Gudrun Young KC is a highly sought-after barrister specialising in criminal defence, inquests, serious fraud, regulatory law and professional discipline.
She is regularly instructed in the most serious and high-profile cases. Her criminal practice encompasses murder, sexual offences, organised crime, large scale drug conspiracies, money-laundering and complex fraud. She has particular expertise in conducting cases involving sexual allegations, often involving the cross-examination of young or vulnerable witnesses.
In the field of professional discipline, Gudrun has represented a wide variety of professionals including teachers, nurses, doctors and dentists. She also advises in respect of related appellate proceedings in the High Court.
Gudrun is regularly instructed in coronial proceedings for both individuals and companies. Current instructions include representing a superbike racer who’s wife fell to her death from a Dubai hotel whilst they were celebrating their honeymoon and the Grand Canyon helicopter crash.
In recent years she has extended her practice to include civil personal injury litigation: her cases have included a complex occupational stress claim and one of the first “modern slavery” claims to have been litigated in the UK.
She is known to be a first-class advocate with a fierce intelligence and a meticulous eye for detail. Her preparation is impeccable and she works tirelessly on behalf of her clients. She combines this with having an approachable manner and an air of calm confidence that puts clients at ease.
Judges whom she has appeared in front of have described her as “outstanding”, “highly intelligent” and a “formidable advocate”. One who recently tried a case in which she appeared for the defence commented that she did a “fantastic job” and that her client was “superbly represented”. Another said that her closing speech to the jury was the “the best I have ever heard”.
Gudrun’s rare combination of skills means that she regularly wins even the most difficult of cases. She is an advocate with a proven track record of providing exceptional representation to every one of her clients.
Gudrun accepts Direct Access instructions.
She was nominated as Crime Junior of the Year by Legal 500 2020.
What others say:
“Gudrun is a class act, she is a sublime advocate. She is hard-working, brilliant with clients and highly sought-after.” – Legal 500 UK 2023
“Particularly good at handling highly emotionally charged men as she establishes that she is the expert and that they need to listen and follow her advice. She is a fearless, forthright and dynamic barrister.” – Chambers UK 2022
“Gudrun is a brilliant, with straightforward communication with clients, juries and the judiciary. She is exceptionally hardworking. Gudrun is strategically astute, has a keen eye for detail and is also a persuasive advocate. She fiercely fights in her clients’ corner, but she is also respected by her opponents.” – Legal 500 UK 2022
“Her judgement and abilities as an advocate are superior to most others of her call.” “Fantastic with clients and great in court, she is really bright.” “A really good advocate who is particularly good on serious sexual offence cases.” – Chambers UK 2021
“Gudrun is an excellent advocate, clients love her and her cross-examination skills are exemplary. Gudrun is able to quickly sieve through vast amounts of evidence to get to the crux of the matter. Gudrun is able to get even the most difficult of clients on side and is particularly good with youth defendants and those with mental health issues.” – Legal 500 2021
“Very effective before the jury. Her closing speech was on the one hand extremely comprehensive but also easily digestible for the jury, who were entertained whilst having the law clearly explained to them. She was also particularly detailed in her preparation and supportive of an anxious client.” – Chamber UK 2020
“She brings a fresh and innovative approach, especially in sex cases.” – Legal 500 2020
“Extremely talented – she is good with clients, hardworking and puts effort into everything.” – Legal 500 2019
“A strong advocate with a range of experience and careful client care skills with difficult and vulnerable defendants.” – Legal 500 2017