Maura McGowan QC


Maura McGowan QC is Chairman of the Bar for 2013.

She practises from 2 Bedford Row in London and Lincoln House Chambers in Manchester. She has extensive experience in all areas of crime; most notably murder, drugs, violent and sexual assault and child abuse. She also appears in serious and complex fraud cases and public inquiries.

A Deputy High Court Judge since 2010 and a Recorder since 1996, she is an elected member of the Bar Council (previously as Vice-Chairman of the Professional Practice Committee and a long-standing member of the Law Reform Committee). She was also the Director of Education and Training for the South Eastern Circuit and a serving committee member of the Criminal Bar Association. She is a Bencher of Middle Temple and an advocacy trainer.

She has also been Called to the Irish Bar and Northern Irish Bar.

Year Qualified


Year appointed QC



LLB (Hons)


Bencher of Middle Temple
Criminal Bar Association