Tim Amos QC
“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.”
Tim is a mediator and barrister in international family law and Head of Chambers at Queen Elizabeth Building (“QEB”). He has practised at QEB as a barrister since 1988 and as QC since 2008. His practice spans all aspects of family law (including pre-nups and nuptial trusts) 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 The Legal 500 and of Chambers UK Bar Directory for Matrimonial Finance. The Legal 500 says: “He is one of the sector’s biggest intellects and approaches each case from every angle with remarkable pace and agility; Chambers Bar Directory says “Completely wonderful: he’s very wise, he’s always beautifully prepared and he has immense gravitas. He’s very strategic in his thinking. When you go to conference with him, you know he will be ready to advise and he will have thought about it in the round”.
Previous directory entries (Chambers and Legal 500) have recorded that Tim is “absolutely outstanding”, “a beautiful advocate who has a superb manner with clients”, “considered a pre-eminent figure in family cases, especially cross-border disputes”. They have also described him 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’ ”, and “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” as well as “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”.Read More...
Tim is fluent in German (including legal German) and has 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 Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
In terms of Tim’s work as an expert witness, his contribution has been singled out for praise by the Austrian Supreme Court as “clear and comprehensive” (Case 30b45/18s, judgment 14.8.18, para 4.4). In this context, see also the webstream of Tim’s expert evidence (in English) to the EU Parliament Juri Committee on Legal Affairs in March 2019 in relation to the effect of Brexit on families and children from the perspective of International Family Law: link here; and also his skype interview for the Resolution national annual conference in Manchester in April 2019, on the implications of no-deal Brexit for International Family Law : link here.
Tim also speaks professional French and has experience of French family courts (both first instance JAFs and Cour d’Appel). He lectures in German and French as well as English (see English video-clip here , from an update on CJEU family law given in Trier in September 2017), most recently delivering French workshops at the Belgian Family Law Convention and the annual French equivalent Etats Generaux Droit de la Famille. For an example of Tim’s foreign language work see this PDF from the Göttingen University Law School Family Law Workshop on European Maintenance Law with Professor Dr. Coester-Waltjen and Judge Dose of the German Federal Appeal Court. Tim’s 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 L’entente cordiale franco-anglaise: une approche bilingue  RJ1 Personnes et Famille 7 (with Isabelle Rein-Lescastereyres of the Paris Bar and Nicholas Bennett of Farrer & Co. solicitors), published also in German in NZFam 19/2015 898 and in English in  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 legal conferences such as the 3-day Education Programme for the IAML/IAFL in Salzburg, Austria in 2013 and in Lisbon, Portugal in 2017, including multi-jurisdiction discussion-panel sessions: see the Jordans webinar-excerpt here.
Tim is committed to dispute resolution in all its forms, by litigation and otherwise. He is a Resolution Mediator (in both English and German) and 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 and conducts private FDRs on request.
Prior to taking Silk, Tim was for seven years 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, and, for example, transgender marriage: see Bellinger  EWCA Civ 1140.
Tim’s litigation reports of interest include: Prest v Petrodel  EWCA Civ 1395,  UKSC 34,  2FLR 576 + 732, the watershed case on company assets and piercing the corporate veil in family proceedings, in which Tim represented the companies in the Court of Appeal and the UK Supreme Court; T v T (Brussels II Revised: Art.15)  2FLR 1326, on transferring proceedings within Europe; Mittal  1FLR 1514, CA, which re-established the possibility of staying English divorce proceedings in non-European cases; S v S (Brussels II Revised: Articles 19(1) and (3): reference to the CJEU EWHC 3613 (Fam) and the resultant 2015 CJEU decision of A v B (C-489/14  1FLR 31). Tim also appeared in the Privy Council case of Bromfield  UKPC 19 in relation to maintenance obligations (on appeal from Jamaica) and in the English Court of Appeal decision of Magiera  Civ 1292 concerning exclusive jurisdiction under Brussels I Art.22 in ToLATA proceedings. In the context of domestic English matrimonial finance, Tim appeared in Goddard-Watts 2FLR 114 (in relation to the Court’s approach on re-hearings after non-disclosure) in ND v SD EWHC 1507 (sham trusts and beneficial ownership), and in NN v AS EWHC 2973 (Part III/ ToLATA, trusts, forgery and the extended family).
