Tim Green QC
“A highly skilled barrister who is incredibly impressive in front of a jury; he is meticulous, hard working and very friendly” “For clients, Tim is a real fighter which with his exceptional knowledge of regulatory legislation and considerable experience makes him a force to be reckoned with”.
Chambers UK and Legal 500
Tim Green is widely recognised as one of the Bar’s leading trial advocates and a true specialist in the fields of health & safety, inquests & inquiries, environmental law and financial crime/POCA. Between them the recent editions of Chambers UK and Legal 500 recommend Tim in nine related categories. Their endorsement provides compelling independent evidence of Tim’s professional skill.
Health and Safety: “He is well respected in his field, excellent with the detail, a strong advocate and good at applying complex law to factual situations.” “A very good advocate – he holds his own in court and has a lot of gravitas.” “He does have real expertise and is genuinely a specialist in this area (Chambers UK 2022).”
“He’s conscientious and hard-working.” “He has a fantastic work ethic and is a very accomplished advocate” (Legal 500 2022).
“He is highly experienced and has sound judgement in the most difficult of cases. He has the ability to provide very difficult advice to clients and delivers great results (Chambers UK 2021).
Inquiries and Inquests: “I have been very impressed with his ability to combine an extensive depth of technical knowledge with a real focus on the client. He has a strategic yet sensitive approach which is so critical in inquests and strives to ensure clients receive the best representation (Legal 500 2022).”
“An excellent advocate, someone who will roll up their sleeves and is able to roll with the punches. Great bedside manner, too (Legal 500 2021).”
Environmental: “He’s an extremely good advocate and he’s very friendly, approachable and good to work with (Chambers UK 2022).”
“He is an excellent advocate. He is a very tenacious barrister but very personable and easy with the clients.” “He’s very measured, assured and knows his stuff. He has a very calm and reassuring approach for clients and lawyers (Chambers UK 2021).”
Financial crime and POCA: “Tim is a natural communicator, and has a fantastic ability to provide clear and succinct legal advice (Legal 500 2022).”
“Tim is very well known and does a lot of advisory work (Chambers UK 2022).”
Tim is instructed by most leading and international firms in the UK market. Recent clients include Network Rail, Kingspan, Boston Scientific and FM Conway, amongst many other substantial corporates and their officers. Tim has sat as a Recorder since 2012 and frequently appears in the appellate courts including these four recent guideline decisions heard since 2018: JHSL v HSE (applying H&S Sentencing Guidelines), St Michaels Hospice v ESFRS (sentencing fire safety offences), Workchain v TpR (sentencing data crime) and Bell v HMAG (cash forfeiture arising from simultaneous criminal investigation). Tim is a contributing-editor of the leading textbook “The Proceeds of Crime”.
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Tim frequently advises and represents large commercial concerns and their officers facing investigation by the FCA, SFO, HMRC, Trading Standards, FRC, The Pensions Regulator ( “TPR”)and other financial regulators. He regularly defends company officers against TPR allegations of malfeance arising from the administration of company pension schemes and was recently instructed by The Pensions Regulator to bring its first ever prosecution for general economic crime arising out of deliberate and systematic abuse of the automatic enrolment scheme for workplace pensions by a large company and its officers.
Since 2014 he has been Authorised to act as the Attorney General of the Isle of Man in respect of the Island’s largest ever investigation into tax fraud and money laundering.
Tim has a particular interest in AML law, the rules of beneficial ownership and financial regulation in off-shore financial center’s arising from his work in the Crown Dependencies.
He is an editor of the Lexis Nexis Encyclopedia of Financial Services Law and is a contributing editor to the latest edition of The Proceeds of Crime by Millington and Sutherland Williams.
In 2012 Tim was seconded to a “Technical Specialist” role in the FCA Enforcement Division and subsequently led FCA enforcement activity against banks, hedge funds, investment houses, retail financial services firms and senior managers, giving him an excellent knowledge of FCA principles, rules, powers and processes. He now frequently advises investment firms, lenders, solicitors and high net wealth individuals of their responsibility under FSMA and the FSA Handbook, as well as how to strategically and tactically best respond to an FSA
Representative casesgrid list
Op V. 2021
Advised on complex multi-handed pensions fraud.
