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UK Bar Guide 2023

Ranked in 4 Practice Areas
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Financial Services
8 Years Ranked

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Provided by Timothy Dutton CBE KC

UK Bar

Practice Areas

Leading silk at the London Bar with a general commercial practice with particular emphasis on professional, regulatory and public law matters. Regularly instructed by City Firms and institutions to advise and act in high value and complex cases. Appears in and accepts appointments as an Arbitrator. Advises and represents both regulators and regulated. Ranked by the directories as a leading silk in 5 areas (admin and public, prof discipline, prof neg, financial services, and insurance) and as the Star silk in professional discipline.

2020-2022 advising Resolution on the design and introduction of the Resolution Together Scheme. Advising and representing lawyers internationally caught up in sanctions issues. Representing Solicitor Z in stayed proceedings involving NDAs; carrying out an independent investigation into a law firm; successfully representing a leading law firm in an insurance coverage dispute over a £30m claim; advising Suet Fern Lee as to whether the Singapore High Court had made errors of law (opinion published) as to their findings concerning the last will of Lee Kuan Yew, former Prime Minister of Singapore. Advising as to the professional duties of advisers to rights issue.

2019 -2020 leading for the Defendant in the High Court and Court of Appeal in GEHC v Gray (fiduciary duty claims), for City firms and partners in several high profile SRA investigations, for the FRC in the cases against Deloitte arising out of their audits of Autonomy Plc (2019 – leading to a fine of £15m) Aero Inventory Plc (2016), and their financial advice on MG Rover “The Phoenix Four” (2013-2014). Acted in Impact Funding Solutions v AIG in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court (extent of prof indemnity cover), for the SRA in the cases arising out of the Iraq War and Al Sweady Inquiry (SRA v Leigh-Day and others), and in SRA v Spector (open justice principles), the Axiom Fund cases (series of cases with £100m losses from the Fund), and Schubert Murphy v Law Society (duty of care). Enterprise Insurance v Leeds United FC (sponsorship and loan agreements). In 2014-15 acted for the BSB in Lumsdon v LSB and BSB at every level to the UKSC, for four regulators in the UKSC in Hemming v Westminster City Council and in the UKSC for the Appellants/insurers in Coventry v Lawrence, for Gibson Dunn in Republic of Djibouti v Boreh and others (Commercial Court 2015). For Herbert Smith in LUL v Freshfields and Herbert Smith - claim for £140m brought by London Underground (2013). In 2011-2012 acted in JSC Bank v Ablyazov (preserving client's rights of access to solicitors), and acted for the SRA in copyright/file sharing cases. In 2010 led for the FSA in Atlantic Law and Greystoke v FSA (share frauds and boiler rooms), and for the Law Society in the Court of Appeal in Quinn Direct Insurance v The Law Society [2010 EWCA Civ 805]. In 2009 conducted the Inquiry for Sport England into the World Class Payments Bureau. For other notable case references, see Fountain Court Chambers website www.fountaincourt.co.uk.

Career

2015 Appointed CBE for services to the UK Legal System; Head of Chambers 2008-2013; Chairman of the Bar Council 2008; Vice Chairman Bar Council 2007; Governor and Trustee of the Legal Education Foundation 2009-2021; Leader of the South Eastern Circuit and Member of Bar Council 2004-06. Bencher Middle Temple 2003; Chairman Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL) 2009-2015. Recorder 2000-2017, Deputy High Court Judge. Founder and Director Keble College Advanced Advocacy Course 1994-2004; Chairman of Working Parties leading to the creation of the Advocacy Training Council; Founder, and Trustee of the Bar Choral Society.

Professional Memberships

COMBAR, ALBA, ARDL.

Publications

Contributor to Butterworths Guide to the Legal Services Act 2007. Editorial Board of Cordery. Lectured widely in areas of specialist expertise.

Personal

1978 BA Jurisprudence. Keble College, Oxford. French speaker.

Languages Spoken

French

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Professional Discipline - London (Bar)
Star Individuals

Timothy Dutton CBE KC
Timothy Dutton CBE KC is a pre-eminent advocate who is exceptional in the field of professional discipline. His considerable experience in relation to financial services and legal regulation makes him highly sought after for high-profile, high-value matters, often on behalf of the SRA and FRC.


Professional Negligence - London (Bar)
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Band 2

Timothy Dutton CBE KC
Timothy Dutton CBE KC can claim a high level of expertise in the regulated professions, which sees him instructed in highly complex negligence claims involving lawyers, accountants and others. He is frequently instructed to act in the defence of prominent law firms, and his work in this field has seen him appear in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.


Administrative & Public Law - London (Bar)
3
Band 3

Timothy Dutton CBE KC
Timothy Dutton CBE KC is a standout advocate who manages public law proceedings in the regulatory and disciplinary spheres. He predominantly advises professional regulatory bodies on their powers and duties. He has also acted in public law claims involving human rights issues.


Financial Services - London (Bar)
3
Band 3

Timothy Dutton CBE KC
Timothy Dutton CBE KC is a doyen of the Bar who is able to draw upon almost peerless levels of experience of handling a range of financial services matters at all levels. His parallel expertise in professional discipline makes him an especially good representative of individuals in the financial industry undergoing investigation. He is also adept at advising regulators and financial institutions.

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