Fountain Court Chambers

London & Singapore

Timothy Howe QCCall Date: 1987 | Silk Date: 2008

Timothy Howe QC is well-established and widely recognised as a leading practitioner in the field of commercial dispute resolution. He has been described by Chambers & Partners UK as having “a multi-faceted practice covering the whole range of commercial litigation and arbitration” and by Legal 500 as being among “the best at the Bar”.

His broadly-based practice encompasses commercial litigation and arbitration, international and domestic, and extends to disputes and proceedings in or involving overseas jurisdictions, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, the Channel Islands, the USA & the Caribbean.

Areas of Expertise

  • Banking & finance
  • Commercial dispute resolution
  • Company
  • Energy & natural resources
  • Financial services
  • Fraud: civil
  • Insurance and reinsurance
  • International arbitration
  • Offshore
  • Professional negligence
  • Tax
  • Telecommunications

Recent practice

Timothy Howe has extensive experience of acting as Lead Counsel in international and domestic commercial dispute resolution with particular expertise in the practice areas identified above. Recent examples of his practice are set out below:

Banking & finance

Recent practice includes:

  • Acting for various companies within the Societe Generale Group in successfully defending a Euro 100m “credit crunch” dispute arising from the devaluation of a structured note programme relating to underlying investments in illiquid hedge funds, involving allegations of negligent asset management and related breaches of contract.
  • Acting for Deutsche Bank AG and BNP Paribas in relation to multi-million dollar claims arising out of complex derivative transactions with Indian corporate counterparties.
  • Acting for French global investment bank Natixis in high profile expedited Commercial Court proceedings against Goldman Sachs re disputed termination of Credit Default Swaps giving credit risk protection for US$450 million in respect of a programme of defaulted Bonds (secured on mortgage backed securities and other subprime assets) structured by Goldman Sachs in the USA.
  • Acting for a leading global investment bank in connection with a US70 million dispute concerning the impact of the Madoff Fraud and resulting investment losses on complex derivative transactions (put options geared by reference to Madoff feeder funds in the Cayman Islands).
  • Acting for KfW, the German Federal Bank for Reconstruction, in multi-million dollar Commercial Court proceedings against Euroclear, the International Central Securities Depository, for alleged negligence and breach of contract by Euroclear in providing collateral and securities settlement and management services to KfW through the ‘Euroclear System’, resulting from Euroclear’s refusal to accept US Treasury bills as collateral under various derivative transactions from KfW’s counterparty, Lehman Brothers Special Financing Inc, immediately prior to the collapse of the Lehman Brothers group.
  • Acting for the Bristol Port Company in connection with the landmark litigation relating to the £300 million funding deficit in respect of the Pilots National Pension Fund, including in respect of the appeal to the Court of Appeal against the judgment of Warren J in PNPF Trust Company Ltd v Taylor & Ors [2010] EWHC 1573 Ch.
  • Acting for Goldman Sachs GSIP Master Company (Ireland) Limited (“GSIP”) in the complex, high profile Lehman Brothers administration proceedings in London. GSIP was appointed as a representative of a group of hedge-fund creditors pursuing high value claims to share in the distribution of the US$3 billion pool of client money held by Lehman Brothers in London when the Lehman group went into administration in September 2008.  An expedited trial of key legal issues concerning the entitlements of Lehman hedge fund creditors to share in the client money pool took place before Briggs J in November/December 2009, followed by an appeal to the Court of Appeal in 2010 and an appeal to the Supreme Court in October 2011.
  • Acting for Deutsche Bank AG in respect of multi-jurisdictional proceedings against Italian regional and civic public authorities in connection with the enforcement of high value Credit Default Swaps in the English Commercial Court and parallel civil and administrative proceedings in the Italian Courts.
  • Advising and acting for a leading global investment bank in relation to anticipated claims in the Channel Islands and the BVI arising out of the Madoff Fraud and US proceedings brought by the Liquidator of the Madoff corporate vehicles and Madoff’s Trustee in Bankruptcy.
  • Acting for a leading Russian Bank, in high value Commercial Court proceedings arising out of the restructuring of an international bond issue in respect of an underlying Russian investment portfolio, in defending claims brought by note holders for alleged breach of contractual and fiduciary duty in relation to such restructuring.
  • Acting for hedge fund managers and investment managers in connection with US$350 million claims investors arising from the collapse of an offshore hedge fund.
  • Acting for HBOS plc in the Bank Overdraft Charges Litigation between the Office of Fair Trading and eight of the largest UK retail banks, in the Commercial Court, Court of Appeal and culminating in an appeal to the Supreme Court.
  • Advising and acting for market counterparties with regard to the consequences of the recent insolvency of Lehman Brothers.
  • Acting in complex Commercial Court proceedings between IXIS-CDC, West LB, CIBC and Terra Firma arising out of the £1 billion securitisation of the Box Clever Group.
  • Advising and acting for commercial parties affected by the Icelandic Banking Crisis.
  • Advising and acting for investors in relation to the Federal Reserve bail-out of the AIG Group.
  • Acting for noteholders in a priority dispute arising from the administration and restructuring of a major SIV.
  • Acting for a major UK asset manager in connection with potential “credit crunch” claims in excess of £300 million arising from investments in a programme of Structured Notes.
  • Acting for Merrill Lynch in Commercial Court proceedings in connection with the restructuring and administration of Eurotunnel.
  • Advising a South East Asian fund against a European bank in connection with its financial exposure under complex CDOs arising from the “credit crunch”.
  • Acting for Hypo Real Estate Bank International in connection with a multi-million pound dispute over broker-originated commercial property-backed lending business.
  • Advising a number of leading UK banks and building societies in relation to complex UK-wide commercial mortgage frauds.
  • Acting in UK litigation arising from US regulatory investigations and proceedings concerning Wall Street Investment banking practices in relation to IPO business.
  • Acting for Barclays Bank plc in cross-border litigation in the UK, Spain and Dubai concerning a multi-million pound international fraud/conspiracy.
  • Acting for the Man Group in litigation relating to foreign exchange trading/broking.
  • Acting for Banco Santander in relation to litigation concerning ISDA swap transactions.
  • Acting for the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development in multi-jurisdictional litigation concerning project finance transactions in Turkey & Uzbekistan
  • Acting for the Nomura Group in relation to multi-jurisdictional litigation and arbitration proceedings arising from investments in the Czech banking and industrial sectors.
  • Acting for Deutsche Bank (at 1st instance and in the Court of Appeal) in litigation concerning international export credit projects in Eastern Europe and Africa.