TPR v Workchain Ltd  EWCA 1422
Instructed by the Pensions Regulator in respect of a precedent setting prosecution of a company, its directors and managers arising from unauthorised access to automatic enrolment data contrary to the Computer Misuse Act.
Re a large cosmetics company 2018
Advising and representing a large cosmetics business on managing and resisting a sensitive inquiry brought in respect of products sold and services supplied.
Bell v HMAG  2 ES
Successfully upheld a civil asset recovery order arising from a concurrent criminal investigation in another jurisdiction before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.
Re a developer 2017
Advising a leading solicitor’s firm on its regulatory obligations in respect of the sale of investments in an unregulated collective investment scheme.
Re Peer to Peer Lending 2017
Advising a large US investor on the FCA rules governing P2P lending platforms and associated regulation.
In Re Claims Management Co. 2016
Advised one of the UK’s largest claims management in respect of its obligations under the Enterprise Act pursuant to an investigation by trading standards.
Re Offshore Gaming Co. 2016
Advised regarding asset tracing and off-shore gaming law in the context of heavy commercial litigation arising out of a shareholder dispute.
Re Investment Co 2015
Advised an investment company on the application Prospectus Rules and issue of mini-bonds for P2P lending.
Re the FSCS 2014
Represented multiple investors on a successful challenge to the FSCS following liquidation of regulated firms.
Re a major health insurer 2014
Successfully advised a leading private health insurer on the application of FCA Handbook to sale of insurance products to schools.
Re a leading solicitor’s firm 2014
Successfully advised a leading solicitor of the application of CIS rules to the sale of apartments to investors in China.
Operation S IOM 2014
Led and advised an investigation into fraud and financial wrong doing by company directors in an offshore financial centre. The investigation was highly sensitive and linked to the prosecution of prominent law officers in the jurisdiction.
Health & Safety
Tim is widely acknowledged by Chambers UK and Legal 500 as being one of the Bar’s leaders in health and safety work. He has been instructed in the most complex and serious investigations concerning corporate manslaughter and gross negligence manslaughter as well the full spectrum of HSWA offences. Tim often advises very large corporate clients on the health and safety aspects of high value commercial disputes where timely advice and commercial sensitivity are paramount. As a junior Tim was shortlisted for Health & Safety Junior 2020 in the Chambers Bar Awards and consistently ranked in band 1/tier1 by Chambers UK and the Legal 500 for his health & safety work. In 2012 he was appointed to the Attorney General’s “A Panel” of approved regulatory advocates.
Over the last three years Tim has defended or prosecuted over 30 cases arising from death or serious injury at work. He has specific experience of health & safety law applied to the following sectors:
- Agricultural – working at height; use of specialised machinery.
- Construction – numerous investigations arising from falls from height; asbestos exposure; electrocution whilst conducting roof work; collapsed buildings.
- Engineering – avoidable death in a metal forge; and HAVS/CTS exposure during manufacturing process, PUWER.
- Fire safety – Fire Safety Order applied to (i) a hospice following arson and deaths of three patients: (ii) to the company director of a housing trust managing multi-occupancy accommodation following two accidental fires.
- Grenfell Tower – representing large corporate manufacturer of insulation as Core Participant.
- Health care – avoidable deaths in care homes arising from unsuitable hospital environment.
- Waste industry – death of a binman on waste collection rounds; multiple investigations following deaths in recycling/scrap metal works.
Tim’s health & safety work also includes regular instructions to appear at inquests representing companies, public bodies, charities and families of the deceased before juries and/or where Article 2 of the ECHR is engaged. His clients include several FTSE 100 companies where the impact of the inquiry on prosecution and upon reputational risk is a paramount.
In the past 3 years Tim has been asked to deliver training on best practice in advocacy, law and process at the HSLA annual conference (twice), London, Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol.
Representative casesgrid list
R v K Ltd 2022
Defending highly sensitive and complex investigation into corporate manslaughter arising from catastrophic fire.
Re G Ltd 2022
Advising multi-national defence contractor on health and safety concerns that are key to very high value commercial litigation.
Re M Ltd 2022
Advising multi-national car manufacturer on heath and safety risks and liability arising from alleged defects.
