Tim Baldwin

Degree: 
BSc (Hons) (London) Biochemistry, PhD (London) Neuroscience, LLB (Hons) (London), MA (London) Medical Law & Ethics
Year of call and Inn: 
2001; Lincoln's Inn
Practice Overview: 

Tim Baldwin is a busy, dedicated civil and public law practitioner in court of protection and community care, inquests, regulatory enforcement, especially in respect of enforcement of housing standards in the private sector and planning, and landlord and tenant law. He is ranked in Chambers UK as a leading junior for social housing, and is identified as a leading junior in four categories of law in the Legal 500 for social housing, court of protection and community care, civil liberties and human rights and planning. 

Tim is an editor of the Community Care Law Reports for the Legal Action Group. He has co-authored a number of articles in Landlord and Tenant Review and Legal Action on evictions and the Localism Act 2011. He co-authored the Housing Act 2004: A Practical Guide, 2005 and The Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003: A Special Bulletin. He contributed a chapter on Inquests in Children’s Social Care Law, authored by Stephen Knafler QC. (2018) for Legal Action Group.

Tim provides seminars and bespoke training to solicitors on the Mental Capacity Act 2005 including Deprivation of Liberty, Care Act 2014, mental health law, treatment in the NHS, community care, welfare benefits and equality, prison law and Judicial Review.

Before starting practice Tim was a research assistant in the Public Law Team at the Law Commission, where he worked on reform of housing and local authority law. Also he worked as a part-time lecturer at King’s College London and the University of Westminster Law Schools. Tim worked as an administrator and researcher at the Public Law Project prior to his legal education and training. Prior to his legal career Tim trained and worked as a scientist specialising in molecular biology and brain development. Tim was a Hardwicke, Thomas More and Cassell scholar of Lincoln’s Inn.

He has appeared in a number of reported cases in the Court of Appeal, High Court, Upper Tribunal, as well as significant inquests.

Tim is also a tenant of Garden Court Chambers, London.

Professional Membership

Housing Law Practitioners Association (HLPA), Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA), Criminal Bar Association (CBA), Personal Injury Bar Association (PIBA), Planning and Environmental Bar Association (PEBA), Professional Negligence Bar Association (PNBA), Mental Health Lawyers Association (MHLA), UK Constitutional Law Association, Inquest Lawyers Group.

Tim is an elected member of the Housing Law Practitioners Association executive. Tim is now a member of the HLPA subcommittee, created to assist tenants in the Grenfell Tower tragedy in 2017. He has also been a member of the Inquest Lawyers steering group.

Areas of Practice

Recommendations and Reviews

In the Chambers UK Bar Guide 2018

“Dedicated junior with a reputation for taking on challenging and legally complex social housing work. His practice typically concerns homelessness and allocation cases for tenants with mental health issues or specialist community care needs. He also impresses with his representation of tenants in unlawful eviction and disrepair claims.” “Always calm and collected, and has a good rapport with clients. He is very good at unusual cases.” “He is very intelligent and experienced. If you want a technical opinion, you go to him.”

In the Chambers UK 2014 guide 

Commentators describe him as “an expert in social welfare” and in relation to Community Care that “He finds novel arguments in difficult cases to achieve results for the clients. This is what he’s good at – not just getting results, but getting the right outcome for his clients.”

In the Legal 500 2017 a leading junior in four areas of law

“Extremely sharp, tenacious and always helpful.”

Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)

“He sees though the static to isolate the legal issues in a public law case, and is extremely reliable and professional.”

Court of Protection and community care

“He can be relied upon to guide a judicial review claim from issue to hearing with calm effectiveness.”

Planning

“He instils confidence and takes time to listen to clients’ needs.” and also “A strong advocate in difficult cases” in the Legal 500 2016 guide.

Social housing