Company 

Recent practice includes:

  • Acting for US investors in a start-up Joint Venture in connection with a US$100 million dispute over the development and commercialization of cutting edge information technology, involving parallel proceedings in London, Ireland, Australia and the USA.
  • Acting for shareholders in the world’s largest aluminium company in relation to a multi-billion dollar dispute in relation to the conduct and affairs of the joint venture and the disposition of its natural resources, involving multi-jurisdictional disputes in London, Jersey, Hong Kong and Switzerland.
  • Acting for certain shareholders in Commercial Court proceedings as to the disputed ownership and control of a Joint Venture concerning high value Russian property investments.
  • Acting for venture capital and related shareholder interests in litigation arising from the disposal of a major UK PLC
  • Acting for the directors of a leading UK PLC (at 1st instance and in the Court of Appeal) in multi-million pound litigation arising from a recommended takeover bid
  • Acting for Hutchison Whampoa in high value international litigation arising out of the dissolution of joint venture businesses in China
  • Acting for a Hong Kong-based international logistics corporation in relation to shareholder and other disputes arising from the acquisition of a worldwide logistics and freight business from the Jardine Matheson Group
  • Acting for Goldman Sachs in resisting Mannesmann’s attempted injunctive proceedings in connection with Vodaphone’s successful takeover bid for Mannesmann
  • Acting for BSkyB in a shareholders’ dispute arising out of merger of BSB and Sky TV
  • Acting for the Liquidator of a leading UK mutual insurer in connection with claims arising from its takeover by a leading French insurance group and its ensuing insolvency
  • Acting for the Lincoln Group in multi-party litigation arising from the disposal of its UK financial services and life insurance businesses and assets
  • Acting for a leading Hong Kong conglomerate in litigation arising out of its takeover of the worldwide Singer Group
  • Acting for British Rail in proceedings arising out of the privatisation of the UK train operating companies

Energy & natural resources

Recent practice includes:

