Paul Greaney QC specialises in public inquiries and inquests, serious crime, regulatory crime and professional discipline.

He is recommended in the leading professional directories.   In Chambers & Partners 2022, he was recommended in five practice areas: inquests and public inquiries; crime (star individual); financial crime; health and safety, and professional discipline.

Scope of Practice

  • Public Inquiries (eg. Counsel to the Inquiry at the Manchester Arena Inquiry; counsel to a corporate core participant at the Grenfell Inquiry; counsel to a senior lawyer core participant at IICSA);
  • Inquests (eg. counsel for a prominent institutional client at the Hillsborough Inquests; counsel for the family at the Deepcut Inquest; counsel for the owners of one of the tallest buildings in the UK at an inquest into a death said to be linked to the design of that structure);
  • Serious crime, including crime with an international aspect;
  • Regulatory crime, with an emphasis on the healthcare sector; health and safety enforcement; data protection; trading standards issues; environmental health and prosecutions arising out of planning disputes;
  • Disciplinary proceedings, including proceedings before professional sporting bodies, (eg. acted in the Football Association proceedings in the Suarez/Evra racist abuse case and the Anelka “quenelle” case);
  • Warrants and production orders. Regularly instructed on behalf of companies and prominent individuals in challenges, eg. acted on behalf of a media organisation on such issues arising out of the phone hacking investigation.
  • Public law, particularly claims relating to inquiries and inquests and the criminal justice system.

Paul has prosecuted and defended in many homicide cases. He has a particular interest in cases involving complex psychiatric issues (diminished responsibility, loss of control and fitness to plead) and scientific issues (including issues relating to the reliability of LCN DNA results and the relevance of stochastic effects to DNA findings).

A small selection of recent serious crime cases of significance (all of which attracted substantial media attention) include:

Notable Cases

Has appeared in many serious and complex fraud cases and is currently acting on behalf of the former director of a major international company in corruption proceedings in Greece.

Has appeared in many cases concerning complex money laundering issues, always involving significant sums.

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.


Notable Cases

  • R v WI [2014]

    Defence of a prominent Yorkshire businessman on a charge of conspiracy to defraud.

  • R v H & G [2012]

    Prosecution of two solicitors for a £1,000,000 fraud on the client account of the commercial property firm of which they were the senior partners.

  • R v B [2011]

    Defence of a solicitor charged with a fraud on the client account of the firm of which she was principal.

  • R v K.D [2010]

    Defence of the first defendant in a trial arising out of an alleged massive procurement fraud on contractors within the railway industry.

Has been involved in many serious and complicated regulatory prosecutions, including cases involving multiple fatalities and complex issues of law and cases involving potential 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.

Notable Cases

  • R. v X [2018]

    Defence of a major company facing data protection charges.

  • R. v X [2017]

    Defence of the Managing Director of a company facing serious trading standards offences.

  • R v Sherwood Rise Limited [2015]

    Defence of the operator of a care home on a charge of corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences; instructed by Kamrans.

  • R v X [2013]

    Defence of a prominent figure charged with offences relating to alterations to a listed building; instructed by Gordons.

  • R v C Ltd [2013]

    Defence of a major company in connection with one of the largest prosecutions ever mounted by the Environment Agency; instructed by Ward Hadaway.

  • R v National Trust [2012]

    Defence of the National Trust in a case regarded as being of national importance to the organisation; complex issues relating to enforcement responsibility; instructed by Berrymans.

  • R v UK Coal Plc, JA & TD [2011]

    Defence of the manager of a coal mine on a prosecution arising out of a mining fatality; instructed by Irwin Mitchell.

  • R v WEFCO (Gainsborough) Limited [2011]

    Defence of a company charged in respect of a serious crushing accident; instructed by Everyman Legal.

  • R v Craegmore Healthcare Limited [2010]

    Prosecution of a company operating care homes in respect of the death of a patient caused by restraint.

  • R v Matrix Direct Recycle Limited & CT [2010]

    Defence of the operations director of a company on charges arising out of mercury poisoning of company employees; instructed by Ward Hadaway.

  • R v Next Distribution Limited [2009]

    Defence of national company on serious health and safety charges; instructed by DLA Piper.

  • R v MacDonald [2009]

    Defence of prominent distributor of pesticides by DEFRA; instructed by Hill Dickinson.

  • R v H.T.M

    Prosecution arising out of a double fatality; Crown Court at Middlesbrough; led to the leading case on a number of aspects of health and safety legislation.

  • R v Pola

    Defence of a businessman said to be responsible for building work causing an accident which severely disabled a worker; led to a Court of Appeal ruling on the ambit of the term “employment” in the 1974 Act; instructed by Kamrans

  • R v Richmond Homes Limited

    Defence of a company and its managing director; asbestos case; instructed by Lupton Fawcett.

