Gavin Irwin

Gavin Irwin

“He is eloquent on his feet and his drafting and preparation is impeccable....He is personable and clever and very good at what he does."

Chambers UK 2024
Year of call: 1996
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Criminal Defence

Serious and Organised Crime

Gavin has appeared for the defence in numerous homicide cases before the Central Criminal Court. In recent years he has represented individuals charged with rape (disclosure of multi-agency records and the statistical analysis of DNA), causing non-accidental harm to children (paediatric medical experts), arson and firearms offences (secondary transfer of DNA and cell-site evidence) and significant drug trafficking (covert probe, encrypted communications and evidence obtained under letters of request).

Recent instructions include:

  • The Nigerian Senator charged with modern slavery – facilitating travel for the purpose of human tissue harvesting
  • Conspiracy to counterfeit currency – the most significant case of its kind for more than a decade, involving £5M of £20 notes

Proceeds of Crime

Gavin undertakes restraint and asset freezing work.  He acted for Raymond May in the seminal House of Lords case on the definition of “obtaining” benefit. He has a wealth of experience in applying for injunctions on behalf of prosecuting authorities and in resisting them on behalf of individuals and other legal entities. Gavin advises and represents individuals in enforcement proceedings.

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