  • Acting for a major Russian institution in a complex, multi-jurisdictional dispute with a Russian Oligarch concerning the acquisition of a controlling stake in a leading Russian energy corporate and the dissipation of worldwide security interests.
  • Advising Esso UK on aspects of the operation of the Milford Haven-Manchester Oil Pipeline and the conduct and disposal of joint venture interests in the Manchester Fuels Terminal.
  • Acting for shareholders in an energy joint venture, in relation to a multi-million dollar dispute arising from the acquisition/disposal of controlling interests in and assets of a joint venture in respect of valuable Kazakh oil and gas resources, involving litigation in Cyprus and Russia as well as in England.
  • Advising and acting for US investors in a major power station project in South Africa.
  • Acting in proceedings involving Bechtel relating to the Dabhol Power Plant in India.
  • Acting for the Petrofac Group in relation to a multi-million pound contractual dispute  over the commissioning, installation and operation of a North Sea oil and gas platform
  • Acting for a major Russian energy group in relation to a multi-jurisdictional dispute concerning a joint venture with European partners.
  • Acting for a leading US energy group in LCIA arbitration proceedings concerning the financing of a major UK energy project.
  • Acting for European reinsurers of a major oil pipeline system in Bolivia in multi-party litigation concerning environmental pollution claims resulting from a catastrophic oil spill.
  • Acting for London reinsurers in litigation concerning the operations of a major power project in Thailand.
  • Acting for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) in relation to litigation arising from the financing of petroleum-related trading enterprises in East Africa/Mauritius.
  • Acting for a Canadian energy group in London arbitration proceedings concerning the construction of Korean nuclear power stations.
  • Acting for a US energy exploration group in LCIA arbitration proceedings concerning the prospecting and development of oil and gas resources in West Africa.

Fraud: civil

Recent practice includes:

  • Acting for the Trustees of Guernsey Trust in international litigation –known as the King Litigation – arising from an alleged multi-million pound securities and tax fraud by the settlor of the Trust, involving parallel proceedings in the courts of England, Guernsey and South Africa, including asset freezing and recovery actions.
  • Acting for a leading emerging markets investment manager in relation to the recovery of investments in respect of a high value M&A transaction in Russia.
  • Representing a major international bank in relation to asset tracing and recovery proceedings in London, Singapore, Hong Kong, the BVI and the Bahamas
  • Acting for a number of leading banks and building societies in relation to a complex UK-wide mortgage frauds
  • Acting in complex Commercial Court proceedings between IXIS-CDC, West LB,  CIBC and Terra Firma arising out of the £1 billion Box Clever group securitisation
  • Acting for the minority shareholders/investors in relation to claims for fraudulent misrepresentation in litigation in Singapore, the Cayman Islands and the USA arising from a pan-Asian telecoms joint venture
  • Acting in multi-jurisdictional litigation in the Cayman Islands and the USA relating to fraud on minority shareholders in an international aircraft leasing joint venture
  • Acting for a leading international bank in cross-border litigation in England, Guernsey, Spain and Dubai in relation to a multi-million pound international fraud and conspiracy
  • Acting for Barclays Bank (at 1st instance and in the Court of Appeal) in relation to complex litigation arising from a fraudulent offshore investment scheme in Guernsey
  • Acting for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in Commercial Court litigation concerning project finance transactions in Turkey and Uzbekistan
  • Acting for London market insurers of a leading Bermudian bank in relation to class action litigation in the USA and Cayman Islands arising out of a multi-million dollar fraudulent scheme

Insurance

Recent practice includes:

