Meet The Barrister: Carol Mashembo

Carol is a specialist family barrister representing clients at all levels of court, in all matters of family finance and private law children. ‘Direct Access’ trained, Carol is also qualified to accept instructions, in appropriate cases, directly from clients to provide legal advice, representation and advocacy.


We spent 5 minutes with Carol to ask her some questions about her life.

Q: What do you love most about Exeter?
A: It’s a small vibrant city with a progressive commercial centre. I love how you can walk along Southernhay at lunchtime and always bump into a colleague

Q: What has been the highlight of your time at the Bar so far?
A: Being part of the Western Circuit Womens Forum. We are making a real difference to supporting and retaining women at the Bar on Circuit and I am so proud of the work we are doing.

Q: What do you think makes the Magdalen Chambers stand out from the rest?
A: We are a really friendly set and members are very supportive of each other. We take wellbeing in Chambers really seriously and the clerks room is professional and motivated.

Q: Where is your favourite place in the World?
A: Pienza – it’s a medieval walled village in Tuscany. It was designed as a perfect village and has street names such as ‘The Street of Kisses’. The food and drink are amazing, and the surrounding landscape is stunning. You can enjoy a glass of wine overlooking the countryside where the Gladiator was filmed. Timeless.

Q: What was your nickname at School?
A: I didn’t have one but I let a few people now get away with calling me Masher, even at Court!