Barry Kogan

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Specialised in criminal law throughout his career, and has built up an enviable track record of success as a jury advocate.

Acted for the defence, often as leading counsel, in a wide variety of serious and important cases. These include murder (as leading counsel), other homicide cases, such as causing death by dangerous driving, offences of grave violence including torture and baby-shaking, fraud and money-laundering, armed robbery, firearms offences, arson, kidnap, blackmail, large-scale drug supply and importation, and human trafficking.

Considerable success in defending in trials involving rape and other serious sexual crime (committed against both adults and children) and internet pornography offences, and is highly regarded for his skill and sensitivity in cross-examining vulnerable witnesses, including the very young and those with mental illness. He has appeared frequently in cases involving allegations of historic sexual abuse.

Listed in 2015 Legal 500 in Crime: “He has an eye for detail and a gracious manner.”

Defended extensively in court-martial cases.

Appears regularly in the Court of Appeal.

Well-known for quickly gaining the confidence of his lay clients, whatever their background, and for his calm, approachable manner towards his professional clients.


Barry was appointed an Assistant Recorder in 1998 and has served as a Recorder since 2000.