Karl graduated at the top of his year from Queen Mary, University of London before completing the BCL at Mansfield College, Oxford, where he obtained a Distinction and was awarded the Law Faculty Prize for Comparative Public Law. Upon completing the BCL, Karl began a career as a legal academic at Oxford and has been a Stipendiary Lecturer in Law and Fixed-term Fellow at various colleges for the five years prior to the commencement of his pupillage. He remains a Stipendiary Lecturer and Tutor in Law at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. During this time Karl also taught at the Universities of Bristol, Cambridge and at the LSE. He is the author of numerous publications and is the co-author (with Professor David Ormerod QC) of Smith and Hogan’s Criminal Law. Karl writes monthly case notes for the Criminal Law Review and also contributes case notes to Lloyd’s Law Reports: Financial Crime. Prior to commencing pupillage, and in conjunction with his academic work, Karl was a Team Lawyer at the Law Commission of England and Wales, where he worked on a project on firearms law (which led to the enactment of provisions in the Policing and Crime Act 2017) and also on a review of official secrets legislation. He lectures regularly to the legal profession and has delivered lectures to the Judicial College, the CPS, the Whitehall Prosecutors’ Group and the Hong Kong Department of Justice. Karl was called to the Bar by Lincoln’s Inn in 2018, having been awarded a Lord Mansfield Scholarship and a Hardwicke Entrance Award.
Karl started pupillage in Chambers in October 2018 and is currently supervised by Simon Ray.