Christopher Moran

Chris Moran
Year of call:



2002 - University of Hull, BA Politics

2006 - University of Hull, Master of Jurisprudence

2007 - Nottingham Law School, BVC


2007 - Pupil and Tenant at 1 Mitre Court Buildings

2010 - Tenant at 39 Park Square, Leeds

2013 - Tenant at No 6, Leeds, now Park Square Barristers


CPS Level 4 Prosecutor


North Eastern Circuit

Criminal Bar Association


2006 - The Sir Joseph Cantley Award

Trial Advocacy

Chris Moran is instructed in substantial criminal matters including serious organised crime, murder, fraud, firearms, drug trafficking, money laundering, confiscation and sexual offences.

Due to his level of experience and the complex nature of his cases Chris is regularly instructed as Leading Counsel for either the Defence or Prosecution and has successfully appeared in the Court of Appeal on many occasions.

He has a reputation for being meticulously well prepared and fully considering all legal issues significantly in advance of any hearing including those relating to dismissal, abuse of process, fitness to plead, disclosure and the instruction of experts.

In addition, Chris takes particular pride in the feedback he regularly receives relating to his manner with clients particularly vulnerable defendants, children and those with significant mental health difficulties. The importance of an early conference is something he believes is often vital to the outcome of a case and is one of the factors Chris attributes to his high success rate.

Notable cases

  • R v M and Others – Leading Counsel for the Defence in a complex grooming case involving non-recent sexual offending. (Leading Holly Clegg, Park Square Barristers)
  • R v B – Leading Counsel for the Prosecution in a murder case against a KC and Junior. The case involved blood spatter evidence, DNA and cell site evidence. (Leading Conor Quinn, KBW Chambers)
  • R v M – Represented a man charged under s.4 Explosive Substances Act 1883 who had constructed a homemade bomb and had taken it on public transport. The case involved multiple experts in explosive substances and legal argument as to provisions relating to terrorism offences.
  • R v F – Represented a man accused of a large-scale HMRC tax fraud over many years. The case involved the use and cross-examination of multiple forensic accountants.
  • R v E – Represented a police officer accused of misconduct in public office accused of regularly supplying confidential information to her partner concerning active police investigations relating to his family members.
  • R v S – Represented a man accused of supplying multiple firearms and ammunition to a serious organised crime group.
  • R v R & Others – Represented one of the lead defendants in a 25 defendant cocaine and heroin trafficking conspiracy involving multiple criminal gangs across the Midlands. The evidence consisted of tens of thousands of pages of expert evidence, cell-site analysis, ANPR data, covert surveillance and telephone data.
  • R v O & Others – Represented the lead Defendant in a group rape trial.
  • R v A & Others – Prosecuted a complex kidnapping and conspiracy to supply Class A drugs trial involving multiple defendants.
  • R v TJ – Defended in a case involving death by dangerous driving in which the defendant had suffered such significant injuries he had no memory of the incident.
  • R v H – Represented the lead defendant in a sexual grooming case. The case involved disputed DNA evidence and extensive cross-examination of children (via the s28 procedure), forensic scientists and police officers.
  • R v G & Others – Led by Kama Melly KC defending a young woman accused of attempted murder. The case involved firearms experts as well as a cell-site and ANPR evidence.
  • R v D –  Led by Abdul Iqbal KC defending a woman accused of physical abuse of her infant child who died at 4 months old. The case involved the evidence of multiple paediatric physicians.
  • R v H & Others – After being led by David Dixon (now HHJ Dixon) in a serious of fraud trials spanning many years of offending Chris dealt with the extremely complex confiscation proceedings which eventually led to financial orders of over a £million.
  • R v M & Another – Led by Richard Wright KC in a trading starboards prosecution involving large-scale fraudulent trading and copyright theft.
  • R v F – Led by Peter Moulson QC. Allegations of over 30 years of historic sexual abuse.
  • R v M – Defended a man with severe communications and mental health difficulties including Tourette’s in non-recent allegations of substantial sexual offending.
  • R v A – A mother was charged with assisting her husband to abuse her children over a period of 5 years. The case involved the cross-examination of children and social workers.

Contact Chris’ clerks

Andrew Thornton on 0113 213 5202

Gina Hawkins on 0113 213 5205

Rebecca Wilson on 0113 213 5203

Hannah Dempsey on 0113 213 5211

Robyn Nichol on 0113 213 5253

Lucy Finney on 0113 213 5220