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Tim Wilkinson

Solicitor since 2009
Called 2006

Tim qualified as a solicitor before joining Parklane Plowden Chambers in 2009. Tim worked for leading firms in London and Yorkshire before practising at the Bar.  He now represents clients in courts and tribunals across the country.  Tim regularly receives repeat instructions, with solicitors and clients praising his professionalism, determination and client-focused approach.

Tim was appointed to the Regional Treasury Panel as junior Counsel to the Crown in 2018.

Clients praise him for his professionalism, determination and client-focused approach.

Areas of Expertise
Clinical Negligence
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Tim was involved in complex clinical matters and in regulatory work prior to practising at the Bar. 

Since joining the Bar, Tim has acted for claimants and defendants in a variety of clinical disputes including failures to diagnose, failed surgical procedures, unnecessary operations and death during admission.  Tim routinely drafts pleadings and advises on liability and quantum, both in conference and on paper.

Employment
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Since joining Chambers, Tim has built an extensive employment law practice, representing clients across the country on all aspects of employment law.

Tim combines an astute legal perspective with a practical, common-sense approach towards cases.

Tim is regularly instructed by claimants and respondents to advise and draft pleadings and he frequently appears in tribunals on multi-day cases. He is happy to advise pre-litigation and to accept instuctions on a direct-access basis.

Tim is a regular contributor to the employment website Emplaw Online.

Inquests
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Tim has appeared at inquests in a variety of matters including an Article 2 matter arising from death on a mental health unit, accidents at work, road traffic accidents and clinical concerns.  Tim has experience of appearing for families of the deceased and for potential defendants to future actions.
Insurance
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Credit Hire

Tim has a well-established practice acting for defendants in credit hire claims.  He is well-versed in the current arguments in this field, including basic hire rates, need and impecuniosity.  Tim is happy to advise on paper or in conference.

Motor Fraud

Tim is a member of the fraud team and has a strong practice acting for defendants in low velocity impact claims and cases involving allegations of fraud.  Tim has successfully argued for a number of findings of fundamental dishonesty and has recently given a seminar to solicitors and insurance file handlers on fundamental dishonesty/section 57 CJCA 2015.

Personal Injury & Fatal Accidents
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Tim specialises in personal injury litigation, undertaking cases for both claimants and defendants.  In addition to a busy court practice, Tim routinely advises and prepares pleadings in fast track and multi-track cases.  He also appears regularly in relation to costs disputes.

Road Traffic Accidents

Tim acts for claimants and defendants in RTA trials across the country.  He acts in fast and multi-track matters, including fatal accident claims.  Cases include an accident concerning a motorcyclist under the influence of alcohol, a child sustaining complex psychiatric injuries and a collision involving a young child being injured crossing the road.

Public, Product and Occupier's Liability

Tim has a well-established public liability practice having acted for a number of local authorities and claimants in highways cases.  Tim regularly acts for claimants and defendants in occupier's liability matters and he has experience of multi-party claims.  Cases include a claim for a cyclist who suffered a serious head injury and for a visitor to a rehabilitation centre who suffered extensive injuries after falling from a window.

Employer's liability

Tim regularly advises and prepares pleadings in employer's liability claims.  In particular, he has experience of cases involving manual handling and personal protective equipment.  Cases include acting for claimants and defendants in manual handling disputes within warehouses and for a claimant who contracted a skin condition following exposure to a dangerous substance.

Credit Hire

Tim has a well-established practice acting for defendants in credit hire claims.  He is well-versed in the current arguments in this field, including basic hire rates and impecuniosity.  Tim is happy to advise on paper or in conference.

Motor Fraud

Tim is a member of the fraud team and has a strong practice acting for defendants in low velocity impact claims and cases involving allegations of fraud.  Tim has successfully argued for a number of findings of fundamental dishonesty and has recently given a seminar to solicitors and insurance file handlers on fundamental dishonesty/section 57 CJCA 2015.