  • R v Strimech Engineering Limited

    Prosecution of a company in respect of a fatal accident.

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 [2011], in the proceedings brought against Everton FC in respect of the tapping up of Jamaal Lascelles [2013] and in the proceedings brought against Nicolas Anelka in respect of his use of the quenelle gesture [2014] and Benoit Assou-Ekotto for tweeting his support for Anelka’s gesture [2014]. 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 inquests and inquiries concerning mass fatality events, eg. the Hillsborough Inquests, the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and the Manchester Arena Bombing Inquiry.

Relevant Experience

  • Currently acting as leading counsel (CTI) to the Manchester Arena Bombing Inquiry.
  • Led the team (comprising other barristers, including a second QC, solicitors, paralegals and researchers) representing the Police Federation at the Hillsborough Inquests.
  • Acting on behalf of the owners of a prominent, city centre commercial development at the inquest into a death said to have been connected with a wind tunnel effect created by the building.
  • Acting on behalf of many custody sergeants in relation to deaths in custody, eg the Christopher Alder Inquest (at one time the longest single death inquest in history).
  • Acting on behalf of a police officer involved in the death of a football fan during football violence, the Coles Inquest.
  • Also appears on behalf of interested persons at inquests involving complicated health and safety issues.
  • Long experience of acting on behalf of individuals, companies and organisations at such hearings.

Particularly claims relating to the criminal justice system, police law and coronial law.

Notable Cases

Paul has acted on behalf of those applying for licences and also for Police Forces. Has also undertaken firearms licence appeals.

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.

Notable Cases

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." "He is a strong performer in high-profile national cases.
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]

An excellent reputation in the regulatory field.
Chambers & Partners 2022 [Professional Discipline]

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. A class operator...leader of the pack; incredibly bright, an excellent strategist and very personable.
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. He is also very good on the detail, and has a lovely way with clients and a particular bearing in court which commands a huge amount of respect.
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." "He is a class act, massively hard-working and hugely prepared.
Chambers & Partners 2021 [Crime]

A QC with considerable gravitas and exceptional technical capabilities; he is without doubt one of the leading advocates." "His written work is always first class, as are his advocacy skills. He is very personable, down to earth and a pleasure to work with.
Chambers & Partners 2021 [Financial Crime]

A superb choice for dealing with complex high-profile inquests and inquiries. His extensive knowledge of both criminal law and coronial law, together with his tenacity make him extremely popular with both solicitors and lay clients.
Legal 500 2021 [Inquest and Inquiries]

Exceptionally intelligent, his technical ability and advocacy are second-to-none
Legal 500 2021 [Crime] a team player and will listen and act upon opposing views. 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]

He's a superb advocate - he's got a lightness of touch and can make complex issues seem very straightforward..Paul is first class. He has a succinctness of words and will use one sentence where the rest will need three..He's an example of a criminal jury advocate who's transferred seamlessly and impressively to the inquiry field.
Chambers & Partners 2020 [Inquests and Inquiries]

Highly capable with inherent gravitas. He is, without doubt, one of the leading advocates in the country..He's a superb tactician and technically excellent.
Chambers & Partners 2020 [Crime]

Comes highly recommended and his technical ability isn't in any doubt.
Chambers & Partners [Professional Discipline]

An extremely accomplished, hard-working and effective barrister. He has the complete set of skills.
Chambers & Partners 2020 [Financial Crime]

Other barristers pale in comparison."[Inquests and Inquiries].."One of the best in the business."[Crime].."Comes highly recommended and his technical ability isn't in any doubt." [Professional Discipline]“..An extremely accomplished, hard-working and effective barrister. He has the complete set of skills."[Financial Crime]..."Has the complete respect and confidence of the Court at every level of jurisdiction."[Regulatory, Health and Safety and Licensing]
Legal 500 2020

Practice Areas

Appointments & Memberships

  • 2020 Silk of the Year, Regional Bar (Legal 500)
  • 2016 Bencher - Inner Temple
  • 2016 Recorder - Class 2
  • 2012 Head of Criminal Team, New Park Court Chambers
  • 2010 Queen's Counsel
  • 2009 Criminal Junior of the Year (Chambers & Partners)
  • 2002 Attorney General's Panel of Advocates (Crime)
  • 1995 Tenant at New Park Court Chambers
  • 1993 Call

Publications & Speaking

Recent talks include:

  • Advocacy in the Court of Appeal (with Pitchford L.J)
  • Changes to the Coronial System
  • Jury advocacy

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