Dr Courtenay Griffiths QC
Courtenay Griffiths QC has been involved in some of the most high-profile and notable cases of the past two decades. He has a wide-ranging practice in domestic and International Criminal Law and is widely regarded as one of the most outstanding jury advocates of his generation.
Sources laud the consistently high level of his performance.Chambers UK
Criminal defence work emphasis is on terrorism and murder, some of the most note worthy cases being; The PC Blakelock murder trial, The Brighton Bombing, The Harrods Bombing, The Canary Wharf Bombing, The Risley Riot, The Dartmoor Riot, The Damilola Taylor murder trial.
Amongst the most sought after of International Criminal law specialists, providing representation in trials of genocide, crimes against humanity and other war crimes before international, internationalised and national courts. He is particularly noted for his work in the recent landmark case in The Hague defending the former president of Liberia, Charles Taylor. Of his cross-examination of super model, Naomi Campbell, the London Evening Standard remarked, under the headline: “Forget Naomi Campbell Real Star of Charles Taylor trial is Griffiths Q.C”, “Courtenay Griffiths Q.C. grabbed their attention with his flamboyant style, tenacious questioning and deadpan quotes.”
Courtenay provides advice and representation in foreign jurisdictions on international arbitration matters concerning money laundering and other international commercially related crime. He has been involved in domestic serious fraud work for many years representing both individual and corporate clients. He can advise at first instance on extradition matters and mutual legal assistance.
Courtenay has committed much of his over thirty years in practice to civil liberties work and has unique experience in the application of the European Convention of Human Rights. He is developing a keen interest in international commercial mediation, particularly in Africa, where he can deploy his profile and his legal and political connections to the advantage of his clients.
Inquest experience includes challenging the decisions of the Coroner in the High Court.
Public and Administrative law experience including making legal challenges to the decisions of a wide range of public authorities, The case of Johnson, Davis, Rowe, Goswell v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis was for a while the highest award of damages made by a jury against a police force.
- Recorder of the Crown Court 1999-2014
- Appointed Bencher of Grays Inn
- Former Head of Chambers at Garden Court Chambers
- Chairman of Urban synergy - mentoring charity based in south London
- Lectures extensively on all aspects of criminal law, and is regularly approached by the media to comment on all issues relating to the law
- Senior Advocacy Trainer Grays Inn
- Criminal Bar Association
- Member of the Seychelles Bar
- Member of the Bermuda Bar
- Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association (POCLA)
- Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL)
- Fraud Lawyers Association (FLA)
- Financial Services Lawyers Association (FSLA)
- Member of The Turks and Caicos Bar
- "He has a great reputation and is very smooth with his clients." Chambers UK 2022
- "His persuasiveness emanates around the whole courtroom." Legal 500 2022 International Crime and Extradition
- "As a criminal defence advocate Courtenay is fearless, if there are ten Silks in a case he will shine as the star. The Legal 500 gave Courtenay a lifetime achievement award last year, it was richly deserved and his professional career continues to flourish, he is by no means finished yet. Courtenay gives closing speeches that are exceptional, when he speaks he is in total command of the room. Courtenay is and continues to be much admired and respected, he is simply put, a legend of the criminal Bar." Legal 500 Crime 2022
- "Charismatic with juries and holds their attention throughout." Chambers UK 2020
- "He's a fantastic advocate who's done a lot of international cases." Chambers UK 2019
- "A very experienced and excellent barrister " who is "a trailblazer." "He is engaging and inspires confidence in clients." Chambers UK 2019
- "Instructed in Africa-related ICC matters." Legal 500 2018
- "He has a track record of murder cases at the Bailey." Legal 500 2018
- "He is a wonderful advocate who brings a touch of class to a case." Chambers UK 2018
- "Well known for his beautiful closing speeches." Chambers UK 2018
- "A very attractive, understated advocate." Chambers UK 2018
- "He conducts every case in a bespoke manner." Legal 500 2017
- "His written work is excellent and only surpassed by his oral advocacy which is superb, He's obviously ferocious - you need to be when you're a criminal barrister - but he always does things in a decent manner." Chambers UK 2017
- "A super jury advocate" Chambers UK 2017
- "A very powerful advocate who is eminently likeable, hugely talented, and someone who excels across a wide variety of different cases." Chambers UK 2017
- "A sensitive jury performer"Chambers UK 2017
- “…One of the most influential people in British law." BBC World Service.