Chiara Maddocks

Called in 2011

About Chiara Maddocks

Called in 2011

Since successfully completing pupillage in chambers Chiara has developed a strong practice in crime, and regularly receives instructions in immigration and family matters. Her easy manner with clients and excellent advocacy skills have led to instruction in several high profile media cases.

Chiara has extensive experience in cases involving mental health, fitness to plead and fitness to stand trial issues, and excels in representing young and vulnerable clients.

She demonstrates excellent case preparation including disclosure, PII and 3rd party disclosure in both criminal and civil matters. Chiara has extensive experience of cross-examination of expert witnesses, in relation to such diverse matters as forensics, DNA, cell site analysis and facial mapping.

Chiara gained extensive experience in Proceeds of Crime matters, having worked on leading cases at both the Serious Organised Crime Agency and the Assets Recovery Agency before starting pupillage.

Chiara welcomes instructions in disciplinary and regulatory work, and has appeared before various professional bodies such as the The British Cycling Federation and the Traffic Commissioners Office.

Most recently Chiara has completed a three month consultancy at the Rwandan Supreme Court where she advised on and drafted sentencing guidelines. This culminated in leading a four day working group with leading members of the judiciary.


Grays Inn

Criminal Bar Association



Committee member Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Bar Mess

Former secretary for parliamentary group ‘Care Leavers Voice’





Chiara lectures regularly on all aspects of criminal law. She has also given media interviews in respect of complex legal issues, such as as “Omissions as Criminal Acts” and Joint Enterprise.

Criminal Law

R v M & others, Snaresbrook Crown Court (2014 – present) – led junior on a 10 weeks human trafficking trial involving complex argument on legal definitions. Instructed currently in retrial and additional rape and false imprisonment offences.

R v G & others, Central Criminal Court (2014) – led junior in a manslaughter and armed robbery trial.

R v B & others, Lewes Crown Court (2013) – A two handed violent robbery in a brothel. Case required extensive cross-examination of vulnerable witnesses.

R v O’S & others, Inner London Crown Court (2013) – A five handed burglary of a non-dwelling for copper cabling.

R v T, Willesden Green Magistrates Court (2013) – Issues as to whether the defendant was fit to plead. Subsequent successful application for an intermediary for trial.

R v T, Wimbledon Youth Court (2012) – Case dismissed after successful abuse of process argument, following failure of police to interrogate the defendant’s mobile handset.

R v D, St Albans Magistrates Court (2013) – Crown offered no evidence following a successful abuse of process argument following failure to serve CCTV evidence.

R v C , Bexley Magistrates Court (2013) – Acquittals on several charges of assaulting a police constable in his duty after cross-examination of the Officers about clear breaches of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act. Led to action against the police officers.

Family Law

H v C, St Albans County Court (2014) – Representing a mother in contact proceedings, the client is particularly vulnerable owing to her extensive learning difficulties.

S v K&H, Chelmsford County Court (2013) – Successfully represented a mother in her application for a Residence Order, and contesting contact applications amidst allegations of sexual abuse and international criminal convictions.

G v Z, Chelmsford County Court (2013) – Represented mother in proceedings involving complex jurisdictional issues and allegations of serious domestic violence

S v S, Croydon County Court (2013) – Represented a spouse in an application made under TLATA involving complex arguments regarding overseas property and pension sharing

Immigration Law

Mahmoud Abdurahman v SSHD, Taylor House AIT (2014) – Successful Asylum appeal arguing minority clan membership in Somalia.

Adeyemi Odamo v ECO (Lagos), Field House AIT (2013) – Successfully defended an attempt by the Home Office to overturn a successful appeal of the ECO’s decision to refuse entry into the UK.

International Law

Supreme Court of Rwanda (February – May 2015)

Consultancy to the Supreme Court, responsible for advising and drafting sentencing guidelines on offences including murder, rape, defilement, corruption, genocidal ideology and embezzlement.

Chiara has also assisted in cross- border civil proceedings in Italy.

Regulatory Law

Chiara has appeared before the Traffic Commissioner’s across the United Kingdom. She has also acted for individuals in disciplinary proceedings before British cycling, on all occasions ensuring that the


Darren Sutherland Inquest, Croydon Coroner’s Court (2012) – Represented an interested party into the suicide of the young professional boxer