Criminal Barristers UK

Karina Arden

Karina Arden

Call: 1970

Professional Membership:

Criminal Bar Association
French Avocat

Academic Background:

LLB (Hons), London School of Economics, Diploma in Italian Law at University of Urbino, Italy, studied French Law at Pantheon/ Sorbonne in Paris.
Tri-lingual English /French/ Italian and working knowledge of German.
French Avocat


Foreign languages, international travel, fine food, Italian art and culture

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All areas of serious criminal defence work, including major fraud of all kind, money laundering, white collar and commercial crime,  murder,  baby battering, serious violent crime, firearms offences, robbery, drug cases of all kinds including importation, supply, production of drugs, rape and sexual assaults , and historical sex cases, HMRC fraud cases, POCA, quasi criminal and civil fraud, general crime, distraction burglaries, cash in transit robberies,  historical sexual abuse of adults and children and child abuse casesPREVIOUS CAREERPractised at the Bar 1970 to 1986 and then left the Bar to join Herbert Smith firstly in their Paris office and then in London. Engaged in international commercial arbitration particularly ICC arbitrations in international construction disputes, large scale commercial and insurance litigation and then for some years as a solicitor as senior partner of a small criminal and litigation practice, specialising in large scale fraud cases and commercial crime, DSS fraud, and criminal fraud generally.  Returned to the Bar 2004.


R v GRILLO Very high profile case December 2013. Instructed by Janes Solicitors to represent one of the two sisters accused of defrauding Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi of over £600,000 while working at their home as personal assistants …the girls were alleged to have spent vast sums on lavish life styles, designer clothing,etc. The case attracted massive international media attention, focused particularly on cross-examination of Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi and their staff, which included disclosure of their relationships with their staff, their lavish life style and Ms Lawson’s use of illicit drugs. There were numerous arguments on law including an application for leave to cross examine her on her “bad  character ” which was ultimately successful after disclosure of an email from Mr Saatchi and an application to stay the proceedings as an abuse of process of the court.

The sisters gave evidence and they were both ACQUITTED.

Conspiracy to produce ecstasy ..alleged to be major player in a large conspiracy where the other defendants already convicted..acquitted
January 2014

Mortgage fraud conspiracy with other defendants including a solicitor ..client was a mortgage broker

R V BUCHANAN .successful defence in firearms case running defence if duress.

R v TORREN…domestic rape

R v CHRISTIE and FOSTER.. Perverting course of justice impeding arrest of someone now serving 25 years who was wanted for murder ..client acquitted

R v CHAPMAN. Large scale conspiracy of distraction burglary of elderly people

R v SHEM JONES serious sexual allegations against two very young children

R v SANG HAMILTON. Large number rapes and indecent by young boy on very young children, friends of his family

R v SEAFORTH involving twelve supermarket robberies, attempted arson, GBH and aggravated burglary

R v OYEDIRAN ..murder of a baby… baby shaking..

R v GLOVER. Attempted murder of a baby

R v ADEAGBO. fraud

R v ALADEWOLU ..complex tax fraud

R v MEHMET..historic child sexual abuse and cruelty

R v VATIN drugs importation…client French national

R v ODUNGA… Large scale HMRC fraud conspiracy..client worked for HMRC and was the inside man on a massive fraud

R v OKONGWU…large scale international charity fraud

R v ADEBAYO.. Credit card fraud and tax credit fraud

R v FERLIAS ..large scale identity fraud

R v OULDDAOUIA….rape…defendant French speaking Belgian Moroccan

R v NUGENT….rapes by three young boys of fellow school pupil