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Karim Khalil QC

One Paper Buildings - London

  • 1 Paper Buildings
  • Temple
  • London, Greater London, UK
  • EC4Y 7EP

Practice Areas

Karim Khalil QC is Head of Chambers at One Paper Buildings, working mainly in London and the South East, although he is being instructed increasingly across the country. He is equally in demand for defence and prosecution work and has been instructed in most of the high profile and high value matters to arise on Circuit in recent years, including those relating to significant Police informants. Karim was called to the Bar in 1984, became one of the youngest Recorders, and took Silk in 2003 before prosecuting Ian Huntley & Maxine Carr (Soham murders). He covers a diverse range of work, including murder, sexual offences, drug trafficking, serious fraud (including Revenue, Customs & Excise and MTIC), Health & Safety, and Sport law. As a Cambridge University graduate he can call upon the finest experts when considering new challenges, making him a leading Silk in the cross examination of scientific experts in many fields (including pathology, neuropathology, genetics, palynology and mineralogy). His opinion is sought in significant “cold case reviews”. He represents appellants before the VAT Tribunal (usually following assertions of VAT/MTIC fraud); he is instructed in significant POCA proceedings and has undertaken criminal and civil litigation relating to company fraud plus civil claims against the police and prison service. He represented a Cambridge College against the HSE. Karim has promoted computerised presentation of evidence in Court, writes the chapter on Confiscation Law in “Fraud: Law Practice & Procedure” and is a member of many professional bodies, including the British Academy of Forensic Sciences (to whom he presented the keynote speech on “The Science of the Soham Murders”).

Professional Memberships

SE Circuit, SE Circuit Liaison Committee (Chairman), CBA, Norwich Bar Mess, Cambridge Bar Mess (Chairman), three years on the Professional Conduct and Complaints Committee, Bar disciplinary Tribunal member.


Cheadle Hulme School (Manchester), Queen's College (Cambridge), called to the Bar 1984, Assistant Recorder 1997, Recorder 2000, Queen's Counsel 2003.


Fraud: Law, Practice and Procedure - chapter on confiscation.


Married with two sons. Member of Hawks Club and Okeford Duck Golf Society; alto sax in The Eye; lacrosse player now turned to tennis and golf.