• An asset to any team, Karen Robinson brings keen intellect, shrewd judgement and class advocacy to every case.

    Corporate & Financial 

    Karen Robinson prosecutes and defends in cases of corporate and financial crime.  She has experience of prosecuting for the most significant financial crime prosecuting authorities and of defending senior parties against allegations of corruption.  She has vast experience of HMRC MTIC fraud cases at all levels.  She has expertise in an array of fraud and money laundering cases and is adept at dealing with the complexities that arise with them.  Karen is an assured advocate who breeds confidence with her mastery of the complex, attention to detail and exacting standards; she is a crucial member of any team dealing with corporate and financial crime.

    Crime

    Karen Robinson prosecutes and defends in cases of serious and organised crime, as a sole and led junior. She covers the whole criminal spectrum including murder, drugs, armed robbery, human trafficking, terrorism and health and safety offences.  She is frequently sought out for highly sensitive and complex matters.

    Regulatory

    Karen Robinson’s experience in the field of regulatory law is vast with instructions for both the prosecution and the defence across a variety of disciplines across many categories of hearing.

    Reviews

    Chambers High Net Worth 2019: Financial Crime: High Net Worth Individuals – Band 2

    Legal 500 2020: Crime – Tier 3

    ‘An exceptionally talented junior.’ Legal 500 Crime (2020)

    ‘Karen Robinson has significant experience with white-collar defence matters and handles major financial investigations in relation to fraud and regulatory issues’. ‘Very good and a top-level junior’. Chambers High Net Worth (2019)

    Professional Memberships

    • Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers 
    • Criminal Bar Association
    • South Eastern Circuit

    Education 

    • Bar Vocational Course, Inns of Court School of Law
    • MA, Law, Newnham College, Cambridge
    • BA (Hons), Law, Newnham College, Cambridge

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  • Corporate and Financial Crime

    A real brain when it comes to corporate and financial crime; Karen Robinson is calm, meticulous, incisive and self-assured; she brings absolute confidence to a case.

    Overview

    Karen Robinson prosecutes and defends in cases of corporate and financial crime.  She has experience of prosecuting for the most significant financial crime prosecuting authorities and of defending senior parties against allegations of corruption.  She has vast experience of HMRC MTIC fraud cases at all levels.  She has expertise in an array of fraud and money laundering cases and is adept at dealing with the complexities that arise with them.  Karen is an assured advocate who breeds confidence with her mastery of the complex, attention to detail and exacting standards; she is a crucial member of any team dealing with corporate and financial crime.

    Experience 

    Karen Robinson has experience of prosecuting and defending corporate crime from numerous aspects, angles, areas and stages.

    Karen has advised and represented some of the largest financial crime prosecuting entities.  She has advised on search warrants in relation to an investigation of a leading global mining group, and made successful applications in respect of them.

    Karen also has experience of defending senior members of corporates under investigation through to charge in cases involving large and complex allegations of corruption across multiple jurisdictions.  She is currently instructed to advise and represent a senior party regarding an investigation by the Serious Fraud office into whether dealings between a global corporation and a sovereign wealth fund involved bribery and corruption at the highest level.

    For many years Karen has been instructed by HMRC’s MTIC team to present cases involving complex allegations of missing trader intra-community fraud before the First-tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber) and the Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber), often appearing against specialists in indirect tax law. In these, Karen has been instructed as a sole junior and as a leading junior.

    Karen has formed part of a QEB Hollis Whiteman team of specialist financial crime barristers and analysts managing regulatory obligations across several jurisdictions of a leading global bank.  Her role included, amongst other duties, training bankers on regulatory requirements.

    Karen’s caseload also includes large-scale trust fraud, VAT fraud and money laundering. She has been instructed in respect of cases investigated by the MPS and City of London economic crime departments. Karen prosecuted as a sole junior a four-handed trial at the Central Criminal Court involving allegations of credit card fraud with an estimated loss exceeding £600,000.  She has developed considerable experience in associated proceedings, including confiscation, restraint and forfeiture.

    Karen has experience of a vast array of inherently complex legal issues that arise during the course of a financial crime investigation and prosecution; she has expertise in cases involving complex disclosure issues, PII and third party material and has experience in obtaining mutual legal assistance from a foreign judicial authority.  Karen has provided bespoke training, to high profile solicitors firms specialising in corporate crime and investigations on these matters.

    Karen also has experience of health and safety cases including corporate manslaughter.  She recently prosecuted a company and company director for their part in the death of a lead singer and promoter of a band at a concert where one of the two-tonne stage doors the company  manufactured, collapsed, fatally wounding the pair.

    Karen is an extremely well regarded member of the bar, and is regularly the junior of choice of some of the most high profile corporate crime Silks on their most challenging cases.

    Notable Cases

    3rd Generation Communications Ltd v HMRC (2010)
    Leading Counsel for the Respondents in an appeal to the VAT Tribunal against the decision to withhold a VAT repayment of approximately £500,000 where fraud was alleged.

    Regent Commodities v HMRC (2009)
    Junior Counsel for the Respondents in an appeal to the VAT Tribunal against the decision to withhold a VAT repayment in excess of £2 million.

