Called to the Bar:2000

  • A serious and highly regarded junior specialising in heavyweight, sensitive and complex crime.  She is singled out for her exceptional case strategy, client care and formidable advocacy.

    Crime

    Orla Daly specialises in complex and high-profile cases, prosecuting and defending a wide spectrum of offences including homicide, organised crime, financial crime, and all categories of assault and sexual assault, including rape.  She has particular expertise across the full gamut of sexual offences, present and historical, and their various respective defences.  She is frequently instructed in multi-handed cases and is adept at dealing with complex, often expert and medical evidence.  She regularly represents professionals and high-profile individuals for a vast array of offences, fully aware of the importance of preserving reputation.  Orla is often involved in unusual, challenging cases and those that have set precedent.  She has experience at all levels of tribunal from the magistrates through to the appeal courts.

    Reviews

    Legal 500 2020: Crime – Tier 2

    Chambers UK 2020: Crime – Band 5

    ‘A real superstar – a real calming energy in a case.’ Legal 500 Crime (2020)

    ‘A formidable advocate – she's the master of case strategy and analysis and reads cases brilliantly. She also comes across wonderfully to clients.’ Chambers UK Crime (2020)

    ‘She inspires confidence in clients, which is born out in her track record.’ Legal 500 Crime (2018)

    ‘An electrifying character, who has an excellent rapport with clients.’ Legal 500 Crime (2017)

    ‘She has an engaging manner with solicitors and lay clients.’ Legal 500 Crime (2016)

    Appointments 

    • CPS External Advocates Panel Grade 3
    • CPS Rape List
    • CPS Serious Crime Panel Level 3

    Professional Memberships 

    • Criminal Bar Association 
    • South Eastern Circuit 

    Recent Cases

    • Defence of a paranoid schizophrenic for the murder of his two neighbours and attempted murder of another. This case raised complex issues concerning the law on insanity and specifically the interpretation of the second limb of the M’Naghten Rules.

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    • Successful defence of an oil broker accused of multiple public order offences against two revenue inspectors and three BTP officers, who all gave evidence against him.

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    • Prosecution on behalf of the International Justice and Organised Crime Division for supply of millions of pounds worth of heroin. The case raised issues of possible human trafficking, engaging the provisions of s.45 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

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    • Successful defence of a Bafta-nominated film director for the alleged sexual assault of an actress in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

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    • Successful defence of S, a man accused of embarking on a crime spree with a firearm, robbing a couple at gunpoint and later firing bullets through the window of a nearby address. S, who had a learning disability, had made no comment in interview and did n...

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    • Defence of a professional athlete, acquitted of all charges following an altercation with three police officers who had stopped his vehicle in central London.

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    • Historic sexual abuse case, defending a man with dementia facing 17 counts of buggery and indecency with a child. This case involved contested psychiatric evidence from several experts. The judge agreed with the defence that S was unfit to be tried. He re...

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    • Successful defence of a prominent French writer, intellectual and political figure, accused of assaulting two individuals.

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    • Acquittal of E, accused of causing grievous bodily harm after infecting a partner with HIV. E had accepted transmitting the infection.

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    • Defence of university student acquitted of rape. He had sent a written apology to the complainant and had offered to hand himself in to the police.

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    • Defence of G, who faced 12 allegations from three unrelated complainants of rape, sexual activity with a child, attempted rape, indecent assault and causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity. He was acquitted of all matters following a tria...

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    • Rape and human trafficking.

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    • Defence of celebrity publicist for historic sexual assault. 

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    News

    • QEB Hollis Whiteman is delighted to welcome Orla Daly as a new member of Chambers

      Orla will join their team of experienced advocates operating in the field of serious, complex and high profile crime. Orla has a diverse practice spanning homicide, organised crime, financial crime, and all categories of assault and sexual assault, inc...

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  • A practice dominated by media-sensitive and complex crime, Orla Daly is strategically astute and wonderful both with clients and in the courtroom.

    Overview 

    Orla Daly specialises in complex and high-profile cases, prosecuting and defending a wide spectrum of offences including homicide, organised crime, financial crime, and all categories of assault and sexual assault, including rape.  She has particular expertise across the full gamut of sexual offences, present and historical, and their various respective defences.  She is frequently instructed in multi-handed cases and is adept at dealing with complex, often expert and medical evidence.  She regularly represents professionals and high-profile individuals for a vast array of offences, fully aware of the importance of preserving reputation.  Orla is often involved in unusual, challenging cases and those that have set precedent.  She has experience at all levels of tribunal from the magistrates through to the appeal courts.

    Experience 

    Orla Daly undertakes a wide range of criminal work, both prosecuting and defending.  She specialises in complex and high-profile cases, and has appeared in numerous multi-handed trials.  Her practice covers a wide spectrum of offences, with particular expertise in sexual offences.

    Her experience of dealing with the gravest of sexual offences has meant that she is well versed in historic allegations, complex scientific evidence, applications to stay proceedings, issues of capacity and ancillary matters such as Sexual Harm Prevention Orders.  She has experience of representing parties in high profile investigations involving multiple complainants such as Operation Yewtree and the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

    Orla has vast experience of offences against the person including numerous cases of GBH s.18 involving defendants accused of intentionally infecting sexual partners with HIV.

    She is frequently instructed in murder and attempted murder trials and often those involving issues pertaining to mental health and the law of insanity.  She regularly deals with vulnerable witnesses and defendants.

    Orla’s experience of trials arising from organised crime have extended to issues that have engaged the provisions of the Modern Slavery Act.  She is well versed at multiple indictment and defendant cases, both from a prosecution and defence perspective. She is adept at dealing with large volumes of complex material, including cell-site evidence.

