Paul Fairley

Paul Fairley

Call: 2007


Paul prosecutes and defends in all areas of criminal law and has been instructed in cases including homicide, serious sexual offences, serious offences of violence and disorder and drug trafficking offences.

Paul is a confident, organised, thorough, and highly effective jury advocate who has an eye for detail and is regularly instructed to prosecute complex multi-defendant cases – whether as a junior alone or, more recently, as leading counsel.

Whether prosecuting or defending, Paul always makes every effort to present and advance the case to ensure the best possible outcome. In doing so, he regularly draws praise from judges, instructing solicitors, and lay clients alike.

Paul is a Grade 3 Prosecutor on both the CPS General Crime Panel, and the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (RASSO) panel.


  • LLB (Hons) – University of Southampton
  • Bar Vocational Course (BVC) – Inns of Court School of Law


  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Western Circuit


12 Oct 2017

Paul Fairley prosecutes ‘George Osborne moped gang’

Paul Fairley appeared at Southwark Crown Court instructed by Crown Prosecution Service, Drummond Gate to prosecute a high profile case, attracting lots of media coverage. Further...

28 Nov 2016

Paul Fairley prosecutes rugby player for wounding offence

Paul Fairley was instructed on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service in a trial at Southwark Crown Court. Further details of the case can...

24 Feb 2016

2KBW barristers co-defend in Courts Martial

Matthew Farmer and Paul Fairley are co-defending in a trial before a Courts Martial instructed by Biscoes Solicitors of Portsmouth. Both counsel represent clients...


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