Tim is a solicitor and the Managing Partner of Serious Law. With over 30 years of experience in personal injury, Tim co-founded the firm in 1989 (then known as Sherrington Law) and became a partner in 1998.
Holding a master’s degree in Legal Practice Management, Tim has successfully led the firm’s Lexcel and Investors in People accreditations teams for many years, and he also is the firm's compliance officer for legal practice.
As the head of Serious Law’s Court of Protection department and a Court-appointed deputy, Tim represents a number of protected parties. He is responsible for their property and affairs, and manages several millions of pounds of protected party funds. He also acts as professional trustee in a number of sizeable Personal Injury Trusts.
Tim receives Court of Protection instructions from Serious Law clients and his services are recommended by other firms of solicitors, Queen’s Counsel, counsel, case managers and other experts. To ensure the best possible outcome for his clients, Tim is committed to delivering excellent client service through a focus on support, rehabilitation and cooperation.
Involved in many of the firm’s most complex and high value cases, Tim has represented numerous adults and children in cases involving brain injury, spinal cord injury, fatal accidents and other serious injuries. He concludes multi-million pound settlements on behalf of his clients, including cases with large sums of damages combined with annual payments for life.
Current and concluded cases include:
Spinal cord injury – paraplegia – 23 year old passenger in car
Spinal cord injury – tetraplegia – pedestrian felled by a tree branch
Spinal cord injury and brain injury – pedestrian struck by a taxi
Spinal cord injury and brain injury – driver of a car
Spinal cord injury and brain injury – child passenger in a car on Christmas Eve
Brain injury – teenage passenger in a car
Brain injury – child struck by a park gate
Brain injury – cyclist knocked off bike in London
Brain injury – pillion passenger thrown from motorcycle
Brain injury – pedestrian struck by delivery van in the early hours
Clinical negligence – undetected brain injury leading to death
Fatal accident – pedestrian run over by a bus
Fatal accident – cyclist struck by speeding car
Many cases involving pedestrians (often children) being struck by cars and buses leading to serious orthopaedic and spinal cord injuries
Numerous clinical negligence cases including nursing negligence; mismanaged delivery leading to cerebral palsy; mismanaged anaesthesia
Criminal injuries compensation claims
"Tim Walters has the ability to be empathetic yet incisive as he ensures that the clients' needs are paramount in negotiations. His client-first attitude set him apart from many other lawyers I have met that will sometimes look for compromise in negotiation to move on from certain issues. His integrity and strength of character cannot be doubted and I have amazing trust in him and the partners at Serious Law to deliver on promises.The Legal 500 2020"Tim Walters is utterly brilliant at dealing with Court of Protection matters - he very obviously puts the client’s interests first.The Legal 500 2020"I have known Tim for many years and have the pleasure of working alongside him regularly for a number of our mutual clients. From my experience Tim immediately establishes a strong, empathetic rapport with his clients which indicates his unique ability to endear himself to individuals with his mild but uncompromisingly professional attitude no matter what their age or background, which is in itself a rare skill. However this does not detract from his strong analytical approach and understanding of the issues and challenges faced when fulfilling the role as a deputy for the Court of Protection. Tim has a warm and pleasant demeanour underpinned by a steely determination to always do the right thing for his clients.Mark Holt, Independent Financial Adviser and Managing Director, Frenkel Topping Ltd"Ben Priestley, Tim Walters and Chris Lecky care about their client and families and demonstrate this by taking a clinical and personal interest whilst maintaining professional boundaries. They go above and beyond in terms of facilitating for any issues that arise and help to troubleshoot by acting as an extension of the treating team.The Legal 500 2019"Tim Walters - a client of Tim is a client for life, not just the duration of the case. He is a doer'- if Tim says something will be done, you can rest assured it will be done.The Legal 500 2019"Tim Walters is able to describe often complex situations in appropriate terms with great empathy.The Legal 500 2019"Tim Walters is recognised as being a safe pair of hands.The Legal 500 2019"Very experienced and methodical" Tim Walters, who "is a very good communicator with clients, families and all professionals involved in each case.The Legal 500 2018"Tim Walters is highly skilled and organised, while also being very empathetic to his clients.Legal 500 2017"As deputy for the Court of Protection, Tim understands that his role is not solely to manage accounts or look after finances, but to maintain good relationships with an understanding of his clients’ needs. He has good listening skills and will consider all opinions before making a calculated and informed decision, as his full focus of attention is on how to manage his clients’ situations in their best interests at all times. This ability, combined with good humour, allows him to communicate effectively with all age groups and backgrounds, and whilst his approach is empathetic and pleasant, I know that he is ready to take a firm stance and make difficult decisions when necessary.Stan Coupe: Financial Consultant at Adroit Financial Planning Ltd