Re L Ltd 2022
Represented a global construction company in precedent setting OPSS investigation into alleged product defects.
HI&S v Elder Grange Limited 2021 IoM
Defence of care home company in prosecution arising from fire in sheltered accommodation.
HSE v EES Chelmsford CC 2021
Defending in a 2-week trial prosecuted by the HSE arising from very serious accident on building site concerning correct applications of CDM Regulations.
HSE v Carmet Marine 2021
Defending in HSE prosecution of a marine maintenance company arising from fatality during on site repairs of a tug boat.
HSE v Royston Ford 2021
Defending a company in HSE prosecution arising from repeated breaches of PUWER Regulations in complex manufacturing plant.
HSE v Leadec UK Limited Birmingham CC 2020
Defence of large company following fatality arising from use of a high- pressure jet washer hose in overlapping coronial and criminal proceedings. Complex issues of causation and question of resources of linked parent company. National media coverage.
HSE v Scapa UK Limited Luton 2020
Defence of a medium sized company following fatality in linked coronial and criminal proceeding. Successfully deployed COVID and Brexit related mitigation to achieve a fine of less than 1/3 of the starting point applying the relevant Guidelines.
HSE v JW and Mersea Limited Chelmsford CC 2020
Death on construction site leading to prosecution of director and company in one of the UK’s first full remote sentencing hearings lasting one day.
HSE v Evergreen and others Birmingham CC 2020
Sensitive 3 week trial of multiple duty holders arising from death on a construction site.
HSE v EMSL and Amey Northampton CC 2020
Complex 3 week prosecution of two very large companies arising for the accidental death of a banksman when run over by a bin lorry.
MCA v Port of London Authority (“PLA”) and others Snaresbrook CC 2019
Successful defence of the PLA accused of serious maritime safety offences arising from a fatality on the Thames when a tug boat was “run over” by a barge it was towing down the River Thames. Trial before Thornton J lasting 7 weeks and hearing evidence from eight maritime experts.
Inquest re SMH East Sussex Coroner’s Court 2019
Complex inquiry into death of three patients at a hospice following arson by another patient. Complex and concurrent coronial, civil and criminal proceedings.
East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service v St Michael’s Hospice  EWCA Crim 161
Defended a prosecution in respect of the Fire Safety Order arising from an arson at a Hospice following which three patients died.
HSE v Lightpower & W Hereford CC 2019
Defended company and director in simultaneous coronial and criminal proceedings following fatal fall from height on construction site where deceased was the brother of the defendant director.
LFRS v VS Leicester CC 2019
Defended a company director facing 16 allegations of breaching the Fire Safety Order of over 30 a month arising from his management of a multi-occupational premises where two separate fires occurred.
HSE v FTT Stoke on Trent CC 2019
Defended a medium sized transport company against allegations of breach of s2/3 HSWA arising out of the risk of “HAVS” from vibration tools. A case featuring three experts and highly technical analysis of historic business records/vibration magnitude and trigger times.
HSE v An investment fund, Snaresbrook CC 2019
Defended an EU based fund which owned premises in London against complex allegations of breach of s4 HSWA arising from a near fatal accident.
Inquest re a company director, Hereford 2018
Represented a company director at inquest following a death on a construction site and where he was under investigation by HSE for breaches of s3/s37 HSWA.
Inquest re a global travel company 2018
Represented a global travel business at an inquest into a death arising whilst on a holiday excursion.
JHSL v HSE  EWCA Crim 30
Successful in precedent setting Court of Appeal judgment on assessment of culpability, harm and costs.
Tim has been recognised as one of the UK’s leading advocates in environmental law since he successfully appeared for the defence in the leading environmental case of EA v Thorn International  EWHC 2595 (Admin). In 2012 he was appointed to the Attorney General’s “A Panel” of approved regulatory counsel.
In the last 10 years he has received instructions to advise and defend many of the UK’s largest environmental concerns and their directors in all aspects of environmental enforcement including:
- Pre-action advice and submissions to the Agency by a leading UK soil manufacturer.
- Advice and representation to various London Boroughs engaged in high value civil litigation arising from a contractual dispute with large environmental concern.
- Civil appeals against the refusal of an environmental permit and/or Agency accreditation.
