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Tim Coolican Principal Lawyer

Experience Profile

Tim Coolican is a Principal Lawyer leading the Criminal & Misconduct team in Birmingham

Tim qualified in 1998 and in the same year joined Russell Jones & Walker, now Slater and Gordon, to set up a Criminal department in the newly opened Cardiff office. He quickly established a reputation for the successful representation of clients in complex cases. Tim was made a Partner in 2003. In 2004 he moved to lead the team based in the Birmingham office.

Tim regularly represents Police Officers facing serious Criminal and Misconduct allegations and has significant experience in a range of related proceedings including judicial review and inquests. His cases are often complex and high profile.

His expertise is recognised by both of the leading independent guides to the legal profession. In Chambers & Partners 2014 Tim is ranked in Band 2 for Crime "Tim Coolican is praised by sources for his "encyclopaedic knowledge of, in particular, the Police Misconduct Regulations." They say that "he is a brilliant tactician and will spot arguments that others fail to see". The Legal 500 2013 edition states that "Tim Coolican has an ‘encyclopaedic knowledge of the Police Misconduct Regulations’". The Chambers & Partners 2013 UK legal directory states that Key Individual "Tim Coolican is the head of the criminal department, and is recognised for his expertise in complex criminal cases involving historic sexual abuse, fraud and misconduct in public office" Chambers & Partners 2012 describe Tim as "extremely patient." While Chambers & Partners 2011 state that Tim "has impressive interpersonal skills" and is an expert in police misconduct and regulatory matters”. The Legal 500 2011 observes that Tim is ‘bright, affable and cool under pressure’, and exercises ‘terrific judgement’.

He has particular experience of advising Officers in relation to fatalities arising from contact with the Police including; deaths in custody, firearms incidents and road traffic accidents.

Tim has also advised Police Officers in the full range of duty and non duty related allegations.  His cases have included representing officers accused of; corruption, fraud, money laundering, Misconduct in Public Office, Perverting the Course of Justice and assault. He frequently advises officers in relation to driving related offences, in particular those arising out of ‘emergency response’.

Tim has lectured to other lawyers and Police Federation representatives in relation to Misconduct procedures. 

Tim studied History and Law at the University of Kent. He completed his professional training at the University of Westminster and the University of the West of England.