Timothy Bowe KC

Silk - 2023   |   Call - 2003
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Timothy Bowe KC specialises in the law relating to children.  He is a leading practitioner in complex private and public law family disputes and has a strong reputation as an effective and persuasive advocate. His expertise in the field of Family Law means he often appears in highly complex and sensitive public and private law cases and is well regarded for his forensic style and strategic approach in difficult cases.

Timothy regularly acts for local authorities, parents and children as well as separately represented young people and has extensive experience representing clients in the senior courts including the Court of Appeal.

Timothy sits as Family Law Recorder.

Areas of interest include:

  • Child death
  • Serious physical injury
  • Allegations of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse
  • Fabricated/Induced illness (FII) / Perplexing Presentations
  • International jurisdiction
  • Surrogacy and fertility law
  • Intractable residence and contact disputes/contact costs
  • Deprivation of Liberty
  • Media/privacy law in the family court

Timothy recently appeared in two leading cases concerning transparency in family justice: the Court of Appeal decision in Griffiths v Tickle [2021] EWCA Civ 1882 and Lieven J’s decision in Tickle v Herefordshire County Council & Ors [2022] EWHC 1017 (Fam).

Timothy is an active participant on the Midlands Circuit and speaks regularly at FLBA and internal seminars on developments in Children Law. He is a former Secretary of the FLBA (West Midlands) and is Head of Pupillage and Recruitment at St Ives Chambers.

He is ranked in the Legal 500 (2021) as a Tier 1 leading junior in Public and Private Law and accredited to question vulnerable and child witnesses in the Family Court.

Recent reported cases:

Re X and Y (Revocation of Adoption Orders) [2024] EWHC 1059 (Fam)

Tickle v Herefordshire County Council & Ors [2022] EWHC 1017 (Fam)

Griffiths v Griffiths: (Guidance on Contact Costs) [2022] EWHC 113 (Fam)

Griffiths v Tickle [2021] EWCA Civ 1882

Tickle v Griffiths [2021] EWHC 3365 (Fam)

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)

Scholar, Inner Temple


Vulnerable Witness Training



Chair of the West Midlands Family Law Bar Association (WMFLBA), 2023

Recorder, 2018


Family Law Bar Association

West Midlands Family Law Bar Association

Association of Lawyers for Children


Chambers and Partners 2023: “Timothy has been invaluable on highly complex and time-consuming matters.” “Tim provides intelligent and persuasive advocacy of the highest standard.” “Tim is a future silk, for sure. He is a really high-rated public law practitioner. He is very impressive on his feet; an effective advocate with a light touch. He is somebody to watch.”

Legal 500 2023: “Timothy is calm, well-prepared, and always goes the extra mile for his clients. He is a team player, and his written documents are thorough. He is able to think on his feet and assist the court wherever necessary. He is the go-to barrister in private law children matters, and is quickly able to get to grips with the key issues and navigate a difficult path to achieve the outcome desired.”

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 skillful 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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Relevant News and Articles

  • LESSONS FROM LIEVEN J: A realistic approach to obtaining evidence from children.

    Timothy Bowe KC and Holly Hilbourne-Gollop recently represented the children in the case of Birmingham City Council v M & Ors [2023] EWHC 3312...

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  • Timothy Bowe KC and Rebecca Wade KC appointed as King’s Counsel today.

    All members and staff at St Ives Chambers offer our warmest congratulations to Timothy Bowe KC and Rebecca Wade KC as they are formally...

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  • Transparency in the Family Courts: Griffiths v Tickle [2021] EWCA Civ 1882

    Eloise Marriott details the highly important decision in Griffiths v Tickle, explaining well the key issues addressed by the Court of Appeal and as...

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  • Members of the Family group at St Ives prepare for the Child Care Conference 2018

    Preparations for St Ives annual Child Care Conference are underway. In addition to keynote speaker The Honourable Mr Justice Keehan, and specialist speakers Dr...

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