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UK Bar Guide 2022

Ranked in 2 Practice Areas
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Crime
17 Years Ranked

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Provided by Brian O'Neill KC

Practice Areas

Now in his twelfth year in Silk, Brian provides advice and advocacy in private prosecutions (in which he has a particular expertise), business crime, serious crime and sports law. His expert skills can be applied to any complex situation whether defending or prosecuting across various jurisdictions.

He advises corporate clients in this country and abroad and gives advice to foreign Governments. He has appeared in numerous high profile cases and has represented a number of professional footballers.

Private Prosecutions: Brian’s expertise in criminal law and his very considerable experience prosecuting serious and complex criminal cases have led to a number of instructions in this area in which he both prosecutes and defends.

Business Crime and Financial Services: Brian has appeared in two of the most newsworthy fraud cases to have been tried in this country in recent years: the HBoS corruption scandal – R v Mills & others; and, the football bribery case – R v Pagliara & others.

Crime: Brian is instructed in criminal cases of the utmost gravity and seriousness by leading defence solicitors and specialist units within the CPS. His vast experience has earned him the respect of those who instruct him, his peers and the judiciary.

Sports Law: Brian is instructed by The Football Association and is a regular contributor to LawInSport.

Career

Appointed Queen's Counsel 2010

Called 1987

Professional Memberships

2020: Appointed to SFO QC Panel

South Eastern Circuit

Criminal Bar Association

Private Prosecution Association

Fraud Lawyers Association

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Crime - London (Bar)
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Band 2

Brian O'Neill KC
Brian O'Neill KC is a strong silk who handles both prosecution and defence work. His practice spans a broad range of criminal matters, and he has undoubted expertise in serious and complex cases. O'Neill has further significant experience in related areas such as business crime and professional discipline.

Strengths

"He is a fair-minded, unflappable and truly remarkable advocate."

Recent work

Advised that an application to dismiss should be made on behalf of a defendant accused of two gang-related murders. Upon receipt of the defence’s written submissions, the prosecution discontinued its case against the defendant in respect of all of the allegations he faced.


Financial Crime: Private Prosecutions - London (Bar)
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Brian O'Neill KC
Brian O'Neill KC is an established silk who is highly regarded for his expert handling of private prosecutions. He has experience of acting for both the prosecution and the defence, and has been involved in several high-profile matters.

Strengths

"He is extremely effective in court."

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