Caroline Rees KC > Chambers of Ruth Henke KC > Cardiff, Wales > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Ruth Henke KC
30 Park Place Chambers
CF10 3BS


Caroline is a member of our Crime@30 team and one of the ‘go to’ counsel in Wales practising as a specialist in serious crime. Caroline advises and represents both Prosecution and Defence.

Caroline has a particular specialism in cases concerning serious sexual offending and has notable expertise in trials concerning allegations of historical sexual abuse and multi complainant cases. Caroline has received instructions for a significant number of high profile criminal cases such as trafficking of persons into and within the UK for purposes of sexual exploitation and serious cases with unusual factual backgrounds and evidence. She is a highly skilled advocate with extensive experience in dealing with cases concerning young and /or vulnerable witnesses and the use of special measures, including intermediaries.

Her practice also includes other serious criminal offences including homicide and drugs conspiracies arising from large scale police operations . Caroline is regularly instructed in large and complex cases and is very well equipped to deal with the particular demands of cases which require strong leadership combined with collaborative team work.

Caroline is a Grade 4 CPS Prosecutor and approved counsel for rape and serious sexual offences prosecution.

She is fluent in the Welsh Language and able to conduct conferences and cases through the medium of the Welsh language


Call: 1994; Gray’s Inn (Wilfred Getz scholar) | Silk: 2018

  • Oct 1994 – Oct 1995: 33 Park Place, Cardiff. 12 months pupillage
  • Oct 1995 – Dec 1999: Tenant at 33 Park Place, Cardiff
  • Dec 1999 to date: Tenant at 30 Park Place, Cardiff specialising in crime




Criminal Bar Association.


  • Ysgol Gyfun y Strade, Llanelli ( 1983-1990)
  • University of Birmingham Llb (Hons) (1990 – 1993)
  • Inns of Court School of Law, London (1993-1994) Bar Vocational Course

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Wales and Chester Circuit > Crime (general and fraud)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Caroline Rees KC30 Park Place ChambersCaroline is an outstanding advocate, exceptionally strong in cross examination and meticulously prepared. She has a real presence in court and commands the respect of the judge and opponents. She has a measured and composed approach which inspires confidence with every word she says.’

30 Park Place Chambers is a ‘well established set offering strength in depth in all aspects of criminal law‘. Recent areas of instruction for the team include large-scale drugs conspiracies, serious and historic sexual offences and multi-defendant homicide cases. Caroline Rees KC is a ‘talented advocate‘, and recently prosecuted a man who received a six-year sentence for the gross negligence manslaughter of his partner following consensual sexual activity involving bondage. Nigel Fryer ‘s recent practice involves historic sexual abuse allegations, while Andrew Jones has a strong practice in large-scale drug trafficking matters.