Dominic is a specialist criminal defence practitioner, most often instructed as leading junior counsel in very high profile cases. His spectacular results for clients have resulted in him being instructed by solicitors all over the country.
Dominic is an exceptionally charismatic jury advocate and over his 25 years at the Bar has become well known for his powerful cross examinations and dramatic closing speeches.
Dominic has represented a number of actors, sports professionals and musicians and is sought after in high profile cases involving personalities in the public eye. Dominic’s practice comprises a mix of privately and publically funded criminal defence work.
Dominic speaks fluent Cantonese and conversational French and Spanish.
‘He has a quick grasp of the issues in a case and his cross-examination is well constructed.’ – Legal 500 2017 edition for Crime as a Leading Junior.
“I have worked with Dominic over a number of years and on a range of difficult and highly complex cases. His strategic analysis of the evidence and cross examination of witnesses were and remain a master class of a barrister at the top of his game. He should never be underestimated and his eloquence is beyond critique. I have heard others suggest that they are the ‘world’s greatest living advocate’ but one only has to watch Dominic dismantle a prosecution case to ascertain where that true accolade lies.” Richard Harbord, Solicitor, Harbord & Co Solicitors.
“Dominic is Probably one of the best Advocates I’ve seen in recent years. I had the pleasure of witnessing him destroy a lying law enforcement officer in cross examination followed by a Not Guilty verdict by the Jury.” Orlando Sanchez, O.S.M Legal.
“Fantastic barrister, always incredible results and a pleasure to work with. Dominic is always top of the list when it comes to briefing extremely complex and serious cases. I can’t recommend him highly enough!” Max Reeves, Solicitor, Reeves & Co.
“Dominic D’Souza, ‘The Advocate’ how better to describe a man with tremendous abilities to present a ferocious case to the Audience of Facts, in a subtle style, leaving the listening ear doubtful of the charges. Dominic is extremely hard working, diligent, and leaves no piece of plausible evidence unexplored. He is truly exceptional and indeed no doubt an attribute to his Chambers, Peers and Family!” Fiona McNamee.
“Dominic is instructed by ALH solicitors in our most serious cases of fraud and money laundering across the spectrum to murder and serious violence. He is ‘quickest out of the blocks’ and sustains a fast paced, clinical approach to case preparation, insisting all parties maintain effective communication and progress across the various digital platforms. An exceptionally talented barrister, his charismatic cross examinations disguise a relentless pursuit of the truth. He possesses a profound understanding of the human condition and sees in witnesses, motivations and hidden agendas missed by many. Anyone interested in the art of advocacy could do no better than to watch him in court! Dominic’s attention to detail and ability to get to the crux of the legal issues quickly and effectively is key to his continued success at plea, trial and sentence. Most importantly for an instructing solicitor, he has never lost his love of his vocation and genuinely cares for his clients and their welfare to whom he endears himself almost immediately. Outside court Dominic is very approachable, friendly barrister who will always make time for anyone in need at a moments notice. With Dominic in your team you are all but guaranteed the best outcome possible whatever your circumstances!” Iqbal Hussain, Consultant.
“Dominic D’Souza is one of the finest legal minds at the Bar. He combines outstanding advocacy, forensic attention to detail and an unrivalled commitment to his client.” Des Jenson.
“I co-defended with Dominic at Birmingham Crown Court in later 2010. He was oustanding – his cross examination, his legal submissions and above all, his speech were a masterclass in oral brilliance – his speech was one of the best I have ever seen in 17 years of practice. The frightening thing is that I was told afterwards that he was not at the top of his game during that trial – that he can be even better. So I saw him in a bad week and yet…he blew the opposition away. It was a pleasure to have worked with Dominic.”
Dominic has extensive experience in Business Crime having defended in many cases involving complex fraud, insider dealing, money laundering, mortgage and VAT fraud. He is well known for his ability to strategically plan and manage these more complex cases and his skill in presenting his client’s case to a jury.
He has acted as lead counsel in numerous murder cases, trusted by his solicitors in that role due to his commitment to his clients and his undoubted ability.
Dominic is often instructed in large scale people trafficking cases or those involving the Chinese community due to his proficiency in Cantonese and comprehensive understanding of important cultural differences central to many such cases.
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