Tim is smart and combines a rigorous attention to detail in preparation with a quietly ruthless advocacy style which makes him a very effective unit as a barrister.’ - The Legal 500 2021/2022
He is able to approach any problem with a calm, commanding and approachable manner." "He's a very well-respected junior counsel and a fantastic advocate. He's very good with the clients and very well organised."" - Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2021
"Specialises in abuse international child abduction cases." - The Legal 500 2020
Tim Donnelly is Head of the Family team and specialises in children law.
In public law, Tim receives regular instructions from local authorities and acts on behalf of family members and children’s guardians. He has a particular interest in cases involving complex medical evidence (including suspicious death, factitious and induced illness, shaking and sexual abuse) and cultural/religious issues.
In private law, Tim acts for adult family members and children (by their guardians) across the spectrum of private law disputes including child arrangements (residence, contact), child abduction and removal from the jurisdiction.
Tim also provides advice and representation for local authorities and family members involved in proceedings regarding forced marriage or ‘honour violence’.
Tim regularly gives seminars to solicitors and provides court skills training to social workers.–
Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2021
He is able to approach any problem with a calm, commanding and approachable manner.” “He’s a very well-respected junior counsel and a fantastic advocate. He’s very good with the clients and very well organised.””
The Legal 500 2021/2022
Tim is smart and combines a rigorous attention to detail in preparation with a quietly ruthless advocacy style which makes him a very effective unit as a barrister.’
Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2020
Whenever he says something in court, the judge will listen. He brings with him excellent preparation but also gravitas.” “Tim is unflappable. Clients like him and he has a manner about him which commands respect.”
The Legal 500 2020
“Specialises in abuse international child abduction cases.”
Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2019
“Very approachable and very well prepared. He is well respected by judges and professionals.” “A very friendly, professional and diligent barrister. He works incredibly hard and does his job incredibly well.”
- North Eastern Circuit