Tim Parker is a member of Blackstone Chambers in London, and Denis Chang’s Chambers in Hong Kong.
Tim’s practice spans public international law litigation and advisory work, constitutional and administrative law, competition, and civil / commercial matters. He is ranked Chambers & Partners Asia (2018) as:
“One of the best public law juniors around.”
“A bright star in the making for administrative law cases.”
Tim holds an LL.M (First Class) from the University of Cambridge, where he was elected to the coveted Whewell Scholarship in International Law. Tim also holds an LL.B and PC.LL from the University of Hong Kong, and a B.A. from the University of Melbourne.
Awarded the Bar Scholarship in 2008, Tim was admitted to the Hong Kong Bar in 2009. He was called to the Bar of England & Wales (Middle Temple) in 2017.
Tim has appeared in a number of landmark public law cases before the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal. He regularly appears in the High Court in judicial review matters involving human rights and civil liberties issues. Recent high profile cases include a successful discrimination challenge against the Immigration Department’s policy refusing dependant visas to same-sex couples (QT v Director of Immigration  5 HKLRD 166, Court of Appeal); acting for the UNHCR in the Court of Final Appeal a case establishing the duty of the Hong Kong Government to screen refugee claims (C & Others v Director of Immigration (UNHCR Intervening) (2013) 16 HKCFAR 280); representing a hedge fund and its principal in ongoing commercial judicial review concerning the use of compelled testimony in foreign proceedings (AA v Securities and Futures Commission,  1 HKLRD 1018).
Tim acted in Hong Kong’s only major competition case to date (Television Broadcasts Ltd v Communications Authority  2 HKLRD 41, successfully challenging the constitutionality of the broadcasting sector competition law) and is instructed in the first case brought before the Hong Kong Competition Tribunal. He is also a member of the Competition Commission’s Panel of External Counsel.
In the civil and commercial arena, Tim handles a variety of contractual, tortious and company disputes. Recent work includes Indian Overseas Bank v Seabulk Systems & Ors  HKCFI 112 (High Court trial of a contractual and banking dispute), and advising a technology company valued at over USD 10 billion in a dispute concerning a substantial portion of its shares.
Tim also handles a wide range of public international law matters. He regularly advises and acts for Governments, international intergovernmental organisations (including within the UN system) and private entities in areas including: the law of treaties (including reservations), territorial disputes, human rights, the law of international organisations, the law of armed conflict and refugee law, among others. He also has substantial experience in international criminal law, consulting in matters before the Appeals Chamber of the Intxernational Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the Hague. Before joining the Bar, Tim interned with the United Nations at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal (UNAKRT, Phnom Penh, Cambodia) in an international criminal law role.
Tim is a CEDR accredited mediator.
Appointments and Publications
- Hong Kong Competition Commission, Panel of External Counsel
- Hong Kong Bar Association, Committee on Constitutional Affairs and Human Rights
- Hong Kong Bar Association, Committee on International Law
- Global Rights Compliance (Paris), Consultant (international law litigation; human rights in business)
Published widely, Tim’s academic work is in the fields of public international law and Hong Kong public law.