Conor Quinn

Conor Quinn


Year of call: 2007

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  • Practice Summary

    Conor is regularly instructed to both prosecute and defend a variety of offences. He appears in courts across the North Eastern and Northern Circuits and also accepts instructions in Northern Ireland.

    He is noted for his attention to detail and the ability to spot and exploit factual and legal points that others may miss. This reputation has enabled him to develop a loyal and expanding client base.

    His current practice primarily focuses on defending allegations of serious sexual offences and violence. These include non-recent allegations of sexual abuse and rape as well as isolated allegations of assault, multi-handed violent disorders and possession of firearms.

    He also has extensive experience in cases involving allegations of a conspiracy to supply class A drugs and armed robberies, particularly those that rely upon the analysis of telephone data and billing.

    Conor has been involved in cases prosecuted by HM Revenue and Customs, Local Councils, the RSPCA and the Financial Services Authority. He is a Level 4 prosecutor.

    Conor is recommended in the Legal 500 as a Leading Junior in Crime.

    Notable Cases

    R v. Ali et al (Oct 2021) – Following a three-week trial before the Crown Court at Burnley, Mr Ali was the only defendant acquitted of allegedly sexually abusing his daughter-in-law. He faced trial together with his wife and son, both of whom were convicted by the jury and sentenced to up to 13 years imprisonment.

    R v. Wright et al (September 2021) – Instructed as Leading Counsel for the first defendant on a multi-handed indictment alleging conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. The evidence ran to over 18,000 pages and necessitated a detailed examination of the attribution of 11 mobile phones.

    R v. Chapman et al (May 2021) – Represented the only defendant that was acquitted of both Murder and Attempted Murder following a fatal drive-by shooting.

    R v Rashid (March 2020) – Secured the Defendant’s acquittal in respect of two allegations of sexual assault. Through a careful analysis of the Complainant’s phone, messages were discovered which potentially undermined her account. These were then deployed in cross-examination and formed the basis of the closing speech. By highlighting the impact of the undermining messages together with other inconsistencies in the case, Mr Quinn persuaded the jury that the proper verdict was one of not guilty. This has resulted in a man of previous good character retaining his good name, his employment and his freedom.

    R v. Lungs et al (September 2019) Exposed disclosure failings on the part of the police and the CPS that resulted in the jury having to be discharged and led to all the charges being dropped, which included multiple allegations of supplying Class A drugs.

    R v. Payne et al (May 2019) Appeared as Leading Counsel in a case involving a Conspiracy to Supply hundreds of kilos of Class A drugs that were flown into the UK by helicopter. There were 10 other defendants named on the indictment, the served evidence ran to over 100,000 pages and the trial necessitated the cross examination of a police drug expert, who ended up conceding that the defence case was possible.

    R v. King and Bowman (October 2018) Secured the acquittal of a lady accused of assisting an offender following the murder of Gareth Atkinson. This was despite King being convicted of murdering Atkinson by stabbing him in the throat and Ms Bowman not giving evidence during the trial.

    R v. Cohen and others (February 2018) Appeared as junior counsel in the murder trial in relation to the shooting of Aseel Al-Essaie in Sheffield.

    R v. Choudury (January 2018) Secured the acquittal of a man accused of being involved in a violent disorder by persuading the court that there was no case to answer because his purported identification by a police officer was inadmissible.

    R v. Wilson (January 2018) Obtained not guilty verdicts in respect of two allegations of rape in circumstances where the defendant was alleged to have raped his 13 yr old and 15 yr old cousin and half sister.

    R v. White (February 2017) Successfully defended a man accused of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, having persuaded the jury that, when he punched the complainant, he was acting in pre-emptive self-defence.

    R v. Ali (January 2017) Persuaded the judge that there was no case to answer in an allegation of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life on the basis that the telephone evidence was insufficient to prove the case.  

    R v. Maynard (June 2016) Prosecuted a Police Officer for obtaining almost £50,000 from elderly ladies that he met because they had reported that they were victims of financial crime. He was convicted of misconduct in public office as well as two counts of theft (stealing from his mother and a dead body).

    R v. Middleton (March 2016) Defended a 24 year old man with leaning difficulties, who functioned on the borderline range of intelligence, and was alleged to have groomed and raped a 15 year old boy.

    R v. Maughan (November 2015) Prosecuted a school teacher who was alleged to have had sex with a pupil 15 years ago when she was 14 years old.

    Additional Information

    • Before joining Chambers, Conor was an Accredited Police Station Representative.

  • Practice Summary

    Conor is experienced in appearing before both the Magistrates’ and the Crown Court in relation to a variety of Civil Applications. Conscious that these are often applications that tribunals will not be familiar with, he will always prepare a skeleton argument to assist with his presentation of the case. His reputation for thorough preparation and succinct advocacy has resulted in this area of work forming an increasing share of his practice.

    He also regularly represents individual officers both before disciplinary panels and at inquests. His cross examination skills and ability to deliver a considered and persuasive speech, which he honed at the Criminal Bar, have resulted in him developing a reputation as a skilled and tenatious advocate.

    Conor also has experience in representing the police in employment tribunal claims, with a specialism in discrimination cases, work related stress and constructive dismissal.

    Areas of Expertise

    • Football banning orders
    • Cash forfeiture orders
    • Sexual offences prevention orders
    • Violent offender orders
    • Gang injunctions
    • Inquests
    • Police disciplinary work
    • Employment
    • Firearms appeals

  • Practice Summary

    Conor is a popular and meticulous junior barrister with particular experience in Police Disciplinary Hearings and Coroners Inquests. He is actively developing his expertise in this specialist field with a focus on professional disciplinary work.

    He regularly represents individual officers both before disciplinary panels and at inquests. His cross examination skills and ability to deliver a considered and persuasive speech, which he honed at the Criminal Bar, have resulted in him developing a reputation as a skilled and tenatious advocate.

    Areas of Expertise

    • Police Disciplinary Hearings
    • Inquests
    • Medical professional disciplinary hearings relating to midwives, doctors and nurses

  • Called to the Bar: 2007/Middle Temple

    Called to the Bar of Northern Ireland: 2013


    Fee-paid Employment Judge of the Employment Tribunals (England and Wales)
    Fee-paid Tribunal Judge of the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber
    Independent Costs Adjudicator
    Lecturer in Advanced Crime for BPP Leeds

    Professional Membership

    North Eastern Circuit
    Criminal Bar Association


    • University of Nottingham BA (Hons) 2005
    • Nottingham Law School (Bar Vocational Course) 2007