Orlando Pownall Q.C. is cited as a leader in Crime by The Legal 500 UK, and as a “Star” Silk by Chambers UK which describes him as “One of the most highly sought-after criminal silks, and as an extremely persuasive and impressive jury advocate. He is a supreme performer and an artist of the courtroom." He is widely regarded as one of the leading jury advocates of his generation. In 1999 he was appointed First Senior Treasury Counsel and since taking Silk in 2001 he has almost exclusively defended. Notable cases included the defence of Danny Preddie, the alleged Omagh Bomber and the man charged with the murder of two soldiers at the Masseerene Barracks. Recent instructions include acting for the defence in the alleged manslaughter of a deportee and the murder of gambler by means of a “honey-trap”. Apart from being instructed for the defence in murder prosecutions he is instructed in Frauds including Operation Tabernula, the FCA’s largest ever market abuse prosecution and a large scale fraud in the Cayman Islands. He has also been instructed in Medicine Act prosecutions. Over the last ten years he has dealt with numerous Appeals against sentence and conviction and CCRC applications.