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Irene Karidas

Trainee Solicitor

Criminal Defence and Extradition

Irene is a trainee solicitor in our Crime, Fraud and Regulatory team.

Irene works on a wide variety of serious and complex criminal law cases to include sexual offences, terrorism, protest-related criminal allegations and international law involving serious human rights allegations. She has a particular interest in criminal cases that have a family law cross over.

Previously during her training contract Irene worked in the Family and Matrimonial team. She assisted on cases covering a broad range of areas in family law, including private children’s cases involving child residency. She supported solicitors with cases on wardship proceedings, FGM, transnational spousal abandonment and concerning the recognition and enforcement of foreign orders. Irene has also focused on cases concerning financial issues arising from marital relationship breakdowns, and has experience working on cases representing parents, local authorities and children’s guardians in public law children cases. These involved domestic abuse, drug and alcohol misuse, mental health, non-accidental injury, and Deprivation of Liberty (DOLS).

Education and career
  • Irene studied the LLB in law at the University of Warwick and is currently doing the LPC at BPP University.
  • Irene has a Masters in Medical Law from King’s College London.
  • Irene has previously worked as a paralegal in consumer law, faulty medical devices, product safety and personal injury and has also worked as part of an NHS in-house legal team.
  • Irene has also gained worked experience in matrimonial law in a law firm in Athens, Greece.
  • Irene joined Bindmans as a paralegal in 2021.
  • She became a trainee solicitor in March 2023.

Irene has supported solicitors who worked on:

  • Re H-N and Others (children) (domestic abuse: finding of fact hearings) [2021] EWCA Civ 448.
  • Re A (A Child: Findings of Fact) [2022] EWCA Civ 1652.
Professional memberships
  • Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL)
More about Irene
  • Irene has a keen interest in promoting access to justice and upholding human rights. She was part of Warwick Pro-Bono Society and worked on a project called ‘Youth Inspire’ teaching young children about human rights injustices in history and the importance of human rights today. During her time at Warwick, she also worked on the Death Penalty Project, assisting US attorneys in their case load dealing with defendants on Death Row.
  • Irene volunteers at Temple Legal Clinic assisting with pro bono work in family law.
  • Irene has an interest in medical decisions involving children and focused on this during her academic studies in medical law.
  • Irene is fluent in Greek.