- The use of Civil Undertakings as an alternative to prosecution for a successful waste operator.
- A 6-week trial in Sheffield CC arising from fly-tipping on an industrial scale.
- A 3-week trial in Hereford CC arising from deliberate misuse of a quarry for illegal storage of waste.
- Confiscation and restraint where waste crime has been a species of economic crime.
Tim’s environmental advisory practice includes all aspects of environmental compliance of EU/UK/Agency rules with particular emphasis on the waste and biofuels industries. Tim is a contributing editor to LexisNexis PSL on waste law
Representative casesgrid list
MCA v Port of London Authority (“PLA”) and others Snaresbrook CC 2019
Successful defence of the PLA accused of serious maritime safety offences arising from a fatality on the Thames when a tug boat was “run over” by a barge it was towing down the River Thames. Trial before Thornton J lasting 7 weeks and hearing evidence from eight maritime experts. Acquitted.
Re a global telephone mobile telephone distributor 2019
Advised multi-national company on compliance with EU waste law following acquisition of competitor.
Re CFL and AD 2019
Represented corporate landlord and director in proceedings following alleged breach of listed building consent for large scale commercial gain.
Re a waste management company 2018
Advised a large scale waste management company to settle a prosecution brought by the EA for the alleged deliberate breach of the EPR using civil undertakings as an alternative.
EA v A Ltd and directors 2018
Instructed by the EA in respect of unlawful storage of huge quantities of highly flammable waste creating serious risk of category 1 pollution event (very large fire in an urban area beside A roads). Complex fire risk and confiscation proceedings.
Re a biofuels company 2017
Advised an innovative biofuels concern as to how successfully overcome EA resistance to the issuing of an environmental permit.
Re N Ltd 2017
Advised a large-scale waste management business on how to overcome EA criminal investigations to in order to obtain an environmental permit.
Re NPR 2017
Appeared in a precedent setting appeal against EA’s powers to refuse an accredited waste re-processor pursuant to the Producer Responsibility Regulations.
Re a Very Large Transport Undertaking 2016
Provided advice to a very large transport company concerning the application of environmental law to a complex and high value commercial dispute.
EA v WS 2016
Advised and represented company director following sensitive investigation into water pollution.
Re a soil company and directors 2015
Retained pre-charge to advise a leading soil company and its directors on how to respond to multiple EA investigations.
Inquests & Inquiries
Inquiries and inquests are an essential part of Tim’s practice. He has been instructed since 2019 for a Core Participant in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and clients include Gowlings, BLM, DWF, DAC Beachcroft. Knights and Network Rail. In particular, Tim is very experienced in the application of A2 of the ECHR to the Coroners’ Court and in handling jury inquests. He is well versed in the sensitive and complex disclosure and tactical issues that arise in simultaneous coronial, criminal and civil inquiries.
Tim has special experience of the Traffic Commissioner and has recently represented FTSE 250 companies concerned with revocation of vehicle licences at public inquiries.
In June 2020 Tim delivered a webinar concerning recent changes to inquest law and procedure to over 200 members for the Health and Safety Lawyers Association (“HSLA”). This followed Tim’s other successful partnerships with HSLA delivering advice on best practice before the HSLA annual conferences in 2019, 2018 and 2017 and a similar “road show” seminar program in 2016.
Representative casesgrid list
Re Grenfell Tower Inquiry 2019-22
Representing a very large corporation as a Core Participant in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry which manufactured insulation that was used in the cladding system at the Tower. Unprecedented sensitivity and complexity.
Re OM 2021
Representing a Academy Trust during 4-week inquest arising from suicide of teenager.
Re Redmond and Parris 2021
Representing a large construction company in 4-week inquest arising from two deaths on a railway line during complex engineering works.
Re AD 2021
Representing a very large US pharmaceutical company following failure of a heart monitoring device.
Re BH 2021
Representing a very large US health manufacturer following suicide of key manager during lockdown.
Re Network Rail (“NR”) 2021
Representing NR is highly sensitive 8 day A2 inquest arising from double suicide near a railway line.
Re A Recycling Company 2020
Representing company wrongly accused by Police investigation causing death of homeless man. Difficult issues of causation for expert witnesses.
