Orlando Gibbons

Called in 1982

Areas of Practice


Practice Profile

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Having practiced initially in a mixed common law set, Gibbons has developed a predominantly criminal prosecutions and defence practice since 1988.He practices mainly on the South Eastern circuit.

He also accepts instructions in Media and Entertainment Law and civil aspects of confiscation and money laundering Gibbons has achieved excellence both in oral and written advocacy.

He has undertaken a variety of heavy criminal prosecutions including attempted murder. Gibbons has recently been invited to join the CPS Advocates Panel, once again, at Level 4.

Gibbons’s main areas of specialisation have included assaults (including GBH/Wounding), firearms offences, drugs offences, rape and serious sexual offences; kidnapping, false imprisonment and blackmail; public order offences (including violent disorder and affray)

Gibbons was instructed in a number of prosecutions arising out the McIntyre/BBC ‘undercover’ covert operations involving conspiracy to commit football-related violent disorder and affray. He was subsequently instructed for the crown against leading counsel including Queen’s Counsel in the appeal which involved live evidence before the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division):

Hobbies and Pastimes:

Mr Gibbons was on the strength of 68 (Inns of Court and City Yeomanry) Royal Signal Squadron for several years.

He is also a longstanding member of the Goodwood Horseracing Club, as well as a keen sailor (Chichester).

He was also a former captain of Soccer (Gray’s Inn) athlete and cricketer. Mr Gibbons has a keen interest in music, especially, classical, opera, and Choral Music (a member of the Latin Mass Society).

He has also led a number of jazz bands for over some 20 years performing at wedding receptions, balls, formal dinners and garden parties.


Criminal Bar Association

South Eastern Circuit

Western Circuit

Notable Cases

  • Notable Cases

    Mr Gibbons has also been instructed in other criminal prosecutions as leading counsel including cases involving multiple defendants for example: 1. R v Odjoma and others (Middlesex Guildhall 2006): a 6 defendant kidnapping and false imprisonment of a 14 year old schoolboy and blackmail of the child’s family; 2. R v Gao and others(SouthwarkCrown Court 2006): gang-related kidnapping, false imprisonment and blackmail involving a Chinese student; 3. R v Mohamed and others (Inner London Sessions 2010); a 5 defendant conspiracy to commit armed robberies and related firearms offences; 4. R v Applewaithe and Gerrar (Wood Green Crown Court 2013); blackmail of a pastor by members of a breakaway faction; 5. R v Anyia (Snaresbrook Crown Court 2015): secured convictions on sexual offences by tracing complainants in previous acquittals for the purposes of adducing similar fact evidence; 6. R v Wick and others (Inner London Crown Court 2016) false imprisonment, robbery, assaults involving 5 defendants who held a man with autism and learning disability against his will in order to steal his disability payments; 7. R v Williams (J) ( Blackfriars Crown Court 2016) prison siege, hostage taking, and blackmail at HMP Pentonville. 8. R v Frain and Mariner [2002] EWCA Crim 2855; the extent of the defence of ‘entrapment’; and jury bias. Mr Gibbons has also been leading counsel in a number of criminal defence trials for example: R v Swaibu and others (Guildford Crown Court 2010); a complex and widespread conspiracy to defraud; and money laundering representing a professional footballer and securing the only acquittal. Mr Gibbons has demonstrated an ability to adapt to the exigencies of multi-handed trials in other fields, quite often involving novel and complex legal issues and defences. He has the capacity for managing large volumes of evidential and unused material for example some 1300 hours of audio/visual covert recordings in the McIntyre/BBC ‘undercover’ prosecutions. He has also represented the crown in a number of High Court matters including: 1. Pullum v CPS [2000] COD 206 the crown court’s duty as an appellate court to give reasons for its decisions. 2. DPP v Joseph (Michael) [2003]EWHC 3078 (Admin): whether or not Rastafarianism was a religion; and whether or not the issue affected the interpretation of the relevant provisions of the Road Traffic Acts ((a motorist’s blood options during the drink/drive procedures).



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