Tara McCarthy

Called:1997 Lincoln's Inn

Specialisms:Crime, Financial & Regulatory Crime



All aspects of criminal law in the Crown Court and Appellate Courts





She has been instructed as a junior in a number of high-profile murder cases:


  • Restaurant stabbing (Oxford Crown Court 2002)
  • Domestic violence (Oxford Crown Court 2002)
  • Insulin overdose (Central Criminal Court 2005)
  • Strangulation (Central Criminal Court 2006)
  • Stabbing (St Albans Crown Court 2006)


Tara is on the Crown Prosecution Service rape list and has been instructed to both prosecute and defend in numerous rape and sexual abuse cases. These have included:


  • Gang rape (as junior at Wood Green Crown Court 2007)
  • Historic rape allegations (Norwich Crown Court 2006, Woolwich Crown Court 2007)
  • Incest and sex with animals (Snaresbrook Crown Court 2007)
  • Child pornography (Sanresbrook Crown Court 2007)
  • Child cruelty (Wood Green Crown Court 2006, Snaresbrook Crown Court (2008))


Tara is also regularly instructed to both prosecute and defend in large-scale drug cases. These have been proactive investigations which have included complex disclosure issues. These have included several cases of conspiracy to supply class A drugs across the South Eastern Circuit (Aylesbury Crown Court 2003/2004, Reading Crown Court 2005, Snaresbrook Crown Court 2008).
She has also been involved in significant confiscation proceedings.
Additional instructions have included a number of large-scale conspiracies and organised crime cases (involving robberies, high-value thefts and handling stolen goods), perjury (Nottingham Crown Court 2007) and violent assaults involving juveniles.





Criminal Bar Association

South Eastern Circuit

Association of Women Barristers

North London Bar Mess