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Anthony Orchard QC

Call 1991    Silk 2011

Practice Profile

Anthony Orchard QC is a leading criminal silk, ranked in the latest edition of Chambers UK 2017, with a practice concentrated upon homicide, serious fraud cases, sexual offending and organised crime.

Mr Orchard has appeared in over eighty homicide trials at the Central Criminal Court and elsewhere, many involving allegations of multiple shooting, gangland murder and revenge, including R v Michael Philpott and others (the 2013 “Derby fire” case). 

His practice in silk includes extensive experience in organised and very serious crime, complex fraud, money-laundering, internet hacking, confiscation, sexual offences, human trafficking, importation and supply of drugs and he is frequently called upon to advise clients under investigation. Mr Orchard regularly defends and prosecutes cases brought by the Serious Fraud Office and the Financial Conduct Authority. Fraud cases undertaken have included VAT diversion, Internation Carbon Trading, "Boiler Room" frauds, "Ponzi" schemes and Insurance fraud.

He is regularly instructed to advise on SOCPA contracts, PACE, PII matters, RIPA, Surveillance law, Abuse of Process and all Disclosure issues and is representative of the Criminal Bar Association on the Home Office PACE Strategy Board.

 

Reported Cases

  • R v. Waller [1994] Crim. L.R. 863
  • R v. Winn-Pope [1996] Crim. L.R. 521
  • R v. Sara Smith  [2002] 1 Cr App R (S) 61
  • Attorney-General’s Reference No. 88 of 2002 (Carl Weston Griffiths) [2003] EWCA Crim 3010
  • Attorney- General’s Reference No. 90 of 2002 (Alan Moulden)  [2003] 2 Cr App R (S) 16
  • Attorney-General’s Reference No. 125 of 2002 (Steven Dunster) [2003] EWCA Crim 1166
  • Attorney-General’s Reference No. 135 of 2002 (Robert Terrence Gray) [2003] 2 Cr App R (S) 109
  • Attorney-General’s Reference Nos. 150 and 151 of 2002 (Ashley Leon Warren and Kyrt Anthony Whellams)  [2003] 2 Cr App R (S) 111
  • Attorney-General’s Reference No. 10 of 2003 (R v. J) The Times, 30th May 2003; [2003] EWCA Crim 1620
  • Attorney-General’s Reference No. 18 of 2003 (Leslie Ivor Tombs) [2003] EWCA Crim 2426
  • Attorney-General’s Reference No. 64 of 2003 (Moussin Boujettif) [2003] EWCA Crim 3514; The Times,  27th November 2003; [2004] 2 Cr.App.R.(S.) 106 (22); [2004] Crim. L.R. 241
  • Attorney-General’s Reference No. 73 of 2003 (Umaharan Ranganathan) [2004] EWCA Crim 183; [2004] 2 Cr.App.R. (S.) 337 (62)
  • Attorney-General’s Reference No. 86 of 2003 (David Parkinson) [2004] 2 Cr.App.R. (S.) 421 (79); [2004] EWCA Crim 428
  • Attorney-General’s Reference No. 89 of 2003 (Gavin Steill) [2004] EWCA Crim 709; [2004] 2 Cr.App.R. (S.) 502 (94)
  • R v. Zuber Makbul Ali & Anandeep Lotay [2004] EWCA Crim 2835; [2005] 2 Cr.App.R. (S.) 2 at p.6
  • R v. Peters and others [2005] EWCA Crim 605, [2005] 2 Cr.App.R. (S.) 101
  • R v. Jones, Ashman and others [2005] EWCA 3115, [2006] 2 Cr.App.R. (S.) 19
  • R v. McGrady [2007] EWCA Crim 192; [2007] 2 Cr.App.R. (S.) 56 at p.347
  • R v. Murdoch [2007] EWCA 1123
  • R v. J. and others [2007] EWCA 3133, 72 J.C.L. 196, CA (12/12/07)
  • R v. Griffin [2008] 2 Cr.App.R. (S.) 357 (61)
  • R v G(G) & B (S) [2009] EWCA Crim 1207
  • R v. Gary Kelly [2010] EWCA Crim 197  
  • R v. Akiniyi and Oniwinde [2010] EWCA Crim 345
  • R v. Biddulph [2010] EWCA Crim 567
  • R v. Jabbar [2013] EWCA Crim 801

 

News

Life for 2 Teenagers following Old Bailey trial

24 July 2017

Anthony Orchard QC leading Ben Temple for the Crown secured the conviction of two... Read More

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Notable Cases

  • R v. Philpott & ors [Nottingham] 2013

    "Derby" fire case

    Anthony Orchard QC defended Michael Philpott, accused of starting the fire that led to the deaths of six of his seventeen children in his Derby home in May 2012. The case attracted massive media coverage. Issues dealt with included previous allegations of historic sexual assault and abuse; the defendant’s previous convictions for assault and attempted murder; his detailed background history; other historic character issues, mobile phone linkage and the admissibility of surveillance evidence