Ms Orla Daly > Chambers of Adrian Darbishire KC and Selva Ramasamy KC > London, England > Barrister Profile

Chambers of Adrian Darbishire KC and Selva Ramasamy KC
QEB Hollis Whiteman
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Orla Daly specialises in complex and high-profile cases, prosecuting and defending a wide spectrum of offences including homicide, organised crime, financial crime, and all categories of assault and sexual assault, including rape.  She has particular expertise across the full gamut of sexual offences, present and historical, and their various respective defences.  She is frequently instructed in multi-handed cases and is adept at dealing with complex, often expert and medical evidence.  She regularly represents professionals and high-profile individuals for a vast array of offences, fully aware of the importance of preserving reputation.  Orla is often involved in unusual, challenging cases and those that have set precedent.  She has experience at all levels of tribunal from the magistrates through to the appeal courts.


Called to the Bar in 2000.


Criminal Bar Association
South Eastern Circuit

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Orla Daly – QEB Hollis WhitemanOrla is an exceptional junior, right at the top of her game. She is an elegant advocate and her written work is also good.’

QEB Hollis Whiteman is widely regarded as one of the leading crime sets in London, regularly involved in heavyweight cases. Edward Brown KC was recently instructed for the prosecution in a case concerning three police officers charged with distributing grossly offensive messages to other officers in a WhatsApp group, one of whose members was Wayne Couzens, who was convicted of the rape and murder of Sarah Everard. Eleanor Laws KC, ‘the doyen of sexual offences law‘, and Orla Daly  represented former Manchester City footballer Benjamin Mendy (who, after the trial, signed for Lorient), who was acquitted on rape charges over two trials. Appearing in the Isle of Man under a temporary advocates licence, Crispin Aylett KC represented a man who was retried for the 2013 murder of his wife’s lover.