Brenda Campbell QC

Year of Call: 2002 | Year of Silk: 2018

"She's an excellent barrister and a really effective cross-examiner."

Chambers UK, 2019 (Inquests)

"She is an impressive advocate. Her cross-examination is incisive and she has a style which suits juries."

Chambers UK, 2018 (Inquests)

"She defends in high-profile terrorism and complex organised crime cases."

Legal 500, 2017 (Crime)

"Her advocacy is punchy, effective and well judged for the environment."

Chambers UK, 2017 (Inquests)

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Brenda is a leading QC in criminal law and Inquests. She is regularly instructed to defend in the most serious of criminal allegations including murder, terrorism and international fraud. She is in addition a highly respected Inquest silk, representing families in Article 2 inquests, including historic or legacy Inquests and police shootings.

Criminal Defence

Overview

Brenda is regularly instructed in high profile and complex criminal cases or to act on behalf of vulnerable defendants. She ensures a consistently high standard of representation, working closely with Instructing solicitors, junior counsel and clients to achieve the best outcome.

Notable Cases

Murder

R v WL, Central Criminal Court (2017)
Allegation of conspiracy to murder from a prison cell. Others with whom the defendant was in very regular telephone contact had already been convicted of conspiracy to murder (shooting). The case relied heavily on the interpretation of telephone and cell site evidence, as well as the character of the alleged protagonists. The defendant was acquitted. The case was reported here

R v Bell, Central Criminal Court (2016)
Allegation of murder by driving at the deceased. It was suggested that the defendant acted in revenge immediately following an attack by the deceased on another individual. Following the collision the defendant fled the scene & the associated damage to the vehicle was repaired. Defendant was acquitted of murder and convicted of manslaughter. The case was reported here

R v Seamus Daly, Omagh Magistrates Court (2016).
Seamus Daly was accused of 29 murders and offences relating to the 1998 Omagh Bomb. He had already been found liable, on the same evidence, in the civil courts. The case was listed for an old style committal. Following her cross-examination of a key witness, the prosecution sought an immediate adjournment to review, and ultimately withdraw, all charges. The case was widely reported in the global media including here, here and here.

R v Nathaniel & others, Central Criminal Court (2013)
Murder, conspiracy to commit GBH. Represented the first defendant in this 10-handed trial. Mr Nathaniel was a high profile sports and celebrity agent, alleged to have planned a revenge attack upon young people who had robbed his business partner. The complex and lengthy trial, which was advanced on a joint enterprise basis against all defendants, ended in the acquittal of all but the stabber. This case was reported by the BBC.

R v SS & others, Central Criminal Court (2012)
Double murder and attempted murder. The case was built upon the identification of one of the accused (the identical twin of another accused) by the surviving victim of this triple shooting, together with cell site evidence and a revenge motive. Following a successful legal argument, the identification evidence was excluded by Fulford J. The ruling amounted to a terminating ruling against all four defendants. It was appealed by the Crown to the Court of Appeal who in turn upheld the High Court Judge's ruling. All charges were the subject of formal not guilty verdicts.

R v Harrison & others, Central Criminal Court (2012)
Murder. Three defendants, all teenagers, accused of joint enterprise stabbing in a stairwell in Battersea in the course of an apparent cannabis transaction. Omar Harrison, the second defendant, was inside the stairwell while the stabbing occurred and had blood from the victim on his clothing. Following a trial involving cut-throat defences, the first and third defendants were convicted of murder while Mr Harrison was acquitted of murder and convicted of manslaughter. This case was reported by the BBC.

R v AC & others, Central Criminal Court (2011)
Murder. The defendant faced a second trial on an allegation of murder, the jury having been discharged in his initial trial following a successful severance argument. It was alleged that the defendant was involved in the execution of the deceased, Larry Malone, and moments later had passed the murder weapon (a Mac 10 machine gun) on to another defendant for safe-keeping. The Crown's case relied on telephone evidence, knowledge of the victim and association with the movement of the murder weapon. The defendant was acquitted of murder and convicted of possession of a prohibited weapon and ammunition. This case was reported by the Daily Mail.

R v McPherson & another, Central Criminal Court
Murder / attempted murder. Defendant accused of shooting his co-defendant (Nankani) immediately after Nankani had fatally driven at the defendant's friend outside the Ministry of Sound nightclub.

R v Lee & another, Central Criminal Court
Murder. Defendant was the passenger in a car that reversed over and killed a pedestrian following an argument. Defendant acquitted. Co-defendant, the driver, was convicted on re-trial.

R v C & others, Central Criminal Court
Represented one of seven defendants accused of murder and attempted murder following a shooting at Streatham Ice Rink. Acquitted at half time.