Public & Admin Law
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Inquests:

Outstanding court advocacy skills and sensitive handling of witnesses both in and out of court, means that our team are in demand. Many have been involved in high profile cases and we are adept at handling media interest in cases.

We offer a continuity of representations from inquests through to any civil actions for damages arising post-inquest. This helps foster strong barrister-client relationships to ensure the best possible outcome.

We have expertise in inquests and public inquiries into deaths involving:

  • Police, prison and immigration custody
  • healthcare (hospital) and GP treatment
  • psychiatric issues including those lacking capacity and or suffering from a mental disorder - occuring both in and outside psychiatric facilities
  • road traffic accidents
  • accidents at work, including industrial disease deaths
  • military personnel
  • high profile public interest cases
  • jury-led inquests
  • human rights issues
  • local authorities and social services
  • schools and other educational establishments
Notable Cases
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Employment

EAT:

Chambers v Cerebra [UKEATPA/0231/17/LA]: Represented the Respondent in the Claimant’s appeal against the tribunal’s findings in relation to disability.  The Claimant’s claims had all been dismissed at tribunal.  The Claimant sought a finding of disability from an earlier date and a consequential overturning of the dismissal of her reasonable adjustments claim.  

Malek v North Yorkshire County Council [UKEAT/0216/17/DA]: Successfully represented the Respondent in the Claimant’s appeal against the dismissal of his claim for failure to attend a resumed hearing.  The Claimant sought to overturn the tribunal’s case management decision.  Much turned on the interpretation of Rule 47 and whether the Claimant had been ‘represented at the hearing’ (his representative having telephoned into tribunal and sought an adjournment).  

Walker-Smith v Perrys Motor Sales Limited [UKEATPA/0434 and 0442/17]: Represented the Respondent in this response and cross-appeal.  The Claimant’s appeal against the level of contributory fault was upheld but the Respondent successfully cross-appealed to limit losses to the notice period (the Claimant having handed in his resignation prior to his dismissal).  

Appleby v (1) The Governing Body of Colborn Community Primary School (2) North Yorkshire County Council [UKEAT/0334/15/JOJ]: Successfully represented the Respondents in the Claimant’s appeal against the tribunal’s findings regarding the onset of disability, and the consequences thereof. The case involved complex issues including the nature and extent of mental impairments, constructive knowledge and reasonable adjustments.

Tribunal: Discrimination

JK v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions: represented the Claimant in this multi-day claim of disability discrimination and unfair dismissal, following her dismissal for capability reasons. Represented the Claimant at the separate liability and remedies hearings. 

Claim for unfair and wrongful dismissal and perceived disability discrimination after the Claimant was dismissed for allegedly attending work under the influence of alcohol. 

Case of alleged sex discrimination and/or discrimination on the grounds of pregnancy and maternity.

 Tribunal Unfair Dismissal: 

Redundancy: represented a large insurance firm in a multi-day claim of unfair dismissal following redundancy. The two claimants alleged, amongst other things, that the process was pre-determined and biased.

Claim of constructive unfair dismissal following a TUPE transfer and an alleged demotion/removal of duties. 

Case concerning allegations of unfair and wrongful dismissal following dismissal for attendance at work under the influence of drugs. 

Multi-day case regarding allegations of unfair dismissal for redundancy. It was alleged that the redundancy process was itself a sham. 

Others of Interest: 

TUPE: represented the Claimant in a claim arising from an alleged failure to inform and consult following a SPC transfer. The case concerned a detailed analysis of ‘activities’. 

Jurisdiction: advised on prospects of success and settlement parameters in a claim involving an off-shore worker who lived in Spain, worked in Brazil, but whose contract was with a British company. His employment was later said to have transferred to a Norwegian company.

Articles & Publications
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Regular contributor to Emplaw Online - https://www.emplaw.co.uk/

Lectures
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Tim has given seminars in-house and to a wider audience.  Please contact Mike Stubbs or Andy Gray for further details.

Personal Details
Education

LLB (Hons) Manchester University (2002-2005), BVC Manchester Metropolitan (2005-2006)

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