Carolina Bracken


"She is extremely knowledgeable without an ounce of arrogance. Very grounded and a pleasure to work with"

- Instructing Solicitor


Carolina’s busy practice encompasses a broad variety of criminal cases. She is regularly instructed in drugs and fraud cases for her proficiency throughout the criminal trial, and during confiscation proceedings. Recent instructions include representing the defendant who was the link between the cocaine importers and the Organised Crime Group subject to the indicted conspiracy, a benefit fraud dismissed at half time, and securing a suspended sentence for a care worker who had pleaded guilty to neglect. 

Professional Discipline

Carolina frequently represents professionals before their disciplinary tribunal. She is often instructed to act in disciplinary proceedings having represented the professional during the linked criminal prosecution. She has particular experience representing medical professionals, appearing before the GPhC, NMC, GDC, and HCPC, as well as police officers.

Regulatory and Consumer

Carolina is instructed by several trading standards departments in relation to a wide range of consumer cases. She is often instructed prior to charge, and is sought after for her ability to act from that early stage, throughout the trial, and during the confiscation stage. Current instructions include a large scale travel agency fraud, and a contractual dispute involving unenforceable penalty clauses. 

During her secondment as Senior Prosecutor at the Brent and Harrow Trading Standards Service, she was involved in the Service’s civil forfeiture caseload, and provided advice in relation to the Enterprise Act 2002.

In addition, Carolina prosecutes on behalf of Local Authorities in a variety of criminal cases, including Town and Country Planning Act offences, environmental offences, and health and safety prosecutions. She also acts for the police in applications for Football Banning Orders, including contested applications. 


Carolina has conspicuous expertise in representing interested parties under the new section 10A of the Proceeds of Crime Act. She is able to deploy her knowledge of property law and trusts in order to protect her clients’ assets from confiscation. Through experience, she has learnt how the involvement of a third party can also assist the defendant in reducing the assets available for confiscation. Carolina is often instructed by third parties on a direct access basis.

For the defence, Carolina is regularly instructed in high-value confiscation proceedings, particularly arising out of convictions for supplying drugs and fraud. Additionally, she advises and represents Local Authorities in POCA proceedings, often following a successful trial. 

Fare Evasion and Road Traffic

Carolina’s clients charged with fare evasion often have no experience of the criminal justice system, and she understands their concerns about the ramifications of having a criminal record. Drawing on her considerable experience of fare evasion cases, Carolina frequently persuades prosecuting authorities to discontinue proceedings against her clients through written representations, without the need for a court hearing. Carolina is a registered direct access practitioner and welcomes instructions from members of the public. On a direct access basis, she is able to advise and represent clients at each stage, from the moment they are stopped by ticket inspectors, up to and including the trial. 

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Carolina Bracken
Carolina Bracken

Specialist Areas

  • Customs and Excise Offences
  • Drug Offences
  • Theft and Dishonesty
  • Firearms Offences
  • Corporate Crime
  • Business Crime & Financial Services
  • Serious Sexual Offences
  • General Crime
  • Assault and Violent Crime
  • Driving Offences
  • Professional Discipline & Regulatory
  • Consumer Law



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