Liam Loughlin

Year of Call - 2008

Full Profile

Liam’s practice encompasses a broad range of the most serious criminal offences. He has worked  domestically and internationally, at the Hague and in Africa. He represents the most vulnerable on legal aid as well as a significant private client base.

Liam is known for his thorough preparation of cases  and excellence in advocacy. Liam also has expertise in regulatory law and conducts cases in relation to health and safety, food hygiene, licensing, The Nursing and Midwifery Council and The Pensions Regulator.

Liam regularly appears in the Court of Appeal, in relation to both sentence and conviction. He is also instructed in relation to cash forfeiture and the proceeds of crime as well as  complex fraud cases.

Liam has experience in judicial review and is a co-author and contributor to Criminal Judicial Review (Hart Publishing).

 

Current instructions

R v MS     Led by Jonathan Higgs QC, murder (March 2022)

TPR v X    High value alleged pension fraud brought by The Pensions Regulator

R v MM     Importation of Class A drugs

R v AA     Large scale drugs conspiracy to supply crack and heroin

R v DM     Conspiracy to supply Class A and trafficking / county lines

R v SL      Multi-defendant, multi-million pound fraud

R v R      Multi-defendant, multi-million pound bank fraud

R v HR   Complex death by dangerous driving involving multiple experts

R v SR    Armed robbery

 

Recent Cases / Cases of note

R v DEW   Junior alone. Section 18 / Possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life in alleged gang feud

R v DG     Junior alone for lead defendant in a five-handed six week aggravated burglary involving the discharge of a firearm

R v AG     Led by Jonathan Higgs QC, multi-handed murder

R v MM     Large scale importation of Class A drugs

R v AA     Large scale drugs conspiracy to supply crack and heroin

R v IL       Importation of firearms (converted Glock machine pistols)

R v CM     Lead junior at the Old Bailey in a case involving allegations of murder and conspiracy to grievous bodily harm

R v MS    Junior alone in conspiracy to  commit grievous bodily harm in relation to a gang murder at the Old Bailey

R v AI     Junior alone, attempted murder

R v SK   Junior alone in a large-scale conspiracy to supply Class A drugs relation to a least 25 kilos of  heroin

R v AG   Successful defence of duress – AG caught supplying 10 kilos of cocaine

 

Reported cases

R v Alam [2019] EWCA Crim 1510            Conviction quashed on  appeal

R v Goldfinch [2019] EWCA Crim 878       Sentence reduced: six years to three

Publications and Articles

Criminal Judicial Review (Hart Publishing), co-author and contributor to the practitioner handbook

CCPS Guides to Ugandan Law on Hearsay, Disclosure and Identification evidence, published online and free to access to all Ugandan Lawyers through the Ugandan Law Society and UNAFRI websites

Plea Bargaining in the UK report presented to a delegation from the Bar of Singapore

Reforming the Law Concerning Physician Assisted Suicide (2009) Law Reform Committee Essay Competition, Prize Winner

Awards and Scholarships

Bar Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year – shortlisted 2013

Law Reform Committee Essay Competition, prize winner

Gray’s Inn Internship Scholarship (Charles Taylor trial in the Hague)

Ede & Ravenscroft Legal Prize

Gray’s Inn Student of the Year 2008

Gray’s Inn Debating Competition winner

APEX Debating Competition winner

Education

ICSL Law School, BVC

University of Cambridge BA/ LLB (Law), M.A

Joyce Frankland Academy

Languages

English

Cases of note

  • criminal law
    R v MS

    Junior alone at the Old Bailey in 6 week case involving allegations or murder and conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm related to gang violence in North London.

    R v AI

    Case involving an allegation of attempted murder.

    R v SK

    Junior alone in a large-scale conspiracy to supply Class A drugs relation to a least 25 kilos of heroin

    R v MB

    £65 million cocaine conspiracy.

    R v CM

    Lead junior at the Old Bailey in a case involving allegations of murder and conspiracy to grievous bodily harm.

    R v AE

    Violent disorder relating to gang violence in South East London involving various weapons, including a firearm.

    R v GL

    Large scale conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm and violent disorder involving alleged ongoing gang turf war involving samurai swords and other assorted weapons resulting a stabbing.

    R v DT

    Allegation of Possession of a Firearm with intent to endanger life in relation to serious gang violence resulting in a police shooting.

