LBC Cross Questions

LBC radio, 18.03.2020

Charlotte will join panellist on Cross Question, a political panel discussion hosted by Iain Dale every Wednesday evening from 20:00 – 21:00. 

The CPS handling of the Caroline Flack prosecution

Mail Podcast, 20.02.2020

Charlotte was invited to speak about the CPS decision to prosecute Caroline Flack given her mental health was deteriorating.

Increasing numbers of cyber-flashing

BBC Surrey, 20.02.2020

Charlotte was invited to speak about the rise of cyber-flashing and whether the current laws are sufficient to provide victims with redress.

Family judge’s “out-dated” views on rape and domestic abuse. 130 law professionals question the integrity of the family courts.

BBC 5 Live, 19.02.2020

As co-author of a letter calling for an urgent review of family court’s handling of domestic abuse and rape cases, Charlotte spoke about the urgent steps required to ensure court decisions do not expose parents and children to further harm. Read more here.

Exclusive: A letter from 130 lawyers and women’s rights groups is calling for a review of family court’s handling of domestic abuse cases

Victoria Derbyshire, BBC 2, 19.02.2020

As co-author of a letter calling for an urgent review of family court’s handling of domestic abuse and rape cases, Charlotte spoke about the urgent steps required to ensure court decisions do not expose parents and children to further harm. Re more here.

Increasing numbers of cyber-flashing

BBC London News, 18.02.2020

Following an FOI request showing increasing numbers of cyber-flashing reports to British Transport Police, Charlotte was invited to speak about the rise of cyber-flashing and whether the current laws are sufficient to provide victims with redress.

The CPS decision to prosecute Caroline Flack under scrutiny

Victoria Derbyshire, BBC2, 17.02.2020

Following the tragic death of Caroline Flack, questions are raised about the mental health support available to those going through the criminal justice system.

The prosecution of Caroline Flack raises questions about the support offered by the criminal justice system to those suffering with mental health

Radio 4 today programme, 17.02.2020

Following the tragic death of Caroline Flack, questions are raised about the mental health support available to those going through the criminal justice system.

Judges’ outdated views on domestic abuse and rape

Victoria Derbyshire, BBC2, 24.01.2020

Charlotte discussed the recent family court judgment where a judge held that a woman who said no to sex was not raped because she did not physically resist. The decision was overturned on appeal.

The Harvey Weinstein trial

Sky news, 06.01.2020

Charlotte was invited to discuss the commencement of the trial of Harvey Weinstein and the impact of the MeToo movement more broadly.

Should abortion be decriminalised?

BBC 1, 27.10.2019

Charlotte debated alongside a panel of experts about whether abortion in Northern Ireland should have been decriminalised.

This Girl is at High Risk of FGM

RT TV, 27.9.2019

Charlotte is representing a mother who is trying to prevent the deportation of her 10 year old daughter at risk of FGM. As her family barrister, Charlotte was speaking on RT TV about the case.

Is marriage an outdated institution?

BBC 1, 22.09.2019

Charlotte debated alongside a panel of experts about whether marriage has become redundant in modern day society.

MeToo and sexual harassment in the workplace

BBC 1, 01.09.2019

As a participant on BBC1, Charlotte argued that the MeToo movement has not gone far enough in changing workplace culture, particularly in sectors that remain male dominated.

Sexual misconduct at Universities soars across the country

C4 News, 18.07.2019

As a junior research fellow at Queens’ College, Cambridge, Charlotte was invited to speak on C4 news about the investigation procedures for sexual misconduct complaints at Cambridge.

Some 165 allegations of rape or sexual assault have been reported by Cambridge students in the last three years. C4 news spoke to several women who say they were attacked and feel badly let down by the university.

Barrister Dr Charlotte Proudman has been working with female undergraduates who say they have been sexually assaulted on campus, and says: “I have seen many cases not only at university level but across colleges. And colleges have failed to investigate, the University have turned women away when they’ve gone along with either informal or formal complaints. And adding on a further layer to that often the consequence is that these complaints are swept under the carpet and therefore women are not protected. So these victims are not given the support they so desperately require.”

Shockingly, the risk to women at Cambridge is repeated up and down the country. Our research suggests there’s an epidemic of sexual violence.

Why alleged perpetrators of sexual offences should not be anonymous

LBC, 01.07.2019

Charlotte outlines the key arguments for naming of alleged perpetrators of sexual offences.

