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Tim Baldwin

Tim Baldwin is a practicing barrister at Garden Court Chambers (London) and Albion Chambers (Bristol) and was called to the Bar in 2001. Tim is ranked in Chambers UK for Social Housing and Community Care and is also identified as a leading junior in the Legal 500 for Social Housing; Court of Protection and Community Care; and Administrative Law and Human Rights. Tim is known for his fierce commitment to representing vulnerable, marginalised and disadvantaged clients. He has considerable experience specialising in Court of Protection proceedings concerning health and welfare decisions, accommodation and DOLS issues for applicants and all respondents, including emergency applications and instruction by the Official Solicitor. Recent cases have concerned disputes over residence, contact and care together with DOLS and court authorisation of deprivation of liberty including damages claims for false imprisonment. Tim is an editor of the Community Care Law Reports and contributed to the books for LAG in Adult Social Care Law and Children's Social Care Law, authored by the late Stephen Knafler QC. Tim has co-authored a number of books in housing and regulation of housing standards in addition to articles in LAG Magazine and other publications.

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. Tim provides training for HJT training on civil litigation linked to immigration and asylum cases and, for Edge training on Court of Protection issues.

Tim advised MIND as to amendments to the Bill leading to the Care Act 2014 on changes introduced in the House of Lords to section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983 and on proposed safeguarding provisions when passing through Parliament.

Tim is the co-chair of Housing Law Practitioner Association, is a member of the LAPG advisory panel on legal aid issues. He was also a member of the HLPA subcommittee created to assist tenants in the Grenfell Tower tragedy in 2017.

Tim is presently joint head of the Garden Court Chambers Court of Protection Team.

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. He was 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 before his legal education and training. Prior to his legal career Tim trained and worked as a scientist specialising in molecular biology and brain development.


BSc (Hons) (Biochemistry) ARCS (London)

PhD (Neuroscience)(London)

LLB (Hons) (London)

MA (Medical Law & Ethics) (London)

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