Paul Greaney KC specialises in serious crime, public inquiries and inquests, regulatory crime and professional discipline.
For many years he has been recommended in the leading professional directories. In Chambers & Partners 2023, he was recommended in four practice areas: inquests and public inquiries; crime (star individual); financial crime and health and safety.
Paul has prosecuted and defended in many homicide cases. He has a particular interest in cases involving complex scientific issues (including issues relating to the reliability of LCN DNA results and the relevance of stochastic effects to DNA findings). He currently appears on behalf of the first defendant in Operation Embossed II, a case in which the point of interception of the Encrochat data is being explored.
A small selection of recent serious crime cases of significance (all of which attracted substantial media attention) include:
Lead case on aspects of Encrochat evidence
Defence of company director on charge of manslaughter by gross negligence.
Defence of lottery winner on serious criminal charge
Defence of an international company on charges brought by the Information Commissioner’s Office.
Defence of a university student charged with serious sexual offences.
Defence of police officer charged with serious offences of violence.
Prosecution of teenage bomb maker.
Prosecution of the contract killers of Paul Massey and John Kinsella.
Defence of Sir Norman Bettison on charges of misconduct in public office.
Defence of a politician on a charge of misconduct in public office.
Prosecution of four persons for the torture and murder of a vulnerable man; the “Dark Ages Torture” murder case.
Prosecution of a member of the Greggs the Bakers family for historical sexual abuse.
Prosecution of a police inspector and others for corruption.
Prosecution of the murderer of a local Imam; “ISIS inspired”.
Prosecution of a schoolboy for plotting an ISIS attack on an Anzac Day parade in Melbourne.
Defence of a nurse charged with manslaughter by gross negligence arising out of the death of a child in hospital.
Prosecution of the schoolboy who stabbed his Spanish teacher to death in class.
Prosecution of a psychopath for the sadistic murder of a child.
Defence of a man charged with the execution of an alleged police informer.
Prosecution of a mother who starved her child to death and then kept the child’s mummified body in her bedroom for almost two years.
Prosecution of one of the largest police corruption cases ever.
Paul has appeared in many serious and complex fraud cases, including acting on behalf of the former director of a major international company in corruption proceedings in Greece.
He has appeared in many cases concerning complex money laundering issues, always involving significant sums.
He has appeared on behalf of members of the legal profession charged with serious criminal offences, including the managing partner of a well-known firm of solicitors on a charge of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and a barrister on a charge of wounding with intent.
Paul has been involved in many serious and complicated regulatory prosecutions, including cases involving multiple fatalities and complex issues of law and cases involving the risk of reputational damage. That has involved defending individuals, companies and organisations facing allegations, and prosecuting such cases. Currently acting on behalf of a property developer in proceedings before the Court of Appeal and advising the owner of a business under investigation for corporate manslaughter.
Paul represented the Football Association in the proceedings brought against Luis Suarez, the Liverpool player in respect of his racial abuse of Patrice Evra, the Manchester United player , in the proceedings brought against Everton FC in respect of the tapping up of Jamaal Lascelles  and in the proceedings brought against Nicolas Anelka in respect of his use of the quenelle gesture  and Benoit Assou-Ekotto for tweeting his support for Anelka’s gesture . He has more than 20 years’ experience in representing police officers in misconduct proceedings and has also conducted proceedings in the GMC and SRA.
Paul has acted on behalf of companies and company directors, police officers, doctors and other interested persons at inquests involving deaths in police custody and in hospital or in connection with medical treatment and in other circumstances. He has appeared in public inquiries and inquests concerning mass fatality events, eg. the Hillsborough Inquests, the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and the Manchester Arena Inquiry.
Particularly claims relating to the criminal justice system, police law and coronial law.
Paul deals with all forms of licensable activity.
Has conducted cases in Fiji, including in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Fiji as a temporary member of the Bar of Fiji.
Currently acting on behalf of the former director of a major international company in corruption proceedings in Greece. Admitted to the Bar of Athens for that purpose.
Currently acting on behalf of Manx Care and the DHSC in proceedings in the Isle of Man.
"He is a very high-profile and very able silk." "He is excellent." [Crime]
Chambers & Partners 2023 [Crime]
"A top performer", who "has a very good manner and is very efficient."
Chambers & Partners 2023 [Inquests and Inquiries]
"He is a very skilled cross-examiner."
Chambers & Partners 2023 [Financial Crime]
"Paul is an advocate of the highest level, he commands the courtroom." "He is an excellent and efficient barrister."
Chambers & Partners 2023 [Health and Safety]
"An incredibly intelligent silk who inspires confidence in lay clients. He has the ability to make any issue appear straightforward and is very attuned to the needs and feelings of bereaved families."
Legal 500 2023 [Inquests and Inquiries]
‘Paul is very clever, very eminent and impressive, but also personable. He is a great communicator who instils confidence in those who instruct him, and he is a trusted adviser.'
Legal 500 2023 [Business and Regulatory Crime]
"Without a shadow of a doubt he is the best advocate I've worked alongside. He can deal with any witness you put in front of him and get the best evidence from them."
Chambers & Partners 2022 [Inquests and Inquiries]
"He is super experienced. He makes cross-examination look easy - it looks as if he's doing it in his sleep."
Chambers & Partners 2022 [Crime]
"He's hard-working, very thorough and a very good advocate. He's also excellent with clients."
Chambers & Partners 2022 [Financial Crime]
"An outstanding silk."
Chambers & Partners 2022 [Health and Safety]
"One of the best criminal silks in the business. He speaks with authority. His advocacy is a master-class to watch - it always gets results."
Legal 500 2022
"The best advocate I've seen on his feet: all others in the room tend to pale in comparison even if they are very good."
Chambers & Partners 2021 [Inquests and Public Inquiries]
"Paul Greaney QC brings great insight into the fundamental issues of the case and is able to communicate the complexities in a highly effective and straightforward way. He also displays superb advocacy skills during legal arguments."
Chambers & Partners 2021 [Crime]
"A QC with considerable gravitas and exceptional technical capabilities; he is without doubt one of the leading advocates."
Chambers & Partners 2021 [Financial Crime]
"A superb choice for dealing with complex high-profile inquests and inquiries."
Legal 500 2021 [Inquest and Inquiries]
"Exceptionally intelligent, his technical ability and advocacy are second-to-none."
Legal 500 2021 [Crime]
"He takes a holistic approach in his advice and always takes into the consideration the wider picture, including the commercial and reputational impact of decisions."
Legal 500 2021 [Business, Crime and Regulatory]