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Caroline Wigin

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

Caroline Wigin has practised in criminal law since 1985, prosecuting or defending, specialising in sex crime and the most serious physical abuse of children. She is an advocacy trainer and an assessor for BPP of the CPS.

Serious crimes against children

Caroline’s cases have involved professionals accused of child abuse against those in their care, including headmasters, police officers and doctors. She also handles indecent-image cases involving technical evidence. Caroline has particular experience in relation to the scalding and burning of young children and the effects of shaking on babies.

She has recently been involved in cases where street-grooming has been alleged against ethnic-minority men; allegations of rape against groups of 12-13 year olds (with a complainant aged 12); a complainant aged 4 relating events which occurred when he was 2; a child in a fugue state, suffering from PTSD; a mother accused of beating her child with a meat tenderiser; grievous bodily harm through stabbing, scalding, and multiple injuries (with both parents accused); poisoning (with several family members accused); and cases involving witchcraft.

“In the interests of her clients, Caroline will work outside normal working hours and out of area.”

Other serious crime cases

She has acted in a wide range of other serious crime cases, including rape; domestic violence; a serious attack within a family (categorised as an ‘honour crime’); and a case involving an elective-mute complainant.

Caroline also handles financial crime and robbery and burglary.


Caroline is particularly concerned about continuity of care for her clients, and will therefore work outside normal working hours and out of area. Thanks to her extensive experience of care work, she is able to deal swiftly with any difficulties arising from disclosure of care papers into criminal proceedings, and vice versa.

Contact Caroline’s clerks

Andrew Thornton on 0113 213 5202

Gina Hawkins on 0113 213 5205

Rebecca Wilson on 0113 213 5203

Hannah Dempsey on 0113 213 5211