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Caroline Wigin

Year of call:
1984
Education:
1983
Exeter University, Law
1984
Pupil at Park Court Chambers, Leeds
1985
Tenant at New Park Court Chambers
2014
No 6, Leeds
2015
No 6 becomes Park Square Barristers
Appointments:
1999
Part-time judge of the Social Entitlement Chamber
2004
Recorder (Crime) Recorder (Family)
2015
Authorised for Deprivation of Liberty in the Court of Protection
Grade 4 prosecutor
Specialist rape prosecutor
Advocacy trainer
Assessor for BPP of the CPS
Memberships:
North Eastern Circuit
Criminal Bar Association

Caroline Wigin has considerable experience in cases where both the care and criminal prosecution system are involved.

She has been junior counsel for the local authority in a 3-month hearing involving complex medical issues where there was also a potential  criminal prosecution. Caroline has assisted local authority social workers regarding the disclosure of sensitive matters into criminal proceedings.

Recently she represented children in care whose sibling had died through parental neglect, when it was sought to call them as witnesses in the well-publicised trial of their mother. Caroline made representations in the criminal proceedings and was successful in obtaining judicial approval for the children not being called.

Sexual & physical abuse of children

She has conducted many cases, both for parents and local authorities, where allegations of sexual and physical abuse have been made. Caroline is familiar with complex medical issues, including burns, multiple fractures and poisoning. She has also dealt with cases involving witchcraft, torture and female genital mutilation (FGM).

Notable cases

Re V (children) (adoption proceedings: suitability of long-term fostering) [2013] EWCA Civ 913

“Caroline is particularly concerned about continuity of care for her clients.”

Contact Caroline’s clerks

Claudine Cooper on 0113 202 8604

Paul Foster on 0113 213 5209