Charlotte is an established barrister in family, immigration, and civil law. Renowned for her powerful advocacy, razor-sharp cross-examination and meticulous preparation, Charlotte always secures outstanding results.
Combining practice and academia, Charlotte was a visiting researcher at Harvard Law School and is a doctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge researching law and policy on female genital mutilation (FGM) in England. Charlotte is regularly requested to speak and write about gender-based legal reforms on issues such as FGM, forced marriage, prostitution, and rape.
“Charlotte picked up the reigns of a divorce case at very short notice and achieved a brilliant result, leaving the client ecstatically happy indeed.” Nigel Fisher, Solicitor, Taylor Rose TTKW.
“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.
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.
Publications by Charlotte
Failure to act on female genital mutilation, LexisNexis, 11 October 2016.
Briefing paper: female genital mutilation, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, March 2016.
Case summary: In the matter of B and G (Children) (No 2)  EWFC 3, Family Law Week, July 2015.
Female genital mutilation and the Serious Crime Act 2015, Family Law Week, July 2015.
Female genital mutilation: prosecution and prevention, Counsel Magazine, May 2015.
Written evidence from the Bar Human Rights Committee working group on FGM submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner for the session of the human rights theme, ‘Towards a better investment in the rights of the child’, March 2015.
Prostitution, sex-buyer laws and the “End Demand” campaign, Counsel Magazine, March 2015.
The End Demand Campaign, Family Law Journal, 2015.
Update: Female Genital Mutilation and the Serious Crime Act 2005, Counsel Magazine, 2015.
Divorce, and financial remedies in collaboration with Goldsmith Chambers and Sri Lankan Solicitors Network UK, 29 September 2016.
Female genital mutilation: family law training day in collaboration with Goldsmith Chambers, the National FGM Centre, and FORWARD, 20 September 2016.
Female genital mutilation: a crime performed with impunity in England and Wales, Amnesty International Cambridge City Group, 9 March 2016.
Panellist at diversity in law event chaired by Baroness Hale and organised by The Times, 22 February 2016.
Workshop: female genital mutilation and female genital cosmetic surgery, a double legal standard? Amnesty International Cambridge City Group Conference, 6 February 2016.
Coercive control conference, 4 February 2016.
Re: Rodwell  EWHC 1731 (Fam). Represented the applicant father in a child abduction matter where the location of the mother, and the children was unknown.
A Local Authority v a Mother, a Father and an Aunt  EWHC 1637 (Fam). Junior counsel in complex care proceedings case where an aunt obtained a placement order and costs against the local authority.
S v S  EWHC 1298 (Fam). Charlotte represented the applicant father who was seeking an order for the immediate return of the child to Iran following the child’s abduction by the respondent mother to England. The issue was whether the father’s undertakings, promises to the court to ensure the safe return of the mother and the child to Iran would be enforceable in Iranian courts. Two Iranian legal experts were instructed to give evidence.
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.
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.
Petrotrin v Stanley Ryan and another  Privy Council (citation forthcoming). Junior counsel in an appeal to set aside Court of Appeal judgment reversing trial judge’s dismissal of claim concerning escape of hydrocarbon fumes from an oil well.
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