Orla Daly is a highly regarded junior barrister, listed in Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 Guides, with extensive expertise in serious and complex crime. She concentrates primarily on sexual offending of the utmost gravity and also undertakes work in other areas of serious crime, including homicide, multi-handed violence and gun crime.
Orla has developed particular expertise in the defence of those accused of rape and other serious sexual offences. She has an exceptional record of securing acquittals for those she defends, many whom are professional individuals for whom reputation is paramount.
She is frequently called upon to act in historic cases involving multiple complainants and is highly experienced in presenting issues of abuse of process in appropriate cases. Her clients are often elderly or otherwise vulnerable and she routinely deals with individuals with significant mental health difficulties where capacity is an issue.
She is often asked to advise in cases where Sexual Harm Prevention Orders have been applied for or imposed and is adept at dealing with oppressive or disproportionate applications.
"She has an engaging manner with solicitors and lay clients." Legal 500 2016
'An electrifying character, who has an excellent rapport with clients.' Legal 500 2017
‘She inspires confidence in clients, which is born out in her track record.’ Legal 500 - 2019
“Have to say that Orla was amazing and kept me abreast of all. Her strategy and words to me helped so much.” CD-W - Lay Client of BCL Burton Copeland