Angus McBride has defended numerous high profile criminal prosecutions and become one of the country's leading defence lawyers with an unprecedented practice and a reputation for tenacity and excellence.

His most high profile and recent success is the acquittal of Rebekah Brooks at the Central Criminal Court for offences arising from the phone hacking scandal.

Angus’ formidable career has included representation of politicians, financiers, members of the UK royal household, government officials, actors, entertainers and sports stars. He is described by the International Who's Who of Business Crime Defence Lawyers as “one of England’s best defence lawyers [with] an exceptional depth of experience”.

He often advises clients when efforts are being made to avoid police involvement or with a view to avoiding charges and resultant reputational damage, through to trials where he has an excellent track record of securing acquittals.

"The “very prominent” Angus McBride boasts a “stellar profile” both in England and around the world. He is known for “giving 110 per cent to cases” and handling them with “the utmost sensitivity”. A recent highlight of his “formidable career” includes successfully defending former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks for offences arising out of the phone-hacking scandal."

The International Who's Who of Business Crime, 2014

Angus has extensive experience in high profile matters requiring press and reputational management (see selective list of cases in the public domain set out below - many cannot be listed for reasons of confidentiality).  He will assist in the provision of general and PR services in conjunction with other teams at Kingsley Napley and external agencies.

Angus is listed as a leader in his field in all legal publications including Chambers and the Legal 500. He is also listed as a leading criminal defence lawyer in the Spear’s 500 Index.

Angus lectures on various aspects of Criminal law including search and seizure and police powers.

What is said about Angus

"a bright, media-savvy tactical genius"

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2012

“Wise, clever, strategic, emphatic and unbelievably modest, he is always ten steps ahead. He leaves you in no doubt that he is on your side. At the most vulnerable times you trust him to fight for your rights at every turn. He has a work ethic that means he is on call 24/7 and an eye for detail that means he never misses anything.”

Rebekah Brooks, client

“has a high-profile client base and 'a great following', handling sensitive matters for high-profile clients, often with intense media interest surrounding them"

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2012

Recent work

  • Acquittal of Rebekah Brooks for offences arising from the investigation in to phone hacking at the News of the World
  • R -v- Majeed and other in relation to allegations of cricket match fixing
  • Acting for Gerry and Kate McCann in relation to the Portuguese criminal investigation following the abduction of their daughter
  • Represented former army intelligence officers in Lord Stevens’ investigation in to collusion in Northern Ireland between loyalist paramilitaries and state security forces
  • ‘Cash for Honours’ Inquiry
  • Advising the CEO of Innospec following an SFO investigation into international corruption
  • Chris Langham
  • Jubilee line extension fraud trial
  • The Peat/Lawson “St James’s Palace Inquiry (2003)
  • Represented Mick Stevens in an allegation of fraud in relation to the Union of Democratic Mineworkers

Angus McBride


"If you are in trouble - his number should be your first call" 

Rebekah Brooks

"...'excellent'...'extremely bright, tenacious and calm'..."

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession