Aisling Byrnes
  • Offers excellent advice and reassures client just by her mere presence.

    Chambers UK

  • An exceptionally good and very hard working advocate” who is “tenacious and very passionate

    Legal 500

  • Knows what needs to be done and is at all times alive to the tactical issues that arise in serious crime matters.

    Legal 500

  • Tenacious and highly skilled cross-examiner

    Legal 500

  • Her preparation and attention to detail is second to none.

    Legal 500

  • Focused with strong attention to detail.

    Legal 500

  • Admired for her "no-nonsense attitude" when defending clients in serious criminal proceedings.

    Chambers UK

  • very sensitive, very passionate, very understanding but also tough when she needs to be. She gives very robust, direct advice and her advocacy style is very good.

    Chambers UK

  • She was very good with a client in horrendous emotional circumstances.

    Legal 500

Called 1994

Called Northern Ireland 1996

Aisling Byrnes

Barrister

Leading and junior counsel in a wide range of cases involving organised crime, homicide, serious sexual offences, drug trafficking and money laundering.

Experience in environmental regulatory offences. Particular expertise in defending in cases arising from political activism.

Extensive appellate experience in the Court of Appeal and in the Administrative Court, with emphasis on crime-related judicial review.

Associated Work

  • Former lecturer in evidence on the Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law
  • Frequently lectures on all aspects of evidence and criminal litigation, both in-house and externally
  • Gray’s Inn advocacy trainer
  • Pupil supervisor
  • Contributor to Criminal Bar Association working party reports on sentencing, public access and advocacy standards.
  • Sits as judge in Metropolitan Police Trials.

Professional Memberships

  • Northern Ireland Bar
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Bar Council Access to the Bar Committee Member
  • Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
  • Bar Pro Bono Unit
  • Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL)