Gudrun Young

Gudrun Young

"A strong advocate with a range of experience and careful client care skills with difficult and vulnerable defendants."

Legal 500 2017
Year of call: 2001
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Criminal Defence

Gudrun is a highly specialised and experienced criminal defence advocate with a practice that encompasses the full spectrum of offences including murder, non-fatal violence, organised crime, money-laundering, fraud, confiscation and large scale drug conspiracies.  In recent years she has appeared in a large number of murder and manslaughter cases of the utmost gravity and complexity.

She has particular expertise in conducting serious sexual cases, acting as both leading and junior counsel. She is very experienced in complex matters involving children and vulnerable witnesses and cases involving allegations of institutional and historic sexual abuse and is particularly sought after in this field.

Gudrun has also written about and lectured extensively on the subject of sexual offences.

A large amount of her work involves scientific and expert evidence requiring extensive knowledge and expertise of DNA, fibres, pathology, neuropathology, psychiatric issues and psychology.  She has great skill and experience in cases involving mental health issues and expert evidence.


R v KA (2018)

Successfully defended Dr K, a trainee GP charged with one count of assault by penetration and six counts of sexual assault. He was alleged to have assaulted four different women over a nine week period. All of the allegations related to what the Crown said were “unnecessary” examinations performed in the course of patient consultations. Some of the counts related to examinations of an intimate nature. He was unanimously acquitted of all counts by the jury.

R v Robert Meekoms (2016)

 Successfully represented a man accused of historic sexual offences allegedly committed against his daughter who suffered from severe learning difficulties and autism.

R v Adam Johnson (2016)

Junior Counsel on behalf of Sunderland and England footballer, Adam Johnson at his trial on two charges of sexual activity with a child, relating to an incident between him and a 15 year old fan.  Following a 3 week trial at Bradford Crown Court he was unanimously acquitted of the most serious charge, but convicted of a lesser charge of digital penetration. The case attracted widespread publicity in the national and international press.

R v Blaga & Ors (2015)

Multi-handed case involving numerous individuals alleged to be part of a large-scale, sophisticated criminal organisation trafficking women from Hungary to work as prostitutes in brothels throughout the United Kingdom.

R v Mirga & Ors (2015)

Multi-handed “grooming” case involving a gang who targeted vulnerable children in the Peterborough area and committed numerous offences of rape, forced prostitution and sexual assault upon a large number of girls, including one with significant learning difficulties.  Represented one of the few defendants to be acquitted, who himself had learning difficulties and required the use of an intermediary.

R v Jones & Jones (2015)

Successfully represented a mother accused of complicity in horrific allegations of sexual abuse said to have been committed by her husband.

R v Vernon Quaintance (2015)

Historic allegations of abuse by multiple complainants against a senior figure within the Catholic Church dating back 40 – 50 years.

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