Barrister Awards 2012
Criminal Barrister of the Year
Courtenay Griffiths Q.C.
Courtenay Griffiths Q.C. has a wide-ranging practice in domestic and international criminal law. He is regarded as one of the most outstanding jury advocates of his generation. He is frequently instructed in the most challenging and high-profile criminal cases.
f his cross-examination of super model, Naomi Campbell, in the Charles Taylor trial, the London Evening Standard remarked,
under the headline: “Forget Naomi Campbell Real Star of Charles Taylor trial is Griffiths Q.C”, “Courtenay Griffiths Q.C. grabbed their attention with his flamboyant style, tenacious questioning and deadpan quotes.” The BBC World Service describes him as: “… one of the most influential people in British law, he’s outspoken on a range of issues and is now Lead Counsel for the first African leader to be tried for war crimes [Charles Taylor, former President of Liberia] ‘. He was shortlisted as Crime Silk of the Year in the prestigious 2011 Chambers Bar Awards.
As a criminal silk, he has developed a diverse practice in “big ticket” criminal cases both domestically and internationally. He has particular expertise in jury trials, international criminal law, and is increasingly developing a practice in the area of international money laundering and other internationally commercially-related crime. He is also developing a keen interest in international
commercial mediation, particularly in Africa, where he can deploy his profile and his legal and political connections to the advantage of his clients.
He has been involved in some of the most high-profile and notable cases of the past two decades: 1. R v Silcott and ors. 2. The Brighton bombing. 3. The Harrods bombing. 4. The Canary Wharf bombing. 5. Johnson, Davis and Rowe. 6. Goswell v Commissioner of Police for the metropolis.
7. R v White and Hanson. 8. The first Damilola Taylor trial. 9. R v Brown and Carty. 10. The “Night Stalker Trial”. 11. Tarino v Nomihold Securities Inc, and Mobile Telesystems Finance S.A. (Money laundering proceedings in The Seychelles)
12. Pros v Charles Taylor.
This is the silk to go to when you are in serious trouble.
One of the most influential people in British law, he’s outspoken on a range of issues and is now Lead Counsel for the first African leader to be tried for war crimes [Charles Taylor, former President of Liberia] The BBC World Service
Courtenay Griffiths Q.C. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org