Timothy Becker | Barrister

Timothy Becker, barrister, ShenSmith BarristersYear of call: 1992
Mediator: 2006
Inn of Court: Middle Temple

Tim’s practice is predominantly in the areas of Chancery, Company and Commercial Law and can be broken down into the following areas.

Insolvency Practice

This includes all areas of corporate and individual insolvency related litigation
Corporate: Liquidations (voluntary and compulsory) including injunctions to restrain presentation and/or advertisement; Contentious Administration and Receivership claims (Pre Enterprise Act), actions against Receivers; contested costs issues arising from Petitions Personal: Statutory demand hearings, bankruptcy proceedings, applications to restrain OR advertising Petition, contested IVA hearings, breaches of Insolvency Act related to the actions of the bankrupt, litigation between bankrupt and trustees, matrimonial finance and bankruptcy, jurisdiction issues, contempt proceedings concerning bankrupts, costs issues

Property Practice

Landlord and Tenant (Residential and Commercial), Mortgage related litigation
Proprietary estoppel and Constructive trusts claims Co-ownership of property,

Actions for account in co-ownership claims
Rectification of Land Registry, Boundary disputes.
Conveyancing related litigation including professional negligence claims against solicitors and surveyors
Inheritance Act claims.
Probate related claims (including jurisdictional intestacy claims)

Company and Commercial Practice

All aspects of company law particularly shareholder claims, boardroom disputes and Company Directors Disqualification actions. All levels of contractual disputes including guarantees and UCTA defences, claims for misrepresentation and fraud, joint ventures, credit hire (Accident Exchange preferred counsel), equine disputes

Matrimonial Finance Practice

Particular interest in high net worth Matrimonial Finance claims with Corporate or insolvency related claims or trusts (on or off shore). He acted for the late Keith Floyd.
Tim retains an interest in Private law actions under the Children Act 1989.

Professional Negligence Practice

Tim has acted in claims against Solicitors, Barristers Surveyors, Stockbrokers Accountants, and Lloyds Members Agents.

General Tortious Practice

Negligence and other torts including Wrongful Interference with Goods.

Direct Public Access (Directly/Intermediaries)

Timothy Becker was one of the first members of the Bar to embrace the various opportunities that Direct Access instructions provide. 10 years on he is regarded as one of the leaders of the Public Access Bar. He regularly appears in the Court of Appeal and the High Court in direct access cases. He clients come from as far a field as Dubai, Morrocco, Portugal, Czech Republic, India, USA and Australia. He often is called upon by solicitors to provide direct access representation in situations of potential conflict of interest


  •  Barrister member (and standing Counsel )Bar Standards Board Qualifications Committee since 2009
  •  Barrister member Ministry of Justice. Family Proceedings Rules Committee since 2009
  •  Vice Chairman Public Access Bar Association
  •  Middle Temple Hall Committee.
  •  Middle Temple Advocacy and Mooting Judge.

    Reported Cases

    Woolwich PLC v Le Foe and Le Foe; Le Foe v Le Foe and Woolwich PLC FD [2001] 2FLR 970; Family Law 2001Vol 31 739
    Matrimonial finance/mortgages/constructive trusts/land law

    Williams v Jones [May 2002 – Lawtel] Court of Appeal

    Application of CPR Part 3.9

    Uppal v Uppal & Others [October 2006-unreported] Court of Appeal Estoppel/pleadings

    Jewson v Heatspace Limited [2007] EWHC 3139 (Ch) (Reported-Westlaw). Company. Boardroom/Shareholder dispute. Injunction to restrain distribution of sale proceeds.

    Re Devonshire Property Project Ltd,

(Also known as Shah v Patel) [2008] EWHC 1360 (Ch) (Reported- Westlaw)

Companies Court. Contempt Proceedings against Company Director. Period of Sentence

Edstaff v Anglo Overseas (Properties) Ltd [2008] All ER (D) 270 (Feb) – Court of Appeal- Landlord and tenant/contract

Herbert v Doyle [2010] All ER (D) 126 (Oct)-Court of Appeal Property, estoppel, contract.

Horler v Rubin & Others [2011] All ER D 149 (Feb) [2011] BPIR 718-High Court Chancery Div-Trust/Trustee, Breach of Trust, ConstructiveTrust, Partnership, Insolvency, Professional Negligence.
Krejci v Krejci, [2011] Unreported. High Court-Family Division Mostyn J. – High net worth Ancillary Relief. Insolvency and Delay in commencing proceedings-reduction in capital award.

Lewis v Krejci [2012] EWHC 1780 (Fam) High Court-Family Division Mostyn J.-High Net worth Ancillary Relief. Variation of post nuptial off shore trust. Lifting the Corporate veil and “telescoping orders”. (Now being appealed to CA due to CA ruling in Petrodel Resources Ltd)

Day v Day [2013] All ER (D) 309 (Mar)
Voluntary settlements, co-ownership, rectification, probate.
Damsonetti Holdings (Jersey) Ltd v Hope. [2014] [Unreported] Court of Appeal. First post Petrodel appeal. Leave refused by Gloster LJ on grounds of failure by Husband at original trail to disclose source of funding for company assets

April 1997 Family Law Review-Matrimonial Conveyancing


Shrewsbury School
Choral Scholar Kings College London University and Guildhall School of Music BA in Biblical Studies with Greek & Hebrew. AKC Diploma
Westminster University. Graduate Diploma in Law (incl tax and Company law) Inns of Court School of Law


Professional opera and concert singer
Prospective Aldermanic Candidate-City of London. Yacht racing

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