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Timothy Higginson


Tim has built up an extensive practice over a number of years, the main areas of which concern disputes in these areas:
  • Commercial and Chancery
  • Civil Fraud and Asset Tracing
  • Professional Negligence (principally, solicitors, barristers, auditors/accountants and bankers)
  • Banking and Securities
  • Equity and Trusts
  • Sports Claims
  • Partnership and LLP
  • Insolvency
  • Regulatory
This has inevitably involved much experience in the interlocutory relief and arbitration spheres.

Most recent cases include:
  • A high value breach of warranty claim, in which he represented the Defendant and which was discontinued at an early stage
  • A breach of warranty claim following a share sale agreement, which was successfully compromised
  • A substantial solicitors’ negligence action, in which he appeared for the Claimant and obtained summary judgment and substantial damages
  • A dispute concerning a league cricket club and its future participation in its County League
  • A contractual claim against a prominent financial services LLP on behalf of the Claimant, which resulted in a substantial financial settlement.

Additionally, he has been an appointed arbitrator in commercial disputes and qualified, with ADR Chambers in the mid-1990’s, as an accredited mediator.

Tim is also admitted to the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (Territory of the British Virgin Islands), where he has appeared regularly.

He has been a regular contributor on a variety of sports-related matters on commercial and BBC radio.


    Commercial & Chancery

His work has covered a number of areas including contractual disputes, sale of goods, passing off and bills of exchange, and, particularly, interim applications including Search and Freezing orders.  Reported cases include:

London Borough of Camden v Alpenoak Limited, 1986 NLJ, (breaches of undertakings to court)
John Laing Construction Limited v Dastur [1987] 1 WLR 686, (tender before action in contract)
Smith v Springer [1987] 1 WLR 1720, (payments into court)
Filemart Ltd v Avery [1989] 2 EGLR 177, (enforcement and committal proceedings)
Hussey v Eels [1990] 2 QB 227, (mitigation of damage in tort)
Long v Jones, The Times, 6 March 1990, (sales in market overt)
Michael v Ensoncraft Limited [1990] EGCS 156, (damages)
Nationwide Building Society v Bryan Lewis [1997] 1 WLR 1181, (partnership)

    Professional Negligence

He has twenty five years’ experience of disputes concerning, principally, solicitors, barristers, valuers/surveyors and accountants.  Principal reported cases include:

Bristol & West Building Society v Mothew [1998] Ch. 1, (leading authority on fiduciary duty and breach of trust principles)
Bristol & West Building Society v May, May & Merrimans [1996] 2 AER 801, (solicitors’ negligence in mortgage lending cases)
Nationwide Building Society v Balmer Radmore & Ors [1999] Lloyd’s PNLR 235, (professional negligence in mortgage lending cases)
Nationwide Building Society v Thimblebys [1999] Lloyd’s PNLR, (contributory negligence and deceit)
Matrix Securities Limited v Theodore Goddard [1998] STC 1 , (barrister’s and solicitors’ negligent advice)

    Sports Law - Football

Cases, both reported and unreported, include:

Notts County FC v Allardyce, (manager poaching dispute)
Colchester United FC v Birley, (manager poaching dispute)
Silkman v Colchester United, (agency dispute)
Blackpool United FC v Stockport County FC, (manager poaching dispute)
Rotherham United FC v Southend United FC, (commercial dispute)
Bristol City FC v Gillingham FC, (commercial dispute)
Foster v Crystal Palace FC, (contractual dispute)
Pollock v Crystal Palace FC, (commercial dispute)
Launders v Colchester United, (contractual dispute)
Tottenham Hotspur FC v Pleat, (manager poaching dispute)
Football League v Bradford City FC, (commercial dispute)
Football League v Wimbledon FC, (ground re-location dispute)
Football League v edge ellison, (media rights contract dispute)
FA v Rio Ferdinand & Others, (bias)
Football League v Boston United FC and Evans, (financial irregularities)
Football League v Derby County FC, (disciplinary)

In addition, he has appeared in many disciplinary hearings and has re-drafted the disciplinary rules of both the Football League and the PGMOL.

    Sports Law - Racing

Bradley v The Jockey Club, (disciplinary)
The Jockey Club v Towcester Racecourse, (media rights)
Horse Racing Authority v Dean McKeown, (disciplinary)
Horse Racing Authority v Gary Moore, (disciplinary)
Sanderson v O’Neill, (training dispute)
Re Racecourse Association, (rights dispute)
Re GGN Media, (media rights dispute)

    Sports Law - World Rally Championship

He has acted in several disputes in this area. 
Cases include:
Peugeot v Burns & Subaru, (poaching of current world champion)
Peugeot v Dark Dog, (contractual dispute)

    Sports Law - Others

He has represented athletes and agents. 
Cases include:
IOC v Ngugi, (doping offence committed by Olympic gold medallist)
Elliott v BAAA, (agency dispute)

He has been instructed in a number of boxing disputes. 
Cases include:
BBBC v James ‘Bonecrusher’ Smith, (licence dispute)
Dalton v Frank Warren, (contractual dispute)

He has advised a number of rugby players and agents. 
Cases include:
Gomarsall v Worcester RFC, (contractual dispute)
European Rugby Cup v Williams, Richards & Others, (disciplinary)


He qualified as an accredited mediator through ADR Chambers in the mid-1990’s.  He has extensive experience in mediating all types of dispute, principally commercial and sports-related.  He has received many plaudits for his patient but firm handling of these.