Brenda Campbell KC

Call To The Bar: 2002

“Brenda is one of the best barristers at the Bar. She gets to grips with very difficult and  voluminous cases with apparent ease and is masterfully elegant. She is a real fighter and a fantastic orator and foremost, a great lawyer with a huge amount of commitment.” Legal 500 2024 – Crime.

“Her command of the evidence, her cross-examination and her closing speech were all out of the top drawer.” Chambers Uk, 2024 – Crime.

“Brenda is an all-rounder. She is a master strategist and a very powerful and clever advocate.” Chambers Uk, 2024 – Inquests & Inquiries.

“She is a particularly good cross-examiner: she is an expert at trapping witnesses and taking apart those who give less than perfect evidence. She also really connects with jurors.” Chambers Uk, 2023.

“Her cross-examination in cut-throat defences are a masterclass.” Chambers Uk, 2022 – Crime.

“Brenda’s strengths would be cross-examination and attention to fine detail and her preparedness for trial knowing all aspects of her case extremely well, preparing for the unforeseeable.” Legal 500 2022 – Crime.

Brenda is a leading KC in criminal law and Inquests. She has a high-profile, cross-jurisdictional practice, appearing in courtrooms in England & Wales and in Ireland, north and south.

Brenda is regularly instructed to defend in the most serious of criminal allegations including murder, terrorism and international fraud. She is, in addition, a highly respected Inquest & Public Inquiries silk, representing families in Article 2 inquests, including historic or legacy Inquests & police shootings, and in ongoing Public Inquiries.

Brenda has worked extensively in the field of human rights, both nationally and internationally, with a focus on women’s rights, children’s rights and the rule of law.

With a focus on international women’s rights, Brenda has represented the International Women’s Rights Action Watch (IWRAW) Asia Pacific on the Steering Committee of the NGO coalition for the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights.

Having been an active participant in the drafting process at the United Nations Palais des Nations in Geneva, she then became involved in the global campaign for the ratification of the Optional Protocol.

Brenda has advised on lodging communications before UN Human Rights Bodies and lectured on UN Human Rights mechanisms.

Brenda is highly experienced in representing children and young people and ensuring their effective participation in the criminal justice system. She has represented children across the full spectrum of criminal allegations and is an experienced advocate in cases involving young and vulnerable witnesses. Her approach is always young person focused and she has particular expertise in representing children with special educational needs, learning disabilities and autism.

She sits on the Board of Just for Kids Law.