Tim is a highly regarded specialist in a wide range of practice areas that span the fields of fraud/regulatory, criminal, public, human rights, media 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 general CV.
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.
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The legal directories rank Tim as a Leading Silk in 6 practice areas:
Star at the Bar (Chambers & Partners 2015): “’Fantastic advocate Tim Owen QC receives effusive praise for his “incredibly good manner with the court”. Sources describe him as “a brilliant appellate advocate”, commenting that “he’s really easy to listen to, which makes him such a dangerous opponent”. His outstanding advocacy skills are shored up by his experience, judgment and strategic prowess, leading peers to characterise him as a “wise tactician” with a very longstanding reputation”.
Financial crime: “Extremely bright and someone with an astonishing work rate” (C&P 2021) “A devastating cross examiner, excellent with clients and quickly establishes a relationship of trust and confidence with them” (Legal 500 2021) “Always sees the wood for the trees, a first rate lawyer and devastating cross examiner” (Legal 500 2021) “An excellent lawyer with superb advocacy skills” (Legal 500 2017), “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” (C&P 2016) “one of the best appellate advocates of his generation” (Legal 500, 2013).
Financial crime (Corporates): “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” (C&P 2020), “Calm and collected in difficult situations” (C&P 2019)
Crime (general): “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” (C&P 2020) “an utterly tenacious advocate” (Legal 500 2019) “an intellectual lawyer and a great jury advocate” (C&P 2018), “He is the consummate advocate and commands tremendous respect from the Bench” (C&P 2017) “always calm and collected in difficult situations” (C&P 2016), “A strategic thinker” (Legal 500 2015), “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” (C&P 2015), “incredibly able and highly intelligent…as an advocate he’s supremely elegant” (C&P 2014), “approachable, extremely bright and tactically spot on” (Legal 500 2013).
Proceeds of crime and asset forfeiture: “displays a massive amount of attention to detail and fights incredibly hard for his clients” (C&P 2021) “an utterly tenacious advocate” (Legal 500, 2021) “Has that authority you need in the higher courts” (C&P 2018), “key figure for confiscation and asset recovery cases” (C&P 2017) “He’s perfect – he’s really down to earth, extremely clever, very well respected and not pompous in the least” (C&P 2017), “A real fighter” (Legal 500, 2017), “An extremely well-regarded criminal and human rights practitioner who has notable expertise in proceeds of crime matters, highly sought out for legally complex and precedent setting POCA disputes. He’s an impressive lawyer and a skilled advocate…has fantastic client skills and is really good in front of a Judge” (C&P 2016),”A fantastic advocate who is not just a good lawyer but also a fantastic communicator” (C&P 2015), “out on his own in terms of ability for confiscation cases…when he gets up to speak he knows more about confiscation than any Judge” (C&P 2014).
Administrative and public law: “Absolutely excellent on his feet” (C&P 2021) “instructed in the most sensitive cases” (Legal 500 2021) “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” (C&P 2020) “His knowledge base is second to none and he is an extremely powerful and impressive advocate” (C&P 2018), “He is really experienced and brings gravitas to politically sensitive cases” (C&P 2018), “A real fighter who has the ear of the court” (Legal 500, 2017), “Outstanding Counsel…has established himself as an expert in regulatory, disciplinary, police and criminal law issues. In difficult public law cases he is able to tell the story while having a real handle on the complex points of law. He gets the presentation spot on and clients have confidence in him. He is the perfect public law barrister, incredibly measured, clear in his drafting and advocacy and is listened to by the courts” (C&P 2016), “He has an incredibly good manner with the court – he is really easy to listen to which makes him such a dangerous opponent” (C&P 2015), “extensive experience handling cases at the highest level” (Legal 500 2015), “brave and relentless with excellent judgment” (C&P 2014),
Civil liberties and human rights: “Superb judgment and knows exactly how to distil a case into a written document. The court really listens to him” (Legal 500, 2021) “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” (C&P 2020) “A brilliant Silk with a wonderful manner; good at streamlining a case with a measured approach” (C&P 2019) “Hugely respected advocate with a wide ranging practice running the full gamut of human rights issues” (C&P 2018), “He is fearless as he has seen it all and has very good judgment” (C&P 2018), “A real fighter who has the ear of the court” (Legal 500, 2017), “his experience in the field makes him a popular choice to work on a wide range of human rights actions…he is very authoritative and informed and has a real gift on his feet. He can distil the points down to the key issues” (C&P 2016).