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Liam Walker is recognised by both The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners as a leading barrister in crime.

Liam is driven by the understanding that every case, in which he is instructed, may have life changing consequences for those involved. He regularly acts as leading junior counsel and is consistently instructed to represent individuals and corporations in the most serious and complex criminal matters, regulatory proceedings, health and safety investigations, inquests and inquiries.

As a result of Liam’s commitment to his clients, Liam is regularly instructed to represent individuals with a high media profile. He has acted for internationally renowned recording artists, media celebrities, actors, world-class professional athletes and other professionals whose livelihoods and reputations depend on the outcome of a case.

Liam is regularly instructed to defend individuals charged with the most serious offences: murder, attempted murder, terrorism, serious sexual offences and complex fraud. He is the author of Westlaw Insight’s guide to manslaughter and, as an expert in sexual offences, is a speaker for Lexis Nexis on serious sexual offences.

Liam provides pre-charge advice to individuals and corporate entities who are known to be under investigation or face the threat of prosecution. He is able to provide multi-jurisdictional advice to those whose professional interests span beyond the UK and EU.

Liam Walker advises and represents those alleged to have committed professional misconduct before their regulatory bodies. He represents registrants before regulators including: The General Medical Council (GMC/MPTS), The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and The General Dental Council (GDC).

Liam has been instructed to appear and advise upon matters where misconduct of a serious criminal nature has been alleged. He has acted in matters where allegations of dishonesty, sexual impropriety or criminally negligent conduct have arisen.

Liam has appeared for families and organisations where unlawful killing, neglect, or police corruption have been alleged. His background in criminal law is an asset in matters where it is alleged that corruption and/or state complicity features. Equally, Liam’s experience with juries has been particularly beneficial in Article 2 inquests held before a jury.


Called 2001, Gray’s Inn. Gray’s Inn barrister’s committee; pupil supervisor.


CBA; Young Fraud Lawyers Association.


BA Hons – Business Decision Analysis (1998).


Surfing, running, rugby, skiing, music and Crystal Palace FC.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Liam WalkerDoughty Street ChambersLiam is a clever, tactical barrister, a great jury advocate as he presents and speaks as a “man of the people” and is highly regarded and respected by the judiciary. Clients quickly feel confidence in his representation as he gives very clear advice in terms a lay person can easily understand and presents a strategy for each case at the outset showing his consideration and detailed preparation of a case.

Doughty Street Chambers is ‘an excellent set‘ with ‘a huge range of very talented barristers‘. Defence work is a core pillar of strength for the set, alongside its established capabilities in criminal appeals and terrorism cases. Katy Thorne QC led Kate O’Raghallaigh in defending Adrian Hoare against charges of manslaughter after her three-year-old son died from asphyxiation after being allegedly crushed to death behind a car seat; Hoare was acquitted of manslaughter but received a two-year sentence for child cruelty. Emma Goodall acted for Sajid Idris, who pled guilty to four counts of distributing terrorist material; he received a suspended sentence. Liam Walker and Benjamin Newton represented Alice Cutter and Mark Jones, respectively, who were convicted of being members of proscribed neo-Nazi group National Action in a retrial after the jury failed to reach a verdict in an earlier trial.