Karlia Lykourgou


Karlia specialises in general crime with experience as both defence and prosecuting counsel in the Crown Court and Magistrates' Court. Her instructions run the full gamut of criminal work including allegations of physical and sexual violence, fraud and dishonesty, public disorder, driving and confiscation.

She is also able to offer advice and representation on appeal and cases with a multi-disciplinary dimension, including extradition and judicial review. Karlia gladly accepts instruction in both public and private matters.

Karlia's background working on capital cases and CCRC appeals informs her approach to case preparation, with emphasis on attention to detail, tactical foresight, informed legal argument and persuasive advocacy.

Experience working with prisoners and sensitive witnesses, means Karlia is able to provide plain, accessible advice to clients with a range of needs including vulnerable individuals who require special attention due to age, learning disability or mental health concerns. This is particularly helpful to young people facing serious crimes in the Youth and Crown Court.

She maintains an active interest in cases concerning serious crime, particularly those involving legal issues such as joint enterprise in multi-handed cases and cases with complex legal and factual elements such as fraud and forensic identification.

Prior to joining Chambers, Karlia's experience focused on legal and policy issues related to criminal justice and human rights.

She has an IQ Level 3 Award in Professional Investigation and spent 6 months in Jackson, Mississippi working as a mitigation investigator for clients facing the death penalty. In the UK she conducted investigation and casework at the Centre for Criminal Appeals for prisoners applying to the Criminal Cases Review Commission for appeals against murder convictions.

She has also worked for Reprieve in their death penalty team, proactively trying to prevent executions by lobbying pharmaceutical companies to restrict access to lethal injection drugs and liaising with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to help British Nationals facing the death penalty in Pakistan.




Law with American Legal Studies LLB - University of Leeds
Public International Law LLM - Leiden University, Holland
Bar Professional Training Course - Kaplan Law School

Memberships & Associations

Middle Temple
Criminal Bar Association
Extradition Lawyers Association
Human Rights Lawyers Association



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