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Caroline Goodwin Q.C.

Caroline Goodwin Q.C. was called to the bar in 1988 and appointed Queens Counsel in 2017. She is currently the Head of the Criminal and Regulatory practice groups at Trinity Barristers’ Chambers. Caroline was the 2019/2020 Chair of the Criminal Bar Association having previously been elected Vice Chair in 2018.

Highly regarded and experienced Criminal Silk instructed in all aspects of prosecution case work and advocacy. Instructed in serious and high-profile cases heard in the House of Lords, Court of Appeal and Crown Court. With forensic case preparation, tenacious cross-examination, careful witness handling and robust Court room presence, has a reputation as a formidable jury advocate. Regularly instructed in complex and document heavy cases including:

  • Fraud
  • Regulatory
  • Cybercrime
  • Conspiracy
  • White collar crime
  • Proceeds of crime
  • Serious & historical sexual offences
  • Serious motor offences
  • Murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Infant death


Extensive practical experience of working with a range of experts. Fully familiar with forensic interrogation of computers and smart devices, cell site analysis, fingerprint, foot mark and DNA. As part of this practical approach, advocates the extensive use of site visits by the instructing team, Jury and Judge. Regularly deals with vulnerable witnesses and cases requiring video evidence and the use of intermediaries.

Having been on the CPS Rape and Serious Sexual Offences List, experience of prosecuting serious sexual assaults including rape, abuse and historic abuse in cases involving adults, children, the mentally impaired and forced marriage/honour violence. Experienced in dealing with special measures such as video evidence and the use of intermediaries.

Also prosecutes cases involving internet child pornography and sexual “grooming”. Regularly instructed in often high-profile cases involving allegations of historic sexual abuse within families, institutions and other positions of trust. Adopts a forensic approach to assimilating and distilling voluminous amounts of evidence and testimony going back many years.

Deals with white collar crime including complex and serious fraud cases, including some with an international element.

International

Following an extensive appointment process, instructed as a prosecuting advocate for Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan de Cuhna. Travelled over 4000 miles to Saint Helena and, on behalf of the Attorney General, prosecuted in a series of 10 trials in cases ranging from rape, sexual assault, including historic, and violence.

Regulatory & Motor Offences

Deals with a wide range of regulatory matters including health and safety, trading standards and environmental protection prosecutions. Has a particular interest in equine cases. Instructed in serious motor offences including death by dangerous driving.

Legal 500

"A tenacious and enthusiastic advocate who builds a strong rapport with the clients she represents."
"Very experienced across a purview of serious criminal cases"
"She has expertise across a broad spectrum of criminal matters"
"Experienced in a range of criminal cases."

Appointments & Memberships

  • Queen's Counsel 2017
  • Recorder 2010
  • Grade 4 Prosecutor CPS
  • Chair of Criminal Bar Association 2019/2020
  • Vice Chair of Criminal Bar Association 2018/2019
  • North Eastern Circuit Criminal Bar Association
  • Association of Military Court Advocates

Basis of Instructions

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