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

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Riel is ranked in the Legal 500 in tier 1 for crime, her principal area of practice. She was nominated for “Crime Silk of the year” in 2019 by the Legal 500, and is described in the 2020 Directory as “simply outstanding – the lead in human trafficking prosecutions in England and Wales”.

Her work includes murder, serious organised crime, and sexual offences, particularly cases involving vulnerable witnesses.

She is particularly well known for her work in the field of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery, and she has successfully prosecuted a number of these difficult and high profile trials with what has been described in the directories as “consummate skill”.  She has also advised for the defence, and is a contributing editor to the Modern Slavery sections in both Archbold and Rook and Ward on Sexual Offences. 

She has previously been cited in the Directories as “measured, calm and efficient” and “an extremely able and conscientious barrister with a persuasive and likeable style”.

Between 2017 and 2019 Riel was Leading Counsel to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, leading the investigation into the Roman Catholic Church, and the English Benedictine Congregation.

Before coming to the Bar, she trained and worked as a theatre director, which not only informed her understanding of the psychology of witnesses and defendants, but has also helped to 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
Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights
Amnesty International
Trustee PAN Intercultural Arts (works with the victims of human trafficking)
Lincoln’s Inn
Inner Temple


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.