Karen Dempsey

Call 1996

Karen Dempsey predominantly defends but has also prosecuted.

Karen has been involved in a diversity of trials relating to murder cases, serious violence, drugs, firearms, money laundering, confiscation and sexual offences.

Karen has a particular expertise in cases involving road traffic offences and has defended numerous cases of death by dangerous driving, careless driving whilst over the prescribed limit, dangerous driving in the Crown Court and complex cases resulting in death, serious personal injury or of a technical nature in the Magistrates’ Court.

Karen is accredited by the Bar Council to provide Public Access services.


Featured Fraud and Money Laundering cases

R v Dhaliwal & others

sole advocate. Two-handed money laundering involving £1.5 million.

R v Davies & others

sole advocate. Four-handed money laundering.

Featured Murder cases

R v Bird & Bird

defence junior. Murder (baseball bat).

R v Chengis Manibazar

defence junior. Murder (stabbing).

Featured Organised Crime cases

R v Williams & others

sole advocate. Five-handed conspiracy to supply drugs (four weeks).

R v Daniel Brown and others

defence junior. Eight-handed conspiracy to rob £1.3 million (“the Prada gang”).

R v Jones & others

defence junior. Nine-handed conspiracy involving counterfeit currency (the “super dollar”) and connected drug conspiracy.

R v Freeman & others

defence junior. Thirteen-handed conspiracy to steal £1 million from Gatwick airport.

Featured Sexual Offences cases

R v Asghar

sole advocate. Sexual assaults of four juveniles.

Featured Offences of violence cases

R v Rose & others

sole advocate. Three-handed case involving possession of firearms and drugs with intent to endanger life. The defendants were facing life sentences (five weeks).

R v Mowarin & others

sole advocate. Thirteen-handed robbery.

Featured Road Traffic and Motoring Offences cases

R v White

sole advocate. Death by dangerous driving.

R v Hughes

sole advocate. Death by dangerous driving.

R v Robinson

sole advocate. Death by dangerous driving.

Recent articles

John Coffey QC and Karen Dempsey secure acquittal in murder and robbery case

Following a five week trial at the Central Criminal Court, John Coffey QC and Karen Dempsey secure the acquittal of their defendant in a murder and robbery case. John Coffey QC and Karen Dempsey have secured…

Karen Dempsey

Regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB)

Regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. If you are not satisfied with the service provided, please click here.

  • LLB(Hons)
  • LLM (Law)

  • Lincoln’s Inn
  • Criminal Bar Association
section image

Would you like to know more?

For help and advice talk to a member of our clerking team. They can advise on the best options for your matter.

Call: +44 (0) 20 7353 3102

Portfolio Builder

Select the practice areas that you would like to download or add to the portfolio

Download    Add to portfolio   
Title Type CV Email

Remove All


Click here to share this shortlist.
(It will expire after 30 days.)