Tim is an expert in contentious insolvency litigation encompassing director misfeasance, antecedent transactions and enforcement of office-holders’ investigatory powers leading to asset recoveries for creditors.


The Legal 500 says of Tim: “Prompt, commercially sensible and practical with good attention to detail” and “Tim Symes always maintains high levels of service and is always able to provide exactly what I need. Down to earth, friendly and professional.”

Chambers and Partners says: “He is a superb litigator who gives extremely good advice. He is solution-focused and delivers advice with clarity and foresight.”


  • Acting for a liquidator in bringing proceedings against a director of a company which engaged in a multimillion pound gold bullion tax avoidance scheme
  • Acting for a trustee in bankruptcy to recover assets of a bankrupt who defrauded lenders of millions of pounds through fictional property valuations


Tim did his training contract at Thomson Snell and Passmore before moving to BDB Pitmans as an assistant solicitor in 2002. He joined PDT Solicitors as a partner and Head of Contentious Insolvency in 2005 before moving to DMH Stallard in 2013 to become a partner and Head of the Restructuring and Insolvency Group. Tim joined Stewarts in September 2020.

Accreditations and memberships


Publications and media

Articles Tim has written include:

  • Licence to trade wrongfully – false comfort for directors and LLP members?
  • The fall of Employee Benefit Trust Schemes – and the rise of misfeasance claims


Tim and his partner have two beautiful daughters, aged 7 and 10. He enjoys keeping fit and flying – he has a private pilot’s licence.