Ray Tully

Year of call: 1987

"He defends and prosecutes at the highest level. He never fails to impress me in the quality of his work."
Chambers UK 2020

Ray Ray

Ray is a heavyweight Criminal Law and Sports Law barrister, a former Head of the Chambers' Crime Team. With 20 years experience of practice at the very top level he is well recognized for the thoroughness of his preparation coupled with superb court room presentation to both Judge and Jury. Excellent client relationships. Well used to leading litigation teams in the most complex of cases. Considered one of the ablest 'juniors' on the Western Circuit.


Specialist Criminal Practitioner with vast experience of heavyweight crime.

Both prosecutes and defends in the most serious cases.

  • CPS Serious Crime Group Panel (one of only a handful throughout the country)
  • CPS Grade 4 Prosecutor
  • Rape Panel Advocate

Recent Cases

Complex Drug / Money Laundering / Fraud Cases

  • Operation Rosco - Prosecution of 18 handed drugs conspiracy.
  • Operation Raby - Prosecuted 13 handed drugs conspiracy.
  • Operation Raphis - Prosecuting 7 handed £50 million money laundering case.
  • Operation Bet & Blare  - Prosecuting 13 handed drugs conspiracy.
  • Operation Battlecreek - Prosecution 4 handed £350 Million Fraudulent Trading Case.
  • R v O - Defended in 9 handed money laundering conspiracy.


Has appeared in many murder / manslaughter cases.

  • R v AL - Defended in 3 handed murder case.
  • R v SH - Ddefended 17 year old female defendant charged with murder.
  • R v BY - Defended alleged child murderer.
  • R v CL - Defend alleged attempted murder of police officer.
  • R v JG - Prosecuted manslaughter case with complex medico / legal causation issues.

Serious Sexual Offences

A CPS panel advocate who both prosecutes and defends.

  • R v W - Prosecution of serial stranger rapist.
  • R v PB - Prosecution of male claiming to have 'sexomnia'.
  • R v SB - Defend 84 year old male accused of historic rapes.

Sports Law

Ray has considerable experience in RFU disciplinary work. He has represented top players and coaches at Premiership, European and International level and has appeared in many high profile cases. Ray is well aware of the unique pressures faced by professional teams and is both flexible and approachable. He understands the considerable time constraints that often apply in disciplinary work and the need to react quickly and effectively in what is usually a fast moving and dynamic situation. Ray is client focused as will bring to bear his considerable experience as an advocate in the most serious of criminal cases.




Junior - Band 1

Head of the set's crime team and a CPS Grade 4 prosecutor, Ray Tully boasts experience in all areas of serious crime, including murder, manslaughter and rape. He is also an approved member of the CPS specialist rape and organised crime panels. He has acted in many of the Western Bar's most significant cases.

Strengths: "He constantly exceeds already high expectations."

Recent work: Prosecuted a defendant for multiple rapes upon five separate complainants, both male and female, some of whom were vulnerable victims.

LEGAL 500 2017


Leading juniors

‘Hardworking and tactically astute.’



Junior - Band 1

Head of the set's crime team and a CPS Grade 4 prosecutor, Ray Tully boasts experience in all areas of serious crime, including murder, manslaughter and rape. He is also an approved member of the CPS specialist rape and organised crime panels.

Strengths: "A particularly outstanding individual who communicates clearly and sympathetically to clients, and prepares cases very thoroughly. He also has sound tactical judgement, and inspires confidence in both clients and the judiciary."

Recent work: Successfully defended an individual who became involved in an altercation and struck a man who subsequently died as a result of his injury. The trial resulted in a hung jury and the defendant was found not guilty.

LEGAL 500 2016


Leading juniors

'He is incredibly smart and represents all clients with passion.'  



Junior - Band 1

Head of the crime team at Guildhall Chambers, Ray Tully is a popular choice for briefs concerning a wide range of criminal offences, such as large-scale drug conspiracies and complex murder cases. 

Strengths: "He is an artful and intuitive analyser of evidence, with a scholarly knowledge of case law and a calm client manner."

Recent work: Prosecuted in R v Creed & Reddan, a case in which two defendants were involved in a car crash, killling a girlfriend of one defendant.

LEGAL 500 2015


Leading juniors

'Always well prepared, and a good strategist'.

In a recent work highlight, Ray Tully acted in the prosectuion of a multi-handed drugs conspiracy involving cocaine and amphetamines. 



Leading Junior - Band 1

Both prosecutes and defends in complex criminal matters such as homicides, money laundering and drug-related cases.

Expertise: "His case preparation is impressively meticulous and he is very, very good with clients."

Recent work: Instructed in R v Lagwinowicz, concerning a high-profile plot to commit murder for financial gain.

LEGAL 500 2014


Leading juniors

'He prosecutes and defends a wide range of complex cases, and is experienced in leading teams'.


Is noted for his ability to see through hugely complex cases and plot a straightforward course towards litigation success. He handles a wide range of criminal matters.

Expertise: "His no-nonsense approach has proven invaluable over the years and he digs deep to carve good results out of dire situations."

Recent work: He was the lead junior for The Crown in the prosecution of 24 defendants in Operation Raby, a case involving four interrelated heroin conspiracies.

LEGAL 500 2013

Ray Tully, who is 'a no-nonsense advocate out of the very top drawer'.



Ray Tully is a respected senior junior whose practice encompasses the defence and prosecution of cases involving murder, serious sexual offences, complex fraud and drugs conspiracy. He was recently led by Richard Smith QC in the aforementioned trial of Mark Bruton-Young.


The "hard-working and analytical" Ray Tully is a leading junior in fraud and serious crime. He recently acted unled on the nine-handed drugs conspiracy matter of R v Cooper.

LEGAL 500 2011

The 'strikingly good' Ray Tully 'doesn't shirk from advising clients as to the difficult elements of a case'.


Ray Tully is a "first-class performer" whose criminal practice includes complex fraud and murder cases.

LEGAL 500 2010

Ray Tully's 'preparation is extremely thorough'.

LEGAL 500 2009

Ray Tully is a very effective defender.

LEGAL 500 2008

Ray Tully is highly thought of for effective defence.

LEGAL 500 2007

'Ray Tully is expert at multi-handed trials and serious crime'.


For further information and enquiries please contact:

Crime: Lucy Northeast & Grant Bidwell

Lucy Northeast


  • CBA
  • Western Circuit


  • BVC, Inns of Court School of Law
  • Diploma in Law, City University
  • BA Hons, History & Politics, Keele University