Caroline Carberry QC

‘Calm, well prepared and an effective cross examiner’. Legal 500, 2017

Efficient, effective and a likeable advocate.’ Legal 500, 2016                                                        

Caroline Carberry QC has a strong profile as a leading practitioner in the defence and prosecution of complex and serious cases with an emphasis on homicide, serious sexual offences and organised crime. She is particularly trusted in emotive and high profile cases. In late 2017 she made legal history by successfully prosecuting the country’s first ever case of GBH with intent through the transmission of the HIV virus. This ground-breaking trial involved evidence of the utmost sensitivity and complexity.

Her impressive success record is a result of rigorous strategic planning, indepth legal knowledge, skilled advocacy and hard work. Her balanced portfolio of serious defence and prosecution work gives her a 360-degree perspective and ensures her advice is always current, nuanced and insightful.

Caroline is exceptionally good with clients, can build an empathetic relationship with juries and achieves results in the most difficult of cases. She is a sought-after counsel by firms with private clients who wish to retain experienced counsel for advice in the early stages of an investigation through to trial.

She has a deserved reputation for her particular skill in dealing with both defendants and witnesses of the utmost vulnerability. She has, in 2017, been appointed a Lead Facilitator for the Advocacy and the Vulnerable National Training Programme.

Caroline has considerable experience of slavery and human trafficking cases and is considered a leader in this developing area of law. She has been instructed in serious child cruelty and “baby-shaking” cases which have involved complex medical and forensic evidence and extensive cross-examination of expert witnesses. Her busy practice is wide ranging and she repeatedly delivers excellent results.

Recent successes have included:

  • Sexual offences: A notorious grooming ring trial; a serial rapist of vulnerable women; rape alleged to have been committed by a young child on another young child.
  • Organised crime: Human trafficking of a child into the UK by a professional family who then held him in servitude for 24 years; a criminal gang involved in trafficking scores of people into the UK for work exploitation; the trafficking of young women to be domestic slaves; the trafficking of multiple vulnerable men from Eastern Europe into the UK for the purpose of work exploitation; the trafficking of young women into the UK from Nigeria by a UK doctor and her husband to be held in domestic servitude.
  • Homicide: The brutal “Grindr” murder of a high ranking civil servant; the murder of a husband by his wife; fatal incidents involving young people and knife crime.
  • Other work: A mother with fabricated-illness syndrome charged with neglect through starvation and drugging of her young child; an ‘honour crime’ in which a father was alleged to have solicited his son to murder his mother.

Caroline also sits as a Tribunal Judge, is Legal Chair of the Police Disciplinary Panel and is

Governor of a London Primary School.

Caroline is authorised to accept instructions from members of the public in certain circumstances.

Sexual offences

Caroline has a well deserved, long-standing reputation for excellence gained from dealing with difficult, often high profile and sensitive cases.

Operation Leaside – R v Singh and 11 others 2015

The high profile eleven defendant, 10 week ‘Aylesbury Sex Ring’ trial which was held at the Old Bailey. The case involved the grooming, sexual exploitation and rapes of young girls by a group of Asian men in the Buckinghamshire market town over a number of years. Caroline secured acquittals on the most serious offences of rape and administering a noxious substance with intent to commit a sexual offence following legal argument at the close of the prosecution case. The defendant she represented was later acquitted of all remaining counts by the jury. The trial involved the use of intermediaries to cross examine the girls who were extremely vulnerable.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-33656802 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/11761262/Aylesbury-child-sex-ring-Six-guilty-of-schoolgirl-abuse.html

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jul/24/aylesbury-child-sex-ring-six-men-guilty-abuse-two-schoolgirls

Operation Kinney – R v Ashley Mitton 2015

Caroline was leading counsel in the successful prosecution of the serial prostitute rapist Ashley Mitton. Mitton, over a period of two years, attacked and raped a number of prostitutes in the East London area. Mitton was a privately educated university student. He stalked areas where prostitutes work late at night, he lured them into his car and he raped them using a screwdriver to threaten them. The rapes became increasingly violent. Caroline called evidence from multiple complainants and expert witnesses in cell site, fingerprint analysis, fibre analysis and DNA.

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/university-football-team-captain-jailed-for-horrific-attacks-on-sex-workers-10116997.html

R v Mohammed Mechtak 2015

Prosecution counsel in the successful trial of this defendant who faced allegations of two stranger attacks on young women involving counts of sexual offences, attempted strangulation and false imprisonment.

R v Christopher Bridger 2014

Prosecution Counsel in the trial of the ‘predatory paramedic’ who was convicted of raping and seriously sexually assaulting a number of female colleagues.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2745279/Paramedic-pretended-gay-close-three-women-raping-one-abusing-two-jailed-12-years.html

R v Peter Magloire and 4 others

Leading defence counsel in the trial of the first defendant on charges of multiple rapes on multiple complainants. The defendants were all brothers who committed sexual offences against their young sisters when they were in their teens and then their own daughters and nieces. In addition the defendant I represented was charged with prostituting his daughters. Regarded by all concerned as one of the worst cases of its kind.

