Professional practice

Owen is developing a broad commercial practice. From January 2018 to July 2018, Owen was a judicial assistant to the Commercial Court. In this capacity he worked with a number of judges and was exposed to the breath of commercial litigation – from urgent interim applications and expedited trials to lengthy trials. This experience informs his professional practice. Since his return to practice, he has been involved with a number of applications to the Commercial Court as junior counsel.

Prior to joining Essex Court Chambers, Owen studied the BA jurisprudence and the BCL at Merton College, University of Oxford. He was awarded number of University prizes, including the Vinerian Scholarship for the best academic performance on the BCL. Owen subsequently taught commercial and contract law at the University of Oxford and University College London, alongside working on a number of publications including Chitty on Contracts (32nd edn) and Paterson and Zakrzewski on the Law of International Finance (2nd edition).

 

Career

2018 Judicial Assistant to the Commercial Court (January to July)

2017 Tenant at Essex Court Chambers

2016-2017 Pupillage at Essex Court Chambers (with Edward Brown)

2016 Called to the Bar (Gray’s Inn)

2015-2016 Tutored Commercial and Contract Law at the University of Oxford. Tutorial Fellow at University College London. Research Assistant to Professor Mindy Chen-Wishart and Professor Louise Gullifer.

2014-2015 Graduate Mentor, Merton College Oxford

Education

2015-2016 – BPTC, City Law School (Outstanding)

2014-2015 – BCL, Merton College, Oxford (Distinction, ranked first in year) (Restitution of Unjust Enrichment, Commercial Remedies, Conflict of Laws and Legal Concepts in Financial Law)

2010-2014 – BA Jurisprudence (Law with Law Studies in Europe) (First Class; Distinction in Law Moderations)

2002-2010 – Tonypandy Community College

Awards

2015 Bingham Scholarship, Gray’s Inn

Vinerian Scholarship, University of Oxford (1st in year in BCL examinations)

John Morris Prize in Conflict of Laws, University of Oxford

Won the University of Oxford 7 King’s Bench Walk Commercial Law Moot

2014 Merton Lawyers’ BCL Scholarship, Merton College and University of Oxford

Slaughter and May Prize for Contract Law, University of Oxford

Quadrant Chambers’ Prize for International Trade, University of Oxford

2013 Honourable Mention for Best Oral Advocate in the Willem C Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot

Honourable Mention for Best Claimant’s Mem in the Willem C Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot

2012 Hogan Lovells Prize for most promising 2nd year law student, Merton College

2011 Slaughter and May Prize for Criminal Law, University of Oxford

Hogan Lovells Prize for Best Performance in Law Moderations, Merton College

2010 Awarded a scholarship from the Fairwood Trust to support study at the University of Oxford

Arbitration & related court applications

Owen has been instructed in numerous arbitrations, including investment treaty disputes. He has acted in a number of shipping arbitrations as sole counsel.

Owen also has a particular interest in arbitration-related applications before the Commercial Court. During his time as a judicial assistant to the Commercial Court, Owen gained considerable experience of arbitration applications. Since returning to Chambers he has been instructed on a number of arbitration applications including:

  • Aqaba Container Terminal (PVT) Co v Soletanche Bachy France SAS [2019] EWHC 471 (Comm) (led by Stephen Houseman QC and instructed by Allen & Overy LLP). Acted as junior counsel for the claimant and successfully obtaining final anti-suit relief and damages for breach of an arbitration clause.
  • Ali Allawi v The Islamic Republic of Pakistan [2019] EWHC 430 (Comm) (led by Jern-Fei Ng QC and instructed by Withers LLP). Acted as junior counsel for the claimant applying for an extension of time to challenge an arbitration award and to set aside permission to enforce the same.
Banking & financial services

Owen has a particular interest in financial law – having studied Legal Concepts in Financial Law on the BCL. As a pupil, he worked on a number of cases concerning guarantees, swaps, letters of credit and bonds. He has since acted in credit matters and claims arising from bank fraud – including push payment fraud.

Owen is currently assisting with PCP Capital Partners LLP & anor v Barclays Bank plc (led by Joe Smouha QC and Robert Weekes, and instructed by Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan). This is a deceit claim against one of the largest retail banks in the world, arising out of the bank’s capital raisings at the height of global financial crisis in 2008.

Civil fraud & asset recovery

Owen has advised on claims arising out of bank fraud. He also has gained experience of fraud claims as a pupil and as a Judicial Assistant to the Commercial Court.

Owen is currently assisting with PCP Capital Partners LLP & anor v Barclays Bank plc (led by Joe Smouha QC and Robert Weekes, and instructed by Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan). This is a deceit claim against one of the largest retail banks in the world, arising out of the bank’s capital raisings at the height of global financial crisis in 2008.

Commercial dispute resolution

Commercial dispute resolution lies at the heart of Owen’s practice. Having spent time as a judicial assistant to the Commercial Court and having since been instructed on a number of matters before the Commercial Court, he has gained considerable experience of commercial litigation and arbitration-related Court proceedings. He has also been involved with numerous arbitrations – varying from acting as sole counsel in a shipping arbitration to assisting as junior counsel in a multi-billion dollar arbitration pursuant to a multi-national investment treaty.

Owen is currently assisting with PCP Capital Partners LLP & anor v Barclays Bank plc (led by Joe Smouha QC and Robert Weekes, and instructed by Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan). This is a deceit claim against one of the largest retail banks in the world, arising out of the bank’s capital raisings at the height of global financial crisis in 2008.

Conflict of laws & private international law

Owen has a particular interest in private international law. Many of his cases involve advising issues of jurisdiction and/or applicable law. Owen has recently acted as sole counsel in respect of enforcement proceedings pursuant to the Brussels Recast Regulation.

Employment

Owen has experience of employment matters, having assisted Edward Brown during pupillage on a number of employment cases. Owen currently acts as junior counsel for the defendant in Comberg v Vivpower international Services Ltd (led by Charles Ciumei QC and instructed by Scott + Scott LLP), a complex dispute concerning alleged breach of contractual and fiduciary duties.

Insurance & reinsurance

Owen has been instructed to advise and act as sole counsel in numerous insurance disputes. He was exposed to a number of insurance disputes during his time at the Commercial Court. Owen has also assisted Claire Blanchard QC with updating the latest edition of Arnould’s Law of Marine Insurance and Average.

Shipping & admiralty

Owen has been instructed to advise and act as sole counsel in numerous shipping disputes – typically concerning charterparties or bills of lading. He studied international trade at the University of Oxford and was awarded the Quadrant Chambers prize for International Trade. He currently updates the Westlaw Insights on Bills of Lading and represents Essex Court Chambers on the Young Maritime Professional Committee.