Timothy Sherwin > Chambers of Elspeth Talbot Rice KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Elspeth Talbot Rice KC
XXIV Old Buildings


Timothy is a chancery barrister with a practice in private client and business litigation. He has detailed experience of contentious trusts, probate and succession cases, Court of Protection matters, art & cultural property litigation, company cases, insolvency disputes, civil fraud, as well as banking and general commercial litigation. He is very frequently instructed on cases which involve a number of overlapping areas of law.



  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Committee Member of the Junior Chancery Bar Association.
  • Commercial Bar Association
  • Contentious Trusts Association


  • BA, Classics (First Class) – Merton College, Oxford
  • MSt, Classics (Distinction) – Merton College, Oxford
  • GDL (Distinction) – City University, London
  • BPTC (Outstanding) – City University, London

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Private client: trusts and probate

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Timothy SherwinXXIV Old Buildings ‘Timothy is superb at distilling complex trust issues in a clear and precise way. He has a superb manner with clients. He goes above and beyond to make himself available and deliver top quality advice – a star of the future.’

London Bar > Company

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 5

Timothy SherwinXXIV Old Buildings

An excellent set with well rounded experience‘, XXIV Old Buildings includes barristers with experience at the High Court in some of the market’s leading company law disputes, as well as being capable of providing teams of counsel in matters that cross several areas of the Chancery Bar. Stephen Moverley Smith KC is noted for cases with international elements and continued to be instructed on matters in the BVI and Cayman Islands, while Edward Cumming KC has provided sole counsel on several disputes arising from acquisitions. 2014 call Timothy Sherwin is fast building a notable company law practice and has a focus on disputes relating to section 994 petitions concerning companies held in trust structures.

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Timothy Sherwin – XXIV Old Buildings ‘For someone relatively junior he provides very strong and robust advice (written and oral) and is prepared to provide an honest view without unnecessary embellishment. His advocacy is first rate.’

XXIV Old Buildings has ‘considerable depth in civil fraud work‘ and ‘ heavy hitting leading counsels and very bright and knowledgeable juniors‘. A real strength is its Chancery expertise, ‘particularly onshore and offshore trust and probate work’. Edward Cumming KC  and Timothy Sherwin are representing the former trustee in St John’s Trust Company (PVT) Limited v Watlington, a major dispute involving fraud, freezing injunctions and trust and corporate issues linked to allegations by the US Department of Justice that the multi-billion dollar trust was used to assist in the largest US tax evasion case against an individual taxpayer, the Texas billionaire Robert Brockman. Stuart Adair  is representing a former director and shareholder of Emerald Meats (London) Limited over claims of misappropriated assets emerging from the company’s liquidation, in which Alan Steinfeld KC is acting as opposing counsel.