Appointments and Memberships
Family Law Bar Association
British German Jurists Association
Resolution affiliate member
Cases and publications
NN v AS & Ors  EWHC 2973 (fam) – PartIII/ToLATA trusts+extended family.
Goddard-Watts  2FLR114 – non-disclosure and rehearings
ND v SD EWHC 1507 – sham trusts
Magiera  Civ 1292 – Brussels 1 exclusive ToLATA jurisdiction A v B  1FLR 31 – CJEU C-489 / 14: Art.19, BIIR
Bromfield  UKPC 19 – Jamaican maintenance
S v S (Brussels II revised: Articles 19(1) and (3): reference to CJEU)  EWHC 3613
Re G (Jurisdiction: Art 19, BIIR)  Fam Law 1111, CA
Mittal  EWCA Civ 1255,  1 FLR 1514 – stays in non-European divorce cases
Prest v. Petrodel Resources Limited  UKSC 34,  4 All ER 673,  3 WLR 1,  3 FCR 210,  2 FLR 732,  Fam Law 953 – second appeal T vT (Brussels II Revised: Art 15)  2FLR 1326 – transferring cases within Europe W v H  EWHC 1103 (Fam), aka KIM v Morris  2FLR 1197 – reconciliation
Petrodel v Prest  EWCA Civ 1395  2 FLR 576, CA – first appeal
Schofield v Schofield  1 FLR 2129, CA – Part III applied to English pensions
Robson v Robson  EWCA Civ 1171,  Fam Law 34 + 163 – inherited wealth
TL v ML and others  36 Fam Law 183 – third party extended ownership / support
Islam  2FLR 1208 – fraudulent divorce petition
Wermuth No.1  1FLR 1022 – seizin and Article 11(4) under Brussels II
Wermuth No.2  1FLR 1029 (CA) – protective / provisional measures under Brussels II
Bellinger  Fam 150  2FLR 1048 (CA) – transsexual capacity to marry
Education & Personal
Born 1964. Married and lives in London. Enjoys music and wine (separately and together).
1. Please read the following information carefully.
This privacy notice is addressed to individuals whose personal data I process, and it contains information about: the data I collect, record, store and use; the reasons for this processing; who I share these data with; the security mechanisms I have put in place to protect them; and how to contact me in the event you need further information.
Who Am I?
2. I, Tim Amos, collect record, store, use and am responsible for personal information about you.
3. When I do this by automated means or a filing system and, alone or jointly with others, determine the purposes and means of the processing, I am a “controller” of this information for the purposes of the GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018.
4. When I do this by automated means or a filing system on behalf of another data controller and without determining the purposes and means of the processing, I am a “processor” of this information for the purposes of the GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018.
5. This privacy notice relates to processing carried out by me as a data controller.
6. If you need to contact me about your data, or the processing I carry out, you can use the contact details at the end of this privacy notice.
What do I do with your information?
7. Personal information is collected from you when providing legal services or references or participating in the operation and management of my chambers, the assessment, recruitment and supervision of its clerks and staff, the assessment, mentoring and recruitment of its mini-pupils, pupils and members and the delivery of its marketing and training programmes.
8. I may collect personal information in the following categories from you:
8.1. biographical information;
8.2. biometric data;
8.3. criminal convictions, disposals, offences, proceedings and sentences and related security measures;
8.4. education, training and employment details;
8.5. family details;
8.6. financial details;
8.7. genetic data;
8.8. goods and services;
8.9. lifestyle and social circumstances;
8.10. other personal data relevant to instructions to provide legal services, including data specific to the case or instructions in question;
8.11. personal details;
8.12. physical or mental health details;
8.13. political opinions;
8.14. racial or ethnic origin;
8.16. religious, philosophical or other beliefs;
8.17. trade union membership;
8.18. sex life or sexual orientation.
