Tim Owen QC > Matrix Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Matrix Chambers


Specialises in criminal fraud and regulatory work (including trial, judicial review/appellate work, bribery, sanctions, cartels, insider dealing/market abuse, asset restraint/confiscation, money laundering, all forms of fraud), extradition, public law (especially crime and criminal due process, prison, police, mental health and inquest law), human rights law, police law, sports law, public inquiries and civil litigation involving the abuse of power by public bodies. General criminal work ranges from terrorism to interception of communications and  official secrets act prosecutions.  Has appeared in more than 50 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 has extensive experience in miscarriage of justice references by the CCRC. He is valued for 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. Extensive experience of cases involving an international, cross border dimension and regularly appears in the Hong Kong courts. He is an Advisory Editor of Blackstone’s Criminal Practice 2016 and the editor/author of numerous publications including Asset Recovery: Criminal Confiscation and Civil Recovery (OUP, 2015), Prison Law, 5th edition, (OUP, 2015) 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; Acting Judge, Grand Court of Cayman Islands 2013; Bencher, Middle Temple.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Tim Owen QCMatrix ChambersHe has superb judgement and knows exactly how to distil a case into a written document. The court really listens to him.

London Bar > Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Tim Owen QCMatrix ChambersVery helpful to solicitors and has an excellent client manner; very persuasive is court, both in terms of his advocacy skills and his written arguments; highly experienced, calm under pressure and international in scope and vision.

Matrix Chambers offers ‘a large talent pool at several different levels of seniority’ and multi-disciplinary approach to enforcement proceedings. The set enjoys a strong reputation internationally, thanks in part to its strong work relationships with firms in the US and Hong Kong, as well as its extensive experience of engaging with foreign authorities the likes of the US DoJ; in addition, Tim Owen QC is also noted for his focus on offshore jurisdictions, including a judicial appointment to the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands. Another strength of the team lies in its representation of a mix of global companies, banks and financial institutions in fraud, bribery, corruption and money laundering investigations conducted by UK agencies, including the SFO and the FCA; Clare Montgomery QC and Alex Bailin QC remain among the country’s most highly regarded specialists in this space. In October 2020, the set expanded its market visibility in the financial regulatory space with multiple lateral hires, including those of Nichola Higgins of Doughty Street Chambers and former First Senior Treasury Counsel Richard Whittam QC of 2 Bedford Row.

London Bar > Administrative and public law (including elections)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Tim Owen QCMatrix ChambersTim is at the top of his game as a very experienced, hard working and talented advocate in the fields of regulatory and public law and judicial review. He works expeditiously, meets deadlines and is a team player whom its a pleasure to instruct.

Matrix Chambers is ‘extremely well-placed in the area of administrative and public law with great strength, especially at QC level‘, with distinguished silks such as Phillippa Kaufmann QC being sought after on human rights cases; Karon Monaghan QC, who continues to advise on the UK Infected Blood Inquiry; and Tim Owen QC, who represented three claimants in a judicial review of the Foreign Secretary’s decision to refuse to extend protection and assistance to Afghan nationals, who asserted they had worked as undercover agents for the UK for many years in the Helmand province. Helen Mountfield QC often represents claimants in judicial reviews where public policy is under scrutiny for being discriminatory, such as representing the Equality and Human Rights Commission in a Supreme Court appeal, SC, CB and 8 Children v Secretary of State for Work of Pensions, a challenge to the availability of the individual element of child tax credit for the first two children only. Leading junior Zoë Leventhal represented claimants in the first case to reach the Court of Appeal about Universal Credit, R (TP, AR & SXC) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, a case centered on whether the phasing of Universal Credit and the absence of transitional protection is discriminatory against severely disabled people. In other news, the set also expanded its bench strength at the senior end with the appointment of Mathew Purchase QC, Sarah Hannett QC and Christopher Buttler QC to silk in 2021.

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Tim Owen QCMatrix ChambersTim is exceptionally hard working, conscientious and has excellent judgement. He gets on very well with the clients and the junior counsel.

London Bar > Fraud: crime

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Tim Owen QCMatrix ChambersA first-rate lawyer and a devastating cross-examiner.

London Bar > Proceeds of crime (POCA) and asset forfeiture

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Tim Owen QCMatrix ChambersHe provides excellent all-round advice.