Ged Doran

Call To The Bar: 1993

‘He is brilliant in court; clients warm to him.’ – The Legal 500, 2018


Following his call to the bar, in 1993, Gerard practiced at the London Bar before returning to the North West. During his years spent on the South Eastern Circuit, Gerard developed a strong practice often regarded to be “beyond his call”.

In 2005, with a healthy practice and requests to represent those involved in the most serious cases, across the United Kingdom, Gerard decided to return to North West of the country. Since, his practice has gone from strength-to-strength with a portfolio of high level work, and is regularly instructed as Leading Counsel.

Gerard represents those facing the most serious of charges in case involving: Homicide; Serious Violence; Gang Related Violence; High End Drugs Importation and Supply; People Trafficking; Fraud and Money Laundering.

Serious and complex drug importations and distribution have for a long time featured in Gerard’s practice. He has, for many years, been involved in cases involving large scale and sophisticated enterprises concerning the movement of drugs into and around the UK. Most notably, a case with Conspiracy to Import cocaine, where the amount of drug being imported from Peru was in excess of a metric tonne, with a value of £166 million.

Gerard’s practice in this area continues to flourish. He is instructed as Leading Counsel in a 17 handed Drugs and Firearms Importation which is expected to take 4 months to litigate.

Fraud and Money Laundering is, again, an area of the law in which Gerard has always held a strong hand. He has been instructed both a Junior and Leading Counsel in VAT Carousel Fraud and computer based Banking Fraud, as well as Frauds Against Copyright. Gerard has recently completed a major fraud perpetrated against Astra Zenica and the complex confiscation proceedings that followed. He is recently instructed in a case concerning a Waste Disposal Fraud against Trafford Borough Council involving 14 Defendants to be tried in late 2009.

Much of the work that Gerard conducts involves the questions of Money Laundering and Confiscation whether contained within the indictment or dealt with secondarily.