R v S, Central Criminal Court
Allegation of attempted murder following a shooting in which the victim was shot in excess of 14 times and named the defendant as a perpetrator. Unanimously acquitted.

Terrorism

R v Seamus Daly (see above)

R v B & others, ongoing.
Case alleging 32 counts including directing terrorism, membership of a prosribed organisation and preparation for acts os terrorism.

R v Gassama & others, Leicester Crown Court
Conspiracy to kidnap and behead a British Muslim soldier.

Other Serious Crime

R v M & others, ongoing
Allegation MTIC fraud.

R v SS & others, Kingston Crown Court (2018)
Allegations of conspiracy to evade duty & money laundering. Case collapsed when pursuit of disclosure revealed improper conduct of HMRC investigators.

R v A.P, & others, Blackfriars Crown Court (2013)
Money laundering. Allegation of Hawala-style money laundering. Defendant acquitted.

Protest and Direct Action

R v Levin & others, Hove Crown Court
Conspiracy to cause criminal damage. Represented one of seven defendants cleared of conspiracy to cause criminal damage to a Brighton weapon manufacturer allegedly involved in the illegal supply of bomb release mechanisms to the Israeli Air Force. Approximately £200,000-worth of damage was caused to the factory during the protest, which took place at the same time as the Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip, codenamed Operation Cast Lead. This case was reported in the Guardian.

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Inquests and Inquiries

Overview

Brenda is regularly instructed to represent families in Article 2 inquests. She has particular expertise in representing families in complex, historic inquests in England and Wales, and legacy inquests in Northern Ireland.

Notable Cases

The Hillsborough Inquests
Between 2013 and 2016, Brenda was part of a team of counsel who represented the families of 77 of those who died in the Hillsborough Stadium disaster. Brenda directly represented the families of 14 of those who were unlawfully killed. Reports of her

Inquest into the death of Steven Colwell, ongoing
Steven Colwell was shot by a PSNI officer in 2006. The Inquest is continuing before Belfast Coroners Court.

Inquests into the deaths of 11 people at Ballymurphy, ongoing.
Eleven people, including a priest and a mother of 8 were shot dead by British Army forces between 9 - 11 August 1971.

Inquests into the deaths of Martin McCaughey & Dessie Grew
Brenda appeared in the Belfast Coroner's Court, led by Karen Quinlivan QC, representing the families of Martin McCaughey and Dessie Grew, who were shot and killed by the SAS in October 1990. Appellate proceedings are ongoing.

Inquests into the deaths of Danny Doherty & William Fleming
Representing the next of kin in these fresh inquests, reopened by order of the Attorney General. Mr Doherty and Mr Fleming were shot by British Special Forces in the grounds of a Derry hospital in 1984. The inquest proceedings have been reported in the Irish Times.

Inquest into the death of Gareth Myatt
Together with Dexter Dias QC, Brenda represented the mother of Gareth Myatt, a child who died following restraint in the privately-run Rainsbrook detention centre. This is reported to be the longest inquest into a death in prison custody.

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Criminal Appeals

Brenda has an active appellate practice in the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division). She is regularly instructed to review the safety of historic convictions.

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International Human Rights

Brenda has worked extensively in the field of human rights, both nationally and internationally, with a focus on women's rights, children's rights and the rule of law. She is a former Executive Committee member of the Bar Human Rights Committee and she worked closely with the International Senior Lawyers Project in a joint project to deliver the Criminal Practice and Procedure Module at the Tanzania Law School.

With a focus on international women's rights, Brenda has represented the International Women's Rights Action Watch (IWRAW) Asia Pacific on the Steering Committee of the NGO coalition for the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights.

Having been an active participant in the drafting process at the United Nations Palais des Nations in Geneva, she then became involved in the global campaign for the ratification of the Optional Protocol.

Brenda has advised on lodging communications before UN Human Rights Bodies. She regularly lectures on UN Human Rights mechanisms.

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Background

Brenda enjoys adventure travel and has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of Just for Kids Law. More recently she has run marathons in New York, Florence, England and Ireland. Brenda is on the Board of Trustees of Just for Kids Law.

Publications

Contributing author to Blackstone's Guide to the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008.

Training and Seminars

Brenda has delivered a three-day workshop on the rights of women and children, on behalf of the Bar Human Rights Committee, in Kabul, Afghanistan. On behalf of the Kurdish Human Rights Project, she travelled to Iraqi Kurdistan to deliver cross-border training on the rule of law, and to south-eastern Turkey, to deliver training on the rights of women.

On behalf of IWRAW Asia Pacific, she has participated in conferences and training courses in Nairobi, New York, Warsaw, Geneva and Liechtenstein. She is a regional trainer on the use of the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and its Optional Protocol, and regularly teaches related modules in on behalf of national Universities.

