Timothy Bowe

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Timothy is a specialist family law practitioner and Recorder in family law (Northern Circuit).

Timothy has extensive experience in representing local authorities, parents and children in complex public and private law cases.  He has a strong reputation for thoughtful, forensic legal analysis and skilful advocacy and is well known for adopting a client focused approach to cases.  He works effectively and inclusively with both lay and professional clients.

He is currently ranked on the Legal 500 (2021) as a Tier 1 Leading Junior in Child Law (Public and Private).

Areas of interest include:

  • child death
  • serious physical injury
  • allegations of physical, emotional and sexual abuse
  • fabricated/induced illness (FII)
  • cases with a jurisdictional element
  • surrogacy and fertility law
  • intractable residence and contact disputes
  • deprivation of liberty

Timothy is the Head of Pupillage and recruitment at St Ives Chambers.


Recent reported cases:

Re E (A Child) [2020] EWFC 73

A City Council v M & Ors [2020] EWCA 947 (Fam)

Re: C (A Child: Parental Order & Child Arrangements Order) [2020] EWHC 2474

Re: C (A Child: Parental Order & Child Arrangements Order) [2020] EWHC 214


MA History (Cantab)

CPE/Diploma in Law (City University)

BVC (Inns of Court School of Law)

Major Scholar (Inner Temple)


Family Law Recorder (Northern Circuit) 2018


Family Law Bar Association


Legal 500 2022: “Timothy Bowe is an elegant and persuasive advocate. Often acting for Guardians, he is used to appearing against silks but is not outclassed. He brings a maturity and balance to a case which judges find attractive.”

Legal 500 2021: “Thoughtful, analytical and well-organised, he is skilful in his advocacy.”

Legal 500 2019: “His charming court manner and understated advocacy style makes him a very appealing advocate.”

Legal 500 2018: “Recommended for cases involving non-accidental injuries and sexual abuse.”

Legal 500 2017: “His advice is always on-point.”

Legal 500 2016: “He has a keen intelligence, excellent attention to detail and is an eloquent advocate.”

Legal 500 2015: “Erudite and intelligent in equal measure.”

Legal 500 2011: “Superb”

Legal 500: “Timothy Bowe was described as a promising junior in care proceedings.”

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