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Owen Smith

Owen joined Chambers in January 2021 upon successful completion of pupillage. Owen has extensive of experience of dealing with all areas of private family law, with a particular focus on financial remedies (including cohabitation disputes) and private law children proceedings. Owen represents both applicants and respondents in FDA (First Hearings) hearings, Financial Hearing Dispute Resolution hearings (FHDRA) and Final Hearings.


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Owen Smith

Owen has dealt with a range of cases including high net worth divorces and is particularly adept at dealing with complex financial arrangements including trusts. Owen is known for giving practical advice and adopting a compassionate and empathetic approach, Owen has previously been described by a client as like "an angel from heaven". 

Owen's Experience

Called in 2012


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Family Law (Children)

Owen's private law family (children) practice involves the following areas:

  • Child Arrangement Orders
  • Prohibited Steps Order
  • Specific Issue Order
  • Enforcement Applications
  • Section 1 Applications under the Children Act 1989
  • Breach Allegations
Family Law (Divorce and Financial seperation/ancillary relief)
Owen has substantial experience of dealing with all matters of divorce and financial separation (ancillary relief) in particular high net worth (HNW) and ultra high net worth (UHNW) individuals. 
Financial Services/Banking
  • Financial matters including large and complex regulatory matters
  • Represented Deutsche Bank in relation to investigations by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and BaFIN, the financial regulatory authority for Germany into Libor and Forex markets manipulation
  • Advised Barclays and Citi Bank in relation to repapering of their derivative contracts following the introduction of Mifid II
  • Actively involved in repapering, including negotiating new agreements with counterparties, in particular the more complex or difficult counterparties
  • Instructed to advise HSBC in relation to a complex regulatory matter which related to the most high profile and largest of the bank's clients, as well as the active supervision by the FCA and PRA of the steps taken by the bank
  • Familiar with all aspects of funds legal matters, having previously worked on placement at DWS, one of the largest fund managers in the world 
  • Represented Lloyds Bank in relation to a large caseload of retail banking litigation matters with a particular focus on claims under s140A Consumer Credit Act 1974
Company/Commercial Law
  • Shareholder disputes 
  • Directors' duties
  • Non-disclosure agreements
  • Non-compete clauses
  • Fellow Royal Society of Arts
  • Honourable Society of Middle Temple
  • Deans List Academic Achievement Award, Harvard University
  • Jules Thorn Scholarship, Middle Temple
  • Sussex Scholarship Winner, University of Sussex 
  • Master of Liberal Arts, Management, Harvard University
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Strategic Management, Harvard University Extension School
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Law (BPTC), City, University of London
  • LLB, University of Sussex



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