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Karlia is a committed general crime practitioner with a busy practice that includes extradition and crime-related public law. Karlia has an LLM in Public International Law and is also interested in cases with an international focus.

Karlia is a committed advocate with a busy practice that includes crime, extradition and professional discipline. Karlia has an LLM in Public International Law and is also interested in cases with a public and international focus.

She is regularly instructed in cases involving violence and weapons, sexual offences, drugs, theft and fraud, and has experience representing defendants on appeal at the Court of Appeal, Divisional and Administrative Court.

Karlia is able to provide assistance to clients facing conviction and accusation arrest warrants in respect of Part 1 and 2 territories. Her submissions are detailed and explore any available avenues at first instance and appeal that may be open to clients to avoid removal. This includes careful analysis of developing Article 3 arguments in different jurisdictions and post-Brexit provisions. She is regularly successful in securing bail for individuals remanded on extradition warrants.

Before joining the Bar, Karlia worked for international legal charities and NGOs including Reprieve and the Centre for Criminal Appeals.

As a caseworker and investigator Karlia worked for clients seeking to appeal murder convictions through the CCRC and assisted defendants facing capital trials in Mississippi.

Karlia also spent time in Cambodia facilitating the work of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia in their prosecution of Khmer Rouge cadres and liaised with the FCO to help British nationals facing capital charges for drug importation in Pakistan.

The insight gained from these experiences informs her approach to case preparation, with emphasis on attention to detail, informed legal argument and persuasive advocacy.

Karlia's work with prisoners and sensitive witnesses means Karlia is able to provide plain, accessible advice to clients with a range of needs including vulnerable individuals who require special attention due to age, learning disability or mental health concerns.

Karlia is regularly instructed by individuals who do not qualify for legal aid and is able to offer knowledgeable advice and assistance at any stage of proceedings.

Individuals who would like to instruct Karlia directly through the public access scheme are welcome to contact chambers to discuss enquiries.

Karlia is able to assist clients with limited English capability by taking instructions in Greek.

Notable Cases

Sharma v DPP [2018] EWHC 3330 - Appeal to the Divisional Court against a client's conviction for possessing a bladed article. The judgment provided further clarification to the definition of a "folding pocketknife" under Section 139(2) of the Criminal Justice Act 1988. This case has since been followed by the Court of Appeal in R v D [2019] EWCA (Crim) 45

Sophocleous & Ors v Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth and Anor [2018] EWHC 19 (QB) - Instructed as a junior in private international litigation brought by 34 Greek Cypriots against the Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Ministry of Justice for human rights abuses committed by agents of the Colonial Administration of Cyprus between 1956 and 1958 during the "Cyprus Emergency".

Violent Offences
  • R v SH [2019] - Successfully represented a 15-year-old youth who pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm with intent (s.18 GBH) and possession of a bladed article after stabbing his step-father in the groin. Following submissions to the judge and probation, he was sentenced to 18 months in a secure home for vulnerable youth rather than a detention centre.

  • R v MJ & Ors [2018] - Secured the acquittal of man charged with affray and common assault by arguing self-defence despite CCTV showing two kicks to the head with a shod foot.

  • R v KD [2018] - Successfully persuaded the Court of Appeal to reduce the sentence of a young man who pleaded guilty to affray and assault occasioning actual bodily harm (ABH).

  • BS and RS v R [2018] – Secured a successful appeal against conviction for a man convicted of three counts of common assault involving a pool cue.

  • R v HP [2017] - Secured the acquittal of a father charged with common assault against his daughter. Involved cross-examining a 9-year old over video-link.

Sexual Offences
  • R v JF [2020] – Instructed to represent a young man accused of date rape.

  • DP v Metropolitan Police Commissioner [2018, 2019]- Instructed to represent a man accused of five separate allegations of rape against a sexual risk order applied for by the MPC. The defendant was successfully acquitted of a breach of the interim order and appealed the substantive order.

  • R v AL [2018] - Secured the acquittal of a man charged with disclosing private sexual images of his girlfriend.

  • R v LS [2018] - Successfully represented a man who pleaded guilty to sexual assault and voyeurism involving his housemate. The case involved lengthy legal argument on whether a Newton Hearing should be held on the basis of plea entered. This point was resolved in the defendant's favour.

  • R v LL [2017] - Successfully represented a man who pleaded guilty to inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity and ensured he received a hospital order instead of custody.

Drug Offences
  • R v NC [2018] - Secured the acquittal of a young man charged with possession of Class A drugs with intention to supply by arguing possession for personal use.

  • R v M [2018] - Secured a two year suspended sentence for a young man who pleaded guilty to possession of Class A drugs with intention to supply. (The sentence starting point for this offence is 4.5 years.)

  • R v RP [2017] - Successfully represented a woman charged with importing 1.92kg of cocaine into London Gatwick.

Dishonesty Offences
  • R v SL [2018] - Secured the acquittal of a man charged with stealing £3500 from his employer at the Coral betting shop, despite CCTV showing him placing money in his pocket.

  • R v WD [2018] - Secured the acquittal of a man charged with burglary, despite evidence that he sold the stolen items on ebay and worked next to the complainant's property.

  • R v HM [2018] Successfully represented a man charged with robbery and fraud.

  • R v SR [2017] - Successfully represented a woman who pleaded guilty to benefit fraud and secured her a suspended sentence.

Intimidatory Offences
  • R v LW [2019] – Successfully represented a man charged with coercive and controlling behaviour against a partner, ABH, common assault and dangerous driving.

  • R v MA [2018] - Successfully represented a man charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and coercive and controlling behaviour against his partner.

Driving Offences

Karlia represents individuals charged with a range of driving offences including dangerous and careless driving, and driving with excess alcohol/ drugs. She is often able to save clients driving licences by arguing exceptional hardship and special reasons.

  • R v EWP [2018] - Secured the acquittal of woman charged with careless driving after her car veered into the oncoming lane and resulted in a multiple collision.

  • R v JL [2018] - Successfully defended a man charged with dangerous driving for driving his car at a pedestrian.

  • R v IE [2017] - Secured the acquittal of a man charged with failure to provide a specimen arguing that he was frightened of needles and should have been given the option of providing a urine sample.