Caroline Harris

Caroline Harris specialises in criminal law and family law.
She particularly enjoys conducting cases which involve both criminal and family proceedings.

Criminal Law
Caroline acts primarily for the defence, she has experience for both the defence and the prosecution at all levels and has experience up to and including the Court of Appeal. In addition to conducting matters alone Caroline has experience of acting as a led junior in complex and multi-handed cases.  Caroline has expertise in a broad range of criminal matters including murder, fraud, offences against the person, sexual offences and road traffic offences (including death by dangerous and death by careless driving). Caroline frequently represents professional clients, including police officers in disciplinary hearings.

Examples of recent instructions are:
R v Squelch – Defence counsel; the defendant faced an allegation of murder, the issue in the case was the mental state of the defendant at time of the killing.

R v Solly –  Defence counsel; the defendant faced an allegation of murder he was found not guilty by reason of insanity.

R v Selwood – Defence counsel; the defendant faced allegations of grievous bodily harm and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. The defendant was acquitted of all charges.

R v Miley –Defence counsel; the defendant faced one allegation of death by careless driving. The defendant was acquitted.

R v Chaney – Defence counsel; the defendant faced one allegation Fraud.  The defendant was acquitted.

Prison Law:  Caroline advises and represents clients in all areas of prison law including parole hearing as prison adjudications.

Family Law Children:
Advising and acting in both private and public law proceedings.

In public law Caroline has experience of representing local authorities, parents, Guardians and children direct. Caroline specialise in cases where there are overlapping criminal proceedings, in particular cases where there are allegations of sexual abuse or serious violence.

In private law Caroline covers all areas including, child arrangements and internal and external relocation.

Cases of Interest:

  • R v Turley [2012] Cr.App.R.(S.) 606 (99)
  • Regina v Darren Poulton [2006] EWCA Crim 2153

 Appointments & Memberships:

  • Member of the Criminal Bar Association
  • Member of the Family Law Bar Association
  • Member of the South Eastern Circuit
  • Contributor to Westlaw Insight


  • Bristol University BA (Hons) Mathematics and Philosophy
  • Nottingham Law School CPE
  • Inn of Court School of Law BVC