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Paul Dunkels QC

Criminal Barrister
  • Year of Call
  • 1972

Recent Recommendations

Highly experienced practitioner with an excellent track record of prosecuting and defending high-profile cases. He is particularly adept at taking on challenging and sensitive matters such as sudden infant death, murder with diminished responsibility and serious sexual offences.

“He’s a hugely experienced silk who knows it all and is a beautiful advocate.”
Chambers and Partners 2018

Criminal Law

Murder, Manslaughter and Other Serious Crime


Since becoming a QC in 1993 Paul Dunkels has prosecuted and defended in all types of serious crime, including cases of murder, manslaughter, fraud, drugs importation and supply and sexual offences. He has been involved in prosecuting and defending many cases in which an infant has suffered a sudden and unexpected death. He has dealt with many murder cases, dealing with issues of causation, diminished responsibility, loss of control, self-defence and battered wife syndrome. He has dealt with a number of murder cases where the body has not been found. He has been instructed to appear in a variety of gross negligence manslaughter cases.

He has prosecuted frauds for the Serious Fraud Office and has dealt with High Yield Investment Programme frauds, carousel frauds and money laundering.

Corporate Manslaughter, Health and Safety and Regulatory Offences


Paul Dunkels has been instructed in Gross Negligence Manslaughter and Health and Safety Offences cases involving a tractor driver, the proprietor of a central heating company, the skipper of a boat, a farm owner, a farm manager and the proprietor of an agency supplying HGV drivers.


Biographical and Other Information

  • Chambers
  • He has been ranked in the Chambers Directory in the first division of Q.C.s practising in crime on the Western Circuit in every year since 2003 and is ranked as a “Senior Statesman” in the 2018 Directory.
  • Bristol
  • He is a door tenant at Albion Chambers in Bristol.
  • Appointed
  • Appointed an Assistant Recorder in 1985 and a Recorder in 1988. Appointed QC in 1993
  • Member
  • Member of the Criminal Bar Association
  • Jurisdictions
  • He has been involved in running Advocacy Courses in a number of Commonwealth Jurisdictions

Criminal Law team members