Tim Owen (barrister)

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Tim Owen

Alma mater London School of Economics and Political Science
United World College of the Atlantic
Occupation Barrister
(m. 1992;div. 2020)

Wei Du
(m. 2020)
FamilyOwen, Redgrave

Tim Owen KC, is an English barrister at Matrix Chambers. [1] His practice spans the fields of fraud/regulatory, criminal, public, human rights, media and information, extradition/MLA, sports, [2] asset recovery, police and civil law. [3] [4] [5]


In addition to his practice at the Bar, he sits as a Deputy High Court Judge in the Administrative Court, is an Acting Judge to the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands and a Member of the Sports Resolutions Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators.  He is a founder member of Matrix Chambers and a Master of the Bench of Middle Temple. [6]

Education and career

Educated at United World College of the Atlantic and London School of Economics, Tim Owen was called to the Bar in 1983. He was appointed QC in 2000. He is currently a member of Matrix Chambers.


Rurik Jutting

In 2016, Tim Owen defended Rurik Jutting, a British banker who confessed to torturing and killing two Indonesian women in HK, arguing diminished responsibility. [7] [8] The trial evidence included videos of torture Jutting recorded on his phone. They were deemed so traumatising that journalists and the public were prevented from seeing them. [9] Jutting was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. [10] [11]

Jimmy Lai

In late 2022, Jimmy Lai's request to use Owen on his defense team was appealed by Paul Lam and the Department of Justice multiple times. [12] On 30 December 2022, the NPCSC gave the Chief Executive of Hong Kong the power to bar foreign lawyers from cases related to national security. [13]

Personal life

Tim Owen was married to actress Jemma Redgrave, a member of the Redgrave family, between 1992 and 2020. They have two sons, Gabriel, born in 1994, and Alfie, born in 2000.

He married Singapore-based Hong Kong journalist Wei Du in 2020.


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  14. Livingstone, Owen, and Macdonald on Prison Law (Fifth ed.). Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press. 25 August 2015. ISBN   978-0-19-968843-2.
  15. Smith, Ian; QC, Tim Owen; Bodnar, Andrew, eds. (19 April 2007). Smith, Owen and Bodnar on Asset Recovery, Criminal Confiscation, and Civil Recovery. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN   978-0-19-929898-3.
  16. Blackstone's Criminal Practice 2021. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press. 8 December 2020. ISBN   978-0-19-886724-1.
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