Karen Dempsey


Karen Dempsey predominantly defends but has also prosecuted. She has been involved in a diversity of trials relating to murder cases, serious violence, drugs, firearms, money laundering, confiscation and sexual offences.

Specialist Areas:

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 Dempsey is accredited by the Bar Council to provide Public Access services

Notable Cases:

R v Jones & others
Defence junior. 9 handed conspiracy re counterfeit currency (the “super dollar”)and connected drug conspiracy.

R v Dhaliwal & others
Sole advocate. 2 handed money laundering involving £1.5 million.

R v Asghar
Sole advocate. Sexual assaults of four juveniles.

R v Rose & others
Sole advocate. 3 handed case involving possession of firearms and drugs with intent to endanger life. The defendants were facing life sentences (5 weeks).

R v Mowarin & others
Sole advocate. 13 handed robbery.

R v White
Sole advocate. Death by dangerous driving.

R v Freeman & others
Defence junior. 13 handed conspiracy to steal £1 million from Gatwick airport.

R v Hughes
Sole advocate. Death by dangerous driving.

R v Williams & others
Sole advocate. 5 handed conspiracy to supply drugs (4 weeks).

R v Bird & Bird
Defence junior. Murder (baseball bat).

R v Chengis Manibazar
Defence junior. Murder (stabbing).

R v Daniel Brown and others Defence junior. 8 handed conspiracy to rob
£1.3 million, “the Prada gang” .

R v Davies & others
Sole advocate. 4 handed money laundering.

R v Robinson - Sole advocate. Death by dangerous driving.


LLB (Hons), LLM (Law)

Memberships & Associations

Lincoln's Inn
Criminal Bar Association

Areas of work

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