Arlette Piercy
  • Arlette has a clear passion for getting the best result for the client.

    Chambers UK 2024, Crime

  • She gives firm but fair advice and is formidable in court. Arlette really embraces challenging and complex cases.

    Legal 500 2024, Crime

  • She is especially experienced and skilled dealing with gang matters and particularly cases with a musical element.

    Legal 500 2024, Crime

  • Arlette is an excellent barrister who forms strong working relationships with lay clients.

    Legal 500 2024, Crime

  • Sincere, excellent to work with and punchy in her approach.

    Chambers UK 2023, Crime

  • Arlette Piercy is a highly experienced and trusted junior who engages exclusively in criminal defence cases, especially those relating to serious violence such as murder, attempted murder and armed robbery. Gang-related crimes in particular are a feature of her practice.

    Chambers UK 2023, Crime

  • Arlette is tenacious in court and unafraid to take a point in defence of her client.

    Legal 500 2023, Crime

  • A fearless and outstanding barrister who is committed to the underdog.

    Chambers UK 2022

  • Arlette is an excellent counsel who takes every possible legal argument, puts clients at ease and goes way beyond what is expected of counsel.

    Legal 500 2022, Crime 

  • She is an excellent speech maker and cross examiner. She would always be my first choice of counsel clients are always impressed by her.

    Legal 500 2022, Crime 

  • A persuasive advocate. Tenacious in her defence of clients and very well prepared, Arlette is never afraid to stand her ground in multi-handed cases

    Chambers UK 2021

  • 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

  • Always well prepared for every case I have briefed her in. She is meticulous at studying the prosecution case and then considering all aspects of defence preparation that can be undertaken before trial. Clients find her very easy to relate to in conference and she has an ability to instil confidence and build up a rapport with clients. In court Miss Piercy is a fearless advocate who is well received by juries for her down to earth manner and ability to use language that they can relate to.

    Legal 500 2021

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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 The 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