  • Acting for Morgan Stanley and associated companies  in Commercial Court proceedings in respect of multi-million pound claims against Mitsui Sumitomo under commercial credit risk insurance policies in connection with funding shortfalls in relation to a failed US commercial real estate development project.
  • Advising London market reinsurers on coverage issues relating to Sri Lankan political risk insurance/reinsurance programme in light of conclusion of hostilities with Tamil Tigers.
  • Advising Amlin Group in relation to potential reinsurance exposures and anticipated arbitration proceedings in respect of WTC-related claims, and in respect of claims arising from recent civil unrest in Thailand.
  • Acting for BNP Paribas in relation to US$70m coverage issues arising from Madoff Fraud and the US proceedings being brought by the Liquidator of the Madoff corporate vehicles and Madoff’s Trustee in Bankruptcy.
  • Acting for a leading European reinsurer in international arbitration proceedings concerning the pool business of a Bermudian captive.
  • Advising Equitas in connection with multi-million pound coverage and “bad faith” damages actions in the USA.
  • Acting for London and European reinsurers (at 1st instance and in the Court of Appeal) in the Carvill litigation concerning brokerage disputes relating to London Market and international reinsurance placements.
  • Acting for a leading US insurer in international arbitration and Commercial Court proceedings concerning the coverage of US asbestos and  pollution losses.
  • Acting for the Lloyds TSB Group in test case proceedings in the Court of Appeal and House of Lords concerning aggregation of insured liabilities for pension mis-selling.
  • Acting for Lloyd’s of London against 6 major international insurance corporations in arbitration proceedings concerning the insurance of the New Central Fund and the incidence of WTC-related losses.
  • Acting for Merrill Lynch in Commercial Court proceedings to enforce credit risk insurance cover in connection with the restructuring and administration of  Eurotunnel
  • Advising the fidelity insurers of a leading Japanese Bank in connection with a multi-million pound bond fraud.
  • Acting for London market insurers in relation to a major business interruption claim by United Biscuits.
  • Acting for international insurers in LCIA arbitration proceedings concerning claims for compensation by investors in Split Capital Trusts.
  • Acting in the UK film finance litigation, including for film studios MGM and United Artists Corporation, in litigation concerning Heaths-broked film finance insurance.
  • Acting for US insurers in litigation with London market reinsurers concerning the coverage of the September 11 2001 World Trade Center losses.
  • Acting for European reinsurers in international arbitration proceedings concerning (1) the financial collapse of the HIH Group, and (2) the Unicover Pool debacle.

International arbitration

Recent practice includes:

  • Acting for a leading international energy multi-national, Canadian Nexen in a US$100 million multi-jurisdictional dispute involving offshore international arbitration proceedings, as well as related Jersey, English, Lebanese and other foreign Court proceedings, arising in connection with the ownership and operation of Yemen’s largest oil and gas concession, to determine issues relating to the entitlement and disposal of substantial oil production from the concession and the attempted extension of the jurisdiction of an English Court-appointed Receiver to attach assets in foreign jurisdictions by means of international arbitration proceedings.
  • Acting for hedge fund managers and investment managers in Bermuda-seated arbitration proceedings and related LCIA arbitration proceedings in connection with US$350 million claims by liquidators and investors arising from the collapse of an offshore hedge fund.
  • Acting for a major property investment consortium in LCIA arbitration proceedings arising in connection with a complex and high value dispute with a major multi-national corporation over the terms and effect of a £1 billion commercial transaction.
  • Acting for certain shareholders in the world’s largest aluminium company in relation to a multi-billion dollar dispute in relation to the conduct and affairs of the joint venture and the disposition of its natural resources, involving multi-jurisdictional multi-party commercial dispute resolution including LCIA arbitration proceedings.
  • Acting for a leading global investment bank in LCIA arbitration proceedings seated in India and London (subject to English and Indian law) in respect of disputes concerning high value ISDA derivative transactions with various Indian corporations.
  • Sitting an an arbitrator in an ongoing confidential Paris-seated ICC arbitration regarding a US$100 million dispute between a sovereign government and a contracting group concerning a major Gulf natural resources infrastructure project.
  • Acting for Asian investment funds in ICC arbitration proceedings, centred in Canada and New York, concerning an investment project in Vietnam.
  • Acting for a leading European reinsurer in international arbitration proceedings concerning the pool business of a Bermudian captive.
  • Acting for a leading multi-national technology corporation in international arbitration proceedings in Hong Kong arising in connection with technology projects in China.
  • Acting for a US insurance coverholder in London arbitration proceedings concerning the underwriting of binding authorities for the coverage of US fleet risks.
  • Acting for a global investment bank in international arbitration, centred in Hong Kong, arising from a joint venture for property-backed lending in the Hong Kong market.
  • Acting for a leading US insurer in arbitration proceedings concerning the coverage of US asbestos and other pollution losses under London market reinsurance treaties.
  • Acting for a leading US energy group in LCIA arbitration proceedings concerning the financing of a major UK energy project.
  • Acting for Lloyd’s of London against 6 major international insurance corporations in arbitration proceedings concerning the insurance of the New Central Fund.
  • Acting for Lloyd’s of London against 6 major international insurance corporations in arbitration proceedings concerning the insurance of the New Central Fund.
  • Acting for international insurers in LCIA arbitration proceedings concerning claims for compensation by investors in Split Capital Trusts.
  • Acting for a Canadian energy group in London arbitration proceedings concerning the construction of Korean nuclear power stations.

