Anthony Orchard KC 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.
Three-handed murder trial at the Central Criminal Court. First defendant charged with murdering a fellow resident at the YMCA hostel in Wimbledon. Two further defendants alleged to have helped him conceal the murder weapon in a vent. Case involved detailed analysis of hours of CCTV footage.
Anthony Orchard QC led William Davis for the prosecution in a murder trial following an incident outside a nightclub in which a man was stabbed. After the killing the Defendant fled to Cyprus with the assistance of a friend, who was convicted of assisting an offender. The Defendant was extradited to the UK in 2019.
Anthony Orchard QC led William Davis in the prosecution of a defendant in connection with an incident at an all-night party in Aldgate in which one man was fatally stabbed, and three others were injured.
Anthony Orchard QC led Charlotte Newell for the prosecution in a murder trial involving two cousins for the murder of their great uncle. The first defendant alleged loss of self-control; both defendants convicted following a trial.
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
"He displays brilliant aptitude for winning over juries."
Chambers UK 2024
'Anthony is universally acclaimed, tremendously effective and a real heavyweight in the court room. He is highly intelligent and meticulous and diligent in his preparation. His tactical acumen is first rate, he is always in control, and he has a calming influence which instils confidence.'
Legal 500 2024
"His case preparation is always thorough and his arguments are always well directed."
Chambers UK 2023
"Efficient and pragmatic, he's a respected figure at the Old Bailey."
Chambers UK 2021
‘Solicitors wouldn’t hesitate to use him – he really is very good.’
Legal 500 - 2019
“Unflappable and very effective.”
Chambers UK 2020