Bryan has vast experience in the criminal courts, including a number of years in silk. His criminal work in silk has predominantly been cases of homicide. He has a particular expertise in conducting cases where complex medical issues are prominent such as those concerning complex issues of medical causation and ‘shaken baby syndrome’; he is very familiar with the medical issues in those cases and considerable experience of cross-examining leading experts in the fields of neuropathology, paediatric neuropathology, paediatric radiology, paediatric ophthalmology, and histopathology. He is familiar with the relevant legal and medical learning in this area. In recent years he has defended cases involving allegations of suffocation, poisoning and strangulation. He has conducted numerous cases where blood distribution has been key evidence, and he is experienced in the cross-examination of experts in this and other scientific fields. The majority of his criminal work is ‘high profile’, and the majority of his recent cases have been reported widely in the national media. He frequently defends in gang and firearms cases, including those involving young defendants.
He accepts private instructions to defend sexual allegations; before taking silk much of his work consisted of defending in serious sexual cases, often historic allegations, and he is very familiar with abuse of process applications, public interest immunity, and the disclosure issues that frequently occur in such cases. In silk he has appeared in ‘cold case’ prosecutions, including cases of historic rape where the DNA evidence has been central, and he is authorised to try serious sexual cases as a Recorder.
Notable Homicide cases
R v Millar 
Defended Millar who formed part of a group accused of torturing, sexually assaulting, and murdering 31-year-old Adam Clapham, and torturing and sexually assaulting a second victim.
R v Andrews 
Defended Andrews on the double murder of his mother and father
R v Foote 
Defended Foote on multiple counts of murder and attempted murder arising out of series of shootings in South Yorkshire
R v Earnshaw 
Defended Earnshaw (17 years old at the time) charged with brutal murder of security guard.
R v Mwanza 
Defended one of the two Sheffield University students charged with murder. Successful ‘half-time’ submission.
R -v- Davies 
Defended ‘cut-throat’ murder – Unusual issues in relation to joint enterprises.
R v Barrass 
Defended mother charged with the murder of two of her children and attempted murder of her other three children. Attracted national and international media coverage.
R v H 
Prosecuted defendant charged with murder of seven-week old baby. Complex medical issues. Case based almost entirely on medical evidence relating to the ‘triad’ and skull fracture.
R v Knott 
Defended Knott charged with murder of his partner by pushing her down the stairs. Issue was whether she fell or was pushed. The pathological evidence and scientific evidence concerning the blood distribution was a crucial factor in the case.