Tim is an Advocate and a Partner in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group. He has twenty-five years' experience in trial and litigation advisory work, representing clients in high value, high-stakes and reputationally significant cases, many involving multiple jurisdictions working alongside other international law firms. Tim has been named in the Legal 500's 'Hall of Fame' for Litigation, and is described as "a formidable litigator", a "first-class advocate", "a stellar litigation specialist", a "dominant and effective courtroom presence", "a master of litigation with an analytical mind who can think outside the box to find sensible solutions" and "the right man for difficult heavyweight commercial litigation".
His practice spans the breadth of corporate and company law disputes, contentious corporate transactional matters, banking and financial services litigation, funds disputes, shareholder disputes and derivative and unfair prejudice claims, as well as trusts disputes and general commercial litigation. He also has significant experience in the fields of corporate insolvency, acting in various claims arising from the collapses of Enron, Madoff, Stanford and Lehman Brothers. He often represents boards of directors and other fidcuairies, such as trustees, in all manner of crises, often in contentious and regulatory matters as part of his board advisory practice, assisting on commercially and financially sensitive or complex transactions and investigations, breach of duty and breach of trust claims.
Tim has been ranked consistently by the independent legal directories (Legal 500, Chambers UK and Global, the International Bar Association's 'Who's Who Legal': 2008 to present) as one of Guernsey's leading litigators, described in them as: "terrific"; "the best litigator on the Island"; "excellent, a robust advocate whose advice is always sound"; "he is silky smooth, very charming in court and very good at disarming opponents and getting judges on his side"; "relentlessly charming, unflappable and totally dedicated to winning"; "an outstanding litigator who knows the Guernsey courts very well. He is calm, pragmatic, and his advice excellent" and a "team player and a delight to work with"; "Tim is an outstanding professional who delivers excellent outcomes in highly sensitive and complex cases", and "Tim Corfield – still the very best litigator. Tremendously bright, and very good presence both in and out of court. If you haven't got him, you've got second best."
Tim has also devoted time to various pro bono activities, including in cases dealing with: opposition to the death penalty – successfully as amicus curiae to the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Carman L. Deck v. State of Missouri No. 04-5293, Citation 544 U.S. 622, viz. the constitutionality of shackling a prisoner during the sentencing phase of a trial (Deck was finally executed in May 2022); racism and discrimination; and representing the family of Baby Jack at the inquest into his death at Princess Elizabeth Hospital in January 2014.
Tim qualified as a Solicitor (England & Wales) in 1999 and as a Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Rights – All Courts) in 2004. He obtained his Certificat d'Etudes Juridiques Françaises et Normandes at the Université de Caen Basse-Normandie in France in December 2007 and was called to the Guernsey Bar in February 2008. He became a Partner on 1 January 2010. His memberships include the International Bar Association, the Chancery Bar Association, the Association of European Lawyers, ARIES and INSOL.
During his career Tim has appeared in matters before the English High Court, the Royal Court of Guernsey, and the Guernsey Court of Appeal. He has also been retained to provide expert evidence in legal proceedings in jurisdictions as diverse as Singapore and the United States.