Snaresbrook Chambers

The chambers of Joseph Barry

Welcome to Snaresbrook Chambers, the chambers of Joseph Barry (now also practising in East Kent).

Joseph is a barrister specialising in Serious Fraud, Financial Crime and Serious Crime.


He was called in 1987 and throughout the late 1980s and into the 1990s was a tenant at Wellington Street, the chambers from which legendary human rights chambers Doughty Street was formed.


He has acted as leading barrister and junior counsel in serious criminal cases since the 1990s, with an emphasis on murder and serious organised crime, often involving large scale or international drugs allegations.


He has specialised in serious sexual offences throughout his career, and was a leading barrister in the obscenity trials of the 1980s.


Over the last decade, he has developed a niche practice in Fraud and Financial Crime cases, often involving corruption and/or public institutions.

Joseph was a lecturer and Head of Criminal Litigation and Evidence on the Inns of Court School of Law Barristers’ Course (now City Law School), and has lectured and been published in Criminal and Fraud Law. He also wrote the course on Fraud Law for Bar Students.


To enquire about Joseph’s diary for advocacy work, for academic engagement enquiries, or for press requests for comment on Fraud and Financial Crime stories, please call

07966 194001.

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Case highlights include:

All the pre-trial work for a client prosecuted in the 30 defendant Redbridge Magistrates Court ‘Fake Sheikh’ Court Bribery Case

Representation to trial of a co-defendant of one of Britain’s Most Wanted Fraudsters Levi John Coyle in a massive City of London Police Boiler Room prosecution

The successful defence of a woman accused of Money Laundering £2.7m for an international car ringing operation​

A case of Fraud by Abuse of Position by an insurance agent accused of stealing £2m from clients​

The Unaoil corruption case involving the bribery of Iraqi government officials for massive oil contracts