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Timothy Spain

Timothy Spain
Called to the Bar 1983

Timothy is a recognised expert in high value ancillary and financial relief cases, especially those involving companies, partnerships, farms, “hidden wealth” and insolvency.
As well as a member of the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators (IFLA) Panel and as a Family Dispute Resolution Facilitator and Arbitrator is qualified to conduct family law arbitrations and make orders under the IFLA rules, including in matrimonial finance and Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 proceedings. He is also qualified to undertake arbitrations under the Children Scheme.


"He really knows his onions and is an arch story teller. In court, he's always well prepared and is just what you want from a barrister." "He is the expert on the law and for technical answers." Chambers & Partners 2020

"Confident, very good with clients, and reliably excellent with paperwork." Legal 500 2020

"Noted for his expertise in financial remedy matters." Legal 500 2019

"Tim is excellent. He is very detailed and has high-quality preparation. He is a very good negotiator and will fight clients' corners." "He puts clients at ease and is pragmatic and realistic in his advice." Chambers & Partners 2018

"His knowledge of the law is superb. He is very good with clients, on paper and on his feet." "He is always very well prepared. He has gravitas and charisma in court." Chambers & Partners 2018

Timothy has been a Deputy District Judge since 2000. He is a member of the Family Law Bar Association, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Resolution (Affiliate). Timothy is a prolific deliverer of seminars and in-house events to local solicitors, local Law Societies and Local Authorities. He has given seminars relating to private and public law children cases, matrimonial finance, Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (TOLATA) and pensions.

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