Maria Karaiskos

  • Year of Call 2000

Introduction

Introduction

Maria is a highly regarded barrister who is well known for her meticulous preparation, fearless approach to each case and persuasive style in Court. She has strong legal skills, intelligent case planning and full commitment to each case she undertakes. She is an excellent communicator who holds the confidence of each client and the Court. 

Maria prosecutes and defends with equal dedication. She is an accredited grade 3 serious crime and sexual offences prosecutor. Her practice includes cases of homicide, manslaughter, substantial violence, rape and other serious sexual offences (including historic sexual abuse), multi-handed drug conspiracies and drug importations, money laundering, false accounting and the full spectrum of dishonesty offences.  

Maria's portfolio of cases includes defending in the high-profile ‘Blue Lagoon’ murder; allegations of a multi-million pound fraud by a solicitor in Birmingham; allegations of rape by a former Premier League footballer; large-scale drugs conspiracies in Stafford; and road traffic public enquiries and hearings before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. Maria has prosecuted Parliament Square protestors; human trafficking rings from Romania; and in a variety of regulatory cases involving health and safety breaches in London restaurants. She has successfully advised Treasury Council on "unduly lenient" sentences in human trafficking cases: [2010] EWCA Crim 2341.

Maria has completed specialist vulnerable witness training.

Maria's advocacy skills are recognised in her appointment as an accredited advocacy trainer at Middle Temple and Lincoln's Inn and an external advocacy assessor to the Crown Prosecution Service.

Maria also sits in a judicial capacity in the Crown Court (as a Recorder) and in the Magistrates Court (as a Deputy District Judge).

Notable Cases

Notable Cases

Examples of Maria's reported and recent cases include: 

R v CS [2018] Lewes Crown Court: successful Prosecution of a Murder Trial, where the defendant shot his wife and mother in law multiple times with a stolen semi-automatic rifle.

R v PW [2016] EWCA Crim 745 (Court of Appeal): Sexual images on social media where the distributor was the maker and appeared in the indecent image; mens rea and strict liability.

R v JM [2015] EWCA Crim 1928 (Court of Appeal): Abuse of process in sexual allegations from the 1950s; use of preparatory hearing; severance.

2015-2016 Barnstaple Crown Court: Ground-breaking prosecution of the (then) oldest man in the country for prolific sexual offences; unique use of special measures to accommodate the physical needs of the defendant.

2015 Birmingham Crown Court: Prosecuting gross negligence manslaughter and substantial breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act before Mr Justice Popplewell.

2014-2015 Southwark Crown Court: Defending Lloyds/HBOS money laundering conspiracy (over 1 million pages of used/unused material).

R v Waste4Fuel et al [2014] EWHC 2484 (QBD) Defending contempt of court trial, breaches of environmental regulations and injunctions before Mr Justice Eady.

Qualifications

Qualifications

LLB (Hons), University College London

Bar Vocational Course, Inns of Court School of Law, Outstanding Civil and Criminal Litigation

The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple: Hardwicke and Harold G. Fox Scholar

Appointments

Appointments

Appointed a Recorder in the Crown Court (North East Circuit) in 2018, following successful completion of a competition involving 2500 applicants.

Appointed a District Judge (Deputy) in the Magistrates Court in 2017, one of a handful of appointments from a pool of more than 1,200 applicants.

Appointed as an accredited advocacy trainer at Middle Temple and Lincoln's Inn.

Appointed external advocacy assessor to the Crown Prosecution Service.

Languages

Languages

Maria is fluent in modern Greek.

Memberships

Memberships

Criminal Bar Association

South East Circuit

Testimonials

Testimonials

"Maria possesses all the qualities of an experienced, intelligent, mature and very articulate advocate"

"A real star"

"She is calm and considered when working under pressure"

"Maria can assimilate vast amounts of material and is one of the quickest advocates I know for  reading each case with accuracy and an eye for detail."