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

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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 ‘Clever and commercial. Quick on his feet in court and understands business.’

Praised as a ‘premier set in shipping and commodities with strength in depth at all levels’, Twenty Essex  supports clients in disputes across the whole gamut of maritime matters. Timothy Hill KC, Alex Carless, and Michal Hain all acted on the CMA CGM Libra, which proceeded to the Supreme Court in 2021 and held that a defective passage plan renders a vessel unseaworthy. Elsewhere, Timothy Young KC acted for the Spanish government in London Steam-Ship Owners’ Mutual Insurance Association Ltd v Spain opposite Alexander Thompson; the case concerns one of the largest oil spills in Europe caused by the sinking of the Prestige off the coast of Galicia in 2002. Henry Byam-Cook KC and Philip Riches KC continue to receive instructions on high-profile disputes, with the former involved in two cases arising out of the insolvency of a trading company and a subsequent ship arrest which will be heard concurrently in the Commercial Court. Oliver Caplin, who specialises in dry shipping, has also had a strong year, including acting as sole counsel against silks.

London Bar > Commodities

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Timothy Hill KCTwenty Essex ‘A top-rank silk for complex commodities disputes, he has a razor-sharp legal mind that cuts to the heart of the most complex of disputes and he takes no prisoners.’

London Bar > Energy

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Timothy Hill KCTwenty Essex ‘A first-rate silk at the commercial Bar, his advocacy is of the highest order, and he is a superb cross-examiner.’

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Timothy Hill KCTwenty Essex ‘Tim is a first rate silk at the commercial Bar and would a first choice for commodities disputes. His advocacy is of the highest order and he is a superb cross-examiner. He is prepared to roll his sleeves up and get fully involved in a dispute from the early stages. A first class operator.’

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Shipping and commodities

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Timothy Hill KC – Twenty Essex

‘He is very commercial and quick on the technical issues.’

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Commercial

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Timothy Hill KCTwenty Essex

The ‘utterly brilliantTwenty Essex has grown significantly with its increased investment into the Asia Pacific region, where its members undertake practice areas such as commercial arbitration. The set continues to have Michael Ashcroft KC has vast experience within numerous jurisdictions such as Singapore, Hong Kong and Korea, with cases involving commercial contract disputes. Timothy Hill KC and David Lewis KC are other key names in the set for Asian work.