Brendan O’Leary

Call To The Bar: 2007

Recommended in Legal 500, 2024 – Crime(General and Fraud)

“Brendan is always very prepared and thorough and his client care is exceptional which is important for instructing solicitors. Brendan is an experienced barrister.” – Legal 500, 2023


Brendan O’Leary is credited as being an advocate who combines excellent courtroom skills with a manner that both clients and juries warm to. He also brings hard work and detailed preparation to each case he deals with.

He has quickly developed a busy Crown Court practice. His maturity and calm manner has seen him instructed on a number of serious cases from early in his career. Brendan also regularly appears at the High Court and Court of Appeal.

Brendan’s practice is more defence based, but he also prosecutes regularly, where he applies the same hard work and determination to secure the best possible result for his client.

In addition to his Crown Court practice Brendan has developed a busy Road Traffic Law practice. He has experience in acting for a wide range of individuals, including a number of high net worth clients. He has an enviable success rate in achieving the best outcome for his clients.

Brendan also increasingly receives instructions in the areas of asset recovery and confiscation, licensing, and trading standards. He is regularly instructed by local authorities and private clients in both areas.

Prior to coming to the bar Brendan was employed by the Government, and his role brought him into assessing and documenting cases of alleged Human Rights abuses in a number of conflict zones in Africa.

Brendan achieved first place on his Bar Vocational Course, and was both the Criminal Bar Association Kalsiher Scholar and Richard Isaacson Q.C. Memorial Scholar in 2007.