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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.
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 trial lasted several weeks. A retrial was ordered when the jury failed to agree. 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.
Defended a soldier serving in Germany facing four charges of rape of his wife over a two-year period. When giving evidence the lady in question made further claims involving many more allegations of rape, indecent assault and serious domestic violence. The defendant was acquitted of all charges. Bulford Court Martial Centre.
Defended a young man for murder and wounding with intent to cause GBH. He was a member of a Liverpool drug dealing gang and was occupying the house of a couple of users who were encouraged to sell drugs for their own supplies. He was said to have attacked them one afternoon armed with a heavy knife. The deceased received numerous wounds to the back of his head and his back, one or two going straight through his rib cage. The pathologist suggested that these blows must have been inflicted with severe force. The lady received knife wounds to her back as well as the back of her arm. The defendant was acquitted of murder and wounding the lady with intent to cause her GBH. He was convicted of manslaughter as an alternative to murder on the basis of lack of sufficient intent for murder. Preston Crown Court
Represented one of two soldiers facing allegation of raping a female soldier seven years earlier in barracks in Germany. Immediately after the incident both men were told they would not be prosecuted. Years later the complainant committed suicide and, at a subsequent coroner’s hearing, claims were made about the incident which were picked up by the press. Following a newspaper campaign, the new Head of Service Prosecutions instituted a further investigation which led to the re arrest of the soldiers and their trial taking place before a seven-member Board. Both soldiers were acquitted. Bulford Court Martial Centre
Appeared for the first defendant in a seven-handed case involving an allegation of ‘reverse people smuggling’. Surprisingly, hundreds of people are smuggled out of the country every month. In this case, the allegation was that T and others arranged for twice weekly batches of individuals to be transported across the Channel. The investigation was conducted in the first place with undercover journalists from the Sun. Isleworth Crown Court.
Client tried for murder, possession of firearms with intent, possession of class drugs with intent to supply and threats to kill. He was allegedly the leader of a drugs gang in central Sheffield. It was said that he and others armed themselves with shotguns and pistols with the intention of hunting down members of another gang. There followed a shootout late at night in a residential district of the city where a member of the other gang was killed. Sheffield Crown Court.
An unusual and rather horrifying case involving the prolonged torture and murder of a vulnerable teenager, She endured relentless physical abuse at the hands of her family in a household in which the older siblings held sway, the parents living elsewhere. St Albans Crown Court. Client Acquitted of murder.
One of seven youths charged with murder and, after an eight-week trial, the only one to be acquitted. Liverpool Crown Court.
A number of defendants faced allegations of fraud and corruption in what became known as the Jubilee Line Case as it arose out of the construction of the most recent addition to the London Underground system. The case was extremely complex with tens of millions of pages of statements and exhibits. The case was halted after two years and the defendant acquitted on all counts. Central Criminal Court
OTHER ACTIVITIES AND INTERESTS
Golf, tennis, real tennis, Harlequins FC and Surrey CC
Professional commentary and attribution
"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
‘His ability enables him to make the job look easy.’
Legal 500, 2018
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