‘He prides himself on achieving the best possible results for clients. ’ Legal 500 2020
"Very quick and intelligent, with a fantastic memory." Chambers and Partners 2019
Owain specialises in commercial and construction; chancery, property and trusts; public law; and employment. He is ranked across all of his core practice areas in the directories. He often acts in cases which involve an overlap between those areas.
He appears at all levels up to and including the Court of Appeal.He has been instructed post-trial in appeals in the County Court and the Employment Appeals Tribunal.
Owain has been instructed to draft statutory guidance (bilingually) and has experience of drafting policies for Local Government. He has also conducted independent reviews. He has experience of sitting in a judicial/disciplinary capacity having been appointed as a World Rugby and Football Association of Wales Judicial Officer; a member of the International Paralympic Committee’s Board of Appeal of Classification; a member of Sports Resolution's Arbitrator and Mediator panel; appointed to the Legal Aid Review Panel; and is appointed as a Deputy District Judge.
Owain has a truly bilingual practice and has acted through the medium of Welsh in the High and County Courts, the Employment Tribunal, and the Welsh Language Tribunal. He recently appeared before the Court of Appeal (for the first time in its hitory) through the medium of Welsh. He is also happy to conduct conferences and advise in Welsh.
A significant proportion of Owain’s work is for public bodies, in-house solicitors or commercial clients directly. He is comfortable working as part of a larger team and is happy to deal with urgent matters by way of telephone conferences or e-mail advice where necessary. The Guides say that “He is always willing to help” and Owain is more than happy to discuss issues informally prior to receiving instructions by e-mail or telephone.
Owain welcomes instructions and bundles sent electronically.
Owain has been appointed to the Government Legal Department’s Panel of Counsel; the Welsh Government’s Panel of Preferred Advocates; and the NPS All Wales Legal Services Panel, providing advice and advocacy to the Welsh Local Authorities.
Having read law at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, Owain returned to Cardiff to study the Bar course. He previously worked in the Litigation Department at Hugh James Solicitors and brings that experience together with a strong academic background to his practice.
Owain has particular experience of dealing with urgent and without notice injunctions in a commercial, housing and public law context. He is often instructed at the 11th hour on an urgent basis and is experienced at making out-of-hours applications.
Recent cases include:
R (Driver) v RCT  EWCA Civ 1759 – Intervening on behalf of the Welsh Language Commissioner in a Judicial Review of school re-organisation. Appeared both at first instance and before teh Court of Appeal through the medium of Welsh.
Cyngor Gwynedd Council v Barratt and Ors (Choudhury J) UKEAT/0206/18/VP - Appeared before the EAT, instructed post-trial, on behalf of a Local Authority in a case concerning the dismissal of teachers in a redundancy situation. Permission to appeal granted and listed before the Court of Appeal in July 2021.
McGaw v Welsh Ministers  EWHC 2588 (Admin) - Planning appeal heard before HHJ Jarman QC (sitting as a Judge of the High Court). Permission to appeal gratned and listed before the Court of Appeal for June 2021.
Led by Peter Oldham QC, conducted a review of the Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (Wales) Regulations 2006 applicable to the investigation of alleged misconduct by Senior Officials.
Willott v Clarke (QBD) – Interpretation of Restrictive Covenants
Ceviz v Frawley & Ors  EWHC 8 (Ch) - Misrepresentation in sale of business. Claim alloed, counterclaim dismissed and indemnity costs awarded.
Gorman v Court Enforcement Services – (QBD) Instructed by Applicants in a claim against High Court Enforcement Officers arising from breaches of the Tribunal, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 and the Taking Control of Goods Regulations 2013. Interim injunction granted by Waksman J preventing sale of goods by HCEO.
