Tim Owen QC - Matrix Chambers
Tim Owen QC

Tim Owen QC

"an intellectual lawyer and a great jury advocate" "one of the best appellate advocates of his generation" "brave, fearless, relentless with excellent judgment"

Chambers and Partners/Legal 500, 2018-2021
Called: 1983 | Silk: 2000

Tim is a highly regarded specialist in a wide range of practice areas that span the fields of fraud/regulatory, criminalpublichuman rightsmedia and information, extradition/MLA, sports, asset recovery, police and civil law.  For the past decade he has been listed by the main Legal Directories as a leading Silk in 6 separate practice areas as well as being included as a one of the Stars at the Bar by Chambers and Partners.  A comprehensive list of his most significant current and past cases across the range of his practice areas is to be found on his case list.

His practice embraces pre-litigation advice, trial and appellate work and he is valued as an advocate with specialist knowledge of the criminal, regulatory and civil law aspects of complex investigations who can provide strategic advice to companies, regulators, multi-national corporations, professional bodies, governments and individuals from the earliest stages of an investigation through to trial and appeal.

The Legal Directories (see quotations below) have consistently marked him out as an exceptional advocate who impresses both as a jury and an appellate advocate and who commands huge respect from the Bench at all levels.  He is universally praised for his ability to absorb a mass of complex information, his judgment, his outstanding cross-examination skills, his fearlessness, his team working skills, his ability to communicate with and to gain the trust of clients of every kind and the quality of his written advocacy.

In recent years, he has acted both in the UK and Hong Kong in a wide range of business crime cases (at both trial and appellate level) involving bribery/corruption, corporate criminal liability, money laundering, market abuse, sanctions offences, cartel offences, frauds of all kinds, insider dealing and other regulatory offences. His clients include FTSE 100 and 250 companies, foreign governments and corporations, individual clients and the DPP (in the UK, Mauritius and in Hong Kong).

He has appeared in many of the most significant public and human rights law cases over the past three decades covering the fields of criminal law, national security, prisons, terrorism (control orders, TPIMS, SIAC) policing, fair trial rights, freedom of expression/political protest, data protection and privacy, mental health, inquests, regulatory/disciplinary.  He has also appeared in recent years in high profile public/family law cases which have raised novel issues of diplomatic and state immunity.

He is a widely acknowledged expert in the fields of policing, confiscation, asset recovery and unexplained wealth orders and is co-editor of one of the leading texts on the law of Asset Recovery (OUP).  He has appeared in countless cases concerning police powers, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, misfeasance in public office, surveillance, investigatory powers, search warrants and production/disclosure orders.  He is on the list of Counsel instructed by the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

He has appeared in more than 60 appeals to the House of Lords/Supreme Court/Privy Council and in countless appeals to the Court of Appeal in both civil and criminal cases, usually involving novel, complex issues of law. He has been described as “one of the best appellate advocates of his generation” (Legal 500) and regularly provides second opinions on the conduct of trials at first instance.

He has extensive experience of cases involving an international, cross border dimension and has appeared in the courts of Hong Kong and the Cayman Islands in both civil and criminal cases.  He has also appeared in numerous cases before the European Court of Human Rights and the International Criminal Court.

He is an Advisory Editor of Blackstone’s Criminal Practice 2021, co-author of Prison Law (5th Ed, OUP), co-editor of Asset Recovery: criminal confiscation and civil recovery (OUP), contributing author (chapter on individual criminal liability/cartel offence) to UK Competition Law: the New Framework (OUP, 2016), contributing author (chapter on owners and directors test) to Football and the Law (Bloomsbury, 2018)

In addition to his practice at the Bar, Tim sits as a Deputy High Court Judge in the Administrative Court, is an Acting Judge to the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands and a Member of the Sports Resolutions Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators.  He is a founder member of Matrix Chambers and a Master of the Bench of Middle Temple.

Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA)

Criminal Bar Association (CBA)

The Fraud Lawyers Association (FLA)

Member of the Bar of Antigua and Barbuda

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


"Incredibly good manner with the court”. “a brilliant appellate advocate”, commenting that “he’s really easy to listen to, which makes him such a dangerous opponent”. A “wise tactician”

Chambers & Partners 2015, Star at the Bar

"Extremely bright and someone with an astonishing work rate."

Chambers & Partners 2021, Financial Crime

"A devastating cross examiner, excellent with clients and quickly establishes a relationship of trust and confidence with them."

"Always sees the wood for the trees, a first rate lawyer and devastating cross examiner."

Legal 500 2021, Financial Crime

"An excellent lawyer with superb advocacy skills"

Legal 500 2017, Financial Crime

"He is on top of his game. A consummate team player and tactician”, “an accomplished Silk with a burgeoning corporate fraud practice that covers a multitude of criminal activities."

Chambers & Partners 2016, Financial Crime

"An affable easy-going guy and a dreamy advocate. He is just fabulous in court – it’s like watching Federer in court; it looks easy but it’s not. Articulate and quick thinking but also very brave and robust"

Chambers & Partners 2020, Financial Crime (Corporates)

"Calm and collected in difficult situations."

Chambers & Partners 2019, Financial Crime (Corporates)

"One of the biggest legal brains at the criminal Bar. He’s very forceful when he has to be and stands up for both professional and lay clients – he will not be intimidated by any judge."

Chambers & Partners 2020, General Crime

"An utterly tenacious advocate."

Legal 500 2019, General Crime

"An intellectual lawyer and a great jury advocate."

Chambers & Partners 2018, General Crime

"He is the consummate advocate and commands tremendous respect from the Bench."

Chambers & Partners 2017, General Crime

"Always calm and collected in difficult situations."

Chambers & Partners 2016, General Crime

"A strategic thinker."

Legal 500 2015, General Crime

"Has a wealth of experience in handling serious crime cases, including human trafficking and sensitive fraud and corruption matters. His practice has a notably international outlook."

Chambers & Partners 2015, General Crime

"Displays a massive amount of attention to detail and fights incredibly hard for his clients."

Chambers & Partners 2021, Proceeds of Crime and Asset Forfeiture

"An utterly tenacious advocate."

Legal 500 2021, Proceeds of Crime and Asset Forfeiture

"Absolutely excellent on his feet."

Chambers & Partners 2021, Administrative and Public Law

"Instructed in the most sensitive cases."

Legal 500 2021, Administrative and Public Law

"A very good advocate who is well respected by the court. Has a real trial lawyer’s sense of how to run a case and he’s very easy to work with. Brilliant intellect."

Chambers & Partners 2020, Administrative and Public Law

"Superb judgment and knows exactly how to distil a case into a written document. The court really listens to him."

Legal 500 2021, Civil Liberties and Human Rights

"Tim is well respected by the court. He has an easy manner and a real trial lawyer’s sense of how to run a case."

Chambers & Partners 2020, Civil Liberties and Human Rights

"A brilliant Silk with a wonderful manner; good at streamlining a case with a measured approach."

Chambers & Partners 2019, Civil Liberties and Human Rights