Timothy Howe KC > Fountain Court Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Fountain Court Chambers


Specialising in commercial litigation and arbitration (domestic and international) with particular expertise in: banking and financial services, energy and natural resources, oil and gas, international cross-border disputes, insurance and reinsurance, corporate mergers, acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, telecoms, professional negligence and civil fraud & asset recovery.

Recent cases include: LIBOR/EURIBOR litigation against global investment banks, Lehman Brothers Administration; Madoff fraud proceedings; Icelandic banking crisis; UK Bank Charges litigation; Box Clever securitisation; 9/11 WTC & Hurricane Katrina reinsurance claims; litigation relating to Enron, Parmalat, Polly Peck, UK pension mis-selling. 

Clients include major global investment and clearing banks, leading hedge funds and investment managers, insurance/reinsurance companies and Lloyd’s syndicates, leading FTSE 100 companies and international corporations. Professional clients include leading international law and accountancy firms.


Called 1987, Middle Temple; Queen Mother’s, Harmsworth and Astbury Scholarships, Middle Temple; Silk 2008; admitted to the Bars of Bermuda and Trinidad & Tobago; co-author of ‘The Law of Bank Payments’ (Longmans); co-editor ‘Commercial Court Procedure’ (Sweet & Maxwell); contributor to various banking, finance and insurance journals; international arbitrator (ICC, LCIA and ad hoc references); CEDR-accredited mediator. Appointed Adjudicator, Lehman Brothers International (Europe) Scheme of Arrangement (2018)


French, Italian.


Secretary and Executive Committee; Commercial Bar Association; Chairman, Bar Council Member Services Board.


St Paul’s School (First Foundation Scholar); Magdalen College, Oxford (1985 Open Scholar, MA Literae Humaniores First Class Hons; Editor of ISIS); City University, London (1986 Dip Law with Distinction).


Arts, opera, theatre, wine, travel.

Lawyer Rankings

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Commercial

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Timothy Howe QCFountain Court Chambers ‘He is the fountain of knowledge when it comes to the law, particularly on arbitration matters. Extremely bright and very easy to work with, and a fantastic advocate.’

Noted as ‘fast and efficient‘, Fountain Court Chambers has ‘incredible range and quality across the entire team‘. It has a strong annexe in Singapore, a jurisdiction which it has connections spanning decades,  led by Andrew Pullen. Other London-based key names include Stephen Moriarty QC, who has a breadth of experience in the Singapore International Commercial Court and SIAC arbitrations, and Timothy Howe QC who counts shareholder and M&A disputes among his areas of expertise.  Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC has specialist expertise in insurance, contractual and IT disputes, while Anneliese Day QC splits her time between commercial and construction matters. The set continues to strengthen its Asian coverage with the addition of Hong Kong-based Matthew Gearing QC (who is also qualified as a solicitor-advocate in the SAR) who joined from Allen & Overy in 2021.

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Timothy Howe KCFountain Court ChambersConcise and clear, both in written and oral opinions and in argument before courts and tribunals, commanding the respect of judges and arbitrators. Effective in cross-examination without browbeating witnesses.

London Bar > Energy

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Timothy Howe KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Extremely diligent and highly persuasive, he is a pleasure to work with.’

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Timothy Howe KCFountain Court ChambersHe works prodigiously hard gets into the minutiae of a case. A tough negotiator who takes no prisoners. He has the ear of judges.

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Timothy Howe KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Thorough, clear, timely written submissions. Good presentation. Determined advocacy but flexible and able to adapt. Clear headed and reasonable.’

London Bar > Financial services regulation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Timothy Howe KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Very bright. Puts together complex arguments in an attractive package.’

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Timothy Howe KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Tim is very hard-working: he immerses himself in the detail from the outset (i.e. not waiting until trial) and works alongside the junior rather than setting himself above.’

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Timothy Howe KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Tim is a true heavyweight; yet he is without airs and graces; hungry for work, incredibly responsive and conscientious. Judges sit up and listen to him.’

Fountain Court Chambers is ‘a stellar set of chambers that can offer both very capable juniors and well-respected and highly talented silks‘. The set’s impressive credentials stretch across several core areas, from high-end banking and finance disputes, through to civil and criminal fraud. A major instruction has been NMC Health Ltd & Ors v BR Shetty & Ors, in which Bankim Thanki KC is leading Nico Leslie, among others, for the joint administrators of the Middle Eastern healthcare company, NMC Health, involving claims against the founder and certain prominent former shareholders for fraud and embezzlement. In VTB Capital plc v Republic of Mozambique & Others, David Railton KC is leading Timothy Howe KC , Adam Sher  and Ian Bergson  for the claimant, in a dispute involving monetary claims against Mozambiquan borrowers, guaranteed by the Mozambique state.

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Timothy Howe KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Extremely diligent and highly persuasive. A pleasure to work with.’