Information collected from other sources
9. I may also collect information in the same categories from third parties, such as:
9.1. clerks, members, mini-pupils, pupils and staff in/of my and other chambers;
9.2. current, past or prospective employers or referees;
9.3. education and examining bodies;
government departments and other public authorities, including investigators, ombudsmen, prosecutors and regulators;
9.4. lay and professional clients and their staff;
9.5. members of the public;
9.6. other legal professionals or experts;
9.7. publicly accessible sources of information, including databases, law reports,
9.8. records and registers and the mainstream and social media;
9.9. the intended recipient, where you have asked me to provide a reference;
9.10. the members and staff of courts, tribunals and inquiries;
9.11. professional advisers, associations and trade bodies, e.g. Bar Associations, the Bar
9.12. Council or the Inns of Court;
9.14. your associates, family and friends.
10. I may record, store and use your personal information for the following purposes:
10.1. as permitted or required by law and by my professional obligations, including
10.2. under the Bar Standards Board Handbook and Code of Conduct;
10.3. to carry out anti-money laundering and terrorist financing checks;
10.4. to check for actual or potential conflicts of interest in connection with actual or potential cases or instructions;
10.5. to keep accounting and professional records and carry out office administration;
10.6. to participate in the operation and management of my chambers, the assessment, recruitment and supervision of its clerks and staff, the assessment, mentoring and recruitment of its mini-pupils, pupils and members and the delivery of its marketing and training programmes (in such circumstances, I may be acting as a data processor on behalf of my chambers);
10.7. to participate in the operation and management of professional associations and trade bodies, e.g. Bar Associations, the Bar Council or the Inns of Court (in such circumstances, I may be acting as a data processor on behalf of the body in question);
10.8. to promote or market my services;
10.9. to provide legal services to my clients, including taking instructions and providing legal advice and representation in arbitrations, courts, inquiries, mediations and tribunals;
10.10. to publish judgments or decisions of courts or tribunals;
10.11. to respond to potential complaints or make complaints;
10.12. to respond to subject access requests;
10.13. to take or defend actual or potential legal or regulatory proceedings or to exercise a lien;
10.14. to train other barristers, mini-pupils and pupils and when providing work experience or work shadowing opportunities;
10.15. to train students and qualified or trainee legal professionals or experts using personal information which is already in the public domain;
10.16. to respond to requests for references;
10.17. when procuring goods and services.
Whether information has to be provided by you, and why
11. If I have been instructed by you or on your behalf, if you have asked for a reference or if you have applied to be or are a clerk, member, mini-pupil, pupil or staff member in/of my chambers, your personal information may have to be provided, to enable me to:
11.1. provide you with legal services or a reference;
11.2. participate in the operation and management of my chambers, the assessment, recruitment and supervision of its clerks and staff, the assessment, mentoring and recruitment of its mini-pupils, pupils and members and the delivery of its marketing and training programmes;
11.3. comply with my legal or professional obligations;
11.4. keep accounting records.
The legal basis for processing your personal information
12. I rely on the following as the lawful bases on which I collect, record, store and use your personal information:
12.1. If you have consented to the processing, then I may carry it out for the purposes set out above to the extent to which you have consented to me doing so.
12.2. If you are a client, the processing may be necessary for the performance of a contract for legal services or in order to take steps at your request prior to entering into a contract.
12.3. I rely on my legitimate interests and/or the legitimate interests of third parties in carrying out the processing for the purposes set out above as a provider of legal services and references and when participating in:
12.3.1. the operation and management of my chambers, the assessment, recruitment and supervision of its clerks and staff, the assessment, mentoring and recruitment of its mini-pupils, pupils and members and the delivery of its marketing and training programmes;
12.3.2. the operation and management of professional associations and trade bodies, e.g. Bar Associations, the Bar Council or the Inns of Court.
12.4. In certain circumstances, the processing may be necessary for the performance of a task in the public interest, e.g. if I am assisting a pro bono organisation.
12.5. In certain circumstances, the processing may be necessary in order that I can comply with my legal or professional obligations, including accounting to HM Revenue and Customs, carrying out anti-money laundering or terrorist financing checks, checking for actual or potential conflicts of interest and complying with common law duties of care and other legal or professional obligations and subject access requests.
