Karlia Lykourgou > Doughty Street Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Doughty Street Chambers
Doughty Street Chambers

Work Department

Criminal Law and Appeals


Karlia is a general crime practitioner with a busy defence practice.


She is regularly instructed in cases involving violence and weapons, sexual offences, drug offences, theft, fraud, public disorder and road traffic offences. This includes appeals to the Crown Court, Court of Appeal and Divisional Court.

In addition to crime, she is also willing to accept instruction in cases involving extradition, public and regulatory law, civil matters and inquests.

She is regularly instructed by individuals who do not qualify for legal aid and is able to offer knowledgeable advice and assistance at any stage of proceedings.

Karlia has a masters in Public International Law and previously worked for legal charities and NGOs as a legal caseworker and investigator, assisting British nationals charged with capital offences in Pakistan and prisoners seeking to appeal murder convictions to the CCRC. Prior to joining the Bar, Karlia spent two months in Cambodia assisting the work of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia in their prosecution of Khmer Rouge cadres; and spent six months in Mississippi conducting investigation for defendants charged with capital offences.

This experience informs her approach to case preparation, with emphasis on attention to detail, informed legal argument and persuasive advocacy.

Karlia’s work with prisoners and sensitive witnesses means Karlia is able to provide plain, accessible advice to clients with a range of needs including vulnerable individuals who require special attention due to age, learning disability or mental health concerns.

Karlia is able to assist clients with limited English capability by taking instructions in Greek.




Middle Temple
Criminal Bar Association
Young Fraud Lawyers Association


Law with American Legal Studies LLB – University of Leeds
Public International Law LLM – Leiden University, Holland
Bar Professional Training Course – Kaplan Law School

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

3 TEMPLE GARDENS isa prominent set in the field of white collar and serious crime’ with its members appearing in some of the most high-profile cases. In recent news, Jeremy Wainwright QC took silk in 2019 and chambers was further strengthened by the arrival of three new tenants – Justin Hugheston-Roberts, Puneet Grewal, and Richard Reynolds – from 9 Bedford Row. Meanwhile, Alexander Williams, Rupert Hallowes , Sarah Read, and Simon Smith moved to 15 New Bridge Street with former deputy senior clerk Glenn Matthews, while Karlia Lykourgou joined Doughty Street Chambers. The quality of the clerking team led by ‘responsive approachable’ senior clerk Gary Brown is ‘second to none’. ‘Very commercially astute’, Brown ‘is responsible for chambers being propelled as a player in the international market and they regularly receive instructions on heavyweight fraud cases crossing borders’. Michael Cross is the deputy senior clerk and William McKimm is the first junior clerk. Offices in: London

The ‘top-classDoughty Street Chamberstends to be involved in most high profile and/or legally significant cases’. It is ‘one of the best sets for civil liberties and criminal instructions’ and, with a ‘solid team’ of fraud practitioners, it is building itself ‘a strong reputation as a business-crime set’. Chambers also provides pro bono assistance in death penalty and constitutional/human rights cases in the Caribbean and other Commonwealth countries. ‘They have a big team of gifted advocates at all levels who can do the most serious trials as well as appeal work. They are the go-to set for fighting cases against the state.’ Overall, chambers is described as ‘excellent; from reception to senior management they have a real friendly, can-do attitude and a professional feel about how they conduct themselves that can be missing at other sets’. The set also ‘regularly hosts interesting legal events and see the bigger picture in trying to keep their solicitors happy’. The clerks are praised for resolving listing issues thanks to the maintenance of good relationships with both listing offices and other sets, which ‘allows for collaborative resolutions’. Senior practice manager (civil) Sian Wilkins is ‘excellent, friendly, and helpful’. ‘She suggests the right barrister for the work at hand and knows solicitors requirements without prompting.’ Matthew Butchard, senior practice manager (crime), is also a name to note. At practice manager level, Marc Gilby and Rebecca Gilchrist are ‘efficient and easy to deal’, while Callum Stebbing is ‘always very helpful and pleasant’ and Richard Vile ‘is extremely responsive, efficient, and friendly – just what you want from a clerk’. In recent news, general crime practitioner Karlia Lykourgou joined from 3 TEMPLE GARDENS; Adrian Waterman QC moved to Matrix Chambers; the set has moved its Manchester office to 3 Hardman Square in the business district of Spinningfields; and what seems to be becoming a trend at the Bar, after five years in chambers former business development director Marurice MacSweeney has joined Harbour Litigation Funding as a director; and in the clerking team, Georgia Pilbro joined Wilberforce Chambers . Offices in: London, Bristol, Manchester, and The Hague