Chiara Maddocks

Called in 2011

About Chiara Maddocks

Chiara appears in the Crown Court, as a led junior and junior alone, on a range of serious and complex criminal matters, and has experience in the Appellate Courts. She has extensive experience in cases involving mental health, fitness to plead and fitness to stand trial issues, and excels in representing young and vulnerable clients. Her easy manner with clients and excellent advocacy skills have led to instruction in several high profile cases.

Chiara has advised on an international level including assisting with the drafting of statutory instruments. She has appeared before the High Court in Extradition proceedings.

Chiara welcomes instructions in disciplinary and regulatory work, and has appeared on behalf of interested parties and companies before various professional bodies such as the British Cycling Federation and the Traffic Commissioners Office.


Representative of the Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Bar Mess

Member of Chamber’s Management Committee

Criminal Bar Association

South Eastern Circuit

Young Fraud Lawyers Association


CPS prosecutor, Grade 2

Metropolitan Police list of approved counsel

SFO approved LPP Counsel

Previously served as Secretary for the Care Lavers Parliamentary Group chaired by John Hemming MP



French (Conversational)


Bar Standards Board accredited ‘Continuing Professional Development’ lectures given to barristers, firms of solicitors and in-house practitioners on a range of topics including youth sentencing and proceeds of crime legislation.

Chiara has also given media interviews in respect of complex legal issues, such as “Omissions as Criminal Acts” and Joint Enterprise.

Criminal Law
R v A (2019) : Exeter Crown Court. Currently instructed in a multi-defendant county lines drug conspiracy, where the defendant is also prosecuted under the Modern Slavery Act.

R v H (2019): Court of Appeal. Successfully argued against a finding of dangerousness in a case involving an historic series of raped against a child.

R v A (2019): Portsmouth Crown Court: Multi-handed conspiracy to traffic individuals in to the United Kingdom.

R v G: (2018) Norwich Crown Court. Secured acquittals in familial historic sexual assaults. Considered issues of hearsay, bad character of the complainant and s41 applications arising out of disclosure of school and medical records.

R v B & Others (2018): Bristol Crown Court. Led Junior. Client acquitted in a complex multi-million pound fraud relating to the sale of Carbon Credits.

R v H (2017): Central Criminal Court. An Uber driver accused of digital penetration of a sleeping passenger. Legal argument resulting in late disclosure of medical records which resulted in an acquittal for the client.

R v T& Others (2017):  Birmingham Crown Court. Multi-handed nationwide fraud against John Lewis Partnership. Involved complex legal arguments as to abuse of process and admissibility.

R v B & Others: Canterbury Crown Court. Sole defendant acquitted on multiple counts of Aggravated Burglary and s18, extensive cross-examination relating to identification.

R v M (2017): St Albans Crown Court. Conspiracy to supply 10 kilograms of cocaine. Extensive phone downloads and multi-jurisdictional issues.

R v P & Others: Snaresbrook Crown Court. Successfully defended possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life at initial trial, following legal argument Crown offered no evidence on lesser charge of simple possession ahead of retrial. Youth defendant.

R v G & Other: Wolverhampton Crown Court: Acquitted of violent robbery of a Cannabis factory. Extensive legal argument and cross-examination involving bad character.

R v B& Others: Harrow Crown Court. Led junior in multi-handed bank fraud. Involved detailed cross-examination of financial experts.

R v M & others (2014 and 2016): Snaresbrook Crown Court & Kingston CC. Led junior on a 3-month human trafficking trial involving complex argument on legal definitions. A further retrial and additional rape and false imprisonment offences.

R v G & others: Central Criminal Court: Instructed in own name in a murder, later granted a certificate for QC. Conviction for lesser offence of manslaughter.

Reported Cases
Begum & Begum v Luton Borough Council [2018] EWHC 1044 (Admin): Successfully case stated a District Judge’s decision regarding whether an information had been laid in time. This has led to clarification and amendment of  the Criminal Procedure Rules.

Advisory Work
Serious Fraud Office: Instructed LPP counsel on a multi-million-pound international fraud involving prolonged periods of false accounting.

The Supreme Court of Rwanda: Consultant to the Chief Justice on sentencing principles. Assisted in the drafting the current proposed sentencing guidelines. Led a 4-day working group with the judiciary, including members of the Supreme Court and the Ministry of Justice.

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs: Instructed junior disclosure counsel on Operation Amazon, a multi-million-pound international fraud.




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