Tim Moloney KC > Doughty Street Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Doughty Street Chambers

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Tim is the Joint Deputy Head of Chambers.

Chambers and Partners describe Tim as “A phenomenal academic lawyer with an incredible grasp of detail.” “He is dedicated and passionate, has astonishing recall and attention to detail, and possesses a truly incisive mind”. “A remarkable barrister”.


Tim is ranked as a ‘Star Individual’ amongst Crime Silks in Chambers and Partners 2020 and is in Tier 1 of Crime Silks in the Legal 500 2020. In international work, he is included in the Spotlight Table for International Criminal Law in Chambers and Partners 2020 and as a Leading Silk in International Crime and Extradition in the Legal 500 2020.

Throughout his career, Tim has consistently acted in high profile cases involving allegations of homicide, fraud, terrorism and general crime including sexual offences. He also has extensive experience of all levels of appellate advocacy including in both the House of Lords and the Supreme Court. He has acted in a number of high profile, criminal law and death penalty related judicial reviews and has substantial experience in major extradition proceedings. Tim also advises high profile organisations (including media organisations pursuing investigations) on their exposure to involvement with acts of terrorism and does a large amount of pro bono work around the world on death penalty issues.

Following the completion of his Ph.D, Tim was a lecturer in law before being called to the Bar in 1993. He continues to write and lecture extensively on criminal law and procedure. He is the author of the sexual offences, terrorism and appeals sections of Blackstone’s Criminal Practice and is the author of the sentencing chapters in Rook and Ward on Sexual Offences. Tim is also on the panel of experts for Halsbury’s Laws.

Tim is also called to the Bar of Northern Ireland and the Bar of Ireland and is approved counsel at the International Criminal Court.

uman rights, Rule of Law and criminal justice training to judges, prosecutors and defence lawyers; recent assignments for the UN and NGOs have included Nigeria, Kenya and Pakistan.


Bachelor of Laws (Law and Politics)
Doctor of Philosophy

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > International crime and extradition

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Tim Moloney KCDoughty Street Chambers

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Tim Moloney KC – Doughty Street ChambersTim is at the top of his game. One of the few silk stars of the criminal Bar. Extremely able advocate. Fearless. Has complete authority with the court. Highly-regarded.’ 

Doughty Street Chambers remains ‘a very strong set for criminal defence and international human rights work’, representing clients on high-profile cases involving allegations of murder, terrorism and sexual offences.  David Hislop KC successfully defended a man who was tried for murder after disarming and fatally stabbing an ex-paratrooper on cocaine and steroids who abruptly entered the defendant’s bedroom in the early hours of the morning. Tim Moloney KC  represented Ronan Hughes, the lead defendant in a highly-publicised manslaughter case involving 39 Vietnamese nationals found dead in a lorry in Kent. Moloney KC also defended a man alleged to be a hitman commissioned by Pakistani intelligence and sent on a mission to the Netherlands to assassinate a dissident blogger.