Charlotte is an award-winning barrister, academic and tireless campaigner with a reputation for “fighting for women’s rights in and out of court,” inews. She is described as “the feminist barrister” by the BBC and “#MeToo pioneer” by Legal Cheek. The Telegraph describe her as “clever”, “confident” and “impressively well-versed on women’s rights”.
Charlotte represents women and girls in cases of gender-based violence, particularly female genital mutilation (FGM). She is co-founder of Action: FGM and she works as an advisor to the Vagina Museum, Our Streets Now and Girls Not Brides UK. Charlotte is currently working with politicians and campaigners to amend the Domestic Abuse Bill and provide better protection for domestic abuse victims and children in the family courts.
Combining the law and academia, Charlotte is a Junior Research Fellow at Queens’ College, Cambridge in law and sociology where she researches FGM law and lectures, Feminist Thinking in Society and in the Law. Charlotte’s book is due to be published next year by Oxford University Press, exploring the reasons for the UK’s lack of FGM convictions.
Charlotte was instrumental in the criminalisation of forced marriage and the introduction of FGM Protection Orders. Since then she has appeared in precedent-setting FGMPO cases in the Family Division of the High Court. In collaboration with the National Police Chiefs’ Council, Charlotte assisted in putting together a new FGM and forced marriage legal procedure (Family Court Practice Direction 36H FPR). Charlotte is working with the End FGM European Network to lobby the EU Commission to adopt FGMPOs as a legislative remedy to be rolled out across EU nation states and she is campaigning for the UK to appoint an FGM Commissioner.