Liam Loughlin

Call: 2008

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Liam’s practice encompasses a broad range of the most serious criminal offences. He has worked domestically and internationally at the Hague and in Africa. He represents the most vulnerable on legal aid as well as a significant private client base.

He specialises in criminal defence in relation to offences of serious violence, large-scale drug conspiracies and complex fraud matters. He is known for his thorough preparation of cases and excellence in advocacy

He appears regularly in the Court of Appeal in relation to both sentence and conviction. He is also instructed in relation to cash forfeiture and the proceeds of crime involving large sums of money.

He also has expertise in regulatory law and conducts cases in relation to health and safety, food hygiene, licensing, The Nursing and Midwifery Council and inquests. He also has a specialism in areas relating to construction and the criminal law.

Liam has experience in judicial review and is a co-author and contributor to Criminal Judicial Review (Hart Publishing).

Notable Cases

R v MS Led junior on a murder

R v AG Led junior on a multi-handed murder at the Old Bailey

R v AI Attempted murderR v MM Importation of 200 kilos of cocaine

R v AA Large-scale drugs conspiracy to supply crack and heroin

R v SK Conspiracy to supply heroin throughout the UK in multi-kilo amounts

R v AG Successful defence of duress for supplying 10 kilos of cocaine

R v SL Multi-million pound fraud against TFL valued at circa £20 million

R v R Multi-defendant, multi-million pound bank fraud

R v HR Complex death by dangerous driving involving multiple experts

R v DG Armed robbery involving the discharge of a firearm

R v DW Possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life in gang shooting

R v JL Importation of firearms (converted Glock machine pistols)

Publications and Articles

Criminal Judicial Review (Hart Publishing), co-author and contributor to the practitioner handbook
CCPS Guides to Ugandan Law on Hearsay, Disclosure and Identification evidence, published online and free to access to all Ugandan Lawyers through the Ugandan Law Society and UNAFRI websites
Plea Bargaining in the UK report presented to a delegation from the Bar of Singapore
Reforming the Law Concerning Physician Assisted Suicide (2009) Law Reform Committee Essay Competition, Prize Winner

Awards and Scholarships

Bar Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year – shortlisted 2013
Law Reform Committee Essay Competition, prize winner
Gray’s Inn Internship Scholarship (Charles Taylor trial in the Hague)
Ede & Ravenscroft Legal Prize
Gray’s Inn Student of the Year 2008
Gray’s Inn Debating Competition winner
APEX Debating Competition winner


ICSL Law School, BVC
University of Cambridge BA/ LLB (Law), M.A
Joyce Frankland Academy


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