    Orla frequently represents professionals and is aware of the sensitivities and complexities that this entails.  She has experience of cases involving sports professionals, clergymen, derivatives traders, film directors, authors, publicists, teachers, servicemen. 

    Orla has experience of dealing with cases from their inception pre-charge through numerous tribunals, both in terms of hierarchy and category.  She appears at the magistrates, crown court and appellate courts as well as at court martial.

    Notable Cases 

    Operation Silk (2017-18)
    Defence of the third of eleven defendants in one of the largest and longest running “grooming” cases ever prosecuted. This historic case, with allegations dating back to the late 1990s, lasted for six months.

    R v Pentreath (2017)
    Prosecution of a professional chess player for serious sexual offences committed against three children in the 1980s. He was eventually sentenced to 35 years’ imprisonment.

    R v V (2017)
    Successful defence of a clergyman, accused of historic sexual offences against three women. The defence pursuit of disclosure in this case led to the prosecution offering no evidence against V.

    Operation Yewtree (2016)
    Successful defence of the celebrity publicist Max Clifford for historic indecent assault. Led by Sarah Forshaw Q.C.

    Operation Linear (2016)
    Represented C, the second of 23 defendants originally facing an 82 count indictment. C was charged with rape, human trafficking and making indecent images. He was due to be tried in the second “wave” of trials, along with eight others. A successful abuse of process application by the defence was appealed by the Crown. This is now a leading case on indecent images, re-defining the circumstances in which a defendant is required to have knowledge of the age of a child depicted in an image. C was eventually given a suspended sentence for a single indecent image offence. R v W (2016) EWCA Crim 745

    R v Sykes (2016)
    Defence of a man with learning difficulties accused of murdering an elderly acquaintance in a hammer attack. Led by Sarah Forshaw Q.C.

    R v H (2016) 
    Successful defence of an 82 year old retired head teacher for an allegation of historic sexual abuse of a pupil. H was unfit to participate in his trial and could not provide instructions to his solicitors. He was found not to have “committed the act”, despite the fact that the complainant’s account could not be specifically challenged in cross-examination.

    R v M (2015) 
    Defence of sports coach accused of 30 counts of historic rape against five male complainants.

    Royal Navy v Roberts (2015)
    Court martial. Sailor accused of sexually assaulting a colleague on board a warship in Bahrain. He was acquitted following a successful submission of no case to answer.

    R v M (2015) 
    Defence of sports coach accused of 30 counts of historic rape against five male complainants.

    R v S (2014) 
    Defence of S who was acquitted of three allegations of causing grievous bodily harm. It was alleged that he had infected three male partners with HIV. The case involved highly complex phylogenetic evidence, concerning the mechanism of HIV transmission. The allegations were originally tried together but, following cross-examination of the first complainant, the Crown conceded that they could not exclude the possibility of other sources of infection and offered no evidence against S on that count. There were two subsequent trials for the remaining two allegations. Both collapsed in the same way following cross-examination of the complainants.

    R v B (2012) 
    Successful defence of Commonwealth games and Olympics coach for the alleged sexual assault of a child.

    R v J (2007) 
    Defence of J who had been accused of causing grievous bodily harm by infecting his partner with HIV. This was one of the earliest prosecutions of its kind and involved complex issues of causation. The prosecution offered no evidence following legal argument at the start of the trial, after failing to establish the requisite scientific link between the strains of HIV affecting J and the complainant.

    Recent Cases

    • Defence of a paranoid schizophrenic for the murder of his two neighbours and attempted murder of another. This case raised complex issues concerning the law on insanity and specifically the interpretation of the second limb of the M’Naghten Rules.

    • Successful defence of an oil broker accused of multiple public order offences against two revenue inspectors and three BTP officers, who all gave evidence against him.

    • Prosecution on behalf of the International Justice and Organised Crime Division for supply of millions of pounds worth of heroin. The case raised issues of possible human trafficking, engaging the provisions of s.45 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

    • Successful defence of a Bafta-nominated film director for the alleged sexual assault of an actress in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

    • Successful defence of S, a man accused of embarking on a crime spree with a firearm, robbing a couple at gunpoint and later firing bullets through the window of a nearby address. S, who had a learning disability, had made no comment in interview and did n...

    • Defence of a professional athlete, acquitted of all charges following an altercation with three police officers who had stopped his vehicle in central London.

    • Historic sexual abuse case, defending a man with dementia facing 17 counts of buggery and indecency with a child. This case involved contested psychiatric evidence from several experts. The judge agreed with the defence that S was unfit to be tried. He re...

    • Successful defence of a prominent French writer, intellectual and political figure, accused of assaulting two individuals.

    • Acquittal of E, accused of causing grievous bodily harm after infecting a partner with HIV. E had accepted transmitting the infection.

    • Defence of university student acquitted of rape. He had sent a written apology to the complainant and had offered to hand himself in to the police.

    • Defence of G, who faced 12 allegations from three unrelated complainants of rape, sexual activity with a child, attempted rape, indecent assault and causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity. He was acquitted of all matters following a tria...

    • Rape and human trafficking.

    • Defence of celebrity publicist for historic sexual assault. 

    News

    • QEB Hollis Whiteman is delighted to welcome Orla Daly as a new member of Chambers

      Orla will join their team of experienced advocates operating in the field of serious, complex and high profile crime. Orla has a diverse practice spanning homicide, organised crime, financial crime, and all categories of assault and sexual assault, inc...