Carina Clare


Carina is instructed to defend and prosecute a broad variety of criminal offences including serious violence, sexual offences, drugs, dishonesty and road traffic. She has a busy and varied practice in the Crown Court and has also represented clients in the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division).

She is regularly instructed in confiscation and civil forfeiture proceedings.

Carina acts on behalf of local authorities in environmental, health and safety and trading standards.

Carina has extensive experience within the criminal justice system. Before joining chambers, Carina was employed at several reputable criminal defence solicitors' firms, where she was police station accredited. Notably, she assisted in the POCA proceedings following Britain's largest mortgage fraud and in the preparation of the successful defence in R v Jacobs, tried in 2014 (the 1985 murder of PC Blakelock).

Carina has extensive experience undertaking disclosure /document reviews and has been instructed to conduct evidential and legal privilege reviews for the Government Legal Department on a number of matters, including the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

In 2012, she spent four months working on the prosecution of the former political leaders of the Khmer Rouge for genocide and crimes against humanity at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia.

Notable Cases:

R v T- Old Bailey - 2018- Murder. led by Tim Moloney QC.

R v A- Old Bailey- 2018 Murder, led by John Femi-Ola QC.

R v B & W - Norwich Crown Court- 2016- Murder/Perverting the course of justice, led junior.

R v P - Southwark Crown Court- 2017- Moped robbery conspiracy  

R v D - Peterborough Crown Court - 2017- Causing grievous bodily harm with intent & aggravated burglary (home invasion machete attack).

R v L - Kingston Crown Court- 2018- Conspiracy to cultivate cannabis

R v Y- Norwich Crown Court- 2018- Possession with intent to supply cocaine and heroin

P v S- St Albans Crown Court- 2017- Theft

R v C- Westminster Magistrates Court- 2017- Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act (2000)

R v M - Camberwell Magistrates Court- 2016 - Defended an allegation of using threatening /abusive/insulting words towards Lord Brian Paddick





BPTC (BPP) London 2011-2012
GDL (BPP) London 2010-2011
BSc (Hons) (2:1) Economics and Economic History (Warwick University 2006-2009)
2014-2015 - Ann Goddard Scholarship
2012-2013 Overseas Internship Scholarship - Intern for ECCC, War crimes trials in Cambodia BPTC Award 2011-2012

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Called to the Bar 2012
Gray's Inn

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