    R v DG

    Series of aggravated burglaries in the Hackney area where the defendants were alleged to have carried out home invasions & held householders at knife point.

    R v RB

    Instructed in relation to an aggravated burglary involving the use of a firearm.

    R v M

    A large multi-handed conspiracy to burgle, including aggravated burglary.

    R v JN

    Alleged gang related violent disorder involving a street stabbing.

    R v A-B

    GBH with intent in relation to street stabbing.

    R v MA

    Violent Robbery resulting in the death of the victim. Complexities included assessment of mentally-ill client, including issues of fitness to plead and consideration of whether Hospital Order or imprisonment was the most appropriate sentence (a Hospital Order was imposed).

    R v E

    GBH involving glassing and facial scarring.

    R v MS

    Currently instructed to be lead by Queen’s Counsel at the Old Bailey in 6 week case involving allegations or murder and conspiracy to commit Grievous Bodily Harm related to gang violence in North London.

    R v AI

    Instructed in a case involving an allegation of attempted murder, the defendant was acquitted.

    R v MS

    Instructed in a murder and conspiracy to cause section 18 GBH currently listed for six weeks at the Old Bailey.

    R v CM

    Instructed in case involving allegations of murder and conspiracy to cause s.18 GBH. Defendant acquitted of the most serious charges.

    R v AE

    Alleged violent disorder relating to gang violence in South East London involving various weapons, including a firearm.

    R v JN

    Alleged gang related violent disorder involving a street stabbing.

    R v A-B

    GBH with intent in relation to street stabbing.

    R v MA

    Violent Robbery resulting in the death of the victim. Complexities included assessment of mentally-ill client, including issues of fitness to plead and consideration of whether Hospital Order or imprisonment was the most appropriate sentence (a Hospital Order was imposed).

    R v E

    GBH involving glassing and facial scarring.

    R v DG

    Series of aggravated burglaries in the Hackney area where the defendants were alleged to have carried out home invasions & held householders at knife point.

    R v RB

    Instructed in relation to an aggravated burglary involving the use of a firearm.

    R v M

    A large multi-handed conspiracy to burgle, including aggravated burglary.

    R v B

    Possession with Intent to Supply in excess of five kilos of cocaine.

    R v S-C

    Importation of six kilos of liquid cocaine from Jamaica.

    R v AG

    Large, multi-handed Possession with Intent to Supply Class A drugs case involving the alleged supply of drugs in the Surrey area by gangs from South East London.

    R v A

    A complex case involving analysis of the conflicting areas of the law of the Philippines and English law, including areas of family, chancery and criminal law. Liam succeeded on legal argument on the application of Philippine law and the case was dismissed after a judgment in favour of the defendant.

    R v G

    Currently instructed in a case involving three allegations of Sexual Assault.

    R v W

    Case involving the making of indecent images of children and the possession of extreme pornography.

    R v PD

    Instructed in a case of indecent assault on a minor and possession of over 100,000 indecent images, at all levels.

    D

    Instructed in Parole Board hearing in relation to prisoner serving life sentence for the murder of a 62 year-old neighbour.

    X

    Successfully obtained release on license in the case of X, convicted of fratricide.

    R v T

    Case involving threats by a foreign national to blow up a bus in South East London.

    R v E

    Trial on the actus reus alone of a defendant found unfit to plead, accused of sending a number of packages to the Israeli Embassy and the White House, resulting in the US Secret Service placing the White House on a heightened state of security alert.

    R v PN

    Currently instructed in a complex fraud case at Southwark Crown Court listed for three months.

    R v MO

    Instructed in relation to a number of complex frauds perpetrated against elderly and vulnerable victims.

    R v X

    Retained as LPP Counsel in relation to an international multi-million pound fraud. Further details restricted due to confidentiality agreement.

  • immigration law
    V

    Albanian blood feud asylum case involving a successful appeal heard at the Upper Tribunal.

    A

    Successful application for permission for Judicial Review of the Home Office.

    M

    Asylum case involving a member of Jamaat e Islami in Bangladesh.

    X

    Trafficking case, involving the trafficking of women from the Balkans for use in the sex industry.

    B

    Represented client in relation to EEC national case and Ghanaian Customary marriage.

Shortlist ( )

Criminal Law

Business Crime

Extradition

Immigration Law

Regulatory and Disciplinary Law

Sports Law