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Orla Daly

'An electrifying character, who has an excellent rapport with clients.’Legal 500 - 2017

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Practice Profile

Orla Daly is a highly regarded junior barrister, listed in the Legal 500, with extensive expertise in serious and complex crime. She concentrates primarily on sexual offending of the utmost gravity and also undertakes work in other areas of serious crime, including homicide, multi-handed violence and gun crime.

Orla has developed particular expertise in the defence of those accused of rape and other serious sexual offences. She has an exceptional record of securing acquittals for those she defends, many whom are professional individuals for whom reputation is paramount.

She is frequently called upon to act in historic cases involving multiple complainants and is highly experienced in presenting issues of abuse of process in appropriate cases. ​Her clients are often elderly or otherwise vulnerable and she routinely deals with individuals with significant mental health difficulties where capacity is an issue.

She is often asked to advise in cases where Sexual Harm Prevention Orders have been applied for or imposed and is adept at dealing with oppressive or disproportionate applications.

Recent Cases

  • R v. Pentreath [Woolwich] 2016

    Historic rapes

    Orla Daly appeared for the crown, prosecuting a businessman and chess professional for multiple historic rapes involving three complainants 30-40 years ago. The principal complainant had suffered severe mental health problems in adult life. Defendant was convicted on all 13 counts.

  • R v. M [Maidstone] 2016

    Historic rapes

    Orla Daly successfully defended a sports coach, cleared of all alleged historic rapes & sexual assaults upon five complainants. Instructed by Berry & Lambert LLP.

  • R v. F [Maidstone] 2016

    Sexual offences on patients by chiropracter

    Orla Daly acting as unled defence counsel in the case of a chiropractor accused of filming sexual assaults on patients. Instructed by Berry & Lambert LLP.

  • Operation Linear [Nottingham] 2016

    Rape and human trafficking

    Prosecution by Queen’s Counsel of 23 defendants charged on an 80 count indictment. Orla Daly acted unled in defence of the second defendant, a 17 year old facing allegations including rape and human trafficking. Successful abuse of process application was appealed by the prosecution. Continued to act in the Court of Appeal where the Crown Court judge’s ruling was upheld in all but one respect. Complex case involving issues of capacity and consent as well as abuse of process. Now a leading case on indecent images: R v W (P) & others (2016) 2 Cr App. R. 27. Instructed by EBR Attridge LLP.

  • R v. M [Norwich] 2016


    Orla Daly successfully defended a businessman whom was accused and cleared of multiple rapes upon his daughter. Instructed by EBR Attridge LLP.

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