Timothy Forster

Call: 1990

Areas of expertise

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Tim Forster has been in continuous practice since being called to the Criminal Bar in 1990 and a member of Chambers since 1991. He is a registered Pupil Supervisor.

He is a Grade 4 prosecutor and member of the Rape Panel.

His broad-based criminal practice covers all forms of serious crime. Prosecution specialities include undercover operations and cases involving children and other vulnerable witnesses. Defence specialities include large-scale drug importation, serious fraud and sexual offences.

Cases he has conducted have made the front pages of most national newspapers: the Mirror (“‘TV actor sexually assaulted me to prove he was bisexual’: Teenager collapses giving evidence in court”), the Evening Standard (“Bungle frees acid attacker”), The Daily Sport (“Saved by his curly wurly”), as well as the inside pages of lesser papers (e.g. “Woman paid man £20,000 not to rape her”, “Dyslexic postman dumped mail”).

Tim is also a music writer and regular contributor to magazines such as MOJO, Uncut & Record Collector. As a founder member of late Brit Pop chart group Gay Dad he is well-placed for any cases involving a musical element. Notable clients have included the (then) managing director of Island Records and members of The Human League & Heaven 17.

He is married with 2 sons and lives in North West London.

Notable cases

Recent cases include:

R v. Ismail & El-Meghraby [2013]: Prosecuting husband and wife – Neurosurgeon and Hospital Registrar respectively – for holding their Egyptian domestic worker in servitude;

R v. X [2013]: prosecuting former Eastenders’ actor for Rape of a fellow student at stage school.

R v. Michael Peacock [2012]: Landmark prosecution for sado-masochistic homosexual material under the Obscene Publications Act.

R v. Jeba Marshall [2012]: Priest accused of sexually assaulting an altar boy.