12.6. The processing may also be necessary when publishing judgments or decisions of courts or tribunals.
12.7. In relation to information which is in categories 8.2, 8.3, 8.7, 8.12, 8.13, 8.14, 8.16, 8.17, 8.18 above, which are considered particularly sensitive:
12.7.1. I rely on your consent for any processing for the purposes set out in purposes 10.4, 10.5, 10.6, 10.9, 10.10, 10.11, 10.12, 10.14 at para.2.3 above, but if you do not consent to processing for purposes 10.4, 10.9, 10.10, 10.11 and 10.13, I will be unable to take your case or instructions or provide a reference. This is because I need to be able to retain material about your case until there is no prospect of a complaint, fee dispute, legal or regulatory proceedings or subject access request being made and to provide an informed and complete reference.
12.7.2. I am further entitled to process such information in accordance with 12.1 to 12.6 above, where this is necessary for the purposes of legal proceedings, legal advice, or otherwise for establishing, exercising or defending legal rights or where it has been manifestly made public by you or for reasons of substantial public interest connected with the administration of justice.
With whom will I share your personal information?
13. Some of the information I collect as set out above, will be protected by legal professional privilege unless and until it becomes public in the course of any proceedings or otherwise.
14. As a barrister I also have an obligation to keep personal information confidential and private, except where it otherwise becomes public or its publication or disclosure is necessary as part of the case or proceedings. It may be necessary to share your information with the following:
14.1. clerks, members, mini-pupils, pupils and staff in/of my and other chambers;
14.2. current, past or prospective employers or referees;
14.3. education and examining bodies;
14.4. the general public in relation to the publication of judgments or decisions of courts or tribunals;
14.5. government departments and other public authorities, including investigators,
ombudsmen, prosecutors and regulators;
14.6. in the event of complaints, my head of chambers, other members of my chambers who deal with complaints, my clerks and chambers director, the Bar Standards Board and the Legal Ombudsman;
14.7. in the event of legal proceedings, my head of chambers, my clerks and chambers director, my insurers and my own legal advisers;
14.8. IT support staff, email providers and data storage providers;
14.9. lay and professional clients and their staff;
14.10. other legal professionals or experts;
14.11. the intended recipient, where you have asked me to provide a reference;
14.12. the members and staff of courts, tribunals and inquiries;
14.13. professional advisers, associations and trade bodies, e.g. Bar Associations, the Bar Council or the Inns of Court;
14.15. your associates, family and friends or those of my clients.
15. I may be required to provide your information to regulators, such as the Bar Standards Board, the Legal Ombudsman, the Financial Conduct Authority or the Information Commissioner’s Office. In the case of the latter, there is a risk that your information may lawfully be disclosed by that Office for the purpose of other civil or criminal proceedings, without my consent or yours, which includes privileged information. I may also be required to disclose your information to the police or intelligence services in accordance with my legal or professional obligations.
Transfer of your information outside the European Economic Area (“EEA”)
16. This privacy notice is of general application and as such it is not possible to state whether it will be necessary to transfer your information out of the EEA in any particular case or for a reference. However, if you reside outside the EEA or your case or the role for which you require a reference involves persons or organisations or courts or tribunals outside the EEA, then it may be necessary to transfer some of your personal information to that country outside the EEA for that purpose.
17. If you are in a country outside the EEA or if the instructions you provide come from outside the EEA, then it is inevitable that information will be transferred to those countries. If this applies to you and you wish additional precautions to be taken in respect of your information, please indicate this when providing initial instructions. Some countries and organisations outside the EEA have been assessed by the European Commission and their data protection laws and procedures have been found to provide adequate protection. Most do not.
18.If your information has to be transferred outside the EEA, then it may not have the same protections and you may not have the same rights as you would within the EEA.
19. I may transfer your personal information to the following which are located outside the EEA:
19.1. Cloud data storage services based in the USA who have agreed to comply with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, in order to enable me to store your data and/or backup copies of your data so that I may access them when I need to. The USA does not have the same data protection laws as the EU, but the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield has been recognised by the European Commission as providing adequate protection.
19.2. If a judgment or decision of a court or tribunal containing your information is published then this will be published to the world.
20. I will not otherwise transfer personal information outside the EEA except as necessary for providing legal services or for any legal proceedings.
