Highly regarded and experienced Criminal Silk instructed in all aspects of both defence and prosecution case work and advocacy. Instructed in serious and high profile cases heard in the House of Lords, Court of Appeal and Crown Court. With forensic case preparation, tenacious cross-examination, careful witness handling and robust Court room presence, has a reputation as a formidable jury advocate. Regularly instructed in complex and document heavy cases including:
- Serious & Historical Sexual Offences
- Infant Death
- Coroner's Inquests
- Proceeds of crime
- Serious motor offences – death by dangerous driving
Heads Trinity's Criminal Practice group.
Caroline Goodwin K.C. was the 2019/2020 Chair of the Criminal Bar Association having previously been elected Vice Chair in 2018.
Nominated for Crime and Extradition Silk of the year 2023 by The Legal 500 Bar Awards.
Tenant at Libertas Chambers, London.
Murder, Manslaughter & Conspiracy
Defends and prosecutes cases involving murder, manslaughter, diminished responsibility, attempted murder and conspiracies. Extensive practical experience of working with a range of experts. Fully familiar with cell site analysis, fingerprint, foot mark, ballistic and DNA evidence as well as the forensic interrogation of computers and smart devices. As part of this practical approach, advocates the use of site visits by the instructing team, Jury and Judge. Regularly deals with vulnerable witnesses and cases requiring video evidence and the use of intermediaries. Specialist practice areas include:
- Attempted Murder
- Knife Offences
- Firearms Offences
- Gang Related Deaths
- Vulnerable Defendants
- Vulnerable Witnesses
- Self Defence & Coercion
- Diminished Responsibility
- Multi-Handed Defendants
- Cut-Throat Defences
Instructed in cases involving allegations of terrorist activity, including defending allegations involving membership of proscribed organisations.
Serious & Historical Sexual Offences
Prosecuting and defending cases involving serious sexual assaults including rape, abuse and historic abuse. Recognised expertise in dealing with vulnerable witnesses involved in serious sexual offences, including allegations of sexual abuse made against young and vulnerable defendants.
Having been on the CPS Rape and Serious Sexual Offences List, experience of dealing with cases involving adults, children, the mentally impaired and forced marriage/honour violence. Experienced in dealing with special measures such as video evidence and the use of intermediaries.
Also prosecutes and defends in cases involving internet child pornography and sexual “grooming”. Regularly instructed on behalf of both the prosecution and defence in often high-profile cases involving allegations of historic sexual abuse within families, institutions and other positions of trust. Adopts a forensic approach to assimilating and distilling voluminous amounts of evidence and testimony going back many years. Specialist practice areas include:
- Sexual Abuse
- Sexual Assault
- Domestic Abuse
- Marital/Relationship Rape
- Coercive Control
- Sexual Exploitation
- Human Trafficking
- Child Abuse
- Vulnerable Defendants
- Vulnerable Witnesses
- Child Grooming
- Indecent Images
- Extreme Pornography
- Honour Violence/Forced Marriage
- Care Homes
- Institutional Abuse
- Schools and Education
- Sporting Organisations
- Inter- familial
- Child Exploitation
- Child Cruelty
Experienced in dealing with technical medical records and expert evidence surrounding complex causation issues in cases involving infant death, including allegations surrounding neglect and baby shaking. Such cases often involve vulnerable defendants and witnesses requiring intermediaries and the use of video evidence. Specialist practice areas include:
- Baby Shaking
- Child Neglect
- Child Cruelty
- Gross Negligence
- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
- Acquired Brain Injury
Deals with white collar crime including complex and serious fraud cases, including some with an international element.
Following an extensive appointment process, instructed as a prosecuting advocate for Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan de Cuhna. Travelled over 4000 miles to Saint Helena and, on behalf of the Attorney General, prosecuted in a series of 10 trials in cases ranging from rape, sexual assault, including historic, and violence. The cases were unprecedented for the Island as they were the first trials to include intermediaries.
Regularly instructed in relation to complex Coroner’s Inquest matters acting on behalf of Local Authorities, NHS Trusts, Clinicians, Police Authorities and families of the deceased. In preparing for such hearings, able to meet consultants, nursing staff, police officers out of hours at their place of work recognising the pressures which organisations such as the NHS are under. Heavily involved throughout the pre-inquest stages, including attending conferences, pre-inquest hearings, forensic review of medical evidence and records. Deals with lengthy jury and non-jury inquests involving deaths arising from:
- Workplace accidents
- Road accidents
- Alleged substandard medical care
- Alleged substandard care in care homes
- Police custody
- Treatment in prison
Has delivered mock inquest training events.
Regulatory & Motor Offences
Deals with a wide range of regulatory matters including health and safety, trading standards and environmental protection prosecutions.
Instructed in serious motor offences including death by dangerous driving.
Has a particular interest in equine cases.
Direct Public Access
Accredited to accept instructions under the Direct Access scheme.
- Queen's Counsel 2017
- Recorder 2010
- Grade 4 Prosecutor CPS
- Vice Chair of Criminal Bar Association 2018/2019
- Chair of Criminal Bar Association 2019/2020
- North Eastern Circuit Criminal Bar Association
- Association of Military Court Advocates
LECTURES & SEMINARS
Regularly delivers seminars and training events to solicitors, police authorities and CPS. Recent topics have included advocacy skills, serious sexual offences and vulnerable witnesses. Has also played the role of a Coroner at several mock Inquests and often acts as a Judge in local university mooting competitions.
BA Newcastle upon Tyne