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Caroline Goodwin Q.C.
Call 1988
Silk 2017
Specialisms: Regulatory, Licensing, Crime
Caroline Goodwin Q.C. CV
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Caroline Goodwin Q.C.



Caroline is a highly regarded and experienced Criminal Silk instructed in all aspects of both defence and prosecution case work and advocacy. Caroline is instructed in serious and high profile cases heard in the House of Lords, Court of Appeal and Crown Court. Her forensic case preparation, tenacious cross-examination, careful witness handling and robust Court room presence have gained her a reputation as a formidable jury advocate.

Caroline is regularly instructed in complex and document heavy cases and has developed particular expertise in dealing with:-

  • Murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Serious sexual offences
  • Historic child abuse 
  • Violent offences
  • Non accidental head injury 
  • Robbery
  • Dishonesty
  • Serious fraud
  • Proceeds of crime
  • Money laundering 
  • Drug trafficking
  • Kidnapping
  • Serious motor offences – death by dangerous driving
  • Internet crime
  • Child pornography 

Caroline is regularly instructed by the CPS Complex Casework Unit. Given her extensive experience of handling experts Caroline is fully familiar with cases involving cell site analysis, fingerprint, foot mark and DNA evidence as well as the forensic interrogation of computers and “smart” phones.

Caroline is experienced in dealing with high value financial crime/serious fraud offences.Caroline has a particular interest 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 List, Caroline has experience of dealing with cases involving adults, children, the mentally impaired and forced marriage/honour violence. She is therefore experienced in dealing with special measures such as video evidence and the use of intermediaries.Caroline defends and prosecutes in cases involving internet child pornography and sexual “grooming”. Caroline has dealt with allegations of historic child abuse.

Coroner's Inquests

Caroline is 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 preparation for such hearings Caroline is 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. Caroline is heavily involved throughout the pre-inquest stages including attending conferences, pre-inquest hearings, forensic review of medical evidence and records.Caroline 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
  • Homicides
  • Suicides
  • Police custody
  • Treatment in prison

Caroline has delivered mock inquest training events feedback comments for which have included “well prepared and delivered, very informative” “excellent and informative session.”


Caroline deals with a wide range of regulatory matters including health and safety and environmental protection prosecutions.

Caroline is also instructed in relation to RSPCA prosecutions and has a particular interest in equine cases.

Caroline is instructed in serious motor offences including death by dangerous driving and acts on behalf of high profile defendants.


Caroline deals with Licensing matters on behalf of Local Authorities and individuals as well as businesses.


R. v. Webber [2004] UKHL 1; [2004] 1 All ER 770.
In the House of Lords, before Lords Bingham, Slynn, Hobhouse, Rodger and Walker. Miss Goodwin acted for the Prosecution. This case concerned three defendants who were charged with conspiracy to murder, two of whom were also charged with a firearms offence. The Defendant appealed. The appeal was dismissed. Lord Bingham delivered the opinion: a positive suggestion put to a witness by or on behalf of a defendant might amount to a fact relied on in his defence for the purpose of section 34 even if that suggestion was not accepted by the witness. This case has been applied or followed in three Court of Appeal cases, and considered in three further Court of Appeal cases. Miss Goodwin was junior to Mr. Hedworth Q.C. in the Court of Appeal for the Prosecution ([2002] EWCA Crim 2782).

R. v. Mitchell (William) [2014] EWCA Crim 318; [2014] 2 Cr. App. R. 2
Appeared on behalf of the Prosecution, led by Alison Levitt Q.C., in the High Court before a three member panel chaired by the President of the Queen’s Bench Division – Sir Brian Leveson. This case concerned sexual assault by a paramedic, which was charged as misconduct in a public office.

R v. Robinson and Another [2010] EWCA Crim 977
This Court of Appeal case concerned robbery with a firearm and a high speed chase. Miss. Goodwin represented Robinson in the Crown Court and on appeal. The defendant appealed against sentence of an imprisonment for public protection. Miss. Goodwin was ecognised for her helpful written arguments (para. 36). Successfully, the appeal was allowed. This case appears in Banks on Sentence, 9th Ed., Section 3 – Robbery. It is also in ‘Dangerousness: consider merits of EPP’ Probat. J. 2010, 57(4), 444-445

R. v. F [2008] All ER (D) 210 (Jul)
Miss. Goodwin acted for the CPS in a defence appeal to the Court of Appeal. The Defendant was charged with making indecent photographs of a child, possessing indecent photographs of a child and sexual assault on a child - over 21 counts. The judge described the indecent photographs as being the worst collection of indecent images she had even seen. The Defendant appealed against sentence of an imprisonment for public protection.