International cross-border and multi-jurisdictional disputes

Recent practice includes:

  • Acting for US investors in a Joint Venture with Australian partners in connection with a US$100 million dispute over the development and commercialization of cutting edge information technology, involving multi-jurisdictional, multi-party parallel proceedings in London, Ireland, Australia and the USA.
  • Acting for the Trustees of Guernsey Trust in international litigation –known as the King Litigation – involving parallel proceedings in the courts of England, Guernsey and South Africa – arising from an alleged multi-million pound securities and tax fraud by the settlor of the Trust.
  • Acting in relation to multi-jurisdictional litigation in London, Brazil and New York arising from the refinancing of the leading Brazilian international telecoms corporation.
  • Acting for the minority shareholders/investors in relation to litigation in Singapore, the Cayman Islands and the US arising from a pan-Asian telecoms joint venture.
  • Acting for Hutchison Whampoa in cross-border litigation, centred in Hong Kong, about the dissolution of China joint venture businesses and related shareholder disputes.
  • Acting for a US corporation specializing in the field of submarine telecommunications in multi-jurisdictional litigation with a Brazilian sub-contractor.
  • Acting for London market insurers of a major Bermudian financial institution in connection with its exposure to class action litigation in the US and Cayman Islands.
  • Acting for Irish creditor interests in relation to multi-jurisdictional litigation arising from the collapse of the Parmalat group.
  • Acting for a leading international bank in cross-border litigation in the UK, Spain and Dubai concerning a multi-million pound international fraud/conspiracy.
  • Acting for Cricket Sri Lanka in connection with multi-jurisdictional litigation and arbitration, in London, the British Virgin Islands, Malaysia, Singapore and Sri Lanka, concerning TV rights in respect of Sri Lankan international cricket matches.
  • Acting for London and European reinsurers in relation to US/UK litigation concerning London Market and international reinsurance placements, involving extended jurisdictional challenges and disputes.
  • Acting for the Trustees of the Thyssen-Bornemisza offshore family trusts in US $2 billion litigation in Bermuda.

Professional negligence

Recent practice includes:

  • Acting for the Trustees of a major UK pension fund in respect of claims in excess of £100 million against a leading international investment manager for alleged mismanagement of substantial pension funds in connection with overconcentration in high risk investments before, during and after the “credit crunch”
  • Acting for offshore investment managers in connection with US$350 million claims for negligence and breach of contract, and third party claims against valuation agents arising from the collapse of a Bermudian investment fund
  • Acting for KfW, the German Federal Bank for Reconstruction, in multi-million dollar Commercial Court proceedings against Euroclear, the International Central Securities Depository, for alleged negligence and breach of contract by Euroclear in providing collateral and securities settlement and management services to KfW through the ‘Euroclear System’.
  • Acting for Deutsche Bank in defending claims for alleged negligence in connection with the conclusion of a US$150 million loan facility and associated derivative transactions with Indian corporate counterparties
  • Acting for E&O insurers of a major UK asset manager in connection with negligence claims arising from a £50 million investment in a programme of Structured Notes
  • Acting in complex multi-party Commercial Court proceedings arising out of the £1 billion securitisation of the Box Clever group involving negligence claims against leading international investment banks as Arrangers and Joint Lead Managers
  • Acting in relation to multi-million pound claims for negligent fund management between a Guernsey trust and a leading international fund manager
  • Acting for Barclays Bank in relation to professional negligence claims against valuers and other professional advisers arising from a complex UK-wide mortgage fraud
  • Acting for the Man Group in litigation concerning alleged negligence in relation to foreign exchange trading/broking and fund management business
  • Acting for German film production companies in litigation against various UK brokers relating to film finance insurance
  • Acting for Lloyd’s of London in multi-million pound negligence proceedings against leading international insurance/reinsurance brokers arising out of the placement of insurance of the Lloyd’s New Central Fund
  • Acting for Sotheby’s in test-case litigation concerning the professional duties of international art auction houses
  • Acting for former auditors of Atlantic Computers in complex multi-party litigation involving negligence claims against merchant banks, auditors and other professional advisers arising out of the takeover of Atlantic Computers by British & Commonwealth
  • Acting for the auditors of Polly Peck, sued in connection with the activities of Asil Nadir and the ensuing financial collapse of the Polly Peck Group
  • Acting for Banque Bruxelles Lambert in landmark litigation involving negligence claims against professional advisers relating to commercial property-backed lending

