UK Top Top Tier 2013

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Chambers UK Bar leading Set 2014

Practice profile

Tim has practised at QEB as a barrister since 1988 and as QC since 2008.  His practice spans all aspects of family law but he is predominantly known as an expert in "big money" family finance, married or unmarried, and alive or dead (including claims under the Inheritance Act).  Tim is ranked in Band One of Chambers Bar Directory for Matrimonial Finance (2015) where he is described as “a renowned international family law barrister who handles very substantial divorce proceedings, particularly those involving jurisdictional disputes … ‘absolutely a go-to-person for complex work’”.   

Other directory entries (Chambers and Legal 500) have recorded that Tim is “considered a pre-eminent figure in family cases, especially cross-border disputes” and described him as “a truly exceptional matrimonial barrister with a commercial head for business matters, who understands completely the mood and thinking of the family judges in the High Court”; as having “awesome ability to cut through detail”, an “unshakeable grasp of a case” and “the patience of a saint”; and as being “one of London's ‘go-to silks on jurisdiction and complex international issues’",  “rated extremely highly by the market for his abilities in international family law and international family finance”,  and “fairly tough but very nice, you know that he is really going to take a case forward”.

Tim is fluent in German (including legal German) and has undertaken work experience in German courts and German law firms.  This led to his involvement in an increasing number of cases with an Anglo-Germanophone element and/or German-speaking clients or witnesses, and those with disclosure issues relating to assets in German-speaking jurisdictions, including Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

Tim also speaks professional French and lectures in German and French as well as English. For example see from the Göttingen University Law School Family Law Workshop on European Maintenance Law with Professor Dr. Coester-Waltjen and Richter am BGH H-J Dose. His publications in German include Unterhalt … nach dem englischen Rechtssystem FamRZ 7/2012 500 and Verstärkte Zusammenarbeit auch mal in England! FamFR 13/2013 291 and (with Professor Anatol Dutta) Europäische Zuständigkeit in Ehesachen bei drittstaatlicher Rechtshängigkeit FamRZ 6/2014 444. and in French (with Isabelle Rein-Lescastereyres of the Paris Bar and Nicholas Bennett of Farrer & Co.) L’entente cordiale franco-anglaise: une approche bilingue [2015] RJ1 Personnes et Famille 7, published also in English in [2015] IFLR: Interpreting the Application of English Matrimonial Finance Law to the French Law of Matrimonial Property Regime; and why English family lawyers need to understand the concept of Matrimonial Property Regime, even if they don’t like it. Tim has also put together and chaired conferences such as the 3-day Education Programme for the IAML in Salzburg, Austria in 2013, including multi-jurisdiction discussion-panel sessions: see the Jordans webinar-excerpt here.

A qualified Collaborative Lawyer, Tim was the first Collaborative Family Law QC at the English Bar, see his explanatory interview of the Collaborative Barrister’s role here. He also sits in a judicial capacity part-time as a Family Recorder, conducts private FDRs, and is a Resolution Mediator ( in both English and German).

From 2001-8 Tim was Standing Counsel to the Queen's Proctor, a government appointment to advise the Treasury Solicitor on all matters of family law with a public interest element, including the validity of foreign marriages and divorces.  

Tim's recent case reports of note include Prest v Petrodel [2012] EWCA Civ 1395, [2013] UKSC 34, [2013] 2FLR 576 + 732, the watershed case on company assets and corporate veil-piercing in family proceedings, in which Tim represented the companies in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court; T v T (Brussels II Revised: Art. 15) [2013] 2FLR 1326, on transferring proceedings within Europe; Mittal [2014] 1FLR 1514, CA, which re-established the possibility of staying English divorce proceedings in non-European cases; and S v S (Brussels II Revised: Articles 19(1) and (3): reference to the CJEU) [2014] EWHC 3613 (Fam).  Tim has also appeared in the 2015 Privy Council case of Bromfield in relation to maintenance obligations (judgment reserved).

Appointments and MembershipsFellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (IAML)
Family Law Bar Association
British German Jurists Association
Resolution affiliate memberEducation Oriel College, Oxford (MA in Ancient and Modern History); University of Westminster (Diploma in Law).

Personal Born 1964.  Married and lives in London. Enjoys music and wine (separately and together).

Tim Amos QC

CALL: 1987
QC: 2008

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“Awesome ability to cut through detail" and "the patience of a saint”;
“one of London’s go-to silks on jurisdiction and complex international issues”.

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