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Senior Practice Manager
Andrew Trotter

Practice Group Clerks
Craig Nicholls
Michael Powell 
Drew Platt
James Harte
Daniel Lillis
Marc Forrest-Thomas

Chief Executive & Director of Clerking
Tony McDaid

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Caroline Sumeray - Crime

Caroline specialises in criminal law, and her practice has encompassed almost every type of case. Within the last year Caroline has been instructed on various extremely serious matters, including: murder; rape; child rape and kidnapping; a case involving bombs being left around central London; a large scale drugs importation worth £20million; counterfeiting Microsoft software; unlawful sexual intercourse with a 12 year-old; a complex forgery involving a 101 year-old victim; serious sexual assaults on children; charities fraud; GBH; armed robbery and arson. She has also defended in video pornography and cases involving automatic life sentences. 

Caroline was awarded the Ver Heyden de Lancey Prize in Forensic Medicine and Science (ICSL 1992) and a Diploma in Forensic Medical Sciences (Society of Apothecaries of London 2002).

Caroline is currently instructed on various cases, a selection of which includes: two murders; an IRA case; GBH; robbery; aggravated burglary; importation and conspiracy to supply class A drugs; violent disorder; threats to kill; a multi-handed controlling prostitution, and possession of a rocket launcher amongst other matters. 

Caroline Sumeray advises BBC Holby City on Legal / Coronial matters. She is also a Visiting Lecturer on the Legal Aspects of Surgical Practice Faculty at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.


LLB (Hons), Diploma in Forensic Medical Sciences (DipFMS)


SE Circuit; CBA; British Academy of Forensic Sciences;
Forensic Science Society; Justice; Amnesty International;
Association of Women Barristers; The Coroners' Society; South East England Coroners' Society.


Coroner for the Isle of Wight [part time jurisdiction]

Assistant Deputy Coroner for The City of Manchester

Assistant Deputy Coroner for the Western District of West Yorkshire.

Assistant Deputy Coroner for the District of Outer London North.

Assistant Deputy Coroner for Cheshire.

Assistant Deputy Coroner for the District of Inner London North.

Assistant Deputy Coroner for East London.


R v Solomon Appleby & Others - An eight-handed murder case where I was unable to find a Leader due to the Bar's refusal to take VHCC work at the time - and consequently acted alone through a plea to manslaughter and mitigation on sentence.

R v Daniel Palmer - A murder committed by a 18 year old, which went on to create an authority on appeal for the sentencing of young people in very serious matters.

R v James Moloney & Others - Originally charged as terrorism with IRA links, this case concerned a conspiracy involving a large quantity of heavy-duty firearms and ammunition.

R v Sanjay Jani - A complex fraud involving forgery and breach of trust on an elderly lady of 101.

R v Anthony Odlum - A case involving child rape and the distribution of activated bombs around Central London. The client was severely mentally ill and regarded as being the 40th most dangerous man in the country at the time.