Miss Riel M Karmy-Jones QC > Red Lion Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Red Lion Chambers
Red Lion Chambers


Riel is a leading criminal practitioner with a strong prosecution practice. She is cited in the Directories where she has been described as “measured, calm and efficient” and “an extremely able and conscientious barrister with a persuasive and likeable style”.  She is presently instructed as Leading Counsel to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. Due to the nature of the inquiry, Riel remains available to accept new instructions.

Riel’s principal area of practice is serious crime, and she specializes in cases involving murder, serious organised crime, and sexual offences. She is principally known for her work in the field of slavery and human trafficking, advising upon the legislation and successfully prosecuting a number of these difficult and high profile trials with “consummate skill”.

Before coming to the Bar, Riel trained and worked as a theatre director, which not only informed her understanding of the psychology of witnesses and defendants, but also helped make her an exceptionally jury friendly advocate


Year of call: 1995 Inn: Lincolns and Inner Year made QC: 2015


Criminal Bar Association, South Eastern Circuit, East Anglia Bar Mess, Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights, Amnesty International


Tempo School, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada University of Alberta, Canada; Drama Studio, London; University College London University [UCL]; BA [1985], LLB Hons [1994]

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Riel Karmy-Jones QCRed Lion ChambersShe is a wise and experienced advocate respected by all and handles the worst case scenarios in court with a calm and measured approach. Her knowledge of the law and the manner in which she analyses and applies it places her quite rightly as one of the leaders of the field in sex cases and human trafficking and modern slavery. She is an outstanding jury advocate.

The ‘superbRed Lion Chambers ‘is a top quality criminal set‘ with ‘excellent barristers at every level‘. The set reports an uptick in drugs and homicide cases, and continues to handle a high number of modern slavery, human trafficking and sexual offences matters. Riel Karmy-Jones QC defended Kelly King, the sole female defendant in a multi-defendant trial for the drugs-related murder of Courtney Valentine-Brown; King was acquitted of murder but received a conviction for manslaughter. Among the juniors, Serena Gates prosecuted members of a county lines drugs conspiracy, which involved the trafficking of children to supply drugs.