R v Sahodree

Successful prosecution of a qualified nurse for raping and sexually assaulting extremely vulnerable patients at the National Hospital for Neurology. The complainants were wheelchair bound and had brain injuries and ranged from a woman in her 50s to a young woman in her late teens.

R v Ryan and others

Successful prosecution of nine defendants aged between 10-14 years for multiple rapes on a 14 year old girl.

Homicide & serious violence

Recent cases have underlined Caroline’s reputation in this field. She has defended and prosecuted in cases involving a wide range of forensic expert evidence of complexity.

R v Apat and Apat 2016

Allegation of Soliciting Murder in an alleged honour crime. Caroline successfully defended a husband who was accused of soliciting his 16 year old son to murder his wife.

R v Ben Bamford 2016
Successful prosecution of a teenager for the brutal and sustained murder of a gay male senior HMRC civil servant he met on Grindr. The 17 year old murderer met the deceased when he was 15. The defendant then carried out what was regarded by all involved in the case to be one of the most sustained and brutal attacks. He used multiple knives and blunt instruments to inflict multiple injuries throughout the deceased’s home. The fatal wound was a cut throat using a serrated bread knife inflicted from behind which severed the jugular.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-38077377

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/nov/22/teenager-found-guilty-of-murdering-senior-civil-servant-paul-jefferies

R v Ajayi and others, 2016

Caroline, led by Lisa Wilding QC, defended one of three teenagers in this high profile murder case. The case attracted significant media attention and was billed as ‘the Gumtree murder trial,’ a reference to the plan to rob the victim of a Macbook he had advertised for sale on the website. The fatal incident took place shortly after the robbery had failed when the three defendants were pursued by the deceased and his friends who had armed themselves with weapons. The defendants were all acquitted of murder.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/12095364/Teaching-assistant-stabbed-to-death-as-robbers-tried-to-steal-Apple-Macbook-advertised-on-Gumtree.html

R v M, 2016

Caroline successfully defended in this complex prosecution of a vulnerable woman accused of Child Cruelty by alleged poisoning and starvation. Following an abuse of process application the indictment was stayed.

R v Sharma 2015

Defence counsel in this fatal stabbing which took place in broad daylight on a street in Southall.

R v Georgina Challen

Prosecuting counsel alone in this murder trial. The case is a domestic murder by multiple hammer blows. There was a factually complicated background to the case. The female defendant was employed by the Police Federation. The issues in the case were the partial defences of diminished responsibility and loss of control.

R v Hodgkin & Wade

Prosecuting counsel in the trial of a mother and father charged with GBH with intent and child neglect after their 5 week old baby was admitted to hospital with fractures to her skull, brain damage, 13 fractured ribs, a fractured tibia, fibula and femur and burn marks. Case involved the presentation of complicated medical evidence from a consultant paediatrician and consultant neurologist to deal with causation of injuries.

Organised crime

Caroline’s breadth of experience and ability in conducting multi-handed/multi-complainant work in the most serious of cases gives her the experience to carry out the careful preparation these cases require and to deal with the many issues that they involve including anonymity, PII and RIPA, anonymity.

Operation Falorni – R v Edet and Edet 2015

Caroline appeared for the Crown in this high profile successful prosecution of a gynaecologist and his wife, a senior NHS nurse, for trafficking a child in to the United Kingdom and holding him in servitude for 24 years. He worked seven days a week, receiving only small amounts of pocket money now and again, he slept on a mattress in the hallway and his passport was kept from him. The case was evidentially complex and required particularly careful handling of an extremely vulnerable witness. The case was the first to be prosecuted after the appointment of the Anti-Slavery Commissioner and was being closely watched by his office. The case was widely followed in the national press and TV news.

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/dec/07/doctor-wife-edet-jailed-keeping-man-slave-24-years

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3323359/The-horrifying-life-adopted-son-kept-SLAVE-24-years-NHS-doctor-nurse-wife.html

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/couple-convicted-of-keeping-nigerian-man-as-slave-for-24-years-a3116931.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-34846592

R v DZUGA and DZUGA 2016

Caroline was leading counsel for the Crown in the successful prosecution of the Dzuga brothers for Human Trafficking Offences.

http://www.kentonline.co.uk/medway/news/brothers-jailed-for-human-trafficking-96080/

R v Fray, Lawrence, Dhillon and Nash 2014

Defence counsel in a conspiracy to smuggle mobile telephones and cannabis into HMP Isis, involving inmates, a prison chef, and individuals outside the prison. The case relied on recordings of PIN telephone calls made from within the prison, together with telephone evidence from seized mobile telephones, and was complicated by the fact that those involved used a dialect of “Shelta”, a cryptolect known to be used by some of the Irish Traveller community, but for which there are no Interpreters within the UK.

Other

Caroline also appears in the Coroner’s Court and has a particular expertise in cases where a jury is empanelled. Recent instructions include representing a paramedic who had administered an incorrect dose of medicine and representing the owner/director of a care home where a man died in suspicious circumstances. The case was initially investigated as a corporate manslaughter.

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