Compensation awarded to victims of child sex abuse

LBC, 17.06.2019

Charlotte speaks about the paltry compensation awarded to victims of child sexual abuse, sometimes as little as £20. Charlotte calls upon the Government to ensure perpetrators are compelled to pay compensation to victims.

Scrutinising secret family court rulings ordering unsupervised contact between an abusive parent and their child

Victoria Derbyshire BBC 2, 25.05.2019

As a barrister in family law, Charlotte explains that courts often order unsupervised contact between abusive parents, often fathers and their child, this can leave mother’s and children at risk of further harm. The courts are known to prioritise contact at all costs. Watch here.

Sally Challen wins her appeal: Coercive control

LBC, 28.02.2019

Charlotte draws on her own experience of representing women survivors of coercive control in family law cases. She argues that the crime is not given enough weight by authorities and the courts.

Driving FGM underground: The implications of cutting girls younger

Victoria Derbyshire BBC 2, 04.02.2019

FGM is increasingly being performed on babies and infants in the UK, we have been told. FGM expert and barrister Dr Charlotte Proudman said it was “almost impossible to detect” as the girls were not in school or old enough to report it. In one case, in Yorkshire, a victim was just one month old. Anna Collinson reports, in the days following a landmark first conviction for FGM in the UK. Watch here.

The first  conviction for FGM: A victory for women and girls

Radio 4, World Service, 01.02.2019

Charlotte was invited on Radio 4 to discuss the impact of the first conviction for FGM in England.

The lessons learnt from cases of FGM

PM, Radio 4, 01.02.2019

Charlotte was invited on Radio 4 to discuss the consequences of the first conviction for FGM in England.

Are those that use abusive language towards politicians guilty of  public order offences?

LBC, 8.01.2019

Anna Soubry MP criticised the police for not intervening after she was verbally abused outside Parliament during an interview about Brexit. Charlotte discussed whether such abuse amounts to a public order offence.

Celebrating a 100 years of women in law

Sky, 01.01.2019

Charlotte outlines the fundamental changes that have evolved in the last 100 years for women in the law, as well as reflecting upon how much more work is required to reach the milestone of gender equality.

Child contact with parents in cases of neglect

LBC, 24.07.2018

In the wake of learning that Baby P’s mother might be permitted contact with her other children whilst in prison, Nick Ferrari asks Charlotte Proudman about the family court’s approach in such cases.

 The Hearing – A Legal Podcast

Thomson Reuters Legal, 10.2018

In the latest episode of Thomson Reuters Legal UK & Ireland’s podcast series, The Hearing – the host, lawyer and social media commentator, Kevin Poulter, sits down with Dr Charlotte Proudman, Barrister at Goldsmith Chambers. The self-proclaimed feminist speaks the feminist movement, gender parity in the workplace, women’s only events, and the difficult subject of disclosure around rape cases. Listen to the podcast, or download it on iTunes or Spotify.

Online sexual harassment

Victoria Derbyshire, 05.10.2018

Dr Charlotte Proudman was invited by the BBC to discuss sexual harassment on professional networking website, Linkedin following a member of the website sharing examples of messages from men of a sexual nature rather than related to her professional skills.

The failings of the legalisation of prostitution

LBC, 24.07.2018

Following the publicised failings of the quasi-legalisation of prostitution in Leeds, Dr Charlotte Proudman was invited to discuss why the legalisation of prostitution reinforces violence against women and girls, increases the risk of rape and violence and leads to greater numbers of human trafficking. As an advocate for women, Charlotte argued for the introduction of the Nordic Model, as it is often known, which de-criminalises prostituted women, criminalises those paying to sexually exploit women and the state would have a duty to provide exit strategies for prostituted women. Research shows prostitution decreased in Sweden, which was the first country to introduce the Nordic Model.

Take Back ConTROLL spoof charity song

For more information about the campaign click here.

Dr Charlotte Proudman participated in a spoof charity campaign song designed to raise awareness of online trolling. Charlotte took part alongside three other courageous women who experienced online trolling as well as Charlotte Church, Miranda Hart and Andy Serkis.

Take Back ConTROLL

BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, 10.00am, 30.04.2018

 Woman’s Hour has brought together four women who’ve been abused and trolled online and is following their journey to Take Back ConTROLL. We partnered up Charley Hough, Jackie Teale, Charlotte Proudman and Kelly McGurk with the advertising agency Mother and set them the challenge of helping our women reclaim their identity online.   These four women have been left feeling powerless after being shamed on the internet. Charlotte ended up leaving social media after she called out sexism in the legal profession. Today, Emma Barnett reveals their big idea to help tackle online abuse. Will their campaign galvanise a movement? It’s a spectacle that brings together national treasures Charlotte Church, Miranda Hart and Andy Serkis.




