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Courtenay Griffiths QC

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25 Bedford Row (Chambers of P Mendelle QC, G Carter-Stephenson QC & J Dein 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. 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. Courtenay is experienced in civil liberties work and has unique experience in the application of the European Convention of Human Rights. He has 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.


Called 1980; QC 1998.


Criminal Bar Association; member of the Seychelles Bar; member of the Bermuda Bar.


London LSE (LLB).

London Bar

Crime (general crime)

Within: Crime (general crime) – Leading silks

Courtenay Griffiths QC - 25 Bedford RowHe has a track record of murder cases at the Bailey.

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International crime and extradition

Within: International crime and extradition – Leading silks

Courtenay Griffiths QC - 25 Bedford RowInstructed in Africa-related ICC matters.

Within: International crime and extradition

25 Bedford Row’s Courtenay Griffiths QC is instructed to represent Agnes Taylor (ex-wife of former Liberian president Charles Taylor) before the courts for alleged torture during the Liberian Civil War; the defendant’s former husband, was sentenced to 50 years imprisonment by the Special Court for Sierra Leone in 2012 for various war crimes, including the use of child soliders.

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