Beth O'Reilly
  • She is a gifted advocate. Her results speak volumes.

    Legal 500 2021

  • Admired for her ability to get on with clients, she takes on difficult situations and defuses them. She is a good choice for heavyweight and high publicity criminal matters.

    Chambers UK 2021

  • She engages extremely well with both the court and its users. She is a barrister in demand primarily because of her clear commitment to each case she takes on. Her preparation is both thorough and methodical. She is extremely hard working. Beth’s ability to communicate in a straight forward fashion commands confidence.

    Legal 500 2021

  • A committed advocate with an engaging, jury-friendly manner

    Legal 500 2020

  • A masterful jury advocate and tactician.

    Chambers UK 2018

Called 1999

Beth O'Reilly

Beth is an established advocate with over 20 years’ experience of defending in serious and complex cases. She has extensive trial experience. She has established a reputation for thorough preparation, effective cross-examination and excellent client care.

She regularly appears as a judge in mock trials and as an advocacy advisor at the College of Law.

Prior to her work as a criminal defence barrister, Beth interned at the Jamaica Council for Human Rights in Kingston (1998) and at the Louisiana Crisis Assistance Centre in New Orleans, USA (1997).

Beth is ranked as a leader in Crime in the Legal 500.


Member of the Criminal Bar Association


  • “Terrorising the Innocent” New Law Journal (2010) Vol.160 (No. 7411 & 7412), p. 481 Co-written with Ali Bajwa QC
  • “Pre-Trial Interviews with Witnesses”
  • “Protocol on Fees”
  • “The Race Crime Debate and the Effectiveness of such Cases”