Christopher O’Gorman


Called 1987

Member of Criminal Bar Association

Member of British Association for Sport and Law

Public Access Accredited



After completing his pupillage in 1987, Chris O’Gorman taught law at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, initially at Leeds University before taking up a lectureship at the University of Wolverhampton in 1992. Having become head of Torts and joint-head of Criminal Law, Chris remained there until 1997, when he returned to the Bar, specialising in crime and personal injury work. He joined Chambers in 2001, focussing on his criminal work. He now practises criminal law and sports law.


Although a Grade 3 prosecutor, and having dealt with serious sexual and violent offences for the CPS, Chris has always predominantly defended.

Notable recent defence cases include:

R v Mark Hoolichan (Birmingham Crown Court) –  gross negligence/unlawful act manslaughter;
R v Lee Gannon and others (Birmingham Crown Court) – murder;
R v Dwayne Walker (2011, Wolverhampton Crown Court) – murder;
R v Parkes and Cartwright [2011] Cr App R (S) 10 – football banning orders;
R v Ryan Graham and others (2012, Wolverhampton Crown Court) – armed robbery (firearm) of bookmakers;
R v Fallon Arrowsmith (2013, Durham Crown Court) – assisting offender in relation to theft of £2million museum artefact;
R v Kerr Smith (2013, Ipswich Crown Court) – conspiracy to supply cannabis valued in excess of £6 million;
R v Emma Bradburn and another (2013, Wolverhampton Crown Court) – gross negligence manslaughter of child.
R v Lee Fellows (2014, Wolverhampton Crown Court) – armed robbery of security van, car jacking, possession of firearm and witness intimidation – acquitted on all counts
R v Gary Griffiths (2015) – Attempted murder by arson


Chris’ entrance into immigration law arose from a twofold interest in geopolitics and over 20 years in criminal practice. During the latter, he has defended in a number of people-trafficking trials, and trials involving features of illegal immigration, such as passport and visa offences. He is interested in deportation and extradition, asylum, and Article 8 issues.


  • Sports Law

A member of the British Association for Sport and Law, Chris obtained his LL.M in Sports Law and Practice in November 2013. He specialises in sports-related crime (such as on- and off-field violence, drugs offences, bribery, betting and ticketing offences) and related disciplinary matters. He recently secured the acquittal of a winning participant in a cycling competition accused of assaulting a fellow competitor.

Other areas of his practice include personal injury claims arising out of participation in and attendance at sporting events, licensing, and agents.

Publications: “Trafficking in Steroids: A Bridge Too Far” (December 2012)