R v. Chapman [2006] All ER (D) 92 (Oct)

The Defendant appealed against conviction to the Court of Appeal. Miss Goodwin acted for the CPS, being led by Mr. Toby Hedworth QC. Miss. Goodwin succeeded in ensuring the appeal was dismissed and that the conviction was not unsafe.

R. v. Hoang [2008] All ER (D) 215 (Jul)
This case was heard in the Court of Appeal in an appeal against sentence for conspiracy to produce cannabis.

City of Sunderland Council v. Dawson [2004] All ER (D) 206 (Nov)
Miss. Goodwin acted for the Prosecution in an appeal by way of case stated to the High Court. The Prosecution successfully appealed this case which concerned the sale of intoxicating liquor to a minor.

R. v. Graham [2002] All ER (D) 118 (Jan)
Miss. Goodwin appeared for the Defendant in an appeal against sentence to the Court of Appeal. The case concerned fraudulent trading and possession of a shotgun without certificate and transferring it to another. The Defendant received 12 months imprisonment for the fraud and then another 12 months imprisonment for the two firearm offences to run at the same time. The appeal was allowed. It was successfully declared as manifestly excessive.

R v. Anderson [2001] All ER (D) 147 (Nov)
Miss. Goodwin appeared for the Defendant in an appeal against sentence to the Court of Appeal. The case concerned supply of a Class A drug. The Defendant had previous convictions for drug offences. The defendant was already serving a custodial sentence committed around the time of this sentence.  The defendant was given a custodial sentence to run for six and a half years at the same time. The appeal was allowed. Sentence was reduced to two and a half years to start at the end of the current.

Attorney General’s References ([2001] All ER (D) 368 (Feb) 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 57, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72 and 76 of 2000)
In a large case, Miss. Goodwin acted in an appeal to the Court of Appeal. This case concerned conspiracy to supply a controlled drug of Class A. The Attorney General applied for leave under s 36 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 to make a reference to the Court of Appeal on the ground that the sentences were unduly lenient.

Commissioners of Customs and Excise v. Carrier [1995] 4 All ER 38
Miss Goodwin appeared in the High Court for the Defendant. The issue in the appeal was a presumption of purpose for which dutiable goods in excess of a statutory instrument are imported.

In the Press

Dawn Smith, Daily Mail, 13 November 2014Defending: forgery of will

Ronnie Potts, defending Ronnie Potts in a conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, who was first on the indictment.

Anne Lakey, 24 june 2014, The Telegraph, prosecuting a head teacher charged with grooming and sexually assaulting boys.

Victoria Thorne, The Independent, 11 September 2009, prosecuting  police constable moonlighting as a prostitute.

Jenna Horner, Gazette Live, 30 October 2009, defending: No jail for Middlesbrough woman who stabbed partner’s brother


"Very experienced across a purview of serious criminal cases" Legal 500 2019

"She has expertise across a broad spectrum of criminal matters" Legal 500 2017

"Experienced in a range of criminal cases." Legal 500 2016

"She has vast experience in cases involving cell-site analysis and DNA evidence." Legal 500 2015

"She adopts a rigorous approach to case preparation." Legal 500 2014

"recommended" Legal 500 2013

"achieves excellent results" Legal 500 2012

"recommended" Legal 500 2011

" ...a confident and hardworking counsel who excels at getting to the detail of a case" Legal 500 2010

"Caroline Goodwin and Robert Adams are strong Juniors" Legal 500 2009

"Continues to be sought after for significant criminal defence cases" Legal 500 2008

“Is a first choice for professional crime ...” Legal 500 2007

“A quick and tough Advocate who can dominate the Court” and “First choice if you can get her.” and “A real fighter who needs early booking.” Legal 500


  • Queen's Counsel 2017
  • Recorder 2010
  • Grade 4 Prosecutor CPS
  • Appointed by the Department of Energy and Climate Change to hear Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC) Appeals


  • North Eastern Circuit Criminal Bar Association Representative
  • Association of Military Court Advocates


Caroline regularly delivers seminars and training events to solicitors, police authorities and CPS. Recent topics have included advocacy skills, serious sexual offences and vulnerable witnesses. Caroline has also played a Coroner at several mock Inquests and often acts as a Judge in local university mooting competitions.


BA Newcastle upon Tyne