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William Donnelly

  • Year of call: 1981
  • Year of admission: 1981

Direct Access

Bill is happy to receive instructions on a 'Direct Access' basis.

Please see our 'Direct Access' page for further details.


Reported Cases

  • R v Leicester (2016) - Defended hairdresser involved in perverting the course of justice, after giving false witness statement to help a decorated policeman's acquittal of a shoplifting and assault charge. Defendant received suspended sentence and unpaid work. Press coverage
  • R v Otoo & Others (Operation Rosebud) : Successful prosecution of over 40 defendants and over 200 offences of Class A Drugs Supply, Robbery and Burglary from pre-charge to conviction at the Crown Court.  Operation Rosebud was a major covert intelligence-led and targeted operation across South Manchester.  Awarded Chief Superintendent's Commendation.
  • R v Webb & Others (Operation Waddington)
  • R v McNulty & Others (Operation Ore)
  • R v Miah : Successful prosecution for offences of possession of ammunition
  • R v Waheed & Others : Successful prosecution of robbery based upon expert evidence on the impact of a single blood spot
  • R v McNulty & Others : Successful prosecution of, amongst others, a Police Officer for making and possessing images of child internet abuse.  This involved international evidence gathering and cross-border enforcement
  • R v Cristiano Ronaldo : Speeding/failing to conform to a traffic signal.  Represented by notable solicitors, convicted.
  • R v Roque Santa Cruz : Section 172 Notice/speeding, convicted


  • Member of the Joint CPS/Home Office/Police Working Party on the disclosure of unused material.
  • Member of the National CPS/Police Working Group on prosecution of child internet abuse.