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Mary McCarthy

Criminal Barrister
  • Year of Call
  • 1994

Recent Recommendations

Handles all kinds of criminal matters, with commendable experience acting in serious cases involving sexual offences, drugs, violence and fraud. She primarily acts as defence counsel, though she is also a CPS Grade 4 prosecutor.

“She’s an extremely good advocate, brilliant at cross-examination and very good tactically; she knows how to destroy the opposition.”
Chambers and Partners 2018

Criminal Law

Murder, Manslaughter and Non-fatal Violence


Mary has vast experience of prosecuting and defending allegations of a serious and complex nature including allegations murder, manslaughter, kidnap and blackmail.  She has acted alone for the prosecution and defence in cases of attempted murder and manslaughter and regularly acts as junior counsel in cases of murder.

Serious Sexual Offences


Mary is a very experienced rape specialist who has conducted numerous cases for the prosecution and defence.  She is particularly experienced in dealing with vulnerable victims and was a facilitator delivering training to other barristers for the vulnerable witness course. She is often instructed for the prosecution in cases with multiple defendants and/or multiple complainants.  A number of her defence cases have explored issues of false early childhood memories. Her cases often involve complex bad character and hearsay arguments. She has a high level of client care and commitment to her cases.

Fraud, Commercial Crime, Confiscation and other Dishonesty Offences


Mary is well known for her detailed case preparation and has particular expertise in cases that require a command of technically complex material.

Driving Deaths and Motor Manslaughter


Mary has conducted many cases involving causing death by dangerous driving. She has a sensitive approach with clients and families.

Drugs offences


Mary has had considerable experience in the Prosecution of large drugs conspiracies involving complex telecommunications evidence. She is also regularly instructed to act on behalf of defendants in such cases and has an astute eye for the best tactical approach to the evidence.

Parole Board, Prison Adjudications, Inquests and Enquiries and Police Disciplinary


Mary McCarthy has received training in parole hearing advocacy and has conducted parole board and prison adjudications.

Biographical and Other Information

  • Memberships
  • Member of Criminal Bar Association. Member of Middle Temple
  • Academic
  • Attended Exeter University 1990-1993.

Criminal Law team members