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Louise McCloskey

Call 2002


Criminal Bar Association
Northern Circuit

Areas of Practice


Her defence practice involves a wide variety of cases involving sexual and serious violent offences. She recently appeared in the Court of Appeal in relation to an Attorney generals Reference to consider the sentencing of youth offenders who commit robbery offences. Her defence practice also includes Prison Law, Motoring Offences and forfeiture, detention and seizure applications.

She has been instructed junior counsel on a number of heavyweight criminal cases ranging from drug importations and child abduction to murder.

She has provided lectures on the Criminal Justice Act 2003 and hopes to commit to further lectures focusing on the implications and importance of PII applications and Defence case statements.



Louise McCloskey is exclusively a criminal practitioner and handles all aspects of criminal law in the criminal courts at all levels.

She has built up a strong and diverse practice. She is regularly instructed by both prosecution and defence. Those who instruct her include; the Crown Prosecution Service, Probation, HM Customs and Excise, The Civil Aviation Authority, Arriva, the DSS, the Post Office and Local Authorities. She has experience of both prosecuting and defending ASBO’s, SOPO’s and football banning orders. In addition to this she has been involved in the training of officers from the department of work and pensions in relation to benefit fraud cases.


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