Barrister/Legal Counsel, 25 Bedford Row Chamber, UK
Courtenay has been involved in some of the most high-profile and notable cases of the past two decades. He has a wide-ranging practice in domestic and International Criminal Law and is widely regarded as one of the most outstanding jury advocates of his generation. Criminal defence work emphasis is on terrorism and murder, some of the most note worthy cases being; The PC Blakelock murder trial, The Brighton Bombing, The Harrods Bombing, The Canary Wharf Bombing, The Risley Riot, The Dartmoor Riot, The Damilola Taylor murder trial. Amongst the most sought after of International Criminal law specialists, providing representation in trials of genocide, crimes against humanity and other war crimes before international, internationalised and national courts. He is particularly noted for his work in the recent landmark case in The Hague defending the former president of Liberia, Charles Taylor. Of his cross-examination of super model, Naomi Campbell, the London Evening Standard remarked, under the headline: “Forget Naomi Campbell Real Star of Charles Taylor trial is Griffiths QC”, “Courtenay Griffiths QC grabbed their attention with his flamboyant style, tenacious questioning and deadpan quotes.” Courtenay provides advice and representation in foreign jurisdictions on international arbitration matters concerning money laundering and other international.