    Reviews

    Chambers High Net Worth 2019: Financial Crime: High Net Worth Individuals – Band 2

    ‘Karen Robinson has significant experience with white-collar defence matters and handles major financial investigations in relation to fraud and regulatory issues’. ‘Very good and a top-level junior’. Chambers High Net Worth (2019)

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    News

    • QEB Hollis Whiteman ranked in Chambers High Net Worth Guide

      Chambers & Partners’ High Net Worth publication ranks the top lawyers and law firms for international private wealth.Its 2019 edition launched on Thursday 11th June and marks the first time that Chambers HNW has featured barristers who specialise in...

    • SFO v Barclays: five members of Chambers in landmark case

      The fraud trial of four former Barclays executives began on 23/01.

    • Barclays successfully defends SFO application for voluntary bill of indictment

      Crispin Aylett QC and Ben FitzGerald acted for Barclays plc and Barclays Bank plc.

  • A well regarded junior with considerable experience across the full spectrum of general crime, Karen Robinson continues to stand out.

    Overview 

    Karen Robinson prosecutes and defends in cases of serious and organised crime, as a sole and led junior. She covers the whole criminal spectrum including murder, drugs, armed robbery, human trafficking, terrorism and health and safety offences.  She is frequently sought out for highly sensitive and complex matters.

    Experience 

    Karen Robinson’s experience in the field of general crime extends to a vast array of offences both for the prosecution and for the defence.  The mainstay of her practice is in serious and organised crime where she has prosecuted and defended charges that have included: murder (including ‘baby-shaking’), rape, high value drug offences, human trafficking, armed robbery, terrorism and health and safety offences.

    Recent highlights have included her experience in police corruption cases; she has prosecuted where it has been alleged that public servants disclosed confidential information to journalists or members of the public.  Karen has also recently acted as sole counsel for a defendant charged with rape who was acquitted despite having a previous conviction for a similar offence.

    Karen is particularly adept at tackling difficult and often sensitive legal issues.  She has expertise in cases involving complex disclosure issues, PII and third party material. She has experience in obtaining mutual legal assistance from a foreign judicial authority. She has also dealt with cases where the mental health of the defendant has been in issue.

    Karen’s vast experience has meant that she is often asked to train others in the industry on the areas that she has worked in.  She has lectured to police officers and prosecution lawyers on the prosecution of controlling prostitution and trafficking offences under the Sexual Offences Act 2003, to local government lawyers on directed surveillance and covert human intelligence sources, and has provided web-based training in the provisions of the Bribery Act 2010.

    Karen’s criminal fraud caseload includes large-scale trust fraud, VAT fraud and money laundering. She has been instructed in respect of cases investigated by the MPS and City of London economic crime departments. Karen prosecuted as a sole junior a four-handed trial at the Central Criminal Court involving allegations of credit card fraud with an estimated loss exceeding £600,000.  She has developed considerable experience in associated proceedings, including confiscation, restraint and forfeiture.

    Karen is a Grade 4 prosecutor.  She is regularly instructed by the specialist headquarter divisions of the CPS, including the Homicide Division, the Special Crime Division, the Organised Crime Division and the Counter Terrorism Division.

    Where a case requires focus, dedication and polished and determined advocacy, Karen is the ideal junior.

    Notable Cases

    R v McFly (2012)
    Karen Robinson acted as junior counse in the successful prosecution of Cameron McFly for the "brutal, senseless and cowardly" murder of a vulnerable victim whom he had lured to a darkened alley before carrying out a sustained assault upon him. 

    R v Wahid (2011)
    Junior Counsel for the prosecution of Mr Wahid who denied that he was responsible for Ms Kama's death, Fatima Kama was found in a suitcase at Heathrow Airport. 

    R v MK & Or's (2010)
    Prosecution counsel in a Flying Squad operation. Six handed conspiracy.

    R v S & Or's (2009)
    Junior prosecution counsel in the trial of four defendants (including a solicitor and a conveyancing clerk) charged with conspiracy to defraud and money laundering in respect of the sale of a property belonging to an innocent third party.

    Review

    Legal 500 2020: Crime – Tier 3.

    ‘An exceptionally talented junior.’ Legal 500 Crime (2020)

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  • An established junior in the field of professional discipline, Karen Robinson is instructed by regulators and professionals alike for her vast knowledge, commitment and commanding advocacy.

    Overview 

    Karen Robinson’s experience in the field of regulatory law is vast with instructions for both   the prosecution and the defence across a variety of disciplines across many categories of hearing.

    Experience 

    Karen has considerable experience of regulatory and disciplinary proceedings. She has been instructed to appear in the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT), the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS), the General Dental Council (GDC), the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), the General Social Care Council (GSCC) (including allegations of social workers being under the influence of alcohol on duty and allegations of social workers making inappropriate sexual advances towards vulnerable service users).  As well as her experience of a variety of tribunals she also has experience of a vast range of allegations and type of hearing.

    Karen has experience of both prosecuting and defending at professional disciplinary hearings: she has presented on behalf of the General Medical Council, the GDC and the GSCC; she has presented and defended at the NMC; and she has defended at the SDT (including allegations that a solicitor failed to fulfil an undertaking).  Karen also has experience of police discipline and has advised the Independent Police Complaints Commission in relation to whether proceedings should be brought against various officers.

    Karen’s experience means that she is often asked to lecture in this field, for example: she has lectured lawyers from the Royal College of Nursing on the topic of developments in the law surrounding applications for interim suspension orders.

    Because of Karen’s expertise in both crime and professional regulation, she is able to conduct and manage cases that have investigations running in tandem across both fields.  She also has experience of inquests is of benefit where an investigation or allegation involves a death and leads to proceedings in the Coroner’s Court.