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 murder, serious organised crime, fraud, firearms, drug trafficking, money laundering and sexual offences.

Due to his level of experience in complex and multi-handed cases, Chris Moran 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 is a meticulous, well prepared and imaginative trial advocate who employs strategic thinking and intellectual rigour to every aspect of each case in which he is instructed.

Other Relevant Experience

As a qualified advocacy trainer for both the North Eastern Circuit and Middle Temple he has not only helped train those seeking to become advocacy assessors themselves but also taught anti-terrorism lawyers in both Nigeria and Somaliland on behalf of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Notable cases

  • R v HProsecuted a man for murdering his sister with a samurai sword.
  • R v M and Others – Leading Counsel for the Defence in a complex grooming case involving non-recent sexual offending. (Leading first Holly Clegg and then Nathan Davis, 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, DNA and cell site evidence (leading Conor Quinn, KBW Chambers).
  • R v M Defended someone 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 H and OthersLeading Counsel for the Prosecution in youth gang violent disorder. The case involved expert evidence as to gang affiliation and drill lyrics (leading Dan Lee, Park Square Barristers).
  • R v E – Defended a female police officer accused of misconduct in public office for regularly supplying confidential information to her partner whose family were members of a serious organised crime group.
  • R v F – Defended the accused in a large-scale HMRC tax fraud over many years. The case involved the use and cross-examination of multiple forensic accountants.
  • R v N and OthersJunior Counsel for the Prosecution in a gang murder case involving the death of a 14 year old boy (led by Jonathan Sandiford KC, St Pauls Chambers).
  • R v S – Defended someone accused of conspiracy to supply firearms and ammunition to a serious organised crime group. The evidence consisted of tens of thousands of pages of expert evidence, cell-site analysis, ANPR data, covert surveillance and telephone data.
  • 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.
  • R v A & Others – Prosecuted a complex kidnapping and conspiracy to supply Class A drugs trial involving multiple defendants. Due to intimidation by gang members the Complainant withdrew his support for the Prosecution and was treated as a hostile witness.
  • 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 – Junior Counsel defending a young woman accused of attempted murder. The case involved firearms experts as well as a cell-site and ANPR evidence (led by Kama Melly KC, Park Square Barristers).
  • R v H & Others – A multi-million pound confiscation case.
  • R v M – Defended a man with severe communication and mental health difficulties including Tourette’s in non-recent allegations of substantial sexual offending.

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

Lucy Finney on 0113 213 5220

Alysha Taylor on 0113 213 5224