Take Back ConTROLL

BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, 10.00am, 23.04.2018

Woman’s Hour has brought together four women who’ve been abused online and is following their journey to take back conTROLL. Today we hear Charlotte’s story. She’s a barrister and 29 years old. In 2015 she found herself at the centre of a sexism row.

Business Daily, Good Looks and Getting Ahead

BBC World Service, 8.32am, 20.04.2018

How much does your physical attractiveness affect your career prospects? And can the attention it draws be something of a mixed blessing?

Vishala Sri-Pathma hears from British barrister Dr Charlotte Proudman about her personal experiences in what is a very male dominated profession. But while good looks may help you land a job, does it make it harder to get on with your colleagues? Vishala speaks to Cary Cooper, professor of organisational psychology at Manchester University, body language expert Judi James, and headhunter John Purcell.

Should parents that sympathise with terrorism have their children removed from their care?

LBC, 7.20am, 14.03.2018

Yesterday the Justice Secretary called for family courts to remove children from radical extremist parents and place children in state care. Nick Ferrari of LBC radio asked Dr Charlotte Proudman how family courts can ensure children are safe from indoctrination within family homes.  As a family law barrister Charlotte explained the legal test required for children to be removed from their families; the need to ensure a link between parents’ extreme attitudes and the impact of holding such views upon children; and the necessity of working towards changing parents’ mindsets rather than removal, which should always be a last resort.

Is “Time Up” on sexual harassment in the workplace?

Sky News, 16.40, 22.01.2018

Following the recent Golden Globes and SAG awards ceremony, Sky News asks whether women’s empowerment in Hollywood will impact upon other women’s lives in society who are not in the same privileged position.

What impact has the #MeToo movement had in the workplace?

Sky News, 16.45, 10.01.2018

In the wake of a highly publicised letter signed by 100 French women including Catherine Deneuve denouncing the MeToo movement, Dr Charlotte Proudman was invited by Sky News to debate the issue alongside a columnist at Spiked.

Has the #MeToo movement changed cultural attitudes towards sexual harassment in the workplace?  

Sky News, 9.35am, 20.12.2017

Dr Charlotte Proudman was interviewed by Sky News about sexual harassment in the workplace. During the interview, Charlotte discussed the need for women and men to collectively challenge sexl abuse. Charlotte argued that the onus should be placed on men in the workplace who are ordinarily in greater positions of power than women and thus able to hold a colleague accountable for their actions. Women often fear speaking out as they could face repercussions such as losing their job or further discrimination. While the recent unfolding of sexual harassment cases against high profile men has been a watershed moment for the women’s movement, there is growing concern that this might lead to a broader backlash against gender equality by those who feel threatened by a shifting status quo.

Challenging sexual harassment in the workplace

Sky News, 17.30, 04.11.2017

Dr Charlotte Proudman was invited by Sky News to speak about the growing sexual harassment allegations in Hollywood, the media and more recently politics. She argued for change by establishing an independent body in workplaces to investigate allegations of abuse.

Women pay a high price for speaking out against sexual harassment in the workplace

LBC, 10.15am, 04.11.2017

Following allegations of sexual harassment in Parliament, Dr Charlotte Proudman was invited to speak to Matt Frei on LBC radio. Charlotte challenged Edwina Currie’s claims that women today are ‘snowflakes’ and that many allegations are untrue leaving men’s careers in tatters. Charlotte argued that false rape reporting is between 2-3% and women pay a high price for speaking out, as their credibility is undermined. She argued that the following changes are required: redistribution of power from men to women in male dominated workplaces, establish an independent body dealing specifically with sexual abuse claims in the workplace and remove the three-month time limit for presenting employment claims.

Should there be a Statute of Limitation for sex abuse cases?

GMB ITV, 8.10am, 31.10.2017

In the wake of the recent sexual harassment allegations involving Hollywood giants such as Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey, Good Morning Britain spoke to a criminal lawyer who said victims should have just three years to report sexual offences. However, Dr Charlotte Proudman disagreed and said an abuse claim time limit would discourage women from coming forward and reporting instances of sexual abuse, 8.10am, 31 October 2017.

