Arlette Piercy


  • Recommended as a leader in Crime.

    Chambers UK

  • A popular gangland defence junior.

    Legal 500

  • She is dynamite in court.

    Legal 500

  • She brings a real energy to the case, and is always excellent with clients.

    Legal 500

  • Ranked as Leading Junior in Crime.

    Chamber UK 2019

  • She puts together some of the best closing speeches of anyone at the junior Bar.

    Legal 500 2018

  • She brings a real energy to the case, and is always excellent with clients.

    Legal 500 2017

  • An old-school "proper brief", particularly good with sensitive and vulnerable clients.

    Legal 500 2020

  • Hard-working, very resolute and someone who stands her ground. She presents her cases strongly, has a good rapport with the jury and makes very good tactical decisions.

    Chamber UK 2020

  • Clients love her as she is hugely committed to their cause. She can pick up any case and do it with great skill.

    Chamber UK 2020

Called 1990

Arlette Piercy


Exclusively criminal defence work with particular emphasis on serious violence such as murder, robbery, armed robbery and other firearms offences. Additional focus on drugs-related offences, gang crime, fraud and public order matters.

Recommended as a leader in Crime in Chambers UK & Legal 500

Recommended as a leader in Legal 500

Has been instructed in a number of high-profile cases including terrorism and cases arising from tabloid newspaper investigations. Also conducts appellate work.


A number of years working in the House of Commons as a researcher and campaigns officer for the Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, before coming to the Bar in 1992. Also worked in the United States on a number of historic human-rights cases arising out of the FBI counter-intelligence programme against domestic political organisations including the Black Panther Party and American Indian Movement.


  • 1988 LLB (Hons) Leeds (First Class)
  • Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley 1988/9

Associated Work

  • Originator and speaker at Gang Crime Symposium by 25 Bedford Row
  • Originator of symposium on the Investigatory Powers Bill at 25 Bedford Row
  • Has worked in the USA on miscarriage of justice cases involving former members of the Black Panther Party including the co-founder Huey Newton and former L.A Panther leader Geronimo Pratt.

Professional Memberships

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Board Member of 'Rights International’ a small public-interest pressure group which litigates individual human rights cases in international forums