Year of Call: 2010

Inn of Court: Lincoln’s Inn


Areas of Practice: Family law, court of protection, immigration law and civil law.


References

“Charlotte is always a pleasure to instruct and liked by clients. She is brilliant at analysing the case, advising on all of the issues, and managing cases.  She has great attention to detail and is a tough but realistic negotiator.  Definitely counsel that you would want in your corner.” Tish Reel, Solicitor, Owen White & Catlin LLP.

“Charlotte is insightful and tenacious, a strong advocate with skills that surpass her call. Her written work is excellent and her judgment is sound. She is a personable barrister that combines real ability with enthusiasm for her work.” Teresa Barnett, Solicitor, McMillan William Solicitors Limited.

“Charlotte is a conscientious and hardworking barrister who always strives to get the best results for her clients.” Sally Goldman, Solicitor, Miramar Legal.

“Charlotte is a rising star at the Bar. She is sought after counsel in honour-based violence and female genital mutilation cases. She has a strong grasp of violence against women and girls and I commend her for providing robust opposition.” Adeniyi Adewoye, Solicitor, Prime Solicitors

“As as soon as we started the consultation, I found Charlotte very experienced with acute awareness of my situation, focused with attention to details. She seems direct, tough but fair in negotiation.” Direct access client.

 “Charlotte is the ‘go to’ barrister for international child abduction. A fearless advocate with exceptional drafting and advocacy skills, she always gets excellent results.” Ms Aleksandra Kowalik, Solicitor, Kancelaria Kowalik.

“Charlotte is excellent in providing a considered and effective approach in progressing matters she is instructed upon. She is approachable in discussions with those instructing her as well as communicating well with clients.” Mandeep Randhawa, Solicitor, Veja & Co Solicitors.

 “Charlotte is an excellent advocate. She relates very well with the clients, pays great attention to detail and has excellent representation skills.  I would highly recommend her for all manner of cases – simple and complex!” Peter Hakizimana, Solicitor, PN Legal Services.

“Charlotte is meticulous with her preparation and case strategy which vastly improves the chances of securing a desired outcome. She is also very good in establishing a strong rapport with her clients.” Direct access client.

Charlotte is a tenacious advocate with an eye for detail and has outstanding client care skills, particularly when working with vulnerable clients.” Sellathurai Birunthaban, Solicitor, Biruntha Solicitors.


Family Law

Charlotte is an expert in international children cases including child abduction, FGM, forced marriage, and honour-based violence.  As a doctoral researcher specialising in FGM law, Charlotte was instructed to write a briefing paper on FGM legislation across Commonwealth Member States for the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission. Working with the Bar Human Rights Committee, Charlotte assisted in drafting legislation for the Serious Crime Act 2015 relating to FGM and she co-authored a written report submitted to the Home Affairs Committee 2014-2015. The government introduced two of the working group’s recommendations, FGM Protection Orders, and a National FGM Centre.

Family finance: Charlotte represents clients in high value financial relief matters following divorce and separation, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, property and financial trusts, secret trusts, and Islamic divorce and dowry.

Public law children: Acting for local authorities, parents, and children, Charlotte is instructed in all areas of public law children proceedings, as well as international and national adoptions, and cases under the inherent jurisdiction involving the right to life or medical treatment for children. Charlotte regularly undertakes extensive fact-finding and final hearings where there are several expert witnesses.

Private law children: Charlotte has a wealth of experience in private law children disputes involving protracted fact-findings and final hearings where there are extensive allegations of physical and sexual abuse.

Court of protection: Charlotte accepts instructions in court of protection cases involving people lacking capacity to make decisions on health and welfare issues. She welcomes instructions from local authorities, health care trusts, the official solicitor and other litigation friends acting for protected persons and family, and friends. Cases often involve vulnerable adults, including elderly persons suffering from degenerative diseases, young people with mental health difficulties, urgent and non-urgent medical treatment, and withheld consent.


Immigration Law

Charlotte is a rising star in human rights, public law and immigration law. Her specialist areas are FGM, honour-based violence and trafficking for sexual exploitation. With academic and legal knowledge of violence against women and girls internationally, Charlotte is regularly instructed in complex judicial review cases. Charlotte is a fearless advocate who is well placed in representing vulnerable women and girls at risk of gender-based persecution. Charlotte’s exceptional drafting skills, excellent client care, and robust advocacy skills, ensures she obtains successful results.


Civil Law

Charlotte advises and represents clients in commercial law and sports related matters. As junior counsel, Charlotte is assisting in a Privy Counsel commercial case concerning the escape of hydrocarbon fumes from an oil well. In addition, Charlotte is junior counsel in a sports case involving injury of a sportsman during a football match. Charlotte also has a high level of expertise in housing law and insolvency law.


Notable Cases

Re: Rodwell [2016] EWHC 1731 (Fam) (10 June 2016). Represented the applicant father in complex child abduction proceedings where the location of the mother and the two children was unknown.

A Local Authority v a Mother, a Father and an Aunt [2012] EWHC 1637 (Fam). Junior counsel to Martha Cover. Represented maternal aunt, obtained a placement order following complex and protracted care proceedings, and an order for costs against the local authority.

Charlotte assisted counsel during her pupillage in LB of Islington v Al Alas and Wray [2012] EWHC 865 (Fam), parents were acquitted of non-accidental death of their child whom suffered with rickets.