Carys is a partner in the Criminal Department, where she specialises in serious and complex criminal cases. Carys read English at Cambridge University before qualifying as a lawyer. She completed her training contract at Fisher Meredith, joining Hickman & Rose as a newly qualified solicitor in 1997. She became a partner at Hickman & Rose in 2001. She joined T V Edwards as a partner in 2008.
Areas of Specialism
Carys specialises in serious crime, but continues to run a varied practice. She has particular experience in defending sexual crime, and has acted in a number of cases of historic sexual offences. Defending such cases, especially where allegations have been made many years after the offending is said to have occurred, presents particular challenges and requires a creative and innovative approach.
Carys also has significant experience of cases involving mentally disordered defendants and in exploring capacity, fitness to plead, and special measures, the use of intermediaries etc. She works with medical professionals and other mental health agencies, both to secure the best possible outcome in any criminal case and to try to seek more long term support for clients caught up in the cycle of offending.
Carys is thorough, resourceful and imaginative in her approach to cases, exploring all the angles but with an ability to cut through to the crux of a case. She has extensive experience of instructing experts in a wide variety of specialisms, from ballistics to blood splatter, glass fragmentation to DNA, facial mapping to gait analysis.
Carys is a Higher Rights Advocate and a Duty Solicitor.
R v A
CCC Multi-handed indictment involving a fatal stabbing in a shopping centre. Complex evidence involving many hours of CCTV footage. Defendant acquitted following re-trial.
R v S
Historic sexual abuse. Proceedings stayed on the grounds of abuse of process based on delay and the destruction of evidence in the period between the alleged incidents and the investigation.
R v D
Allegation of baby shaking against young mother. Client acquitted following full trial.
R v G
Client accused of historic sexual assault of a child. Acquitted following trial.
R v L
R v V
Ongoing historic sexual offences, involving a defendant with complex mental heath problems.
R v D
Attempted Murder x 2. Case involved instruction of multiple experts. Defendant had challenging mental health issues.
R v R
Allegation of assault on 6 month old. Defendant identified by way of forensic odontology.
R v FI
Allegations of systematic rape and blackmail over period of several years. Case involved forensic examination of email accounts and ISPs, phone records, bank records, and involved cross jurisdictional disclosure requests.
R v MS
Benefit fraud over 25 year period involving multiple social housing properties, total value including loss of rental revenue, estimated at over £100,000. Defendant suffered complex mental health problems. After instruction of several experts the defendant was given a community order with a treatment requirement.
R v A, I and Others
Ongoing case involving alleged “reverse people trafficking”. This case involves complex evidence including cell site, phone evidence etc.
R v JL
Ongoing case involving allegations of historic familial sex abuse.
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