Kiera Vinall

Barrister | Called 2022

Danae Larham


Kiera Vinall has a busy and varied practice and accepts instructions across all Chambers’ Practice Areas, with a focus on criminal and regulatory matters.

Kiera is developing a broad practice covering a spectrum of criminal offences in which she both prosecutes and defends in the Crown, Magistrates’ and Youth Courts.

These include serious violence, drug offences, weapons offences, public order offences, dishonesty offences and road traffic proceedings.

Kiera builds a strong rapport with lay and professional clients, her meticulous case preparation allows her to provide realistic advice and instills confidence in her clients.

Kiera prosecutes on behalf of the CPS, and is a Level 1 Panel Advocate for General Crime. Kiera appears regularly on behalf of the Probation Service in respect of Crown Court breach proceedings.

In respect of quasi-criminal matters, Kiera has experience defending applications for Sexual Harm Prevention Orders and Stalking Protection Orders.

Kiera has a growing professional discipline and regulatory practice and is keen to develop her practice in this area. She is a case presenter for the Nursing and Midwifery Council and has been instructed in interim and substantive fitness to practice hearings.

Prior to commencing pupillage at Cornwall Street, Kiera was a Senior Paralegal at a busy solicitor’s firm where she successfully managed her own caseload of criminal defence and regulatory work. She undertook a broad range of duties, assisting the Managing Partner in a variety of matters including murder, manslaughter and serious sexual offences. As a result of her work as a paralegal, Kiera has a firm understanding of the demands placed on solicitors and the importance of building strong working relationships with those instructing her.


  • Bar Practice Course (BPC) (Very Competent), University of Law
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) (First Class Honours), Queen’s University, Belfast

Kiera’s expertise


Kiera is developing a broad criminal practice and is regularly instructed in a variety of cases involving inter alia serious violence, drug offences, weapons offences, public order offences, dishonesty offences and road traffic proceedings.

Notable Cases

R v C – Successfully resisted an application to rely upon a 999 call and BWV of an initial account under res gestae resulting in the Crown offering no evidence.
R v L – Successfully defended a father who had been accused of assaulting his disabled child. He was acquitted and at the conclusion of the trial the Judge stated he was impressed by Kiera’s “superb cross-examination of child witnesses.”
R v A – Defended an individual of good character in respect of harassment against multiple complainants, following representations to the CPS, the matter was resolved by way of a non-conviction restraining order.
R v E – Successfully defended six charges of domestic violence including assaults and threats to kill. Following trial, the client was acquitted of all charges.
R v C – Successfully argued that a suspended sentence order should be imposed despite an offence being a serious ABH which was originally charged as GBH.
R v K – Defended a youth client in a s18 GBH matter arising out of a county lines drug dispute.
R v G – Represented an individual charged with threats to kill. Kiera made written submissions to the CPS that the offence was not made out and further that it was not in the public interest to prosecute. As a result of these submissions, the Crown offered no evidence and the defendant was released from custody.
R v M – Employed the use of psychiatric evidence when defending in an arson being reckless as to whether life is endangered matter.
R v D – Defended a matter of possession of a firearm when prohibited and possession of an explosive substance.
R v V – Mitigated a matter of fraudulent evasion of excise duty totalling £1.5 million to a sentence of just 2 years following mitigation despite the sophistic nature of offending.
R v M – Submitted a basis of plea on behalf of a defendant facing his second conviction for PWITS Class A charges. The Crown had originally placed the matter with a starting point of 8 years 6 months custody, however as a result of the basis, which could not be contested, the sentence imposed was one of 3 years.


Kiera is a case presenter for the Nursing and Midwifery Council and has been instructed in interim and substantive fitness to practice hearings.

She has assisted in preparing matters for General Medical Council and Teaching Regulation Agency misconduct hearings.

She has advised on and produced written representations in respect of Firearms Licence Appeal matters where revocation was based upon the insecure storage of weapons.


Kiera is regularly instructed in road traffic matters for both claimants and defendants. She is adept at handling all aspects of credit hire.

She is also instructed in personal injury matters such as infant settlement approvals and Stage 3 disposals.

She has experience in Landlord and Tenant matters including possession proceedings.


Kiera accepts instructions in domestic abuse injunction proceedings, including non-molestation and occupation orders. She is eager to expand her family law practice.

Scholarships and Awards
  • The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn – Cassel Scholarship
Professional Memberships
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Women in Criminal Law
  • Crown Prosecution Service General Crime, Grade 1
  • Youth Court, Registered Advocate
  • The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn

“Miss Vinall has appeared before me in a number of hearings and on every occasion, I have been impressed with her advocacy. She has been clear, concise and focused only on the pertinent points that I required to reach a decision” – District Judge

“I’ve found Kiera to be an able lawyer and advocate. She has a confidence and steely determination beyond her years or her call.” – Counsel