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Carol Hawley

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Carol Hawley
Legal 500 UK Awards 2015: Winner
"Her practice straddles historic rape cases, murders and drug importation."  
The Legal 500


Carol Hawley is a specialist criminal defence advocate with vast experience of all aspects of high-level crime including murder, fraud, complex drug conspiracies, firearms and sexual offending.

Carol has a reputation for tenacious cross examination and is highly respected for her analytical approach and sound judgement.

She is approachable and has an excellent manner with all clients including those who are young or vulnerable.

Having previously worked as a lawyer to High Court Judge’s at the Court of Appeal Criminal Division, Carol benefits from first-hand knowledge of the appellant system and is regularly instructed on a referral basis.

Significant cases

Murder and violent offences

R  v P (Isleworth CC)
An individual with complex psychiatric issues charged with attempted murder of his brother.

R  v D (Sheffield CC)
Acquitted of the murder of 18-month-old baby by shaking.

R v DW (Inner London CC)
Acquitted of s18 assault with scaffold pole.

R v MM (Central Criminal Court)
Alleged honour killing.

R  v WH (Sheffield CC)
Professional boxer who killed with a single blow acquitted of murder.

R v P (Central Criminal Court)
Female defendant acquitted of murder of abusive partner.

Firearms offences

R  v JK  (Woolwich CC)
Firearms, cocaine and money laundering operation.

R v AA (Woolwich CC)
Shooting in alleged gang-related revenge attack.

R v MA (Snaresbrook CC)
Female defendant – alleged possession of firearms with intent to endanger life.

R v SA (Inner London CC)
Alleged drug factory with firearms offences.

Fraud and money laundering

R v LGC (Harrow CC)
Leading counsel for the first defendant in a major fraud amounting to £1.6 billion against the Libyan Government and the Gadaffi regime investment vehicle.

R v JH (Southwark CC)
Head of Fraud at Lloyds Bank alleged to have stolen £2.4 million. Case received widespread publicity in the BBC and the Independent.

R v KV (Southwark CC)
Counsel for the leading defendant in a seven-handed VAT fraud. Case gave rise to complex issues of disclosure and public interest immunity.

R v AI (Central Criminal Court)
Multi-handed vishing fraud in which the prosecution alleged proceeds used to finance terrorist activities – dubbed the ‘bank of terror’ case .

R v TN and others (Central Criminal Court)
Seven-handed casino  fraud.

R v MR (Blackfriars CC)
Transatlantic fraud involving the sale of high-value computer components. The case was brought as a result of collaborative investigation between the FBI and UK forces.

Sexual Offences

R v QH (Oxford CCApril 2016)
Part of operation Bullfinch (investigation into organised abuse of girls in care). Defendant acquitted of rape and other sexual offences.

R v P (Blackfriars CC)
Defendant acquitted of alleged drug-induced rape.

R v AS (Central Criminal Court / Snaresbrook CC)
Defendant acquitted on two separate trials involving different alleged stranger rapes.

R v FA (Wood Green CC)
Acquitted of alleged gang rape.

R v LG (Snaresbrook CC)
Defendant acquitted of rape and sexual assaults on his sister and niece aged six and eight years old.

R v N (Reading CC, November 2016)
Defendant acquitted of rape of his estranged wife.

R v S (Snaresbrook CCDecember 2016)
Defendant acquitted of rape of estranged partner.

R v MD (Uxbridge Youth Court, September 2016)
15-year-old boy acquitted of two counts of rape on two vulnerable children (boy and girl, both autistic).

R v PT (Snaresbrook CC)
Ex-teacher accused of gross sexual abuse of two pupils, including repeated penetrative sex. Acquitted on six out of seven counts. Convicted of kissing one pupil on one occasion.

Public Order

R v AM (Central Criminal Court)
Acquitted of violent disorder arising out of the student protests.

R v H and H (Kingston Crown Court)
Acquitted of violent disorder. Case mentioned by David Cameron in parliament as defendants alleged to have pulled a mounted officer from his horse during student protests. Metropolitan police subsequently paid undisclosed damages to the defendants.

R v S.M , C.E and others (Southwark CC)
Defendants acquitted of violent disorder arising from the ‘reclaim the streets’ protests in Brixton.