Timothy practises at the highest level of criminal litigation and is regularly rated as outstanding by clients, colleagues and the judiciary. He brings hard-edged experience of trial advocacy to all matters in which he is instructed and appears as Leading counsel in trials for serious fraud, organised crime and homicide. Such experience informs his advisory work, which includes advising magic circle and leading U.S. firms, on allegations of commercial fraud and negotiating with all the main prosecuting departments of the state. In January 2014, he was appointed Senior Treasury Counsel at the Central Criminal Court.

One of the safest pairs of hands at the Criminal Bar

He maintains an equal balance between advisory and trial work and is able to offer the independence and breadth of vision that is a cornerstone of successful modern practice. Described by insiders as ‘the barrister who other barristers turn to’ and ‘one of the safest pairs of hands at the Criminal Bar’, he has never sought inclusion in any legal directory and relies on the judgment of his peers and a reputation for delivering results, built up over many years.


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Instructions representative of Timothy’s fraud practice include acting for Skadden Arps in multi-jurisdiction corruption litigation, Addleshaw Goddard in an insider dealing allegation, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in a 14 month HMRC investigation, and Enyo Law in Eastern-block private client protection. Timothy has particular interest in U.S. extra–territorial regulations as they apply to banks and private individuals and he has deep experience of Serious Fraud Office, Office of Fair Trading and MTIC litigation.

Corruption and Organised Crime

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Timothy has unique knowledge of international organised crime and has appeared in many of most notorious cases in recent years. He has been instructed by Arnold and Porter to give strategic advice relevant to multi-national clients on the Bribery Act 2010. He also advised a Telecom company on RIPA issues as part of Operation Weeting (for DAC Beachcroft).

Restraint, Confiscation and Asset Forfeiture

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Timothy offers a cradle to grave service on all confiscation advice with specialised knowledge of associated restraint, search/seizure and legal professional privilege problems which typically arise including planning on AML/CTF issues in civil litigation. He acts for private firms and the Serious Fraud Office on mutual legal assistance issues of concern to private individuals, for example U.K./U.S. comparative law on the consequences of conviction (for Nachmann and Associates, New Jersey).

Homicide and Serious Sexual Offences

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Timothy has an established Old Bailey practice which demonstrates his ability to act in most pressurised environments. He has extensive experience of defending in allegations of sexual misconduct with emphasis on sensitive and high profile cases. Further details are available from chambers’ clerks on request.


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  • Senior Treasury Counsel, since 2014
  • SFO A list


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  • Member of Bar Council Fees Committee (2007 onwards)
  • CBA Committee 2007 – 2009
  • Head of 6KBW’s advocacy training
  • CPS Advocacy Assessor


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University of Durham, LLB (Hons) Law.

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Notable cases

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R v Twomey, Blake, Hibberd and Cameron

The first trial by a judge sitting alone: an armed robbery worth £1.75 million from a warehouse at Heathrow Airport in 2004.

Serious Fraud Office v BAE

Members of chambers acted on both side of this lengthy SFO investigation into BAE’s global business affairs, including the public law challenge to the Director’s decision to enter into a plea...

R v Twomey and Others

The first trial by a judge sitting alone in 400 years.

R v Alexander and Others

The ‘Shadowline’ conspiracy.

R v Thomas and Alexander

Homophobic killing in Trafalgar Square.

R v Ulcay

Instructed by the Bar Council to represent professional interests of the Bar in appellate proceedings determining the status of cab rank rule and trials in absence.

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24 June

Timothy Cray in Tulisa drug trial

Timothy Cray is instructed in the trial of Tula Contostavlos (aka Tulisa), who is accused of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs in 2013. The matter was recently before Southwark Crown Court for legal...

30 July

SAS sniper convicted of gun possession

Danny Nightingale was convicted by a court martial board of possessing a Glock 9mm pistol and 338 rounds of ammunition, which were found in his bedroom. He received a sentence of two years’...

8 May

BAE Systems

BAE Systems In the recent prosecution of BAE Systems Plc, Victor Temple QC, Timothy Cray and Louis Mably represented the Crown and David Perry QC and Miranda Hill acted on behalf of the company.

8 May

First ever Judge alone trial

First ever Judge alone trial Judge alone delivers verdicts in first ever non-jury trial. Kate Wilkinson and Timothy Cray prosecuted the trials of the armed robbery of £1.75 million at Heathrow...

8 May

Timothy Cray in Shadow Line conspiracy

Timothy Cray in Shadow Line conspiracy Timothy Cray acted as leading counsel for the Crown in the largest ever skunk cannabis smuggling case in the United Kingdom. Between 2006 and 2008 over 18...