Latest News

The Guildford pub bombings 1974: hearing to resume the inquest

Brenda Campbell QC of Garden Court Chambers is representing the family of Ann Hamilton, one of the victims of The Guildford Pub Bombings 1974.

20 December 2018

Ballymurphy killings inquest opens in Belfast

Brenda Campbell QC is representing the families of Father Hugh Mullan and Francis Quinn.

14 November 2018

Hillsborough match commander David Duckenfield to go on trial for manslaughter by gross negligence

The trial of Mr Duckenfield is currently listed to start on 10 September.

29 June 2018

Acquittal of four men at Kingston Crown Court for money laundering and evasion of duty offences

Stephen Kamlish QC, Brenda Campbell QC, Jacob Bindman, Emma Fenn and Alia Mohammad represented three of the defendants.

28 June 2018

Clare Wade, Sonali Naik, Amanda Weston and Brenda Campbell appointed Queen’s Counsel

Garden Court Chambers is delighted to congratulate our four new silks appointed as Queen's Counsel on 26 February 2018.

26 February 2018

Clare Wade, Sonali Naik, Amanda Weston and Brenda Campbell to be appointed Queen's Counsel

Clare Wade, Sonali Naik, Amanda Weston and Brenda Campbell will be appointed Queen's Counsel in February 2018.

21 December 2017

Hillsborough Review backs ‘Hillsborough Law’

Seventeen barristers from Garden Court Chambers were involved in the Hillsborough inquests, representing 80 families of those who died.

1 November 2017

Hillsborough disaster: criminal charges against six people

Seventeen barristers from Garden Court Chambers represented 80 families at the Hillsborough inquest.

29 June 2017

Garden Court’s Brenda Campbell and Paul Clark shortlisted for Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards 2017

Brenda Campbell has been shortlisted for Legal Aid Barrister of the Year and Paul Clark has been shortlisted for Legal Aid Newcomer of the Year.

18 May 2017

Garden Court and Stephanie Harrison QC shortlisted for Human Rights and Public Law awards

Garden Court has been shortlisted at the Chambers Bar Awards, whilst Stephanie and our Public Law Team are shortlisted at the Legal 500 Awards.

21 October 2016

Garden Court Chambers recognised for “outstanding achievement” following Hillsborough inquests

Garden Court Chambers Hillsborough inquest team wins Outstanding Achievement Award at Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards 2016.

8 July 2016

Hillsborough inquest concludes 96 fans were unlawfully killed

Garden Court Chambers represented 77 families at the inquests.

26 April 2016

Case against Omagh bombing suspect collapses

Seamus Daly was represented by Brenda Campbell of Garden Court Chambers.

1 March 2016

Chambers UK Bar Guide ranks Garden Court in Band 1

Garden Court Chambers recognised as a leading set for immigration, social housing, civil liberties, police law, Court of Protection, crime and inquests and public inquiries.

30 October 2015

Garden Court wins Legal 500 crime set of the year award

The winners in these awards are chosen by the Legal 500 as a result of thousands of interviews with firms, sets and counsel.

8 October 2015

Garden Court Crime Team "dismayed" at CBA deal with government

Speaking on behalf of the criminal practitioners at Garden Court, Henry Blaxland QC explains the reasons behind the dismay at yesterday's deal negotiated by the CBA.

28 March 2014

Garden Court Chambers ranked Band 1 in Chambers UK 2014

We are once again delighted to have been ranked as a leading set by Chambers and Partners in the Chambers UK 2014 directory.

31 October 2013

Dexter Dias QC presents restraint death research at Harvard

Garden Court's Dexter Dias QC this week presented his award-winning restraint death research to the Moral Cognition Lab at Harvard University.

22 October 2013

18 Garden Court barristers instructed on Hillsborough Inquest

Garden Court Chambers are pleased to announce that 18 Garden Court barristers have been instructed on the Hillsborough inquest.

18 October 2013

Brenda Campbell to speak at UN Human Rights Training Event - 2-5 September

Brenda Campbell is due to speak at the 'Beyond Law: The UN mechanisms for the protection of human rights' event , which runs from 2-5 September 2013. The event aims to provide a practical introduction to how UN human rights can be applied in practice.

15 August 2013

Icah Peart QC, Brenda Campbell and Dafna Spiro secure murder acquittals at the Old Bailey

After a complex five-month, 10-handed cut throat murder and conspiracy trial at the Old Bailey, Icah Peart QC, Brenda Campbell and Dafna Spiro have secured acquittals for their clients.

25 June 2013

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Education

  • LLB Common & Civil Law with French, Queen's University, Belfast
  • BVC

Professional Membership

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Inquest Lawyer's Group
  • South Eastern Circuit
  • Bar Human Rights Committee

Languages

  • French

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