Katrina Charles


Katrina has an established defence and prosecution practice both as junior alone and leading junior. She has extensive experience in the conduct of trials involving serious crime which include novel and complex points of law and fact.

She is specialised counsel with respect to graffiti cases as she has an understanding of the intricacies involved in unravelling the sub culture which is prevalent.

Notable cases

R v R et al, 2017

Leading junior prosecuting a multi-handed ‘crash for cash’ insurance fraud. Factually and legally complex involving two solicitors’ firms and attracting an interest by the SRA. The main defendant absconded during examination in chief and ‘new’ bank accounts were discovered attributed to one of the defendant’s (a doctor) during the trial.

Inner London Crown Court.

R v L, January 2015 – May 2016. Confiscation November 2017

Leading junior prosecuting a multi-handed conspiracy to steal involving high value motor vehicles and PII. This was one of four trials as a result of a large scale operation involving officers from the National Crime Squad. Having attended the locations where the cars were stored to examine them with the assistance of the vehicle examination expert for the purposes of satisfying an audit trail as part of the PII consideration Katrina can assert that ‘what she doesn’t know about cars isn’t worth knowing’.

Two of the defendants Franckevicius and Baraka’s appealed their convictions, the full court heard the application and ruled the convictions safe. The judgement handed down by LJ Hallett makes for an interesting read. Snaresbrook Crown Court, CoA June 2017.

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R v S, 2016

Leading Junior in a Graffiti case spanning a number of years and two jurisdictions. It required counsel with a specialised knowledge of the intricacies of the sub-culture and a forensic eye. Blackfriars Crown Court. She is considered to be specialised counsel with respect to graffiti cases as she has an understanding of the intricacies involved in unravelling the sub culture which is prevalent. Most recent case R v Spencer November 2016, undertook a leading role.

R v B, 2017

Sexual assault involving young and vulnerable witnesses.

Blackfriars Crown Court.

R v S, 2017

Indecent images in the possession of a school teacher. Raised jurisdictional issues and attracted media coverage. The case was wholly dependent on expert evidence.

Croydon Crown Court.

R v D et al, 2017

Defended in trial involving keeping a brothel used for prostitution.

Woolwich Crown Court

R v B

Possession of firearms and grievous bodily harm (shooting), the defendant was 17 years old.

Inner London Crown Court.

R v B et al

Defence Junior, Murder arising out of gang warfare.

Central Criminal Court

Other activities and interests

  • Juggling and sometimes keeping the balls in the air


  • Cybercrime
  • Fraud


  • Fluent Greek
  • Conversational French and German
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PROFILE: Katrina Charles

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Financial Crime

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Fraud, Bribery & Corruption

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Confiscation / POCA

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Regulatory / Disciplinary

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Sexual offences


020 7489 2727



Law LLB (hons)


Criminal Bar Association South Eastern Circuit Grade 3 Prosecutor RASSO accredited


CPS Panel (Grade 3) and Rape Panel

Fraud Panel (Grade 2)

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