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Tim Owen QC
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Specialises in fraud/regulatory/criminal law (including judicial review/appellate work, bribery/corruption, asset restraint, money laundering and confiscation/civil recovery law), public law (especially crime and criminal due process, prison, police, mental health and inquest law), human rights law and civil litigation involving the abuse of power by public bodies. Recent cases include R v Stephen Graham (iSOFT fraud), acting for alleged Russian spy and former Parliamentary assistant, Katia Zatuliveter, in her national security deportation appeal before the Special Immigration Appeals Commission, as well as Christopher Jeffries, the Bristol teacher wrongly accused of the murder of Jo Yeates. He also advised the irector of Public Prosecutions in relation to the prosecution of the police officer accused of the manslaughter of newspaper seller Ian Tomlinson at the G20 demonstartion in 2010 and has acted as a special advisor to the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on two major prosecutions. He has appeared in more than 40 appeals to the House of Lords/Supreme Court/Privy Council as well as in numerous appeals to the Court of Appeal in both public and criminal law cases, particularly those which raise novel human rights issues. He specialises in cases which raise issues concerning the Article 6 ECHR right to a fair trial, having appeared before the House of Lords/Supreme Court in most of the landmark fair trial cases over the past decade (R v Lambert, R v Rezvi, Attorney General's Reference No 4 of 2002, R (Roberts) v Parole Board, Secretary of State for Home Department v AF (No 3), R v Briggs-Price and R v Horncastle & Ors). He has advised a major ISP on the criminal law implications of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act and he has extensive experience in miscarriage of justice appeals arising from references by the Criminal Cases Review Commission. He is valued or his team working ability, his approachability, his ability to absorb a mass of complex information, his skills in cross examination and his ability to present dificult arguments to jurors and judges alike in plain, clear language. 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 is an Advisory Editor of Blackstone's Criminal Practice 2012 and the editor/author of numerous publications including Asset Recovery: Criminal Confiscation and Civil Recovery (OUP, 2009), Prison Law, 4th edition, (OUP, 2008) and Blackstone's Guide to the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (OUP, 2005).
Called 1983; silk 2000; Recorder 2005; Deputy High Court Judge 2010; advisory editor 'Blackstone's Criminal Practice' 2012 (OUP) and the editor/author of numerous publications including 'Asset Recovery: Criminal Confiscation and Civil Recovery' (OUP, 2012), 'Prison Law' (OUP, 4th edition, 2008) and 'Blackstone's Guide to the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005' (OUP, 2005).
Administrative and public law; Civil liberties and human rights; Crime - general