Barrister Profile


Year of Call: 2001

Main Areas of Practice

Criminal Law
Personal Injury


Chris Sherrard is an experienced counsel whose criminal practice has included the full spectrum of serious offences. He has undertaken complex trials in the following areas: murder, terrorism, firearms, robbery, drug possession, importation, cultivation & supply, sexual offences and serious fraud. In the civil courts he has extensive experience in Personal Injury actions, Housing Law and Probate, acting for both plaintiff and defendant. Judicial Review, Immigration & Asylum, Licensing applications and Parole Commissioners cases are also main areas of practice.


2001; Called to the Bar of Northern Ireland


R v Chen, Ming [2012] NICA 17 (Intent to supply cannabis. Criminal Property. False identity documents. Northern Ireland Court of Appeal Guideline case.)

R v Lewis, Jeff & others [2009] NICC (Successful representation of murder accused. Only defendant in multi defendant case to be acquitted by Jury.)

R v McCann, Eamonn & others [2008] NICA 25; [2009] NIJB 152 (Involved in securing an acquittal for a high profile defendant in respect of criminal damage charge alleged to have been committed against a large multi national arms manufacturer.)

RK, LO & CM; in re application for judicial review [2007] NIQB 71 (Education Judicial Review. Successfully represented client seeking to obtain right to education at school of choice.)

Dastani v SOS for Home Department. IAA. AS/51463/2003 Iranian asylum seeker. Overturned decision of Secretary of State and Lower court in successful appeal based on grounds of religious persecution in home country.

Lynch -v- Perfecseal Ltd & anor [2007] NIIT 572_06 (Successful representation of Respondent in Unfair Dismissal case.)

Assumption Grammar School v Secretary of State [2010] (Successful recovery of damages for School against the Secretary of State in unlawful assembly criminal damage case).


Delaney, Margaret; in re application for judicial review [2007] NIQB 55

Corken v Helm [2011] (Judicial Review)

Browne v QUB [2011] (Declaratory Relief Action)

Parole Commissioners

McClure v Parole Commissioners for Northern Ireland [2013] (Judicial Review)


Secretary of State v Foong [2004] (Religious Persecution)

Secretary of State v El Akhal [2004] (Appeal against refusal of leave to remain)

Secretary of State v Chiwaka [2004] (Political Persecution)

Secretary of State v Marotta [2006] (Bail pending extradition)

Secretary of State v Boutrab [2008] (Bail pending extradition)

Secretary of State v Alinta [2014] (Appeal against refusal of grant of permanent residence card)

Extradition Cases

USA v Spong [2005]

State of Poland v Nowakowski [2011]

State of Poland v Hunkiel [2012]

Personal Injury cases against the Police

Connolly v Chief Constable of the RUC [2002]

McAreavey v Chief Constable of the PSNI [2008]

Toner v Chief Constable of the PSNI [2008]

McGregor v Chief Constable of the PSNI [2010]