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Since taking Silk in 2018, Caroline has been in high demand by both Prosecution and Defence as one of the leading advocates on the Wales and Chester Circuit.
As a junior, Caroline maintained a busy practice prosecuting and defending in the full range of serious criminal cases. She acquired a particular expertise in cases involving rape and other serious sexual offences, including historical offences and cases with multiple complainants. She handled a large volume of cases involving vulnerable witnesses requiring significant adjustments to facilitate participation in the trial process. Caroline gained extensive experience in advocacy involving the vulnerable and was one of the advocacy trainers involved in the roll-out of specialist training on Circuit.
Caroline continues to maintain her expertise in relation to cases involving rape and serious sexual offences so that she remains the “go to” counsel for this category of work. She has also secured an outstanding reputation arising from her work in homicide cases.
In recent years she has appeared as Leading Counsel in the highest profile cases which have attracted national media attention. Caroline was instructed as leading counsel for the Prosecution in many high profile trials arising from the killing of children by their carers and/or parents during the time of Covid restrictions, including the murder of Logan Mwangi in Bridgend, the murder of Lola James in Haverfordwest and the manslaughter by gross negligence of Kaylea Titord in Newtown.
Caroline’s practice in Silk has also included trials arising out of large scale police operations for drugs supply and the activities of organised groups. She has also appeared in trials for offences of high value frauds.
Caroline is the current Leader of the Wales and Chester Circuit, the first woman to be elected to that post. She sits as a Recorder of the Crown Court and is authorised to try cases involving serious sexual offences. Caroline also sits as the Legal Chair of the Mental Health Review Tribunal Wales (Restricted Patient Panel).
Caroline is committed to the promotion of equality, diversity and inclusion at the Bar and was the Founding Chair of the Wales and Chester Circuit Women’s Forum.
R v Lloyd-Jones and Titford 
Leading counsel for the Prosecution in trial of a mother and father for gross negligence manslaughter of their 16 year old daughter who died from neglect of the utmost severity. The victim was disabled, severely and morbidly obese and was restricted to an environment which was unfit for human habitation. The physical decay caused by neglect of the deceased was described by a Great Ormond Street Hospital Consultant of many years experience as the very worst she had ever seen. The trial involved adducing evidence from a number of experts including pathologists, paediatricians, nursing experts and an expert in insect development. The trial involved presentation of very sensitive and distressing evidence including recordings and images of the scene and the Deceased and her extensive physical deterioration. This case attracted national media interest. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-64424723
R v Bevan and James 
Leading counsel for the Prosecution in trial of the murder of 2 year old Lola James in Haverfordwest. Bevan (mother’s partner) was tried for murder and James (child’s mother) was tried for allowing the death of a child. Lola had sustained over 100 external injuries and extensive brain injury from shaking or high impact. The trial involved extensive expert medical evidence from a range of specialists on causation of injury including pathology, paediatric neuro radiology, paediatric ophthalmology and general paediatric evidence. https://news.sky.com/story/lola-james-mother-and-her-monster-partner-jailed-over-two-year-olds-death-in-pembrokeshire-12865022
R v Timms Williams and 2 others 
Leading counsel for a 17 year old girl with extensive communication needs tried with 2 adults for the murder of Dr Gary Jenkins in Bute Park Cardiff. The trial was high profile with extensive national media coverage. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-60862833
R v Cole, Williamson and Mulligan 
Leading Counsel for the Prosecution in trial of a step father, mother and teenager for the murder of Logan Mwangi, a 5 year old child from Sarn, Bridgend who died whilst isolated as a result of a positive Covid test. The case involved the construction of the prosecution case from a wide range of evidence, including extensive CCTV, communications evidence and a range of complex medical expert evidence from a range of specialism. The trial also required adjustments to accommodate the 13 year old Defendant who had significant needs. At the conclusion of the trial, issues arose as to the lifting of the reporting restriction in respect of the 13 year old Defendant. The trial was very high profile with extensive national media coverage. https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/full-story-murder-logan-mwangi-23549037
R v Kaci and 11 others 
Leading counsel for Defendant in a multi handed prosecution for murder arising from police Operation Waterhen, at the time thought to be one of the largest police investigations of recent years. The Defendant was from Albania and did not speak English. The prosecution case was based on circumstantial evidence including scientific analysis, CCTV and telecommunications evidence. Successful application to dismiss made on behalf of the Defendant resulting in his acquittal before the trial was listed.
R v Coulton 
Leading counsel for the Prosecution in trial of man for gross negligence manslaughter arising from the death of his partner from suffocation in the course of sexual activity involving drugs use and bondage. The trial involved the presentation of extremely sensitive footage arising from past sexual activity, forensic evidence from the scene and expert medical evidence https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/warren-coulton-claire-wright-court-20531055
R v Dunnion and 2 others 
Leading counsel for the first Defendant in trial of 3 Defendants for murder in connection with drugs supply in Newport. Trial involved consideration of complex communication evidence from a range of sources including mobile telephones and fitness applications.
R v Clifford and 7 others [2020 – 2021]
Leading counsel for the first Defendant in trial of 8 Defendants for murder by stabbing of a 17 year old in Barry Docks. The first trial was aborted due to the national lockdown and the re-trial was one of the first multi handed trials to be conducted with Covid related adjustments during the second national lockdown. The case involved extensive expert evidence including pathology and evidence relating to blood distribution at the scene. This case attracted national media coverage. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-56277319
R v Rowlands 
Leading counsel for Defendant tried for murder of his partner by possible suffocation/strangulation. Case involved issues of mental illness arising from the Deceased’s diagnosis of multiple personality disorder and severe depressive illness. Issues arose relating to the practices of Paganism, practised by both Defendant and the Deceased. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-56206967
R v Griffiths (P) and Griffiths (A) 
Leading counsel for the Prosecution in trial of a husband and wife described as the “Fred and Rose West of Barry” for the historical rape and other serious sexual offences against a number of vulnerable young women who had been groomed into sexual activity by the Defendants. The trial involved issues of grooming and manipulation of young teenagers together with issues of lawful consent. https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/live-updates-fred-rose-west-15295999
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2018: Legal member of the Mental Heath Review Tribunal Wales (Restricted Panel)
2016: Recorder (Crime – authorised to try serious sexual offences)
University of Birmingham LLB
Ysgol Gyfun y Strade, Llanelli (Welsh medium comprehensive)
Caroline has been recommended in the legal directories Crime (Wales) annually since 2009. Caroline was shortlisted for Crime Silk of the Year  at the Legal 500 Awards.
Caroline was the Times “Lawyer of the Week’ in June 2022:
2023-2025: Leader of the Wales and Chester Circuit (First female to lead the W&C Circuit).
2018 – 2023: Founding Chair of the Wales and Chester Circuit Women’s Forum – Member of the Circuit Management Team.
1999 to date: Tenant – 30 Park Place Cardiff. Head of criminal team since 2018.
1995-99: Tenant – 33 Park Place Cardiff.
1994-95: Pupillage – 33 Park Place, Cardiff.