Tim is the Deputy Head of Chambers.
Tim has consistently acted in high profile cases involving allegations of homicide, fraud, terrorism and general crime including sexual offences. He also has extensive experience of all levels of appellate advocacy including in both the House of Lords and the Supreme Court. He has acted in a number of criminal law related judicial reviews and has substantial experience in extradition proceedings. Tim also advises high profile organisations on their exposure to involvement with acts of terrorism and is regularly involved in training of lawyers overseas in the law and practice relating to terrorism and maritime piracy.
Following the completion of his Ph.D, Tim was a lecturer in law before being called to the Bar in 1993. He continues to write and lecture extensively on criminal law and procedure. He is the author of the sexual offences, terrorism, piracy and appeals sections of Blackstone’s Criminal Practice and is the author of the sentencing chapters in Rook and Ward on Sexual Offences. Tim is also on the panel of experts for Halsbury’s Laws.
What the Directories Say
Tim is ranked in Band 1 of Crime Silks, and is in the Spotlight Section for International Criminal Law in the current edition of ‘Chambers and Partners’ directory and is classed as a leading silk in crime in the current ‘Legal 500’.
Chambers and Partners 2017: - "An 'outstanding' practitioner who is highly praised for his exceptional advocacy skills, client-handling abilities and intellectual acumen. Considered a "true professional," he is particularly accomplished when it comes to handling serious criminal matters involving terrorism and murder. He is also well known for his niche experience in advising on reviews of death penalty decisions resulting from the actions of British government departments". "A phenomenal academic lawyer with an incredible grasp of detail." "He is dedicated and passionate, has astonishing recall and attention to detail, and possesses a truly incisive mind”. "A remarkable barrister”. "His intellect and knowledge are matched only by his compassion and humanity”.
Chambers and Partners 2016: - "He is fiercely impressive and very effective in trials. He is a very personable advocate who is very smart - it's a lethal combination." "He is very attentive, very good on the detail, very articulate and very good at winning cases." "He is really bright, really committed, accessible, proactive, always there with the clients and a pleasure to work with." "He never makes clients feel like they are an inconvenience, and he responds immediately."
Chambers and Partners 2015: "Recognised for his achievements in high-profile and legally complex cases, often at appellate level. He has notable expertise in cases involving terrorism, murder and sexual offences. Expertise: "He's one of the foremost terrorist lawyers in the country and is highly respected internationally".
Chambers and Partners 2014: Formerly of Tooks Chambers, he brings to Doughty Street 20 years of experience at the Criminal Bar and a superb reputation. Expertise: "He is a powerhouse intellectual".
Chambers and Partners 2013: "He has an art that makes people listen no matter the argument," according to peers, who are also impressed with his overall style and "personable manner with both colleagues and clients." He is enormously experienced in the whole range of serious and complex criminal cases.
Legal 500 2014: "Works wonders with a case and gains clients' trust in seconds".
Legal 500 2013: Doughty Street Chambers "added to its ‘array of high-calibre silks’ with the recruitment of Tim Moloney QC, who is noted for his ‘humble yet powerful approach’" .
Legal 500 2012: Tim Moloney QC is praised for his ‘fantastic arguments both on paper and on his feet in court'.
Tim is highly experienced in homicide related matters. His submissions to the Justice Select Committee on joint enterprise formed part of the committee’s final report.
His notable recent cases include:
Tim is regularly instructed in high profile terrorism trials. For seven years, he has been the author of the terrorism section of Blackstone’s Criminal Practice. He advises a number of organisations on preventing their inadvertent involvement in terrorism in the course of their activities. He also regularly provides training around the world on terrorism and human rights for the United Nations and other organisations. His more important cases include:
Tim’s first major extradition case was that of Al’Fawwaz and others in the
House of Lords in 2001. It concerned the extradition of men accused of the 1998 Al-Qa’eda bombings of the U.S. embassies in Dar es Salaam and Nairobi [see R (on the application of Al Fawwaz) v Governor of Brixton Prison  1 AC 556]. Since then he has appeared in many extradition cases involving a range of clients including alleged members of the Naples Camorra, members of Irish republican groups and individuals from a wide range of countries across the world.
His notable recent cases include:
Tim is regularly instructed in legally and factually complex criminal appeals in the Court of Appeal (including advice work on applications to the CCRC), the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights. He is the author of the Appeals chapters in Blackstone’s Criminal Practice. His notable cases include:
Tim has significant experience of leading in financial crime and regulation work. Notable cases include:
Tim has represented a number of people subject to control order proceedings.
He is regularly instructed in judicial review proceedings related to criminal law. His recent cases include:
Tim has extensive knowledge of International Humanitarian Law, including its relationship with domestic law. He appeared before the Supreme Court 2013 in the leading case on the extent to which s.1 of the Terrorism Act 2000 has to be read down in the light of international law so as to exclude legitimate military acts perpetrated during a non-international armed conflict. (see Gul
 1 Cr. App. R. 14]).
Tim is also regularly involved in international training of lawyers on issues of terrorism and human rights for organisations including the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime.
He also has a special interest in international maritime piracy, having written and been consulted on the subject on numerous occasions. He is acting in litigation on the transfer of pirate detainees to the Seychelles. He regularly delivers lectures on the law relating to maritime piracy to the Attorney General’s Department of the Sultanate of Oman. Tim is also joint author of the chapter relating to piracy in ‘Blackstone’s Criminal Practice’.
He has recently advised in proceedings concerned with the imposition of sanctions by the European Union on a person suspected of close connections with the Syrian government.
Admitted to the Bar of Northern Ireland
Criminal Bar Association (Executive Committee)
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