Year of Call 1988


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Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defence
  • Public Prosecution | Grade 3, RASSO Accredited
  • Business Crime & Financial Services
  • Inquests
  • Licensing
  • Trading Standards
  • International and Overseas Territories Law


  • Northern Circuit Committee Member – 2008
  • Recorder – 2009
  • Prosecuting on behalf of Lancashire Rugby Football Union – 2012
  • Approved Counsel for the Falkland Islands
  • CPS RASSO Panel
  • Sex Ticketed Recorder

Professional Memberships

  • Lincoln’s Inn
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Northern Circuit
  • Health and Safety Lawyers Association


Ciaran is a criminal/regulatory barrister specialising in cases that require expert advocacy skills. He has experience in drug trafficking, violent crime, and fraud; successfully defending a range of clients. More recently, his practice has developed into representing individuals who have been accused of the most serious of sexual offences and prosecuting at the GMC.

Ciaran has a varied practice and represents both individual and corporate clients, respectively. Ciaran is called upon to advise professional clients at an early stage of proceedings in respect of strategy and to achieve the best outcome for lay clients with patience and courtesy.

Ciaran has a reputation for being a highly-skilled, measured, forceful and persuasive advocate.

Ciaran supplements his Crown Court advocacy work by sitting in the Crown Court as a Recorder. An experience he enjoys as it has allowed him to develop his skills as an advocate as a result of judging and witnessing others who appear before him.

Ciaran has successfully represented clients appearing before major hearings at the Court of Criminal Appeal and is often consulted to advise on the merits of an appeal.

Ciaran has been thoroughly trained in the use of Section 28 YJCEA 1999 regarding the questioning of vulnerable witnesses

Notable Cases

R v MC – Prosecuting the sexual abuse of the defendant who sexually assaulted two of his biological daughters when they were approximately aged 10 and also his second cousin when she was aged 17. After a 10 day trial, it resulted in a conviction and a sentence of 18 years.

R v H – Represented a defendant who was a Foster parent accused of raping one of his foster children. It involved lengthy and complicated cross-examination of young and vulnerable witnesses. The case involved a detailed analysis of social service, school and medical records relating to the girls in question. The defendant was acquitted after trial.

R v A – Case attracted national media interest. The defendant was accused of neglect of her six children. She had been disciplining them with the use of a BB gun. She used to chastise the children when they failed to do as instructed by firing the gun at them and wounding them. Following lengthy discussions with the prosecution and close analysis of the evidence, the defendant pleaded guilty. I was able to mitigate in such a way as to ensure that she did not go to prison. Her co-defendant got an immediate term of imprisonment.

R v R – Defendant is alleged to have raped his biological daughter from the age of 4 to 14 years old.

R v M – One of the first criminal cases regarding the use of “Special Counsel” concerning PII matters against the background of police corruption.

R v R – The first Murder trial outside London dealing with the Anonymity of Witnesses.

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