Year of Call: 1994
Year of Silk: 2018
Clerk: Lesley Haikney
Owen Thomas Q.C. is the head of the family team and undertakes cases involving all aspects of family law.
Recent cases of note in the court of appeal, the high court and the county court have involved allegations of murder, rape, other sexual abuses, incest, factitious and induced illnesses, non-accidental (including head) injuries, burns, chronic and severe neglect and serious emotional harm. He has appeared in a number of cases in which children (as victims and perpetrators) have given evidence and in many more where there has been a contested issue of whether they should do so or not.
The Legal 500 2016 confirms that he ‘he has a broad practice including public law care proceedings’ and highlights a recent case involving forced marriage and honour-based violence whilst the 2015 edition reported that "he regularly appears as a leading junior in cases involving serious harm to children" and in those matters it is often the case that one or more of the parties are represented by silks. The 2014 edition had acclaimed him as “a silk in the making” and the 2013 edition as “an excellent family and matrimonial lawyer.”
He has been ranked within the first band of leading juniors on Circuit in family law by Chambers UK for many years. The 2017 edition reports that he is "A wonderful advocate" and "A safe pair of hands who is approachable and very good at his job." The 2016 edition records that he "handles a full range of family law matters but primarily acts on complex and sensitive childcare proceedings, including non-accidental injury and serious neglect cases." He is "applauded as a top-class junior who impresses with his written skills and extensive experience." Amongst his key strengths are that
"he is never ruffled by anything - he makes the most complex matters look easy and relaxes clients with his approach." "Outstanding advocacy: he was incredibly impressive in the courtroom."
In previous editions he has been described as a "good choice for children", as possessing “sound judgement and a nice manner with clients" and as "a fighter with a real gift for oratory."
From Burry Port, he was educated at Ysgol Gyfun y Strade in Llanelli and read law at Wadham College, Oxford before going on to the Inns of Court School of Law in London. A fluent Welsh speaker, Owen is able to undertake cases in the Welsh language.