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Tim Riordan

Partner

Contact
CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
1-3 Charter Square
Sheffield
S1 4HS
United Kingdom
Languages English

Tim Riordan is a partner in our Insurance and Reinsurance Group based in our Sheffield office specialising in defendant personal injury litigation, costs, civil claims following data breaches and product liability. He works for self-insured companies, insurers and public bodies and he is particularly active in the energy, manufacturing and Local Authority markets. 

Tim defends all types of Personal Injury and Industrial Disease matters from low value to multi-million-pound catastrophic claims. Tim also advises clients with regards to policies and procedures for preventing claims and general Health & Safety advice. Tim is a strong advocate who regularly represents his clients at application hearings, case and costs management conferences and inquests, in which he cross examines witnesses and medical experts. 

Tim is the manager of the CMS costs team, dealing with all civil disputes across the firm. Tim has been instrumental in costs litigation and does not shy away from test cases such as  fixed portal costs avoidance, success fees for NIHL, CFAs, Notice to Cancel, level of ATE premiums, QOCS and importantly Bills of Costs following costs budgeting. He was also key in ensuring retention of NIHL claims within the Low Value EL/PL Protocol leading to potential savings of several million pounds for a key client. The team offers a “cradle to grave” service on all costs issues. 

Tim regularly provides bespoke training and case clinics to clients together with guidance on all types of personal injury and disease claims handling. 

Tim gives clear and concise quantum advice in relation to clients where there are high deductibles in the insurance cover. 

Tim is a keynote speaker who undertakes regular webinars for third parties such as LexisNexis. 

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Relevant experience

  • Defending a fatal minor secondary exposure asbestos claim.
  • Successfully defending an appeal on extending the vicarious liability test.
  • Invited to mediation on the MOJ consultation on costs in NIHL.
  • Curbing claimant conduct on fixed costs avoidance saving several million for one client.
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Education

  • 2001 – LPC, Pg Dip, London Guildhall University
  • 2000 – Law Degree, LLB, London Guildhall University
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25/06/2021
Part 36.17 in­dem­nity costs re­cov­er­able even where dam­ages awar­ded are nom­in­al
In a de­cision that should re­mind dis­pute law­yers of the im­port­ance of giv­ing prop­er con­sid­er­a­tion to the po­ten­tially sig­ni­fic­ant con­sequences of Part 36 of­fers, an ap­peal against a de­cision that in­dem­nity...
21/06/2021
Fail­ure to val­idly serve a bill of costs in­val­id­ated a de­fault costs cer­ti­fic­ate
In a de­cision that should op­er­ate as a salut­ary warn­ing to dis­putes law­yers, Costs Judge Le­onard has dis­missed a claimant’s at­tempts to rec­ti­fy the po­s­i­tion where avoid­able er­rors were made in ser­vice...
26/05/2021
CMS sig­ni­fic­antly strengthens in­sur­ance of­fer­ing with two new part­ners...
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS is pleased to an­nounce the ap­point­ment of Gregor Woods as a part­ner, and the pro­mo­tion of Tim Ri­ordan to part­ner in its De­fend­ant Per­son­al In­jury team, part of the firm’s...
30/04/2021
High Court con­firms dis­cre­tion to award costs to a party des­pite budget...
The High Court has con­firmed that the court has dis­cre­tion to award costs to a party sub­ject to sanc­tions for not fil­ing a budget in time. Back­ground In Pas­richa v Pas­richa (Rev 1)[2021] EWHC 1017 (Ch), ...
08/04/2021
Loc­al au­thor­ity not vi­cari­ously li­able for a cor­por­ate sub-con­tract­or to...
The High Court has held that a loc­al au­thor­ity was not vi­cari­ously li­able for ab­use com­mit­ted by an em­ploy­ee of a private chil­dren’s home run by an in­de­pend­ent cor­por­ate sub-con­tract­or. The court also...
25/11/2020
QOCS and group lit­ig­a­tion or­ders for per­son­al in­jury claims – to is­sue...
A re­cent de­cision in the Ox­ford County Court in Wa­ter­field and 25 oth­ers v Dent­al­ity and 3 oth­ers (No.2) [2020] 11 WLUK 223 has in­tro­duced an­oth­er is­sue to be con­sidered when ap­ply­ing for a Group Lit­ig­a­tion...
07/04/2020
Em­ploy­er not vi­cari­ously li­able for mass data breach by rogue em­ploy­ee,...
In WM Mor­ris­ons Su­per­mar­ket PLC v Vari­ous Claimants [2020] UK­SC 12, the Su­preme Court has over­turned the Court of Ap­peal de­cision that an em­ploy­er can be vi­cari­ously li­able to mul­tiple claimants for a...
06/12/2019
Court of Ap­peal cla­ri­fies ap­proach to find­ings of fact in noise-in­duced...
In Mack­en­zie v Al­coa Man­u­fac­tur­ing (GB) Ltd [2019] EW­CA Civ 2110, the Court of Ap­peal has cla­ri­fied the prop­er ap­proach to find­ings of fact in noise-in­duced hear­ing loss (NIHL) claims in cir­cum­stances...
15/11/2019
An­oth­er po­ten­tial low value EL/PL Pro­tocol Portal es­cape route for claimants...
The Court of Ap­peal has ruled that a claimant can­not avoid the re­quire­ments of the Pre-Ac­tion Pro­tocol for Low Value Per­son­al In­jury (Em­ploy­ers’ Li­ab­il­ity and Pub­lic Li­ab­il­ity) Claims by seek­ing to...
12/06/2019
High Court gives guid­ance on pro­por­tion­al­ity in costs as­sess­ments
One of the corner­stones of Lord Justice Jack­son’s costs re­forms is that costs should be pro­por­tion­ate to the mat­ter at is­sue. In a rare High Court de­cision ex­amin­ing this test, Mar­cus Smith J has giv­en...
12/06/2019
High Court ap­plies a "high test" for avoid­ing fixed costs in cases that...
The High Court has ap­plied a “high test” when con­sid­er­ing wheth­er a claimant could re­cov­er more than fixed costs in a case that had been re­moved from the pro­tocol for low-value per­son­al in­jury claims...
03/06/2019
Pen­al­ties for not beat­ing claimant’s Part 36 of­fer in lit­ig­a­tion tempered...
In two cases fa­vour­able to the pay­ing parties, the courts have cla­ri­fied the ap­plic­a­tion of the 10% up­lift pay­able to a claimant that has beaten its own Part 36 of­fer. The courts con­sidered wheth­er an...