Karlia Lykourgou


Karlia has a diverse criminal practice informed by her experience acting for both the prosecution and the defence. Her instructions run the full gamut of criminal law, including allegations of physical and sexual violence, weapons, theft, fraud, public disorder and drug supply/ trafficking.

The breadth of the Karlia's practice extends to cases with a multidisciplinary approach, including civil hearings for Sexual Risk Orders. She also accepts instructions in public and regulatory matters, acting for individuals and public bodies including local councils and the Home Office.

She is regularly instructed on a private basis by clients who do not qualify for legal aid, providing excellent results in TFL prosecutions and driving matters such as drink/ drug driving, handling mobile phones, careless and dangerous driving.

She is able to offer advice and representation on appeal, with experience in the Crown Court, Court of Appeal and High Court. She is also experienced in confiscation proceedings brought under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

Karlia's background working on capital cases and Criminal Cases Review Commission (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.

Karlia is also a dual Cypriot/ British national and is able to assist clients with limited English capability by taking instructions in Greek.

















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
Young Fraud Lawyers Association
Human Rights Lawyers Association


English and Greek

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