Patrick Harrington

One of the best jury advocates in the UK. He plays the jury like a really good musician

Chambers UK 2017

Patrick Harrington QC

  • Called in 1973
  • Silk in 1993

Health & Safety

  • R v DL [Cardiff Crown Court] (2010): Represented, with Carwyn Cox, a Company charged with Health and Safety offences arising from a fatal accident at a water pumping station. The case was stayed as an abuse of process after lengthy arguments.
  • R v Reed [Cardiff Crown Court, Pitchford J] (2009): With Carwyn Cox, successful defence of a company employee charged with manslaughter following a fatal accident at a water pumping station.
  • R v Porter (2008): See the links on existing website or on Cornerstone Chambers website where you have the links to the article we wrote.
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Notable Cases

Operation Bulkhead (2016)
Prosecuting a six month £100 million film fraud case with 4 defendants and over 50, 000 pages of served evidence. The case was described during sentencing by the Judge as "one of the most difficult and complicated cases presented at the Bar." All four were found guilty of conspiracy to cheat the public revenue and sentenced to a total of 29 years.

R v Simon Drew (2014)
Successfully represented an independent financial adviser charged with 34 counts of investment fraud to the value of £15m; led Shawn Williams throughout a 4½ month trial; Simon Drew was acquitted on all counts.

R v P (2014)
Successfully represented a solicitor charged with money laundering in a dismissal application at the Swansea Crown Court. A conjoined argument with two other solicitors led to the charges being dismissed.

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R v Evans [ERIC] 1 WLR 2817 (2014)
Successfully represented a senior solicitor charged with conspiracy to defraud arising from a complex land transaction involving restoration obligations at open cast mining sites. Patrick was first instructed in 2010; he led John de Wall QC, and Ben Douglas Jones, instructed by Phil Williams of Blackfords, Cardiff throughout the very complex proceedings. After a week of submissions, Hickinbottom J acceded and dismissed the charge.

R v Evans [ERIC] (2014)
Successfully represented the same solicitor in resisting an application by the SFO in the SFO's application for a Voluntary Bill of Indictment. After two weeks of argument before Fulford LJ, (sitting as a Judge of the High Court) he reserved judgment and later handed down judgement dismissing the application. The same legal team acted for Eric Evans.

R v Beadell (2014)
Represented a 22 year old man jointly charged with a drug related stabbing murder. The same defendant were also charged with firearms offences. Beadell and another were convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment with a tariff of 27 years.

R v Hope & Richards (2014)
Representing the prosecution in resisting appeals and an application for leave in relation conviction and appeals against sentences of life imprisonment with forty year tariffs arising from convictions for murder: application and appeals refused.

Operation Valgus - Part 3 (2014)
Prosecution of sole remaining defendant in this long running case.

Operation Valgus - Part 2 (2013/2014)
Prosecution, with Ben Douglas Jones, of 7 defendants indicted in Part 2 of a massive mortgage fraud. All pleaded guilty (at earlier hearings) either as indicted or with alternative offences.

Operation Valgus - Part 1 (2013)
Prosecuted, with Ben Douglas Jones, six defendants charged with conspiracy to defraud arising from a massive mortgage fraud involving 800 residential properties in North Wales and elsewhere. A five month trial, which resulted in the conviction of five defendants.

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Appointments & Memberships

  • Recorder of the Crown Court
  • Bencher of Gray’s Inn
  • Former Leader of the Wales & Chester Circuit
  • Former Vice President of the National Anti-Doping Panel
  • Protector of the Millennium Awards Trust
  • Protector of the Legacy Trust
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Sports Law Association
  • London Commercial & Common Law Bar Association
  • Wales & Chester Circuit Criminal Law Association
  • Ebbw Vale Rugby Football Club
  • Glamorgan County Cricket

Education & Qualifications

  • MA, in English Literature, University of Wales
  • LLB (Hons), Birmingham College of Commerce
  • Ebbw Vale Grammar School

Directory Quotes

Patrick Harrington QC is listed as a leading silk for crime in both Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500.

Renowned for his skill in handling the prosecution and defence of high-value financial crime, including alleged tax frauds related to film finance, mortgages and carbon credits.

Strengths: “One of the best jury advocates in the UK in my opinion. Juries just love him. He plays the jury like a really good musician; he knows exactly what’s right for the jury, strips the case down to bare essentials whether prosecuting or defending a serious crime, and is very good at pretending to the jury that he’s just coming to terms with the facts of the case as the case is developing, even though you know he’s got an encyclopaedic knowledge of the case.”

Recent work: Acted for the prosecution arising from the Operation Bulkhead investigation, involving a suspected £275 million film finance tax fraud.
Chambers UK 2017

Hugely experienced barrister on the Wales Circuit with significant experience in fraud and murder cases and who is highly praised by his peers.

Strengths: “He’s the top man. No one would say otherwise. He’s very good.”

Recent work: Defended one of nine defendants charged with dealing in criminal property. The case involved the theft and sale from storage sites of BT equipment worth £1 million.
Chambers UK 2017

A vastly experienced advocate who has defended and prosecuted over 200 cases of homicide and fraud in his career. He receives high praise from peers for his expert knowledge in high-profile murder cases.

Strengths: “He is a robust cross-examiner.”

Recent work: Prosecuted a case involving a contract killing, successfully securing the conviction of the two defendants.
Chambers UK 2016

A formidable financial crime silk with significant defence and prosecution experience. He handles high-value criminal fraud matters including major commercial fraud, investment fraud and money laundering matters.

Recent work: Acted in Johnson & Johnson, a multimillion pound fraud involving the concealment of illegally obtained money.
Chambers UK 2016

‘A formidable advocate with a wealth of experience in the criminal courts.’
Legal 500

‘A particularly strong track record in high-profile homicide and fraud cases.’
Legal 500

‘Sought after for his experience on the defence side of multiple death cases.’
Legal 500

Chambers & Partners 2017 Leading Barrister Legal 500 2016 Leading Individual


  • “A Nutshell on Evidence” (1974)
  • “The Session Man” (with Bobby Graham)(2004)

Personal Interests

Patrick’s hobbies centre around music and sport and he has a keen interest in classic cars.