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Posted 15 October 2014
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Obituary for Tim Dyde

It is with great sadness that we announce that Tim Dyde, partner at Tozers Solicitors LLP, died on 15 October 2014 after suffering a brain haemorrhage on the evening of 13 October 2014.

Tim was head of the medical negligence department at Tozers in Exeter and he had built up one of the region’s most successful medical negligence teams. In addition to being a solicitor, Tim qualified as a Registered General Nurse (RGN) and had years of experience in major London teaching hospitals, giving him a valuable insight into medical negligence cases.

Tim, who was born on 4 June 1959, went to school in Kent in the seventies and, in 1980, he graduated with an LL.B. from Manchester University. During the eighties, Tim worked at Frenchay Hospital, St Thomas’ Hospital and trained as a nurse at the Royal London Hospital. In 1993, Tim joined Tozers as a trainee and qualified as a solicitor in 1995. Tim worked exclusively in the firm’s clinical negligence team, becoming a partner of the firm in 2001. As well as being head of the clinical negligence team, Tim became a member of the management team at Tozers this year.

In addition to being on the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel, Tim was regularly recognised as a leader in his field by the legal directories Chambers UK and Legal 500. In 2013, Chambers said: “Peers “have a lot of time for” and “would refer to” head of department Tim Dyde, who is lauded as “exceptional” by one client, “particularly for his patient and understanding manner, and also his knowledge of, and choice of, counsel.” The 2014 Chambers states: “He goes above and beyond the call of duty for families.”

Tim’s passion outside of work was music and he played sax with Nick Coles ‘Man on Fire’ in many venues across the South West particularly for private parties and wedding receptions. Tim enjoyed rugby and watched Exeter Chiefs beat London Irish on Saturday at Sandy Park.

Colleagues at Tozers are hugely saddened by Tim’s loss and he will be greatly missed not least because he was very genuine and supportive to his staff and fellow partners. As has been said, Tim went above and beyond the call of duty for his clients, to the extent that he was almost treated as a family member by some and was often asked to act as a Deputy for children and adults who had suffered a mental disability and could not manage their own affairs.

The thoughts of Tozers are with Tim’s son Jon and brother Jamie.

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