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Tim Corfield

Partner

Tim is a partner and advocate in the dispute resolution and litigation group. He has twenty years' experience in litigation advisory and trial work with particular expertise in corporate and company law disputes, contentious corporate transactional matters, and banking and financial services litigation, including funds disputes, shareholder activism and regulatory investigations. He also has significant experience in the fields of corporate insolvency and general commercial and trusts litigation. During his career he has appeared in matters before the English High Court, the Royal Court of Guernsey and the Guernsey Court of Appeal.

Tim is ranked consistently by the independent legal directories as one of Guernsey's leading litigators, and has been described in them by clients and peers as: "the best litigator on the Island"; "terrific"; "a master of litigation with an analytical mind who can think outside the box to find sensible solutions"; "the right man for difficult heavyweight commercial litigation"; as having a "dominant and effective courtroom presence"; "excellent, a robust advocate whose advice is always sound"; "relentlessly charming, unflappable and totally dedicated to winning"; and a "team player and a delight to work with" (Legal 500, Chambers UK and Global, the International Bar Association's 'Who's Who Legal': 2008 to present).

Tim acts for major corporates, boards of directors (either in contentious or regulatory matters, but also as part of his board advisory practice, assisting boards of directors, or committees or constituents thereof, on commercially sensitive or complex transactions and investigations), investment banks, funds, private equity houses and other financial institutions, as well as investment managers, investors, trustees, office holders, businesses and individuals.

His work often has an international / cross-border element, and includes:

  • the successful approval of the CAN$775million takeover of the then TSX Venture Exchange listed NYX Gaming Group by Scientific Games by way of a contested scheme of arrangement;
  • advising a global energy company on protective claims arising from a fraudulently obtained US$19billion remediation judgment in South America;
  • successfully acting for Stobart Group in opposing injunctive relief proceedings brought by former CEO Andrew Tinkler in advance of the company's 2018 AGM;
  • acting for the Guernsey-based banking and trust arms of a global investment bank, and its directors, in U.S and Guernsey proceedings relating to the alleged corruption of former successive prime ministers of Ukraine, including U.S. RICO Act proceedings, and successful opposition to a Hague Convention letter of request issued by the Massachusetts District Court;
  • successfully acting for a U.S. investment bank in opposing prospective subpoenas or summonses to give evidence in the US$2billion Carlyle case;
  • acting for the syndicate of lenders on their successful Leadenhall Triangle administration application;
  • acting for a Formula One racing driver in  successfully obtaining time-critical Norwich Pharmacal relief against a financial institution, in order to assist in a then imminent English High Court trial against Hamilton Management Group Limited;
  • acting for HMV Group in its Guernsey insolvency process;
  • successfully representing a private equity joint venture partner in unfair prejudice proceedings; and
  • acting for the independent non-executive directors of an NYSE Euronext listed fund in Guernsey's first derivative action.

Career

Tim read law as an undergraduate at the University of London, and as a postgraduate at the University of Bristol. 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, INSOL and the Institute of Directors

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What our clients say

"The best litigator on the island"

Legal 500

Clients rate Tim Corfield as “a highly experienced, excellent operator in banking and finance litigation.”

Chambers UK

"A hardworking and skilled lawyer with an excellent court presence"

Legal 500

"Extremely energetic and does not shy from getting into the fray"

Chambers UK

"Highly agile and effective advocate"

Legal 500