Year of Call: 2014
Inn of Court: Inner Temple
‘A dedicated advocate who will go the extra mile’ – Crime – Leading Juniors (Legal 500 – 2020)
Clea Topolski has an extensive general crime and extradition practice spanning over 12 years having been called to the Bar in 2014 after qualifying as a solicitor six years previously.
As a led junior and junior alone, Clea has an exclusive defence practice in general crime.
She is regularly instructed in cases involving serious violence and organized crime. She is often instructed in high profile murders and serious assaults. Clea is consistently instructed in cases involving conspiracy to supply large quantities of class A drugs as well as cases involving conspiracy to rob.
Clea is a specialist in serious sexual offences. She is regularly instructed in matters of historic sexual offences, rape and matters involving both vulnerable defendants and witnesses. She is expert at and has been commended for careful and concise cross-examination.
She always applies her meticulous case preparation with any case she is instructed on. Her manner and professionalism puts both the lay and professional client at ease, whatever the case.
Clea is adept at making clients feel at ease and is able to combine professional advice and representation with a friendly manner. She has extensive experience in dealing with both the extremely vulnerable who suffer from mental illness, and with younger clients.
Clea is a founding member of a programme developed by Chambers to give pupils from non-traditional backgrounds, access to life at the criminal Bar. Through this programme, Chambers have developed a relationship with two secondary schools in London, which gives interested students an opportunity to undertake mini-pupilages with members of Charter Chambers. The programme has been a resounding success.
Clea is a Pupil Supervisor.
Charter Chambers and its members are regulated by the Bar Standards Board
R v T 2020 – Central Criminal Court – led junior in a two-handed murder resulting in acquittal.
R v L 2020 – Kingston Crown Court – large scale conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
R v D 2019 – Kingston crown court successfully argued a stay of proceedings as an
abuse of process in a multi handed s18 trial.
R v F 2019 – Maidstone crown court defended in the first of three trials of a large scale prison mutiny case. One of the few defendants to be acquitted of Criminal Damage
R v T 2019 – Blackfriars Crown Court – defended in the original trial of this modern slavery case which resulted in a hung jury in January. Made a successful half time submission in the re-trial in October.
R v S (2018) Central Criminal Court – led junior in a murder committed in a domestic setting, with a 12 year old as the Crown’s key witness.
R v B (Feb 2018) historic sexual assault on the step-child in the familial home R v D (Jan 2018) multi-handed s18 assault
R v J (Jun 2018) historic sexual assault and buggery of children
R v. H  – Defended a man charged with multiple rapes, false imprisonment and assault which included careful cross-examination of a witness with learning difficulties
R v. R  – Successfully defended a man charged with sexual assault
R v. D  – Represented a man in a large conspiracy to burgle residential properties spanning over 5 years
R v. O  – Represented the bride in a sham marriage trial
- LL.B (Hons), University College London
- Criminal Bar Association
Areas of Specialism
A specialist in serious violent crimes, she is well-known for her client care and ability to provide advice regarding often complex cases in a friendly and clear manner. She has substantial experience dealing with vulnerable clients, whether suffering from mental illness or of a young age.
She has a growing practice in extradition where she represents clients from final hearings to appeals in the High Court.