Anthony Orchard QC is a leading criminal silk, ranked in the latest editions of Chambers UK Bar Guide and the Legal 500 with a practice concentrated upon homicide, serious fraud cases, sexual offending and organised crime.
Mr Orchard has appeared in over eighty homicide trials at the Central Criminal Court and elsewhere, many involving allegations of multiple shooting, gangland murder and revenge, including R v Michael Philpott and others (the 2013 “Derby fire” case).
His practice in silk includes extensive experience in organised and very serious crime, complex fraud, money-laundering, internet hacking, confiscation, sexual offences, human trafficking, importation and supply of drugs and he is frequently called upon to advise clients under investigation. Mr Orchard regularly defends and prosecutes cases brought by the Serious Fraud Office and the Financial Conduct Authority. Fraud cases undertaken have included VAT diversion, Internation Carbon Trading, "Boiler Room" frauds, "Ponzi" schemes and Insurance fraud.
He is regularly instructed to advise on SOCPA contracts, PACE, PII matters, RIPA, Surveillance law, Abuse of Process and all Disclosure issues and is representative of the Criminal Bar Association on the Home Office PACE Strategy Board.
Anthony Orchard QC led Danny Robinson in prosecuting four defendants for murder, in a trial that lasted 3 months. The defendants were convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment after being found guilty of murder, violent disorder and perverting the course of justice.
Anthony Orchard QC prosecuted this trial and retrial for murder. Two defendants were convicted of murder and another of perverting the course of justice. The victim had been repeatedly stabbed and slashed in his home before he managed to stagger 200 ft down the road, where he subsequently died.
Anthony Orchard QC appeared for the Crown at the Old Bailey, where the defendant pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the first day of his trial. The defendant was sentenced to 14 years and nine months imprisonment. The victim and defendant were childhood friends and had arranged to meet at the time of the incident to settle their unresolved tensions. The victim died by a single stab wound to the chest.
Anthony Orchard QC led Charlotte Newell in this prosecution of 3 men for the "Revenge Execution" of a rival gang member following a knife fight the previous day. The victim was shot in the chest with an automatic pistol at close range during broad daylight in a street in Ilford East London. They were each sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 30 years.
Anthony Orchard QC defended Michael Philpott, accused of starting the fire that led to the deaths of six of his seventeen children in his Derby home in May 2012. The case attracted massive media coverage. Issues dealt with included previous allegations of historic sexual assault and abuse; the defendant’s previous convictions for assault and attempted murder; his detailed background history; other historic character issues, mobile phone linkage and the admissibility of surveillance evidence