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John Tillman

Partner Litigation, Arbitration, and Employment



Tillman John

John Tillman
Tillman John
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"He understands litigation and the law, and he knows what is going to work and what is not - he is a remarkably intelligent guy."

Chambers UK 2020

As a partner, John Tillman advises clients on major commercial disputes, focusing particularly on cases involving financial transactions and insolvency/distressed situations. He also regularly advises on fraud and asset recovery exercises, from investigations through to litigation and enforcement. The majority of John's cases have an international element, and he regularly advises on disputes involving multiple jurisdictions where cross-border co-ordination is critical.

He guides a wide range of clients, including financial institutions, major corporates, pension schemes and insolvency practitioners through some of the most complex and sensitive disputes with a focus in each case on his client's strategic objectives. Regularly recommended in the leading directories, John advised on many of the most significant disputes to arise from the financial crisis, ranging from his work for insolvency practitioners on SIV defaults to advising the security trustee on a dispute concerning the validity of 'flip' clauses in structured finance deals. He advised the UK pension scheme and the PPF in the international litigation arising from the worldwide Nortel insolvency, and is currently advising a variety of financial institutions and officeholders on matters ranging from an ISDA dispute to a substantial capital markets dispute.

John has advised on three cases which have reached the UK Supreme Court, and regularly presents and publishes on litigation and insolvency related topics.

quote mark

"He understands litigation and the law, and he knows what is going to work and what is not - he is a remarkably intelligent guy."

Chambers UK 2020

Representative experience

Advising a financial institution on a dispute arising out of the extension of a swap under ISDA documentation.
Advising the administrators of Lehman Brothers Holdings plc (In Administration) on the Waterfall III litigation.
Advising overseas liquidators on recognition in England and in obtaining a freezing order against a former officer of the company.
Advising the UK pension scheme trustee and the PPF in the English and worldwide Nortel litigation.
Advising US Bank Trustees Limited as security trustee in the Windermere VII CMBS litigation concerning Class X notes.
Advising the Liquidator of Landsbanki Luxembourg SA on asset recovery litigation against a borrower involving a full trial in England.
Advising BNY Mellon as security trustee in the Perpetual/Belmont litigation concerning the validity of 'flip clauses' in a synthetic CDO programme.
Advising a major retail bank in the conduct of investigations concerning suspected fraud within an entity to which the bank had lent over £100m.
Advising the Receivers appointed over various SIVs, including Cheyne Finance Plc, Rhinebridge Plc and Sigma Finance Corporation.
Advising commercial property landlords on their successful challenge to the company voluntary arrangement (CVA) promoted by the electrical goods retailer, PRG Powerhouse.


  • LPC, Oxford Institute of Legal Practice, 2000
  • B.A. (Jurisprudence), University of Oxford, 1999