Ranked as a Rising Star in The Legal 500 (2024)
“Celine’s preparation for cases is flawless. Her attention to detail and leave-no-stone-unturned approach instills confidence in those she represents. She has a sharp legal mind.” – The Legal 500 (2024)
Celine is a fierce advocate who is known for her down-to-earth attitude and approach with clients, both in and out of court. Her diligent case preparation is owed to her meticulous eye for detail. Celine regularly appears in the Crown Court both prosecuting and defending.
Celine’s caseload includes sexual, drugs and violent offences. She was recently a Led Junior for the defence on a seven-week conspiracy to supply heroin trial, with a £24m street valuation. Celine has also recently appeared in the Court of Appeal and often represents appellants and the prosecution in Crown Court appeals. She has assisted a wide-ranging clientele, including vulnerable individuals. She is committed to securing the best possible outcome for both her professional and lay clients.
Celine has developed a strong prosecution practice and has acted for clients including South Yorkshire Police. Celine is currently a Grade 2 Prosecutor and has completed the Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Training Course, focusing on Ground Rules Hearings and s.28 hearings; she is adept at witness-handling. Prior to coming to the Bar, Celine undertook specialist training in partnership with Rape Crisis, supporting witnesses within sexual offence trials.
Celine has also developed a strong prison law practice. She represents inmates at Parole Board Hearings and has a strong reputation in acting for clients where the Board have directed release. Her Parole Board practice predominantly concerns those convicted of serious sexual offences, including rape and indecent offences against minors.
- R v P – Secured Community Order for defendant convicted of sexual assault;
- R v W (1 and 2) – Successfully defended the same client in two trials. The client was acquitted for a s.47 and Celine made a successful ‘half-time’ submission for the second trial for theft;
- R v P – Successfully represented a client for criminal damage, resulting in acquittal. Represented the same client for theft and secured a conditional discharge;
- R v D – Secured conditional discharge for client charged with dangerous dog offence.
- Celine defends in conspiracy to supply heroin as a Led Junior – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-64684099.amp
- Suspended sentence given to Celine’s client for the supply of cocaine, ketamine and cannabis – https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/crime/leeds-student-with-bright-future-handed-out-business-cards-advertising-cocaine-and-ketamine-for-sale-4114783
- Celine secures suspended sentence for her client in domestic violence case – https://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/23257899.unfaithful-man-smashed-way-ex-partners-house/
- Celine prosecutes on possession with the intent to supply sentence – https://www.harrogateadvertiser.co.uk/news/crime/harrogate-student-who-ran-his-own-cannabis-dealing-enterprise-and-fled-police-twice-is-spared-jail-4085870
- R v T – Successfully prosecuted a defendant charged with cultivating cannabis to a street value of £125,000;
- R v A – Prosecuted three s.47 assaults in the context of domestic violence, represented three complainants, including two children.
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Celine is a fierce advocate who consistently puts clients first and is known for her down-to-earth attitude and approach. She accepts instructions to act on behalf of parents, Children’s Guardians and Local Authorities. Celine has extensive experience in representing parents, stemming from her experience as a paralegal in a public law high-street solicitors firm prior to coming to the Bar.
Celine readily represents clients at case management hearings, issues resolution hearings, final hearings and findings of fact. Prior to practice, Celine completed her Dissertation on Re W, receiving a First-Class mark for her research, later published in the Durham Law Review. Celine was also appointed Pro Bono Project Director for Families in Care, a charity based in the North-East of England.
As both a family and criminal practitioner, Celine is able to apply acute skills developed in the criminal courts to her family practice. She has developed her ability to put clients at ease whilst honing her submission advocacy and effective witness-handling.
Celine’s vast experience is beyond her year of Call. She prioritises client care in highly sensitive cases including those of non-accidental injury, neglect, sexual abuse and so-called ‘honour’-based violence; areas in which she particularly welcomes instructions.
- T v A – Secured findings for a mother with limited cognitive functioning, with the assistance of her intermediary. Allegations included those of domestic, gang and weapons-based violence;
- A v A – Represented the Mother at a final hearing. Celine successfully opposed a child arrangements order for contact against an Applicant Father. The case centred around delicate issues of unsettled immigration status and so-called ‘honour’-based considerations within the wider maternal family.
- S v F – Represented the Father at a final hearing where violent offences were alleged against him. Secured contact between him and his child.
- H v H and H – Represented two Children via their Guardian in proceedings whose parents disagreed about their living and educational conditions. Celine secured the children’s preferred residential placement and schools. Then successfully represented the children during the appeal, an application brought by one of the parents.
- S v K – Represented the Father in his Child Arrangements Order application. The child had been removed from the Jurisdiction without his knowledge. Celine successfully rebutted the Respondent’s position, in which they sought to halt the proceedings, which would force the Father to begin a fresh application out of the Jurisdiction.
- Wakefield MDC v M v F v The Child – Celine represented the Mother who presented with limited cognitive functioning in an interim removal hearing.
Celine Kart and Oliver Latham discuss recent guidance on the use of participation directions (special measures) given in the Family Division. Click here to view.
Contact Celine’s Clerks:
Claudine Cooper on 0113 202 8604
Paul Foster on 0113 213 5209
Arnela Siranovic on 0113 213 5212