Gudrun Young 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, inquests, 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 Young accepts Direct Access instructions.
“A strong advocate with a range of experience and careful client care skills with difficult and vulnerable defendants.” – Legal 500 2017