Mr. Taylor is a solicitor advocate who was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2011. Based in Doha and Dubai, he specializes in international commercial and investment arbitration as well as complex multi-jurisdictional litigation, cross-border insolvencies, regulatory investigations, civil fraud, and asset tracing. He has earned a reputation as a creative legal strategist as well as an experienced advocate.
Mr. Taylor represents major corporations and financial institutions, sovereign states and parastatals, high net worth individuals and heads of state, with a broad range of experience across international trade and financial services, telecoms and media, construction and banking.
He acts as an advocate both in international arbitrations under the rules of most major international arbitration institutions, as well as in the High Court in London, the DIFC Courts and the Dubai World Tribunal (DWT), and the Courts of the British Virgin Islands and Seychelles.
As an arbitrator appointed by the LCIA in Dubai and London and the ICC, Mr. Taylor has mediated a wide range of commercial disputes. He has also advised on disputes and/or appeared in arbitrations in other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain and Qatar.
He also has expertise in regulatory investigations, including those carried out by central banks and financial services regulators in European and Middle Eastern jurisdictions.
Mr. Taylor has been recognized as a leader in international arbitration, mediation and asset tracing in the Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal, and Chambers Global. He is variously described as "veteran of the Dubai disputes world," a “strong and intelligent advocate," and “an extraordinary mind which allows him to bring something different to any piece of litigation.”
Mr. Taylor is the founding director of the International Lawyers for Africa (ILFA) program, which aims to build legal capacity and strengthen the rule of law in Africa through placements with major law firms in the UK.
*Mr. Taylor is not admitted to practice law in the United States.
- International Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- Represented major Dubai government-owned developer in unprecedented proceedings against the Dubai International Arbitration Centre to invalidate its appointment of a tribunal and seek an anti-arbitration injunction.
- Defeated committal application for several respondents in the leading case on the DIFC Courts’ contempt of court powers, leading to the modifications of the DIFC Courts’ prescribed form of penal notice and worldwide freezing orders.
- Represented one of the largest independent brokerage firms in the United States in DIFC Court proceedings concerning issues in relation to confidentiality, restrictive covenants and poaching of employees and clients.
- Defeated AED 2.4 billion claim by major UAE construction company against Dubai government-owned developer in a DIAC arbitration.
Publications & Events
Tim Taylor K.C. is the first overseas lawyer to be featured in the Beverly Hills Bar Association's War Stories series. He will explain how the principles used in commercial mediation can also be used in the peace process, based on his experience with drafting a framework peace agreement for Darfur and working on the Peace Project in Yemen.Zoom, November 15, 2023
In the News
A prominent Middle East-based lawyer sets out a prescription for progress in the intractable Israeli-Palestinian conflict. New economic opportunities based on a kind of UAE free zone development model could bring benefits to the Gaza Strip—and the Palestinian people at large—thus removing anti-Jewish animus.Law.com, October 11, 2023
- June 27, 2023
LBKM’s Middle East team is featured in The Legal 500 Private Practice Powerlist 2023 for Arbitration (Middle East). The publication is designed to highlight the region's leading arbitration counsel to Legal 500's broad international readership of private practice lawyers, in-house counsel, and expert witnesses.April 27, 2023
On March 2, 2023, the US government published a multi-agency notice setting forth red flags and warning of enhanced enforcement efforts related to third-party intermediary evasion of US Russia-related sanctions and export controls. The Financial Times subsequently reported that a senior Treasury official stated that the UAE was a “country of focus” for US investigators.March 2023
Tim Taylor KC, named to Legal 500's Private Practice Powerlist for Arbitration in the Middle East, sat down to chat about the most impressive arbitration he's worked on as counsel, how disputes differ between London and the Middle East, and more.Legal 500, March 2023
Tim Taylor KC, former head of international arbitration in Dubai at King & Wood Mallesons, has joined the partnership at US disputes boutique Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss – but will continue to be based in the Middle East.Global Arbitration Review, March 8, 2023
- The high profile King's Counsel has plied his trade in both the UK and the Middle East.
Disputes veteran Tim Taylor joins litigation boutique Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss (LBKM) and will reside in Doha and Dubai, further expanding the firm’s footprint in the Middle East.Law.com International, February 23, 2023
Tim Taylor KC comes on as a partner and will be based in Doha, Qatar, and Dubai, Lewis Baach said Wednesday. He has known his new firm's chair and co-founder, Eric Lewis, for several decades.Law360, February 17, 2023
- Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss Adds Respected International Dispute Resolution Partner to Expanding Middle East PracticeTim Taylor KC joins LBKM as partner in the Middle East, further expanding the firm’s robust offerings in the region
Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss (LBKM), a globally-recognized international litigation boutique, has added international arbitration and dispute resolution leader, Tim Taylor KC, as a partner. Mr. Taylor will reside in Doha and Dubai, further expanding the firm’s growing footprint in the Middle East.February 2023
- University of Oxford (1977)
- Solicitor, England & Wales