Anthony Berry QC
A heavy criminal practice with a predominance of defence work. In recent years he has concentrated on murder and fraud although he has undertaken cases involving serious sexual crime, drug importations and conspiracies as well as election fraud. He is experienced in conducting high profile cases.
Background and expertise
Since taking silk in 1994, he has established a heavyweight criminal practice, mainly in London. He appeared for one of the hijackers in the Stansted hijacking case (Old Bailey) as well as the two-year trial known as the Jubilee Line Extension Fraud (Old Bailey). He was also engaged for several years in The High Court of Malawi instructed by the DPP of Malawi to prosecute the Vice President for Conspiracy to Murder the President as well as Treason by planning to overthrow the government by murdering members of the Cabinet.
Anthony is also a tenant at 7 Harrington Street Chambers (Liverpool)
Defended a head gamekeeper of a shooting estate in north Wales who was tried for manslaughter by reason of gross negligence. A semi automatic shotgun that was carried in his vehicle went off, killing another gamekeeper seated in the rear. The jury were unable to agree on the first trial. Caernarfon Crown Court.
Defended a young man charged with murder. He was said to be a member of a Manchester gang which hunted down members of a Moss Side gang and attacked them with knives. Serious injuries were sustained and one young man was killed. LM ran the defence of alibi. Manchester Crown Court
Client faced charge of Conspiracy to cause GBH along with several others said to be members of a travellers’ community. A drugs deal with another such group went badly wrong which, late at night, led to an invasion of the second group’s camp where there were many women and children. It was claimed that L and his associates arrived brandishing and firing shotguns. One young man was shot at nearly point blank range and his head was peppered with shotgun pellets. Northampton Crown Court.
A dispute between Liverpool drugs gangs in relation to a substantial importation led to the victim being beaten, extensively tortured over several hours and then murdered. His mutilated body was found in a burnt out car in the city. Convicted of assisting an offender, the client was acquitted of murder and manslaughter. Liverpool Crown Court.
M acquitted of murder after a two week trial following the stabbing of a man on the streets of Manchester. Manchester Crown Court.
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OTHER ACTIVITIES AND INTERESTS
Golf, tennis, real tennis, Harlequins FC and Surrey CC
Professional commentary and attribution
‘His ability enables him to make the job look easy.’ (Legal 500, 2018)
"He has a devastating technique in cross-examination and disarming charm."
(Legal 500, 2017)
"A veteran of murder cases'. (Legal 500, 2016)
"Offers pragmatic legal advice and demonstrates prowess in defending individuals faced with serious criminal charges including murder".
Strengths:"A doyen of the Criminal Bar who is loved by solicitors and who is able to charm jurors with his easy style" ... "He works incredibly hard and is really effective in court".
(Chambers UK, 2016)
"Regularly instructed in murder trials ... he is also experienced in fraud and corruption cases".
"He is a really polished performer. He has got many years of experience, and it shows. He gets to his feet and people sit up and listen".
"He is just brilliant at cross-examination and fantastic with clients".
(Chambers UK, 2015)
"Recommended for defending murder charges". (Legal 500 2015)
PROFILE: Anthony Berry QC
"A superb defence silk at the top of his game"
Legal 500, 2020
Confiscation / POCA
Fraud, Bribery & Corruption
Inquests / public inquiries
020 7489 2727
Lincoln College, Oxford
College of Law, London
Criminal Bar Association
International Bar Association
European Criminal Bar Association
Fraud Lawyers Association
Association of Commonwealth Lawyers
Association of Military Court Advocates
Member of the Panel of Advocates at the International Criminal Court
Head of Chambers from 1999 to 2016
Head of Head of Chambers Committee, England and Wales, 2005 -2012
Recorder of Crown Court, 1995-2005
Master of the Bench, Gray's Inn
Former member of the General Council of The Bar
Former Secretary, Criminal Bar Association of England and Wales