Kaj Scarsbrook

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Year of call: 2014

Kaj is regularly instructed to both prosecute and defend, both as junior counsel and on his own. He practises both in London and across the Western Circuit.

Prior to joining chambers, Kaj worked as a general legal editor at Sweet & Maxwell. His work included editing the 2015 edition of Archbold, and working on Criminal Law Week and Wilkinson’s Road Traffic Offences.

In 2013 Kaj received a Reserve Commission from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He has since served as an officer in A (London Scottish) Company, the Guards Reserve Battalion. This has given him an inside perspective in matters involving clients from the Armed Forces.

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Kaj is a Grade 2 Prosecutor and is regularly instructed by the CPS as junior counsel in the Crown Court.  He is also frequently instructed as a led junior in major trials, and has experience dealing with complex issues of law and disclosure in such cases.

Kaj appears at all stages for clients when defending, from first appearance to trial. He has experience defending in a wide variety of cases from armed robbery to sexual offences. He handles complex legal and evidential matters whilst maintaining sensitivity and compassion for the needs and concerns of his clients.

He is experienced at advising young defendants; has taken part in training for Registered Intermediaries; and is understanding of the needs of vulnerable clients and witnesses.

Ongoing cases

  • One of several instructed by the Crown as disclosure counsel in the forthcoming Hillsborough prosecutions.
  • Operation Daraga (Bournemouth CC) – Led junior for the prosecution (led by Barry McElduff) in a large-scale Class A drugs conspiracy involving 9 defendants.
  • R v S (Birmingham CC) – Defending in a domestic s.18 allegation.
  • R v B (Southwark CC) – Prosecuting a professional footballer charger with fraud and money laundering in a case with significant media interest.

Recent notable prosecution cases

  • R v S (2018, Bristol CC) – Successful prosecution of a lone trader handling a stolen truck which involved complex ‘tracker’ evidence.
  • R v A (2018, Reading CC) – Led junior for the prosecution (led by Barry McElduff) in a high profile rape allegation.
  • R v S (2017, Central Criminal Court) – Successful prosecution of a man who was the driver in a multi-handed conspiracy to steal from parking meters in Kensington and Chelsea.
  • R v O (2016 & 2017, Lewes CC) – Disclosure counsel in a rape case involving allegations of police misconduct and substantial third-party disclosure issues, and a complete review of the disclosure process following a change in the investigating police force
  • R v M (2016, Bournemouth CC) – Led junior (led by Tony Bailey) in the successful prosecution of a former solicitor who defrauded clients during conveyancing transactions and falsified freehold and leasehold transfers for profit
  • R v A (2016, Snaresbrook CC) – Successful prosecution on appeal in a drink driving matter involving complex expert arguments relating to the functioning of evidential breath machines.
  • R v K (2016, Aylesbury CC) – Successful prosecution of a contested Proceeds of Crime Act hearing relating to the proceeds of fraudulently claiming lower mileage on second hand vehicles.

 Recent notable defence cases

  • R v B (2018, Southwark CC) – Acquittal of a vulnerable homeless man charged with exposure in Trafalgar Square where two police officers and a council worker asserted that they witnessed the offence.
  • R v MS (2017, Portsmouth CC) – Client acquitted of a burglary at trial with fingerprint evidence placing him at the scene.
  • R v N (2017, Portsmouth CC) – Client acquitted of dangerous driving and sentenced to a fine for the lesser offence of careless driving.
  • R v B (2017, Colchester Court Martial Centre) – Led by Sally Howes QC in the defence of a senior British Army Brigadier accused of negligently performing a duty in relation to claiming school fees whilst serving abroad.
  • R v K (2017, Camberwell MC) – Successfully argued against the activation of a suspended sentence for a client found guilty of a third offence of driving whilst disqualified, whilst subject to a suspended sentence for the same offence.
  • R v O (2017, Gloucester CC) – Defending a client who pleaded guilty to an organised robbery of a High Street jewellers in leading role, with 8 prior robbery convictions; sentenced to 18 months imprisonment following mitigation.
  • R v Q (2017, Portsmouth MC) – Secured an acquittal for a youth charged with three assaults on a joint enterprise basis following legal argument on the new law at the time.


  • LLB – University of York (2013)
  • BPTC – BPP Law School (2014)


  • Lincoln’s

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