How prevalent is sexual harassment in the workplace?

Radio 4 today programme, 8.30am, 30.10.2017

Allegations of sexual harassment are now growing in politics. How prevalent are problems of sexual harassment at work and how can we stop it from happening? Anne Robinson is a broadcaster and journalist, Charlotte Proudman is a barrister and women’s rights activist and Vicky Featherstone is artistic director of the Royal Court. To listen click here.

Challenging the prevalence of sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace

BBC World News, 14.10.2017

In the context of the mounting allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Harvey Weinstein in Hollywood, Charlotte spoke on BBC World News live presented by Samantha Simmonds alongside contributor Dr Emma Chapman, astrophysicist about the prevalence of gender discrimination in the workplace, the causes of sexual harassment at work and changing cultural attitudes towards such behaviour.

Are women’s stories about sexual harassment a watershed moment for gender equality?

BBC world tonight programme, 13.10.2017, BBC Radio 4

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Charlotte was invited to speak on BBC Radio 4 the world tonight programme presented by Razia Iqbal alongside contributors Laura Bates, founder of the Everyday Sexism Project and Emma Chapman, astrophysicist about sexual harassment beyond Hollywood and strategies to eliminate such conduct, 13 October 2017.

The Ched Evans rape trial. Is the disclosure of women’s sexual history in rape cases ever necessary?

BBC Oxford Radio, 18.10.2016

Charlotte argued against the admission of evidence about a complainant’s past sexual behaviour in rape trials commenting in particular on the case of Ched Evans.

Prostitution: The Nordic model

BBC World Service, 16.45, 07.04.2016

Charlotte argued that the UK should adopt the Nordic model, which changes prostitution laws to criminalise buyers of sex, decriminalises prostituted women and provides exit strategies for women. Charlotte debated against a ‘sex worker’ activist from Norway.

LBC morning review of the newspapers with Nick Ferrari on LBC Radio

LBC radio, 25.02.2016 and 09.10.2015

Female genital mutilation and zero tolerance day

ITV news, 13.45, 05.02.2016

On the eve of International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation Charlotte and Hibo Wardere  FGM campaigner, spoke about the prevalence of FGM in England and Wales and the reasons for there having been no convictions for FGM despite criminalising the practice in 1985.

BBC 100 women: Live debate about image

BBC World Service, 01.12.2015

How important is image? Are beautiful women more likely to succeed? What has led to so many women turning to plastic surgery? Does self-improvement come from within?

Should sharia councils be banned? A rare glimpse inside the inner workings of Islamic justice in the UK

BBC 1 Inside Out, 02.11.2015

Charlotte argues that the current parallel legal system whereby Sharia law operates in the UK should be prohibited as sharia councils legitimise discrimination against Muslim women.

What is your personal beauty bar?

BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, 26.10.2015

Charlotte Proudman and Virginia Ironside discuss their ‘personal beauty bar’ and their opposing views on cosmetic surgery.

The decline of feminism?

The Spectator, 22.10.2015

Debate with Emily Hill of the Spectator on the decline of feminism. According to Emily Hill, boys are performing much worse that girls, which is contrary to the statistics on sexual abuse and workplace discrimination highlighted by Charlotte Proudman.

Sharia law in Britain

BBC Radio 5 Live, 14.05.2015

Charlotte argued that Sharia Councils in the UK are discriminating against women and are operating a parallel legal system.

Should sharia councils be under any greater scrutiny than other religious tribunals?

BBC radio 4, 16.04.2015

Charlotte outlined her experience as a Barrister assisting women who sought an Islamic divorce through the Sharia council.

Feminist or equalist?

BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, 25.03.2015

Debated the importance of defining oneself as a feminist not an equalist or humanist contrary to the opposing contributor.

Polygamy in Britain

BBC Radio 4, 29.04.2013

Advised on the legal implications of polygamy for women who are often left with no legal recourse upon divorce, presented by Jemima Khan.

Secrets of Britain’s sharia councils

BBC Panorama, 26.04.2013

Panorama goes undercover to investigate what is really happening in Britain’s Sharia Councils – Islamic religious courts. Some women reveal they have suffered domestic violence ignored by these councils as campaigners say it is time to tackle the parallel legal system which can run counter to British law. Charlotte discussed Muslim women’s experience of gender discrimination within Sharia councils in the UK.

The criminalisation of forced marriage

BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, 02.05.2012

Argued for criminalisation of forced marriage as a participant.