Telecommunications

Recent practice includes:

  • Acting in Commercial Court proceedings concerning a cross border dispute arising from the commercial activities of Magyar Telecom and Deutsche Telecom, and involving parallel US regulatory investigation and English litigation.
  • Acting for a group of start-up information technology companies and their US founder investors in connection with a US$100 million dispute over the development and commercialization of cutting-edge information technology, involving parallel proceedings in London, Ireland, Australia and the USA.
  • Advising and acting in relation to US proceedings in respect of a complex dispute governed by English law arising from a telecommunications technology joint venture between a US corporation and an Indonesian conglomerate.
  • Acting for IBM in international arbitration proceedings seated in Hong Kong arising in connection with technology transfer projects in China.
  • Acting for the leading Brazilian international telecoms corporation in relation to multi-jurisdictional litigation in London, Brazil and New York
  • Acting for the minority shareholders/investors in relation to litigation in Singapore, the Cayman Islands and the US arising from a pan-Asian telecoms joint venture
  • Acting for a leading multi-national technology corporation in international arbitration proceedings centred in Hong Kong arising in connection with cutting edge telecom technology transfer projects in China
  • Acting for a US corporation specializing in the field of submarine telecommunications in multi-jurisdictional litigation with a Brazilian sub-contractor
  • Acting for Hutchison Whampoa and another major Hong Kong corporation with substantial telecom interests in disputes concerning China joint venture businesses

Recommendations

Timothy is currently ranked by Chambers & Partners in no fewer than 8 practice areas, and has also consistently featured over the past 6 years as a highly recommended individual “Star at the Bar”. Tim’s recent high profile cases include the OFT UK Bank Charges Litigation acting for HBOS (culminating in the landmark judgment of the Supreme Court),  the complex Lehman Administration proceedings in respect of the collapse of Lehman Brothers acting for Goldman Sachs hedge fund interests in pursuit of claims against the US$3 billion pool of Client Money (also the subject of an appeal to the Supreme Court), a high profile dispute between two leading global investment banks (Goldman Sachs and Natixis) concerning the termination of a US$450 million programme of credit risk protection in respect of a defaulted US Bonds issue secured on subprime assets, and a ‘test case’ action for the German Federal Bank for Reconstruction against the international securities depositary Euroclear, as well as acting for and advising various leading global investment banks in connection with a range of disputed transactions and potential multi-million exposures including in relation to the Madoff Fraud.

Recent work: Acted for VTB Capital in a high-profile, multi-jurisdictional and multiparty dispute stemming from the EUR1 billion sale and purchase of a leading Bulgarian telecoms group.

Recommendations in Legal Directories

“Tim is great and you get an excellent level of service with him. His strengths are his judgement, common sense and willingness to engage with the detail.” “He is extremely easy to work with and is very approachable.”  (Banking & Finance, Chambers and Partners 2019)

“A very engaging advocate.” (Energy & Natural Resources, Chambers and Partners 2019)

“He is totally on top of his cases.” (Insurance Chambers and Partners 2019)

“A very confident and effective advocate who has a nice manner and a good style.” (Professional Negligence Chambers and Partners 2019)

“An incredibly hardworking barrister and an extremely gifted advocate. He’s also a pleasure to work with and a real team player.” (Fraud: Civil Chambers and Partners 2019)

“An excellent lawyer – good at identifying the important points and homing in on them.” “An effective advocate.” (International Arbitration: General Commercial & Insurance Chambers and Partners 2019)

“Always thoroughly prepared, has excellent attention to detail and is very accessible.” “He has an incredible intellect and takes a calm and considered approach to his advice.” (Commercial Dispute Resolution, Chambers and Partners 2019)

“A smooth and eloquent advocate who has the ear of the court.” (Banking & Finance, Legal 500 2019)

“A master tactician who is operating at the top of the commercial litigation tree.” (Commercial, Legal 500 2019)

“Calm under fire; an effective, economical, and persuasive advocate.” (Energy, Legal 500 2019)

