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Timothy Charlton QC

Timothy Charlton QC

YEAR OF CALL: 1971    YEAR OF SILK: 1993

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Having taken silk in 1993, Tim Charlton who is known for his approachability and effectiveness has continued to develop and expand his practice within five key areas; sports, general commercial, banking, shipping, insurance and reinsurance. Tim Charlton's current specialism is sports law, with particular emphasis on Horse Racing and Greyhound Racing disputes. He acts on behalf of individuals or as Chairman of a selected panel concerning matters involving a wide range of issues that have included appeals from stewards' decisions, finding of doping and other racing issues. Tim Charlton sits, often weekly, as a wing member for the British Horse Racing Board.

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    Experience/Areas of Practice

    • Commercial Law
    • Banking
    • Insurance and Reinsurance
    • Shipping
    • Arbitration

    Important Cases

    Shipping/insurance field:

    • Lloyds legal disputes panel (acting as counsel to the panel established as part of the Lloyds settlement process to evaluate claims by names against their agents)
    • EIL litigation (reinsurance disputes)
    • “Haven” (ship explosion off Genoa)
    • Cox v Bankside (reinsurance spin-off from Lloyds litigation)
    • Excess Insurance v Allendale (reinsurance jurisdiction matter)
    • “Tropical Lion” (arbitration about ship explosion, loss of oilfield production)
    • Coalite v Royal Insurance (liability insurance claim)
    • RICSIS v RICS (dispute about exclusive insurance brokerage arrangement)
    • Camdex v Bank of Zambia (enforcement of judgements)
    • Bowring v Sedgemoor & Cornhill (fire insurance claim, broker's negligence)
    • “Peppy” (ship management dispute)
    • “Indian Grace” (cargo damage claim)
    • Global Containers v Clifton (ship sale dispute)
    • “Bay Ridge” (ship sale dispute)
    • Ferrotex v Banque Indosuez (bills of lading/banking dispute)
    • “Monte” (cargo loss claim)
    • “Giovanna” (cargo loss claim)
    • “Trade Resolve” (demurrage dispute in Singapore High Court)
    • Manatee Towing Co. v Oceanbulk Maritime (“The Bay Ridge”)
    • Newcastle Protection and Indemnity Association v Assurance Foreningen Gard Gjensidig

    Other Areas:

    • Simon Carves v British Coal (arbitration about construction of plant to convert coal into oil)
    • Cook & Cochrane v Doncaster Racecourse (claims for damages arising from jockey's injuries)
    • McGee v National Greyhound Racing Assoc. (trainer challenging suspension for doping)
    • Arbitrator for the World Professional Snooker & Billiards Association in a disciplinary matter.
    • SFA v Duncan (disciplinary proceedings against stockbroker under FSA 1986)
    • Firswood v Syrian Arab Republic (bills of exchange claim)
    • Elstob v Iberotravel (director's claim on share option)
    • Arbitrator on behalf of the FA in a dispute between Colchester United and Ipswich Town over the poaching of a manager
    • Thorntons v Clinton Cards (dispute on termination of franchise agreements)
    • Prince Mohammed bin Saud v Said Ayas (claim for defaults in management of Prince's affairs)
    • Devine v Torex (share sale dispute)
    • Berlinerbank v Demirel and Zihnali (dispute re bank loans - freezing orders)
    • Arbitrator for American Arbitration Association in telecoms dispute between Frontel and Clariti
    • Norton Lea v Chesterfield Plc (dispute about football club ownership)
    • Phillips Petroleum v Snamprogetti (dispute about design contract for N Sea gas platform
  • Career and Further Information M


    1973 - B.A. Hons
    1970-73 - Keble College, Oxford
    1964-69 - Hampton Grammar School


    1993 - Queen's Counsel
    1976 - Tenant at 1 Brick Court (now Brick Court Chambers)
    1974 - Called to the Bar (member of Inner Temple)

    Further Information

    Practitioner in the High Court, the Court of Appeal, the House of Lords; also arbitrations, both as counsel and occasionally as arbitrator. His practice covers following the fields: general commercial law, including shipping, insurance, banking, employment (trades union rights and immunities, equal pay and discrimination) franchising disputes and construction law. Sports law (eg cases concerning racing and football).