banking and finance with particular expertise of the ISDA Master Agreement and trade credit insurance, enforcement of guarantees, civil fraud and sanctions. Recently, he has been involved in disputes concerning the construction of aircraft, ships and onshore/offshore oil and gas facilities and has a close grasp of the technical issues that arise in these disputes.

He sits as a commercial arbitrator, both pursuant to bespoke terms and under the auspices of institutions such as the LCIA, ICC and others. Timothy is also a Centre for Dispute Resolution (CEDR) accredited mediator.

Timothy regularly gives evidence on English law in foreign proceedings and arbitrations.


Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Shipping

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Timothy Hill KCTwenty Essex ‘Confident, robust and expresses his arguments with clarity.’

London Bar > Commodities

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Timothy Hill KCTwenty Essex ‘Tim is tactically very astute and a very strong advocate who is exceptionally intelligent with a razor-sharp legal mind, and he cuts to the heart of the most complex dispute.’

London Bar > Energy

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Timothy Hill KCTwenty Essex ‘Extremely user-friendly and honest about the merits of the case, Timothy fights tooth and nail for a good result and utterly fantastic on his feet.’

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Timothy Hill KCTwenty Essex ‘Extremely user-friendly and honest about the merits of the case, Timothy fights tooth and nail for a good result and is utterly fantastic on his feet.’

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Commercial

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Timothy Hill KCTwenty Essex

Twenty Essex reports a significant uptick in shareholder disputes across the Asia Pacific region, and continues to handle a broad range of complex commercial disputes and high-value arbitrations. Commercial litigator Nakul Dewan SA – an Indian senior advocate – has vast experience within Singapore in international arbitration, with a solid track record in advising on enforcement proceedings arising from arbitral awards. Timothy Hill KC is highly regarded for advising on shareholder agreements, joint ventures and civil fraud litigation. Joshua Folkard is sought after for his strength in advising on asset tracing disputes, and Rishab Gupta is a key name for investment treaty arbitrations.

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Construction, energy and infrastructure

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Timothy Hill KC – Twenty Essex

Twenty Essex is ‘one of the best chambers for handling complex disputes involving construction law‘. Its Asia practice is focused on Singapore, where the set has an office, with members active in cases involving LNG supply contracts, oil export contractual litigation, force majeure issues and sale and purchase agreements, to name a few. Michael Ashcroft KC has been kept busy handling a wide spectrum of construction contractual disputes, and Duncan Matthews KC has expertise in upstream and downstream disputes in the energy sector. Timothy Hill KC‘s workload includes advising on disputes arising from the construction of oil and gas facilities, among other matters.

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Shipping and commodities

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Timothy Hill KC – Twenty EssexWhen Timothy is involved in a case, he leaves no stone unturned.’

Twenty Essex ‘has the biggest stable of commodities counsel‘ and maintains a close relationship with the Singaporean legal market, with members bringing their expertise to complex litigation in the shipping space. High-value arbitration matters have also been prominent in the group’s caseload, an area in which the ‘strong and dynamicTimothy Hill KC excels. Timothy Young KC has ‘a fearsome legal mind, and he is very creative on legal argument and strategy‘. The ‘sharpDuncan Matthews KC advises on a range of shipping issues, including bills of lading, cargo claims and contracts of affreightments. At the junior end of chambers, Oliver Caplin specialises in handling dry shipping and commodities disputes.