Sean Minihan

Year Of Call 1988



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Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defence
  • Professional Regulatory & Disciplinary
  • Mental Health
  • Human Rights

Professional Memberships

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Advocacy trainer for Gray’s Inn
  • Advocacy trainer for the ICCA
  • South Eastern Circuit


Sean is a sought-after senior criminal barrister specialising in cases that require expert advocacy skills. Sean is often the defence leader of choice in several high profile, complex and serious criminal cases.

Sean has experience in criminal matters involving charges for murder and conspiracy to murder, multi-kilo drugs cases, serious fraud, and serious violence, successfully defending a range of clients.

Sean has defended in many sex cases (both present and historical).

Sean is called upon to advise professional clients at an early stage of proceedings regarding strategy and achieving the best outcome for lay clients.

With over 30 years of experience, Sean has developed a varied practice and represents both individual and corporate clients.

Sean also represents Police Officers at Police Disciplinary Tribunals and Army Personnel at Courts Martials, both in this country and overseas.

As a trainer with the Inns of Court College of Advocacy and Gray’s Inn is very familiar with all cases concerning the vulnerable and section 28.

Sean represents appellants appearing before major hearings at the Court of Criminal Appeal and is instructed to advise on the merits of an appeal before they reach that stage. He has experience in all aspects of appellate work, including applications to the Court of Appeal (both on paper at first instance and oral renewals) and judicial review in the Administrative Court.

Notable Cases

Fraud and Conspiracy

R v L – Defended in a historic sex case when the complainant was eight years of age.

R v O’B – defended in a multi-handed Encrochat conspiracy to supply and import Class A drugs.

R v B – defending in a multi-handed murder where the defendant was a vulnerable drug user, used by the co-defendants to lure the victim to his death.

R v O’L – successful opposition to an AG’s Reference on a sentence at the first instance of 6 years four months for a section 18 OAPA and a section 20 OAPA on the same person.

R v S – Defended a premiership footballer alleged to have assaulted his partner.

R v E – Leading Junior defending an allegation of murder in a drugs and gang war.

R v L – Leading Junior in a multi-handed conspiracy to murder in a drugs and gang war.

R v D – Defended in a multi-handed drugs case involving 300 kilos of cocaine. This defendant was tried alone as he had been ‘on the run’. The other defendants received 28-year sentences.

R v W – Leading Junior in a complex fraud and money laundering case where the defendants defrauded pensioners for completed work.

R v D H – Defended a professional footballer on a section 20 GBH.

R v B and J – Court of Appeal POCA judgement following large scale tobacco revenue fraud.

R v A – Court of Appeal case regarding kidnap and blackmail.

R v B – Multi-handed handling stolen goods from railway depots. 

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