Paul Bogan KC > 23ES > London, England > Barrister Profile

1 Gray's Inn Square


Paul Bogan acts exclusively for the defence in both serious fraud and general crime. He has been ranked for many years in legal directories who have described him as ‘an exceptional advocate and tactician’, ‘incredibly thorough and committed’ and ‘an excellent jury advocate’.

He has long-standing experience of fraud in such challenging cases as the Polly Peck case (acting for a co-accused in the SFO prosecution of Asil Nadir), the Jubilee Line case (concerning public procurement contracts which became the longest ever the Old Bailey trial); and more recently in the Beijing Olympics Ticketing Fraud (SFO prosecution), Lexi Holdings (collapse of the bridging loan company, also SFO) and Entwistle & others (multi handed mortgage fraud leading to collapse of substantial firm of solicitors). His experience embraces MTIC, tax, VAT, mortgage, bank, company and insolvency fraud. He has also defended as leading junior in the more arcane areas of pharmaceutical fraud, involving EC and trademark legislation, and en primeur wine fraud. He is especially well regarded in money laundering cases and confiscation proceedings.

He has defended in many murder trials. These include, in recent times, Dixon & others (Old Bailey) representing a young man who with 4 others was accused of a joint enterprise stabbing involving complex issues of fact and law; Davis (Old Bailey) representing one of two young women accused of abducting and killing a learning-disabled man; and The Victoria Station murder (Old Bailey) representing one of 20 defendants accused of murdering a schoolboy in the underground.

He regularly receives instructions to review convictions and has appealed successfully a number, including recently Schulman and Leighton (CCRC reference). In the Privy Council he has represented several Caribbean prisoners in appeals against their convictions for murder including, in 2010, Kirk Gordon v The Queen, the last successful murder appeal from Belize prior to the cessation of the court’s appellate jurisdiction from that country.

In 2011 he published the second edition of his book ‘Identification: investigation, trial and scientific evidence’ (Jordans), a comprehensive text on identification procedures and evidence in criminal trials. He was co-author of ‘Butterworth’s Guide to the Proceeds of Crime Act’ (3rd ed, OUP, 2008) and contributed the chapter on ‘Self Incrimination, the Right to Silence and the Reverse Burden of Proof’ in the text book ‘Human Rights in the Investigation and Prosecution of Crime’ (OUP 2009). He has written articles for legal journals and lectured on identification and bad character, hearsay evidence and restraint and receivership.

He a member of the Law Reform Committee of the Bar Council for whom he regularly drafts responses to Government and Law Commission proposals for changes in Criminal Law. He was previously an elected council member and former Treasurer of Liberty.


Called 1983; Silk 2003. Publications: author ‘Identification: Investigation, Trial & Scientific Evidence’ 2004 LAG; co-author ‘Blackstone’s Guide to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002’, third edition 2008, OUP; ‘Human Rights in the Investigation and Prosecution of Crime’ 2008 OUP. Lectures include: PACE conference, McKay Law Conferences, 2007; National Identification Seminar, idlaw 2008 and the Identification Evidence, CBA Autumn Lecture, 2008.


Bar Council (elected member 2005-2010); law reform committee of the Bar Council; Criminal Bar Association.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Paul Bogan KC – 23ES