Vale of Glamorgan v Skelton (Admin (Divisional Court) Davies, Singh LJJ) – Interpretation of Regulations 47 and 48 of the Council Tax (Administration and Enforcement) Regulations 1992
Downs v HM Ltd - Action for recovery of deposit and defending counterclaim for full contract price arising from cancelled wedding due to Covid-19. Consdiering the effect of the Health Protection (Coronovirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020.
Burrows v Davies (Cardiff CC, HHJ Jarman QC) –Successfully obtaining judgment against former co-habitee and a volunteer third party for constructive trust of two properties. Equitable damages awarded, as elected by the Claimant, in full.
Gylphion v Djadi (Ch D) – Without notice injunction preventing sale of deceased’s asset. Substantive undue influence claim ongoing.
R (AA, BB, CC, DD) v A Local Authority - Acting for the Respondent Local Authority in a challenge to its school transport policy. The Judicial Review is being conducted in the medium of Welsh.
Medhurst v Vale of Glamorgan (Admin – Swift J; Garnham J) – Ongoing litigation relating to domestic rates
R (MJ) v SSHD - Appearing for the Secretary of State for the Home Department in the Coutr of Appeal
Parry v Parry (Ch D) – Undue influence and rectification of register involving a number of properties.
Burden v Burden – Trust/estoppel dispute relating to agricultural property.
An ADR Group accredited mediator, Owain accepts instructions to act as a mediator (in Welsh, English or bilingually where appropriate).
Alongside his practice, Owain is currently a PhD candidate whose research covers arbitration and its history in Welsh dispute resolution. He is a currently a student member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators during his PhD (having previously been elected a Fellow of CIArb) and is a student member of RICS.
He has been ranked as “Tier 1” for Administrative and Public Law in 2019, having previously been ranked as “Up and Coming” in 2017 and 2018; he was ranked as “Up and Coming” in Commercial Dispute Resolution in 2018 and 2019.
He is described as "Excellent and exceptionally bright", “enthusiastic, hard-working and bright”, "Very quick and intelligent, with a fantastic memory", and as “unflappable, which is really nice because he can keep a calm head when everyone else is losing theirs.” The guides praise his “clear” drafting and note that he “has a very relaxed manner, very good court presentation.” “He is eloquent in how he puts forth arguments and clear and concise in his advice”
In his spare time, he is likely to be found chasing either (or all) his young daughter, his flock of sheep, or swarm of bees around a smallholding in the Dulais Valley.
Owain regularly publishes updates and practice points on the Civitas Law blog. He has published articles in the Expert Witness Journal, Commercial Litigation Journal, Property Law Journal and in the Cardiff and District Law Society’s Legal News.
Owain has delivered CPD accredited seminars on legal updates both in-house and to local solicitors’ groups. He has also appeared on BBC Wales, Radio Cymru, ITV Wales and S4C discussing current legal issues.
“Contractual interpretation and commercial common law sense: Arnold v Britton  UKSC 26”
"Commercial Law and Social Media issues"
“The quality of mercy”, Co. L.J. 2014, 54(Mar/Apr), 14-16
“Is a written agreement sufficient to vary directions?” Legal News, January 2014
““T” marks on Plan not Decisive of Boundary Location”, Expert Witness Journal, December 2013
He was awarded a Gooderson Award by St Catharine’s College and subsequently an Exhibition Award by the Inner Temple. He was awarded a Centenary Scholarship for his MSc and was subsequently nominated for an Alumni Award.
Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf
St Catharine’s College, Cambridge BA (Hons), MA (Cantab)
Cardiff University PG Dip (Bar)
University of South Wales (MSc) Merit
Currently PhD candidate funded by Y Coleg Cymraeg researching Arbitration.
Welsh Commercial Bar Association (Committee Member)
RICS Student Member
Deputy District Judge (Civil)
Legal Aid Review Panel
Paralympic Board of Appeal of Classification
Independent Appeal Panel Chair, Football Association of Wales
Judicial Officer - World Rugby, 6Nations, EPCR, Pro 14, WRU.