Carrie Sykes

Carrie Sykes

Swansea BarristerCarrie Sykes BSc(Hons), PGDip(law) BVC.

Barrister at Law
Called 2004 (Gray’s Inn)

Originally from the Midlands, Carrie qualified as an Orthopaedic Nurse in 1983.  Around 1991, after her two sons were born Carrie was instrumental in the formation and running of a successful construction company until later reading Computing at University of Wales (first class Hons) and converting at University of Glamorgan.

Carrie achieved ‘very competent’ at the Bar Vocational Course in University of West of England with some individual ‘outstanding’ on certain modules. She completed pupillage in chambers in London where she took tenancy with a mixed civil and criminal practice. She was awarded the Kallisher Scholarship Award (Runner-up) for Criminal Law.

Carrie later moved out of the City taking an employed Bar position in an advocacy unit in Bristol where she achieved Principle Associate and took instructions for many well-known insurer clients in mixed civil work mainly personal Injury, contractual and some criminal instructions.  With her nursing background Carrie is ideally placed to deal with varied personal injury and clinical negligence matters.  Her construction industry background is invaluable in disputes relating to construction cases.

In more recent years Carrie has built a very busy practice in family work, notably Children’s Act matters. Carrie deals with both public and private law matters. She acts for local authorities, parents and extended family members, and guardian in many varied and complex cases.  Again her nursing background forms an ideal foundation with which she has built her expertise dealing with all manner of physical and sexual abuse, neglect and emotional harm cases. She is able to adapt to the needs and sensitive issues that faces all parties in such cases.

She lives in the beautiful Usk Valley and is happy to take instructions within Wales, South West, Midlands and London. Carrie is instructed in various client conferences and is happy to be instructed in file surgeries.
Carrie is exceptionally computer literate and receives instructions and evidence in electronic form. Carrie played a part in organising and judging local university mooting competitions.

Care Proceedings (Private & Public)

Carrie is taking instructions in both private and public care proceedings. Representing all parties within these matters she is able to provide a firm and reassuring approach to all parties in these often difficult and sensitive matters.  Carrie takes instructions at all levels covering matters of physical and sexual abuse, neglect and emotional harm.

Carrie accepts instructions on matters of both timetabled and urgent emergency-listed matters including many varied injunctions within the realms of family matters.  Carrie takes instructions on private residence and contact matters including complex issues.

Carrie deals with matters in relation to capacity, mental health difficulties, and drug and alcohol-related problems involving children and families generally.  Carrie is particularly interested in matters involving younger parents including minors and all manner of abuse cases (physical and sexual).

Personal Injury

Carrie has built her practice acting for both Claimants and Defendants in road traffic claims (including Credit Hire, Low Velocity Collision and Fraudulent Claims), Animals Act, employers’ liability, occupier’s liability, highway tripping. Carrie has a particular interest and recent success in cost issues at Approval hearings (small claims argument and counsel fee). Notably reported case of “Diga v Waite”.
Carrie has considerable experience in advisory work, and pleadings.

She accepts instructions at all levels of the fast track and multi track and undertakes work at all stages of the litigation process from pre-issue advisory work, drafting and applications, through appeals.


Carrie has considerable experience of acting at inquests in the Coroner’s Court for:
Claimants and Defendants in road traffic fatality cases.
The families of people believed to have died as a result of clinical negligence including Jury Inquests

Civil Litigation

Carrie is frequently instructed for Claimants and Defendants and advises in a range of:
Contract disputes including building and construction contracts
Breach of Contract
Sale of Goods Act, and the Sale and Supply of Goods Act.

Clinical Negligence

Carrie accepts instructions on clinical negligence matters.


Carrie has a wide range of experience acting for both Defence and Prosecution in a broad range of matters in both the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts.
Carrie is frequently instructed in matters particularly relating to road traffic matters and with an interest in the recent changes to the Road traffic Act with drivers facing charges of Death by Careless and similar.
At Bar School Carrie was awarded the runner-up Kallisher Scholarship prize


Carrie has experience in matters dealing with bankruptcy petitions, winding up petitions, setting aside statutory demands, possession orders and charging orders.

Significant cases

Vane v Baker (2004) On behalf of the Defendant successfully arguing a case dealing with the issue of part 36 costs following acceptance of an offer out of time.
Diga v Waite (2009) On behalf of an infant in receipt of settlement below the fast track value successfully arguing for predictive fee costs
Successfully conducting a case for misrepresentation on the purchase of a defective classic car followed by successfully defending the appeal on the same matter.
Four–day jury inquest for a patient who died whilst in the care of the Health Authority
Representing an elderly driver charged with Death by Careless in the criminal proceedings and inquest.


2003- 2004  BVC, University of West of England Law School;
2002- 2003  Law Conversion Course, University of Glamorgan;
1999- 2002  BSc (Hons) First Class Computing, University of Wales;
1983        Orthopaedic Nursing Certificate, Coventry School Of Nursing.


Carrie is enjoys fishing (Game and Sea fishing), is a keen skier, horse riding, enjoys travel and occasionally golf.  Carrie has an interest in bird watching and walking and is also a qualified BSAC Ocean Diver.

Carrie is a qualified direct access barrister and accepts instructions under the Direct Access scheme.

Carrie Sykes is a barrister registered with Bar Standards Board of England and Wales. She is a sole practitioner and has professional liability insurance provided by the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund Ltd., Bar Mutual Management Company, 90 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 4ST   Bar Mutual provides cover for claims brought anywhere in the world.

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