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Doughty Street Chambers

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Tim Moloney QC

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Doughty Street Chambers (Doughty Street Chambers)


Tim Moloney QC is ranked by Chambers and Partners as a “Star Individual” for crime, and is also featured as a leading barrister for international criminal law. The Legal 500 also ranks him as a leading silk for crime, fraud and international crime; he was shortlisted as Crime Silk of the Year at the Legal 500 Awards 2019. Editorial for the guides describe him as “A phenomenal academic lawyer with an incredible grasp of detail”, as “Dedicated and passionate” with “Astonishing recall and attention to detail, and possessing a truly incisive mind”, and as “A remarkable barrister”.


Throughout his career Tim has been instructed in the highest profile cases involving allegations of homicide, terrorism, fraud, sexual offences, and other serious crime. He also has extensive experience of all levels of appellate advocacy including the House of Lords and Supreme Court. Unusually for a criminal practitioner he also has extensive experience of public law and judicial review proceedings arising from criminal justice issues. He is regularly instructed on extradition matters, and advises media organisations on terrorism and other aspects of criminal law. He enjoys permanent call to the Bar of Northern Ireland, and regularly appears in that jurisdiction for trials and appeals.

Outside of courtroom practice he undertakes extensive pro bono work relating to death penalty cases, and he travels the world providing human 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.

London Bar


Within: Leading Silks

Tim Moloney QC - Doughty Street Chambers ‘ Absolutely first-rate. ’

Within: Crime

'One of the go-to sets for fighting cases against the state', Doughty Street Chambers has particular strengths in terrorism cases, criminal appeals, and cases where mental health issues are involved. Tim Moloney QC represented the first successful joint enterprise appellant after the Jogee Supreme Court case in 2016, and also represented the parents of Jack Letts (dubbed "Jihadi Jack" by the media), who received suspended sentences for sending money to their son; Letts had travelled to Syria to join the Islamic State group, which he subsequently left. Before trial, the matter went before the Supreme Court to consider if the test for mens rea in terrorism finance offences is objective or subjective. Rebecca Trowler QC represented autistic Islamist convert Lewis Ludlow, who was convicted of plotting a truck attack on Oxford Street. A number of the set's juniors handle terrorism work, unled, too: Liam Walker represented the reported leader of proscribed neo-Nazi group National Action, who was convicted of a plot to behead a Labour MP; in an entirely separate trial involving the same group, Piers Marquis represented the first of six defendants convicted of membership of the organisation. Walker also represented television personality Ant McPartlin in a drink-driving case. Paul Taylor QC represented one of two anonymised appellants in the R v AS Court of Appeal case concerning the sentencing of severely ill convicts.

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International crime and extradition

Within: Leading Silks

Tim Moloney QC - Doughty Street Chambers ‘ A silk you want on your side. ’

Within: International crime and extradition

Doughty Street Chambers 'has a strong team dealing with extradition and at all levels of seniority', according to clients, and is also well known for acting in prominent international criminal cases. In a major instruction, Edward Fitzgerald QC, Tim Moloney QC, Peter Caldwell, and Graeme Hall successfully defended Arti Dhir and Kaval Raijada against an extradition request made by the government of India, on the grounds that the extradition would breach Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights; the defendants were requested for alleged conspiracy to murder a child.

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