Re Scapa Limited 2019
For the company at inquest following death at work at global manufacturing concern. Impact on linked HSE prosecution.
Re St Michael Hospice 2019
For the hospice at 12 day inquest following arson at premises leading to the death of three patients. Unique complexity and sensitivity.
Re Thomas Cook Ltd 2018
For the company at inquest following death by drowning of a holiday maker in Cyprus and advised on response to PFDR. Highly sensitive.
Re A railway worker 2018
For the family of a deceased worker accidentally killed whilst maintaining the railway. Various IPs accused of health and safety failings leading to FDPR.
Re Large Food Manufacturer 2018
Represented FTSE 30 company at 3-day Traffic Commissioner public inquiry following allegations of fraud relating to the obtaining for vehicle licences. Very significant commercial interests at stack.
Proceeds of Crime
Tim Green has been recommended by Chambers UK as one the Bar’s leaders in proceeds of crime work for the last 10 years. In a unique appointment, Tim is authorised to exercise the powers of the Attorney General of the Isle of Man in respect of a complex multi-jurisdictional money laundering investigation and is an expert in the regulation and enforcement of AML in offshore financial centres.
Tim is frequently instructed by FTSE 250 companies and their officers; international and national firms; banks, lenders and regulators to act as advisor and advocate in respect of difficult investigations arising from AML compliance, cash forfeiture, asset recovery and confiscation. He recently advised an offshore government on the investigation and prosecution of sophisticated financial crime arising from corporate malfeasance and bankruptcy. Tim was a member of the national committee of the Proceeds of Crime Lawyer Association for 5 years and is a contributing editor to OUP’s “The Proceeds of Crime”.
Representative casesgrid list
Re Op B 2015-2021
Complex multi-jurisdictional fraud and money laundering operation.
Re GIGL Croydon CC 2020
Representing Global Casino brand asserting third parties’ rights to a disputed account balance following unlawful gaming.
Operation B 2014 - 2019
Multi-jurisdictional investigation into large scale tax fraud and money laundering concerning a variety of off-shore financial centres and the professional services sector.
Re a Global Lender 2018
Advice to bespoke lender applying flexible application of the KYC and due diligence rules in various EU AML Codes.
Bell v HMAG  2 ES
Precedent-setting application for cash forfeiture before the Staff of Government Division of the High Court of the Isle of Man and Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.
Re a Gaming Firm 2017
Off-shore AML advice arising from shareholder dispute.
Environment Agency v Moss and others Sheffield CC 2016
The first EA prosecution for money laundering arising from organized unlawful waste operation.
Operation S 2013
Off-shore financial investigation into corporate wrong-doing by company officers linked to the government and legal services.
What the directories say
"One of the best leading juniors in this field. For clients, he is a real fighter which with his exceptional knowledge of regulatory legislation and considerable experience makes him a force to be reckoned with." "A highly skilled barrister who is incredibly impressive in front of a jury; he is meticulous, hardworking and very friendly."
Chambers UK 2021 & Legal 500 2021
"Tim is at the top of the list for leading senior juniors in the field of health and safety. For the solicitor, he is a safe pair of hands and always delivers on his promises. He is excellent with the clients and has a robust, yet diplomatic, manner."
Legal 500 2022
"An excellent advocate, someone who will roll up their sleeves and is able to roll with the punches. Great bedside manner, too."
Legal 500 2022
"Tim is a natural communicator, and has a fantastic ability to provide clear and succulent legal advice."
Legal 500 2022
"Tim is very well known and does a lot of advisory work."
Chambers UK 2022
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- 2022, Queen’s Counsel.
- 2014 Authorised as Attorney General Isle of Man for Operation Braid.
- 2012 to present – Recorder Crime (SSO ticket).
- 2012 to present – “A Panel” Attorney General’s List of Approved Regulatory Counsel (reappointed 2019).
- Contributing Editor – “Lexis Nexis Financial Services Encyclopedia”
- Contributing Editor – “The Proceeds of Crime” by OUP
- Midland Circuit
- 1996 – Kalisher Scholarship, Grays Inn
- 1996 – Very Competent, BVC
- 1995 – Commendation Diploma in Law
- 1994 – MA Magdalen College, Oxford
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