Tim Owen KC > 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 > Crime

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Tim Owen KC – Matrix Chambers ‘Tim is hard-working, with great judgement.’

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

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Tim Owen KCMatrix ChambersTim is highly regarded for his work on the Proceeds of Crime Act and in particular its application to companies in the emerging cannabis sector, particularly those with complex overseas operations that need to be considered in light of POCA.

London Bar > Fraud: crime

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Tim Owen KC – Matrix ChambersTim is a very bright guy, very accessible and easy to work with. He focuses on issues very quickly.’

With a ‘stellar group of KCs’ that is ‘matched by an expanding band of juniors of all levels’, the criminal fraud set at Matrix Chambers brings experience to defending major corporates and individuals against high-profile prosecutions and investigations related to a diverse spectrum of alleged financial offences. In an FCA investigation taken over by the SFO, Tim Owen KC continues to represent one of the suspects in the collapse of London Capital and Finance allegedly due to its sale of mini-bonds. Vedrana Pehar represents the ex-husband of Petra Ecclestone on money-laundering charges. Richard Whittam KC conducted the successful private prosecution of a Lebanese businessman with regards to a multi-million pound Knightsbridge property and a real estate scam from which the defendant used to fund family litigation after his wife left him for a footballer.

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

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Tim Owen KCMatrix 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.

London Bar > Administrative law and human rights

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Tim Owen KCMatrix Chambers ‘He is a powerhouse of knowledge and experience. Very well respected by judges and opponents. His views rightly carry a lot of weight. A privilege to work with.’