Year of Call: 1994
Clerk: Lesley Haikney
Owen Thomas 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.
He regularly appears in cases in which one or more of the parties are represented by silks against whom he frequently appears without a leader.
“A silk in the making” according to the current Legal 500, Owen is frequently instructed in cases of serious violence or abuse. He was described in the previous 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 and Partners UK for many years. The current edition records that, as a leading junior, he is highly regarded for his family law expertise, and is often instructed to appear unled against silks. His recent work includes cases involving claims of significant physical and emotional harm. Previously 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.