Tim was born in Wales in 1949 and was educated at Haileybury and then Trinity College Cambridge, where he read economics and law. After his degree he did his articles at Coward Chance (now Clifford Chance).
After working as a volunteer at the North Kensington Law Centre he joined the Streatham Liberal Association (1973). In 1976 he became the Secretary to the Association of Liberal Lawyers, campaigning for civil liberties and legal aid, he went on to become its Chair.
He went on to become Chairman of the Liberal Party 1986-1988 and played a significant part in the merger negotiations with the SDP to form the Liberal Democrats. He ran Paddy Ashdown's campaign to become leader of the Party in 1988 and was Treasurer of the Party from 2005-2010. He now chairs Lib Dems in Communications.
In 1994 he was the Director of the Liberal Democrats campaign for the European Elections and then vice chair of the Party's 1997 General Election Campaign team and Chair of the 2000 and 2004 London Mayoral and Assembly campaigns.
He joined the House of Lords In 1998 was appointed the Party's health spokesman in the Lords until 2004. From 2004 until 2010 he was Lib Dem spokesperson in the Lords for Culture, Media and Sport.
In the Lords he has successfully piloted the Tobacco Advertising and Sponsorship Bill through the House as a private members bill which came into effect in 2004 and then subsequently the Live Music Act 2012 which deregulated the performance of live music in smaller venues.
Outside of politics he has been the Legal Director of Grand Metropolitan Retailing and then the Head of Legal Services at London Weekend Television, from 1986 to 1995. He was Legal Director and Group Company Secretary of Kingfisher plc and joined DLA Piper the global law firm in 1999. For 10 years he was Co-Chairman of Global Government Relations, DLA Piper’s government and media relations practice.
He is now the London Managing Partner of DLA Piper and chair its China, and Middle East desks.
Tim has also been Chairman of Crime Concern and a Council Member of the London Lighthouse and was between 1986 and 2008 a Trustee of Cancerbackup, the cancer information charity founded by his late wife Dr Vicky Clement-Jones which merged with MacMillan Cancer Support in 2008.
He is the Honorary President of Ambitious About Autism, the autism education charity, having been its chair for several years. I was from 2008 to 2012 chairman of the Council of the London School of Pharmacy and now sits on the Council of University College London.
In 2015 Tim was appointed as a Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Business, Innovation and Skills and Culture, Media, Sports and Tourism. He also sits on the Built Environment Committee.
He married Jean in 1994 and has a son, Harry, born in 1998. In his spare time Tim enjoys cinema, theatre, the creative industries, travel, running and modern art.