Tim is an experienced family law practitioner specialising in proceedings involving children He has notable expertise in child protection cases but is well versed at empathetically working with separated parents. In addition to representing parents, children and guardians, Tim represents Local Authorities.
In addition, Tim acts as a family mediator and accredited Arbitrator under the Children Scheme which plays to his sensitive approach, excellent negotiation and settlement skills. Having an established court-based practice, he is able to put clients at ease via his familiarity with the process and calm manner.
In 2021 Tim returned to full time practice at the Bar after accepting a position as a lecturer at City Law School, University of London on the Bar Professional Training Course (later the Bar Vocational Studies Course) in 2018.
Outside Tim’s practice as a Barrister, he is Chair of the ROSPA ‘Southern Motorcycle Advanced Road Training’ Group and an active member of the Mid-Sussex Triathlon Club.Children (Public Law)
Within public law children Tim is instructed in complex and lengthy Care Proceedings, representing parents, guardians and local authorities. Having an established court-based practice, he is able to put clients at ease via his familiarity with the process and calm manner.
- Re C (Child) : Represented appellant mother in successful appeal - approach of court when child returned to mother's care.
- Re G (Children)  EWCA Civ 1017: 'Man of straw and costs' - Counsel for mother (respondent) in lower court - appeal dismissed.
- Re G : Six day fact-finding hearing - represented father - serious injury to child's genitalia- finding that mother caused injury.
- Represented father in case involved fractured skull to baby. Case lasted 11 days and a finding made that the perpetrator was the child-minder.
- Re M  represented father in 3 week case involving allegations that he had sexually abused his three young children. The Local Authority was represented by Leading and Junior Counsel.
Tim has experience of representing both mothers and fathers in applications for orders in contentious private law cases involving allegations of parental alienation, intractable contact disputes, and domestic and international relocation. Tim also acts for parents in section 8 Children Act 1989 applications, including those which feature non-compliance and enforcement, require a rule 16.4 guardian, involving permission to remove children from England and Wales, and where special guardianship orders are sought.
Tim trained as a Family Mediator in 1997, and has extensive experience working with separating parents. This has involved issues concerning children, finances and relocation abroad.
In light of the recent move to remote working and the backlog of cases delaying court dates, Mediation is an excellent alternative to going to court as it works well remotely, resolves issues within a reasonable timeframe and with considerable success.
After being admitted as an Arbitrator under the Children Scheme in 2017, Tim has undertaken arbitrations in person and remotely. Tim offers this service to separating parents and families as a way to quickly, clearly and cost-effectively conclude their case where the court was unable to accommodate the parties within a reasonable timescale.
Tim Bergin returns to full time practice - Apr 2021
Paul Ashwell And Tim Bergin brave the Hever Castle Open Water Swim Competition - Sep 2020
How can I resolve my case quickly and remotely? When Arbitration is the answer - Jun 2020
(Remote) Life at the Bar with the Sutton Trust - Apr 2020
What to do about children spending time with their separated parents during COVID-19 - Apr 2020
Resolve your disputes remotely and without relying on the Family Court during COVID-19 - Mar 2020
Celebrate National Pro Bono week with 1COR’s arbitration team - Nov 2019
1 Crown Office Row remains a Tier 1 Set in the Legal 500 2020 - Sep 2019
1COR’s annual Ghulam Hussain Volleyball Cup featured in The Argus - Aug 2019
1COR’s annual Ghulam Hussain Volleyball Cup is here! - Jul 2019
An endorsement for arbitration from Mr Justice Moor in CM v CM - Mar 2019
Tim Bergin, Michael Walker and Kate Richmond swimming in the Lions Swimarathon 2018 - Mar 2018
Members taking part in Charity Swimathon - Apr 2017
Members take part in Charity Swimathon - Apr 2015
London and Brighton Members and clerks take part in the London to Brighton Bike ride - May 2014
Family Law without the Lawyers? McKenzie Friends, Litigants in person and funding expert reports Seminar - Jun 2012
We are currently recruiting family law practitioners - Dec 2010