Kristian Cavanagh

Year of call 2007


Kristian joined Zenith Chambers in January 2018. Prior to joining Zenith he was a solicitor advocate for 6 years on both the Northern and North Eastern Circuits and was called to the Bar in 2007. Kristian is a Level 2 prosecutor.

Kristian has experience of all types of criminal law matters including allegations of significant violence, supplying and cultivating drugs, sexual offences and dishonesty. As a solicitor advocate he also assisted in cases involving allegations of fraud and money laundering. 

Litigation Notable Cases 

R v Howarth [2016] - Murder where defence explored inability to form intent to kill due to substantial intoxication.

R (on the application of M) v Burnley Magistrates Court 2009 EWHC 2874 (Admin) - Quashing of unlawful Anti Social Behaviour Order. 

R v Maw and Wood [2009] - "Townley Park Murder" 

R v Miah [2013] EWCA Crim 1891 - Stockbroker charged with conspiracy to defraud, following FSA ban on individual and company from trading for 'boiler house fraud'. 

R v McKenna et al [2010] - UEFA Cup final riots following Glasgow Rangers defeat in 2008 UEFA Cup final. 

R v O'Hara [2014] - Whole life tariff for defendant convicted of second murder. 

Kristian serves as a Professional Standards Setter for the Bar Standards Board dealing with the regulation and examination of student barristers and ensuring legal accuracy and clarity.