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John Tillman


John Tillman

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 banks, major corporate, 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. Recommended for insolvency and distressed situation cases in the 2015 edition of Legal 500, John advised on many of the most significant disputes to arise from the credit crunch of 2007/8, ranging from his work for insolvency practitioners on SIV defaults (Cheyne, Sigma) to advising BNY Mellon on a dispute concerning 'flip' clauses in structured finance deals (Belmont). 

He currently advises the UK pension scheme and the PPF, a major creditor in the Nortel worldwide insolvency, and recently acted for the liquidator of Landsbanki Luxembourg on asset recovery litigation which came to a successful trial in England. John has advised on three cases which have reached the UK Supreme Court, and regularly presents and publishes on litigation and insolvency related topics.

'names of note include ... John Tillman (recommended for insolvency and distressed situations-related cases)'

Legal 500, 2015

Representative Experience

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 commercial property landlords on their successful challenge to the company voluntary arrangement (CVA) promoted by the electrical goods retailer, PRG Powerhouse.

Education and admissions


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