Timothy Bowden


Timothy Bowden


London | 160 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4V 4QQ
+44 20 7184 7598 | +44 20 7184 7001

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Timothy Bowden focuses his practice on white collar crime, especially fraud, money laundering and proceedings involving corporate bodies. Mr. Bowden’s experience covers director’s offences, fraudulent trading, smuggling, tax evasion, mortgage fraud, VAT, PAYE and CIS fraud, and the use and misuse of corporate vehicles to commit and disguise fraud. He has particular experience in confiscation and restraint proceedings, involving complex issues of competing interests in property, tainted gifts and hidden assets, including concealment of monies abroad.

He is currently engaged in representing a high profile individual subject of SFO investigation in relation to events in the 2008 banking crisis; a major multinational manufacturer in cooperation with the SFO and an interested party in confiscation proceedings arising out of international corruption.

Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Bowden practiced as a barrister at a leading national and international chambers. He has more than a decade of experience prosecuting and defending a full range of criminal offences, including murder, kidnapping, drug trafficking, armed robbery, serious and historic sexual offences and complex fraud. Mr. Bowden was a Grade 4 prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service and served on the specialist panels for organized crime and complex fraud, and the Serious Fraud Office panel of prosecuting counsel.

Mr. Bowden was recommended in the UK Legal 500 2015 as a leading barrister in fraud, noted as being “highly regarded for money laundering and POCA matters.”

In addition to his white collar practice, Mr. Bowden represented an international oil major in one of the UK’s first investigations under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007, and the subsequent criminal proceedings. He advises on questions of legal professional privilege, having acted as independent counsel in a range of matters including international fraud and terrorism. He has experience pertaining to commercial work, including contractual disputes and cases involving fraud or alleged dishonesty.

Mr. Bowden has substantial experience in appellate work, appearing on a diverse range of matters including the meaning of valuable consideration in relation to the tainted gift provisions of POCA, the admissibility of a murder conviction in a subsequent trial for murder; the extent of the right to interpretation under article 6; whether violent carjacking for the purpose of joyriding amounts to robbery; the limits of Sexual Offence Prevention Orders; and the admissibility of statements of absent reluctant witnesses under CJA 2003 section 114(1)(d). He appeared in a leading case limiting police powers of arrest, and in the leading authority on the appropriate level of credit for guilty pleas.

He continues to advise and represent the Bar Standards Board in disciplinary proceedings.

  • University of Sheffield, LL.B., 2001
  • England and Wales
  • Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association
  • South Eastern Circuit
  • Midlands Circuit