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Tim joined Matrix in October 2019 upon successful completion of his traineeship. He is developing a practice in criminal law and extradition, public law and human rights, and media and information law.

During traineeship, Tim was supervised by Dan Squires QC, Clare Montgomery QC, Guy Vassall-Adams QC, Helen Law and Aaron Watkins.

Crime and Extradition

Tim has had experience across a range of criminal law matters.

  • R v Extinction Rebellion: Instructed on behalf of a number of protesters charged with offences arising from the Extinction Rebellion climate change protests.
  • A Prosecution Authority v A Public Official: Assisted in advising a prosecution authority on charging a public official involving allegations of misconduct in public office (with Clare Montgomery QC).
  • In re X LLC: Assisted in resisting the registration of an overseas restraint order pursuant to the Protocol No 36 Regulations (with Aaron Watkins).
  • T v S: Assisted in successfully resisting the issuing of a summons for a private prosecution for conspiracy to defraud arising out of a business dispute in a family company (with Aaron Watkins).

During his traineeship, Tim assisted in both prosecuting and defending a number of extradition matters under Part 1 and Part 2 of the Extradition Act 2003. This included assisting in advising clients in the early stages of extradition proceedings, as well as providing assistance at a number of extradition hearings. The subject matter of these proceedings was varied, including allegations of commercial fraud, the illegal trade of antiquities, sexual offences and murder. By way of example:

  • Russian Federation v X, Y, Z: Assisted in advising a number of clients facing criminal charges in the Russian Federation for fraud arising from their commercial activities (with Aaron Watkins).
  • United States of America v I: Assisted in prosecuting an extradition case on behalf of the Government of the United States of America involving child sex offences (with Aaron Watkins).

Tim is on the CPS Advocate Panel, General Crime Level 1.

Public Law and Human Rights

In the course of his traineeship, Tim assisted in a number of significant cases in public law and human rights. He has worked at all stage of judicial review proceedings, from advising clients at the pre-action stage, to assisting in the preparation for an appeal. Tim has a particular interest in public law cases involving a significant criminal justice focus.

  • R (Bridges) v The Chief Constable of South Wales Police [2019] EWHC 2341 (Admin): Assisted in the first ever legal challenge to police use of automated facial recognition technology (with Dan Squires QC and Aidan Wills).
  • Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis v J: Assisted in a legal challenge to the imposition of a ‘gang injunction’ (with Helen Law).
  • R (Officer W80) v Director General of the Independent Office for Police Conduct [2019] EWHC 2215 (Admin): Conducted comparative law research work in support of judicial review proceedings arising out of a police disciplinary matter (with Tim Owen QC and Michelle Butler).
  • Syed v Secretary of State for Justice [2019] EWCA Civ 367: Assisted in a legal challenge to the conditions of detention of a prisoner who had been convicted of terrorism offences (with Dan Squires QC).
  • Watling v Chief Constable of Suffolk Constabulary [2019] EWHC 2342 (QB): Assisted in a civil claim against a police force arising out of the delayed provision of medical services to a detained person (with Nick Armstrong).

Inquests and Inquiries

Tim accepts instructions in inquests and inquiries matters. Prior to joining Chambers, Tim was a Legal Officer at the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. In that time, he contributed to public hearings investigating the sexual abuse of children in children’s homes operated by The Salvation Army,  a range of disability service providers, health care institutions and the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, among others.

In the course of traineeship, Tim assisted in a number of inquests and inquiries matters, including:

  • MA and BB v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWHC 1523 (Admin): Assisted in the preparation of the case for the intervener in this case concerning an inquiry into abuse at Brook House IRC (with Dan Squires QC).
  • Inquest into a death at HMP Woodhill: Assisted in the conduct of an inquest into a self-inflicted prison death on behalf of the family of the deceased (with Nick Armstrong).

Media and Information Law

Tim has a wide-ranging interest in media, privacy, and data protection law claims. During his traineeship, Tim gained experience working on a range of media law matters, including:

  • Various Claimants v News Group Newspapers Limited: Drafting defences in the Mobile Telephone Voicemail interception Litigation.

Education and Background

Tim holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Sydney, and an LLM (First Class) from the University of Cambridge.

Prior to commencing his traineeship at Matrix, Tim taught criminal law, evidence and torts at the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales. Tim has also interned at the Office of the Prosecutor of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague, contributing to the Office’s conduct of prosecutions in relation to the terrorist assassination of former Prime Minister of Lebanon, Rafik Hariri. He has been published the Law Quarterly Review, Criminal Law Journal and the University of New South Wales Law Journal, and has written for AUSPUBLAW and The Conversation.

Tim is admitted as a lawyer of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

Privacy Notice

Tim is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. In order to provide legal services to his clients, including advice and representation services, Tim needs to collect and hold personal data. This includes his client’s personal data and the personal data of others who feature in the matter upon which he is instructed. To read Tim’s privacy notice in full, please see here.

Tim is regulated by the Bar Standards Board and accepts instructions under Standard Contractual Terms. To find out more information on this and the way we work at Matrix, including our fee transparency statement, please see our see our service standards.