21. Publication of details about my security arrangements would risk their compromise, but my accounts, equipment, premises and records are all backed-up, encrypted, locked, password-protected, secured and/or subject to anti-virus and firewall protection as appropriate and having regard to Bar Council guidance on IT issues
22. Furthermore, where my chambers acts as a data processor on my behalf it does so in accordance with GDPR-compliant constitutional, contractual, technical and organisational arrangements, policies and procedures and subject to guarantees and obligations of confidentiality. In this regard, the clerks and staff in my chambers and my chambers’ IT support staff provide me with assistance and support and communicate and liaise with others on my behalf and I also use my chambers’ IT systems, including email servers, fee, diary, practice-management and record-keeping software, internet and intranet, network and other shared drives and servers.
What is my retention policy with respect to your personal data?
23. I will normally store your information for a maximum of 25 years from whichever is the latest of: the date of the last item of work carried out by me on the case; the date on which time for any further appeal expired; the date of the last payment received by me; or the date on which all outstanding payments are written off.
24. Further retention is likely to occur where: a longer limitation period applies (e.g. the case involved a minor or a patient); the case involved an order which remains effective, contains an injunction or undertakings to the court and is subject to a penal notice; the case involved a pre- or post-nuptial agreement; there is a connected complaint, legal or regulatory proceedings are active or reasonably in prospect. In such circumstances, I will carry out as much minimisation as is practicable and set a date for a further review on a case by case basis.
25. Deletion / destruction / minimisation will be carried out (without further notice) as soon as reasonably practicable after the information is marked for this to be done.
26. I will store some of your information which I need to carry out conflict checks for the rest of my career in practice as a barrister. However, this is likely to be limited to your name and contact details, solicitors and outline information relating to the case or instruction. This will not include any information within categories 8.2, 8.3, 8.7, 8.12, 8.13, 8.14, 8.16, 8.17 and 8.18 above.
27. I am relying on your consent to process your information as set out above. You provided this consent when you agreed that I would provide legal services, you asked me to provide a reference or you applied to be or became a clerk, member, mini-pupil, pupil or staff member in/of my chambers. You have the right to withdraw this consent at any time, but this will not affect the lawfulness of any processing activity I have carried out prior to you doing so. Furthermore, where I also rely on other legal bases for processing and retaining your information, you may not be able to prevent me doing so.
28. Under the GDPR, you have a number of rights that you can exercise free of charge in certain circumstances. In summary, and subject to certain legislative exemptions and restrictions, you may have the right to: 0
28.1. ask for access to your personal information and other supplementary information;
28.2. ask for correction of mistakes in your data or to complete missing information;
28.3. ask for your personal information to be erased;
28.4. receive a copy of the personal information you have provided to me or have this
28.5. information sent to a third party in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format, e.g. a Word document file;
28.6. object at any time to processing of your personal information for direct marketing;
28.7. object in certain circumstances to the continued processing of your personal information;
28.8. restrict my processing of your personal information;
28.9. ask not to be the subject of automated decision-making which produces legal effects that concern you or affect you in a significant way (albeit that I do not myself carry out any such decision-making).
29. If you want more information about your rights under the GDPR, please see the Information Commissioner’s guidance.
30. If you want to exercise any of the above rights, please:
30.1. use the contact details at the end of this privacy notice;
30.2. provide proof of your identity and address;
30.3. provide a contact address;
30.4. state the right(s) you wish to exercise.
31. I may need to ask you to provide other information so that you can be identified and, provided I am not on leave, I will respond within one month from receipt of your request.
How to make a complaint
32. The GDPR also gives you the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office if you are in the UK, or with the supervisory authority of the Member State where you work, normally live or where the alleged infringement of data protection laws occurred.
33. The Information Commissioner’s Office can be contacted here.
Information Commissioners Office
Tel: 0303 123 1113 (local rate)
or 01625 545 745 (national rate)
34. I do not intend to process your personal information except for the reasons stated within this privacy notice. If these reasons change, this privacy notice will be amended and placed on chambers’ website.
Changes to this privacy notice
35. This privacy notice was first published on 23rd October 2018 and last updated on 23rd October 2018.
36. I continually review my privacy practices and may change this policy from time to time. When I do it will be placed on chambers’ website.
37. If you have any questions about this privacy notice or the information I hold about you, please contact me (or my chambers’ Data Protection Officer)
38. My contact details are:
38.1. Address: Queen Elizabeth Building, Temple, London EC4Y 9BS
38.2. Tel: 020 7797 7837
38.3. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
39. My chambers’ Data Protection Officer can be contacted on email@example.com