Dorian has been Queen’s Counsel in England and Wales since 1993 and is one of the UK’s and Commonwealth’s leading criminal advocates. His area of practice involves all aspects of criminal work, defending and prosecuting, including homicide, firearms offences, terrorism, commercial fraud, bribery and corruption, the large-scale importation and supply of drugs, and sexual offences. He has been referred to in The Lawyer as an “exceptional jury advocate.” He is recommended by Chambers and Partners as a leading criminal silk. They have commented that he is “irrepressible… able to navigate his way through a sea of details effortlessly.”
Irrepressible… able to navigate his way through a sea of details effortlesslyChambers and Partners
Dorian is a strong proponent of the adversarial system, has a wealth of practical experience in the Court room and international experience of advising governments in the development of their criminal justice systems. Fluent in Spanish, he has presented papers and given lectures in Central and Southern America. Dorian has been a leading participant in the reintroduction of jury trials in Russia and is recognised as one of the United Nations advocacy trainers at the International Criminal Tribunal at the Hague.
Since joining 6 King’s Bench Walk in 1972, Dorian has defended in and prosecuted almost every kind of criminal case from minor theft and assault to contract murder and large scale fraud. He practises predominately on the South Eastern Circuit but has extensive experience in cases in Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham.
International Criminal Work
Since 1994, Dorian has been widely involved with the Bar Council, the Criminal Bar Association, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the British Council in programmes of judicial and legal reform and advocacy training of prosecutors and defence lawyers, particularly in Europe and Latin America.
The countries involved include: Bosnia, Holland, Russia, Spain, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela.
Appointments and Memberships
- Public Access Accredited
- Recorder of the Crown Court: 1989-2006
- A chairman of Police Appeal Tribunals: 1991-ongoing
- Member of the International Bar Association (IBA): 1993- ongoing (Council Member 2001-2005)
- Member of the IBA Human Rights Institute: 1996-ongoing (Council member 2000-4)
- Member of the American Bar Association: 1997- ongoing
- Member of the Bar Council: 1989-1992, 1998-2005 (Chairman of the International Relations Committee: 2001-5)
- Committee Member of the Criminal Bar Association: 1989-2006 (Chairman of the International Relations Sub-Committee 1993-2006)
- Appointed Queen’s Counsel: 1993
- Chairman of the Bar Conference: 1999
- Member of the Foreign and Commonwealth Pro Bono Lawyers’ Panel: 2002-ongoing
- Elected a Bencher of Inner Temple: 1998. Member of the Advocacy Training Committee.
- Called to the Cayman Islands Bar 2011.
- Called to the Gibraltar Bar 2013.
- Appointed a visiting Professor of Law and Advocacy, Loyola University, Chicago, 2018.
- Downside School
- Collegio Sarmiento, Buenos Aires
- London School of Economics
Bilingual in Spanish.
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