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Trinity Chambers

Chambers of Toby Hedworth QC

Work 0191 232 1927
Fax 0191 232 7975
Middlesbrough, Newcastle upon Tyne

Caroline T Goodwin QC

Work 0191 232 1927
Trinity Chambers (Chambers of Toby Hedworth QC)


Caroline is a highly regarded and experienced Criminal Silk instructed in all aspects of both defence and prosecution case work and advocacy. Caroline is instructed in serious and high profile cases heard in the House of Lords, Court of Appeal and Crown Court. Her forensic case preparation, tenacious cross-examination, careful witness handling and robust Court room presence have gained her a reputation as a formidable jury advocate.

Caroline is regularly instructed in complex and document heavy cases and has developed particular expertise in dealing with:-

  • Murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Serious sexual offences
  • Historic child abuse 
  • Violent offences
  • Non accidental head injury 
  • Robbery
  • Dishonesty
  • Serious fraud
  • Proceeds of crime
  • Money laundering 
  • Drug trafficking
  • Kidnapping
  • Serious motor offences – death by dangerous driving
  • Internet crime
  • Child pornography 

Caroline is regularly instructed by the CPS Complex Casework Unit. Given her extensive experience of handling experts Caroline is fully familiar with cases involving cell site analysis, fingerprint, foot mark and DNA evidence as well as the forensic interrogation of computers and “smart” phones.

Caroline is experienced in dealing with high value financial crime/serious fraud offences.Caroline has a particular interest in dealing with vulnerable witnesses involved in serious sexual offences, including allegations of sexual abuse made against young and vulnerable defendants. Having been on the CPS Rape List, Caroline has experience of dealing with cases involving adults, children, the mentally impaired and forced marriage/honour violence. She is therefore experienced in dealing with special measures such as video evidence and the use of intermediaries.Caroline defends and prosecutes in cases involving internet child pornography and sexual “grooming”. Caroline has dealt with allegations of historic child abuse.

Coroner's Inquests

Caroline is regularly instructed in relation to complex Coroner’s Inquest matters acting on behalf of Local Authorities, NHS Trusts, Clinicians, Police Authorities and families of the deceased. In preparation for such hearings Caroline is able to meet consultants, nursing staff, police officers out of hours at their place of work recognising the pressures which organisations such as the NHS are under. Caroline is heavily involved throughout the pre-inquest stages including attending conferences, pre-inquest hearings, forensic review of medical evidence and records.Caroline deals with lengthy jury and non-jury inquests involving deaths arising from:-

  • Workplace accidents
  • Road accidents
  • Alleged substandard medical care
  • Alleged substandard care in care homes
  • Homicides
  • Suicides
  • Police custody
  • Treatment in prison

Caroline has delivered mock inquest training events feedback comments for which have included “well prepared and delivered, very informative” “excellent and informative session.”


Caroline deals with a wide range of regulatory matters including health and safety and environmental protection prosecutions.

Caroline is also instructed in relation to RSPCA prosecutions and has a particular interest in equine cases.

Caroline is instructed in serious motor offences including death by dangerous driving and acts on behalf of high profile defendants.


Caroline deals with Licensing matters on behalf of Local Authorities and individuals as well as businesses.

In the Press

Dawn Smith, Daily Mail, 13 November 2014Defending: forgery of will

Ronnie Potts, defending Ronnie Potts in a conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, who was first on the indictment.

Anne Lakey, 24 june 2014, The Telegraph, prosecuting a head teacher charged with grooming and sexually assaulting boys.

Victoria Thorne, The Independent, 11 September 2009, prosecuting  police constable moonlighting as a prostitute.

Jenna Horner, Gazette Live, 30 October 2009, defending: No jail for Middlesbrough woman who stabbed partner’s brother


Called 1988; Inner Temple. Recorder. Grade 4 Prosecutor CPS. Appointed by the Department of Energy and Climate Change to hear Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC) appeals.


CBA; Association of Military Court Advocates.


University of Newcastle upon Tyne (BA Hons).

Regional Bar : North Eastern Circuit


Within: Crime – Leading silks

Caroline Goodwin QC - Trinity ChambersVery experienced across a purview of serious criminal cases.

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