Barra McGrory is a barrister of unrivalled experience in the areas of criminal law and public inquiry work. His early experience as a defence solicitor specialising in terrorism work in Northern Ireland and his six years as DPP of Northern Ireland give him a unique insight into every aspect of the criminal justice process. He has an ability to master complex briefs and to quickly identify the essence of a case.
He has developed advocacy skills at every level and was the first and so far, only solicitor to be awarded Queen’ Counsel. Having transferred his practice to the Bar in 2009, he has gone from strength to strength, appearing in the Supreme Courts of both Ireland and UK.
He has played a very significant advocacy role in the Bloody Sunday Inquiiry, Robert Hamill Inquiry and Rosemary Nelson Inquiry and is currently instructed in three of the outstanding legacy inquests being dealt with by the Legacy Inquest Unit presided over by Mr Justice Humphries. He is on the Legacy Inquest Senior Counsel Panel to advise coroner’s when appropriate. He was develop vetted as DPP and this status has recently been renewed by the Legacy Inquest Unit.
QUB: Joint Hons BA: Celtic languages and Ancient History. 1983
Law Society: Solicitor finals. 1987
Bar of Northern Ireland
Bar of England and Wales
Bar of Ireland
Director of Public Prosecutions Northern Ireland 2011-2018