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Ciaran Rankin

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Ciaran Rankin - Deans Court Chambers


  • Abbey Grammar School Newry
  • London - LLB (Hons)


  • Northern Circuit Committee Member - 2008
  • Recorder - 2009
  • Prosecuting on behalf of Lancashire Rugby Football Union - 2012
  • Approved Counsel for the Falkland Islands
  • CPS RASSO Panel

Professional Associations

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Northern Circuit
  • Health and Safety Lawyers Association


Historically I have prosecuted and defended all areas of Crime. More recently my practice has developed into representing individuals who have been accused of the most serious of sexual offences and prosecuting at the GMC.

I am decisive in dealing with people and explain their options in a clear unfettered way. This is very often unpalatable advice.

I deal with a wide range of personalities and treat each individual with respect patience and courtesy.

I supplement this work with sitting in the Crown Court as a Recorder. This is an experience I thoroughly enjoy and it has allowed me to develop my skills as an advocate as a result of judging and witnessing others who appear before me.

Notable Cases

  • Professional Discipline

    Lancashire FA v PM

    A disciplinary hearing where PM was accused of bringing the game into disrepute because of language directed at an opponent on the pitch.

  • R v Bond

    The Beast of Blackpool - Sexual assault trial involving human rights issues

  • Corruption

    R v McCluskey

    One of the first criminal cases regarding the use of "Special Counsel" in relation to PII matters against the background of police corruption.

  • Murder

    R v Ramsden

    The first Murder trial outside London dealing with the Anonymity of Witnesses.

  • Sexual Offences

    AG of the Falkland Islands v McDonald

    The first conviction by jury in the islands history and the longest sentence ever handed down in the case relating to historical sexual offences.

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