“Very perceptive, extremely strong analysis and judgement, and very responsive and user-friendly.” (Financial Services Regulation, Legal 500 2019)

“Very perceptive and provides extremely strong analysis and judgement.” (Fraud: Civil, Legal 500 2019)

“He is known for his telecoms sector experience.” (IT & Telecoms, Legal 500 2019)

He is exceptionally bright.” (Insurance & Reinsurance, Legal 500 2019)

“Understands every aspect of the realities of the conduct of an arbitration.” (International Arbitration Counsel, Legal 500 2019)

“Well-respected by judges and he is able to sway their opinions.” (Prfessional Negligence, Legal 500 2019)

“A sharp intellect and a measured advocate – very accessible and a real pleasure to work with.” (Asia Pacific Commercial, Legal 500 2019)

“A QC at the top of his game, whose incredible intellect is matched by his calm, considered approach to advice, and his terrific advocacy skills.” “A real asset to any team.” (Chambers and Partners 2018)

 “One of the hardest-working silks at the Bar. A real asset to any team.” “Hard-working and user-friendly.”  (Banking & Finance, Chambers and Partners 2016)

“A real joy to deal with. He is very thorough and his written advocacy is among the very best I have ever encountered.” “He is very good on paper, very impressive and has a lot of gravitas.” (Commercial Dispute Resolution, Chambers and Partners 2016)

“He does a lot of energy work and is really bright. He’s a very strong advocate who is very good on his feet.” (Energy & Natural Resources, Chambers and Partners 2016)

“He rolls his sleeves up and is always available to provide help and guidance. He is phenomenally bright and works incredibly hard.” (Fraud:Civil, Chambers and Partners 2016)

“A very clever guy whose analysis is sound. He has a very deep understanding of the law.” “He is formidable advocate. He is very fluid, and speaks naturally in understandable terms.” (International Arbitration: General Commercial & Insurance, Chambers and Partners 2016)

 

“Very charming, extremely bright and clear in his advices.” (Professional Negligence, Chambers and Partners 2016)

 “He thinks through all facets of legal problems and anticipates the arguments his adversaries will advance. He’s a good, creative thinker when it comes to case strategy.” “He’s very thorough and leaves no stone unturned.” (Telecommunications, Chambers and Partners 2016)

“Tim gets to grips with complicated financial cases and is able to talk the same language as the clients.” (Banking & Finance, Chambers and Partners 2014)

 “An extremely bright, very able advocate.” (Commercial Dispute Resolution, Chambers and Partners 2014)

 “A superb team player, who is very personable.”  (Commercial Dispute Resolution, Chambers and Partners 2014)

 “He rolls up his sleeves and gets stuck into every aspect of a case.” (Fraud: Civil, Chambers and Partners 2014)

“He is very clear and deliberate, and has a very good manner. He is quick on his feet and very responsive. He’s intelligent, smart and very practical.” (Insurance, Chambers and Partners 2014)

 “He’s an extremely strong litigator who does a very good job.” (Telecommunications, Chambers and Partners 2014)

“Always responsive, always on top of his game and always easy to work with.” (Energy & Natural Resources, Chambers and Partners 2014)

“He has a great depth of knowledge and expertise in arbitration.” (International Arbitration, Chambers and Partners 2014)

“He is excellent at providing straightforward and pragmatic advice.” (International Arbitration, Chambers and Partners 2014)

“He has excellent product knowledge of the financial sector.” (Professional Negligence, Chambers and Partners 2014)

“Takes a hands-on approach to cases and gets stuck into every aspect of a matter.” (Professional Negligence, Chambers and Partners 2014)

Timothy Howe QC is “a barrister possessed of “fantastic intellect and an outstanding work ethic“. (Chambers & Partners UK 2011) He is “a seasoned performer and ‘a real Renaissance man’ whose clients appreciate his ‘terrier-like tenacity’. Known for his expertise in financial products and derivatives, he is much sought after due to his prodigious work rate and attention to detail”. (Chambers & Partners UK 2012)

Timothy Howe QC “proves extremely knowledgeable across a wide range of fields including banking and insurance. Of late he has been seen in Madoff-related litigation and has been acting for Goldman Sachs Investment Partners in successfully pursuing claims against client money that was held by Lehman Brothers. Solicitors warm to him because “he is not remotely stuffy or up himself in the way that some silks can be and he is prepared to field with patience any question however stupid it may be.” Howe is one of the great hopes for the future of the set.” (Chambers & Partners UK 2011)

