Barry Kogan

Call 1973

Barry has a great courtroom presence, real charm, and an enviable record of success as a defence jury advocate.


He acts for the defence, often as leading Counsel, in a wide range of serious and important cases. These include murder (as leading Counsel), other homicide cases, such as manslaughter and causing death by dangerous driving, offences of grave violence including torture and baby shaking, fraud and financial crime, armed robbery, firearms offences, arson, kidnap, blackmail, large-scale drug supply and importation, human trafficking and modern slavery,

He is regarded as a leading practitioner, achieving considerable success, in trials relating to rape and other serious sexual crime (against both adults and children), and internet pornography offences. In many cases, his clients face allegations by multiple complainants, or claims of historic sexual abuse. He has appeared in several major multi-defendant cases of grooming and abusing vulnerable children.

The following are examples of recent notable cases, in which I represented the defendant:

Notable Crime cases

R v Daniel Eastwood – Kingston Crown Court (2021)

Man acquitted of all charges relating to the rape of a mother and her daughter.

R v Jones – Croydon Crown Court (2021)

Man acquitted of serious sexual offences against his granddaughter, aged 11.

R v Patrick Osborne - Inner London Crown Court (2020)

Man acquitted of a series of historic sexual offences against his stepdaughter.

R v Oliver Mears – Guildford Crown Court (2018)

Oxford University student acquitted of rape, following failure by the Crown Prosecution Service to make proper disclosure of the complainant’s diary.

R v Graham – Snaresbrook Crown Court (2018)

A middle-aged man was acquitted of the rape of his younger brother and sister, when he himself was aged 11.

R v Suleiman - Snaresbrook Crown Court (2017)

Uber driver acquitted or raping his female passenger at night, while she was asleep in his vehicle.

Barry undertakes a number of cases involving business and financial crime.

  • Criminal Bar Association

  • Recorder, since 2000

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