Celine Kart

Year of call:

2021

Education:

2021 - BPP Leeds - BPTC "Very Competent"/Merit

2020 - Durham University - LLB (Hons) 2:1 Achieved

Career:

2020 - Paralegal at Bradford Family Law, Bradford

2021 - Pupil at Park Square Barristers, Leeds

2022 - Tenant at Park Square Barristers

Appointments:

CPS Grade 2 Prosecutor

‘Not Beyond Redemption’ Pro-Bono Panellist

Memberships:

2021 - Present - North Eastern Circuit

2020 - Present - The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple

Awards:

2023 - Legal 500 'Raising Star'

2020 - Unsung Hero Award, Durham University (St. Chad’s College)

2020 - Sandi Russell Memorial Scholarship, Durham University (St. Chad’s College)

2020 - J.B. Montagu Award, The Honourable Society of Middle Temple

2019 - Access to the Bar Award, The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple

Languages:

Turkish (Basic)

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, pragmatic, and meticulous approach to her cases.

Celine’s caseload includes sexual, drugs and violent offences. She has a strong practice in both prosecution and defence work; and is a Grade 2 Prosecutor. Celine is adept at witness-handling and cross-examination, having completed the Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Training Course, focusing on Ground Rules Hearings and s.28 hearings. She continues to be instructed in sexual offence cases of the most serious nature, and often concerning child witnesses. Prior to coming to the Bar, Celine undertook specialist training in partnership with Rape Crisis, supporting witnesses within sexual offence trials. She often represents clients who are deemed ‘unfit’ to plead and stand trial and is skilled in building a rapport with them.

Celine regularly prosecutes and defends in the Crown Court and Magistrates’ Court, and has appeared in the Court of Appeal. She possesses an acute ability to tailor her advocacy to suit her tribunal, coupled with thinking effectively on her feet. Celine continues to be committed to securing the best possible outcome for both professional and lay clients, and often receives positive judicial feedback in doing so.

Reported defence cases:

  • Celine defends in conspiracy to supply heroin as a Led Junior – Click here to view BBC report
  • Celine secures 12-month sentence for intentional strangulation and assault with knife  – Click here to view Keighley News report
  • Suspended sentence given to Celine’s client following dangerous dog offence – Click here to view Lancashire Telegraph report
  • Suspended sentence given to Celine’s client for the supply of cocaine, ketamine and cannabis – Click here to view Yorkshire Evening Post report
  • Celine secures suspended sentence for her client in domestic violence case – Click here to view The Telegraph & Argus report

Reported prosecution cases:

  • ‘Leeds United fan Carl O’Brien strangled steward at Elland Road’ – Click here to view York Press report
  • ‘Shameful treasurer stole £38,000 of village social club’s cash to feed gambling addiction’ – Click here to view report
  • ‘Man threatened to rape and kill mum of his late child after smashing her window’ – Click here to view Yahoo News report

Recent Defence Cases:

  • R v S – Defended as junior alone for offences of rape and false imprisonment;
  • R v G – Secured suspended sentence for distribution of indecent images;
  • 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.

Recent Prosecution Cases

  • R v W – Successfully prosecuted at trial for robbery and theft;
  • 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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