“With such instructions under his belt as representing Goldman Sachs in the Lehman ‘client money’ case and acting for HBOS in the bank overdraft charges litigation, it is hard to believe that Timothy Howe QC has only been in silk since 2008. He has exceptional knowledge of banking matters and demonstrates an ‘effortless grasp of complex financial products’. He further impresses with his fraud, insurance, energy and natural resources, and professional negligence expertise. Very much a modern advocate, Howe’s ‘excellent attentiveness, easy-going style and down-to-earth advice’ are much appreciated by clients, while his determined advocacy and ‘ability to soak up pressure’ make him yet more desirable to solicitors.” (Chambers & Partners UK 2012)

Timothy Howe QC is hailed by commentators as “fantastically hard-working, and very good at client handling.” He is “able to grapple with complex issues and work to tight timeframes.” A protean figure, “he reacts to changing scenarios at the drop of a hat,” and does very well in the oil, power and mining industries.” (Chambers & Partners UK 2011)

“Client favourite, Timothy Howe QC has a wide-ranging commercial practice that encompasses knowledge of banking and finance, insurance and professional negligence disputes. Interviewees emphasise his ‘effortless grasp of complex financial products, his tactical and commercial nous and his appetite for hard work.’ (Chambers & Partners UK 2011)

“Timothy Howe QC is “much in demand and has significant experience in financial institutions-related work. He has recently handled cases arising from the economic turmoil and related frauds, including a case in which he represented BNP Paribas in a USD70 million Madoff fraud coverage matter. Howe has also acted in recent cases involving asbestos, credit risk insurance, and a political risk insurance and reinsurance case relating to political and military upheaval in Sri Lanka.” “Timothy Howe QC continues to impress with his expert handling of professional negligence cases, particularly those relating to the collapse of Lehman Brothers.” (Chambers and Partners UK 2011)

“Particularly user-friendly silk’ Timothy Howe QC acted for Goldman Sachs pursuing claims against the $3bn pool of client money in the Lehman Brothers insolvency”. His “‘multi-jurisdictional multi-party experience is invaluable’ and he “has ‘incisive intellect and indefatigable stamina”. (The Legal 500 2011)

“Timothy Howe QC was one of the most sought-after banking juniors in the OFT bank charges litigation, and continues to build on this reputation following his seamless transition to silk.”  Interviewees agreed: “He is one of the stronger players in the commercial and banking space; he complements his effortless grasp of complex financial instruments with an affable and responsive client manner.” For those searching for a professional who is “clever, able to reduce problems to accessible solutions and ultra-accessible.” (Chambers and Partners UK 2010)

“Timothy Howe QC is extremely bright and grasps complex financial issues very quickly.” He is ”never one to avoid getting stuck in and loves the challenge of tricky cases.” (Chambers and Partners UK 2010)

“Able to “remain firm without ruffling feathers” and “stay calm no matter how big the crisis is”, Timothy Howe is widely regarded as “an advocate who can be relied on to turn things around”. His “keen eye for detail” ensures “he never misses a trick” and his hard-working and diligent attitude prompts sources to describe him as “a team player who is willing to get stuck in and get his hands dirty”.” (Chambers and Partners UK 2009)

Education

  • St Paul’s School, London: First Foundation Scholar
  • Magdalen College, Oxford: Open Scholar
  • BA Lit. Hum. (1st Class Hons 1985); MA 1993
  • City University, London: Diploma in Law with Distinction

Appointments, memberships, prizes

  • Executive Committee & former Secretary, Commercial Bar Association (2000 to date)
  • Chairman, Bar Council Member Services Management Board (2008)
  • Harmsworth, Astbury and Inaugural Queen Mother’s Fund Scholarships, Middle Temple

Other experience

CEDR-accredited mediator (2004)

He accepts appointments as an arbitrator in commercial arbitrations. He also has extensive experience of ADR and mediation, including acting as a mediator.

Publications

  • Co-Editor “Commercial Court Procedure” (Sweet & Maxwell)
  • Co-Author “Law of Bank Payments” (Longmans)

Languages

  • French (fluent)
  • Italian (working knowledge)

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