Timothy Bowden


Timothy Bowden


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


Tim Bowden is an experienced white-collar crime and investigations lawyer, with a practice focussed on international fraud, corruption and money laundering.  He represents companies and individuals under investigation by and interacting with the Serious Fraud Office, Financial Conduct Authority, National Crime Agency, HMRC and their international counterparts.  He also advises companies on the effectiveness of compliance policies and the application of anti-corruption, anti-money laundering and anti-tax evasion laws, including in M&A transactions.

Mr. Bowden has substantial experience in managing the expectations and demands of multiple parties in complex multi-jurisdictional investigations, and working collaboratively with other advisers. 

Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Bowden spent 12 years in practice at the independent bar.  He was a Grade 4 prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service and served on the specialist panels for organised crime and complex fraud, and the Serious Fraud Office panel of prosecuting counsel. He was selected as a Rising Star in the white collarcategory by Law360 in 2020. He was also recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2020 for regulatory investigations and corporate crime and is described as “a thoughtful and collaborative lawyer with a specialism in money laundering”. In 2019 and 2020, Who’s Who Legal: Investigations identified Mr. Bowden as a “Future Leader”, impressing clients with his “legal acumen and his ability to see problems from the standpoint of the regulator” and his “commitment to the client." He 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”.  He 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 acted as independent privilege counsel in a range of matters including international fraud and terrorism.  His experience also includes prosecuting and defending in the full range of criminal offences, including murder, kidnapping, drug trafficking, armed robbery, and serious and historic sexual offences.

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.

  • Airbus SE in a global investigation into allegations of fraud, bribery and corruption, and subsequent coordinated settlements with the UK Serious Fraud Office, French Parquet National Financier, U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of State
  • A high profile individual subject to SFO investigation in relation to events in the 2008 banking crisis
  • An interested party in confiscation proceedings arising out of international corruption
  • Potential suspects and witnesses in long-running international corruption investigations
  • University of Sheffield, LL.B., 2001
  • Barrister, England and Wales
  • Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association
  • South Eastern Circuit
  • Midlands Circuit
Speaking Engagements
  • Coffee Break Compliance Broadcast Series, Episode Two: Training and Compliance Visibility, Dechert Webinar, London (8 July, 2020)
  • DPAs in the Post-Airbus Landscape, Dechert Webinar, London (20 May, 2020) 
  • Deferred Prosecution Agreements: pragmatic but unprincipled?, BBC Radio 4 Webinar, London (26 May, 2020)
  • Self-reporting and cooperation, GIR London Live Conference (3 December 2019)
  • Scrutiny of lawyers in regulatory and criminal investigations: the accountable lawyer, The Lawyer Managing Risk and Litigation Conference – London (19 November 2019)
  • Tackling illicit finance: Political rhetoric or a new priority for law enforcement?, 2nd Annual GIR Live London Winter - London (December 06, 2018)
  • Navigating issues in multi-jurisdictional corruption investigations in an aggressive U.S., UK and French enforcement landscape, C5 Anti-Corruption France Conference - Paris (October 16 & 17, 2018)
  • HMRC Keynote Interview : Status Report on Enforcement Priorities of the Criminal Finance Act, C5 Anti-Corruption London Conference, London (June 27, 2018) 
  • Is your organisation ready to face a corruption or fraud allegation?, Dechert Seminar - London (April 26,2018)
  • The New Corporate Criminal Offence of Failure to Prevent the Facilitation of Tax Evasion – What it is and what it means for the Asset Management Industry, Dechert Seminar - London (September 14, 2017)
  • UK Bribery Act, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand - London (January 19, 2017)