Charlotte is an award-winning barrister, academic and campaigner ‘fighting for women’s rights in and out of court,’ inews. She is described as ‘the feminist barrister‘ by the BBC, ‘#MeToo pioneer’ by Legal Cheek and ‘clever, “confident and impressively well-versed on women’s rights‘ by the Telegraph.
Charlotte represents women and girls in cases of gender-based violence, particularly female genital mutilation (FGM). Legal500 ranked Charlotte as a Leading Junior Barrister, noting that she ‘has built up an excellent practice in family law well beyond her year of call. She is a leading thinker and expert on gender based violence and family law’. 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 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 (FGMPOs). Since then she has been instructed in six precedent-setting decisions concerning FGMPOs. In collaboration with the National Police Chiefs’ Council, Charlotte assisted in drafting a new FGM and forced marriage legal directive (Practice Direction 36H FPR). Charlotte is working with the End FGM European Network to lobby the EU 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.
She is co-founder of Action: FGM and she works as an advisor to the Vagina Museum. She is also a legal advisor to Our Streets Now, a campaign to criminalise sexual harassment and Girls Not Brides UK which aims to criminalise child marriage.