Charles Elton

Charles is a committed and determined advocate with a busy practice, instructed by firms of solicitors across the country to act in criminal cases and professional disciplinary proceedings.

His criminal practice encompasses a wide spectrum, including offences of violence, sexual offences, drugs, dishonesty offences, financial crime and motoring offences. He has defended in cases brought by various prosecuting authorities such as the DWP, Trading Standards, Ofcom and the RSPCA. He has experience of civil and criminal POCA proceedings.

His regulatory practice involves fitness to practise proceedings brought by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the Health and Care Professions Council, the General Dental Council and the General Pharmaceutical Council. He has led training events for the Royal College of Midwives. He also has experience of enforcement actions brought by the Financial Conduct Authority through his time spent there on secondment.

Criminal and Courts Martial

R v PH (Court of Appeal). Successful appeal against sentence from Maidstone Crown Court. 25% reduction in sentence and quashing of unlawful surcharge order.

R v EA (Blackfriars Crown Court). Defendant acquitted of two counts of perverting the course of justice. Defence case that the complainant’s barrister, a witness of fact, was lying.

 R v DN (Blackfriars Crown Court). Defendant acquitted of common assault at half time and ABH at the conclusion of the trial.

R v CG (Snaresbrook Crown Court). Third-strike dwelling burglary which involved DNA expert evidence. Hung jury.

R v SO (Blackfriars Crown Court). Currently instructed to represent defendant charged with s.18 GBH.

 R v DR (Harrow Crown Court). Represented defendant charged with offence contrary to s.4 Identity Documents Act 2010.

 R v KJ (Inner London Crown Court). Represented defendant charged with conspiracy to defraud.

R v LP (Isleworth Crown Court). Represented defendant charged with exposure, contrary to s.66 SOA 2003.

SPA v Tpr LG (Court Martial). Represented British soldier charged with desertion. SPA eventually accepted a plea to AWOL.

SPA v LCpl MP (Court Martial). Represented British soldier charged with ABH.


HCPC v BK. Represented Registered Manager at a major provider for children’s services who had been dismissed by employer for gross misconduct. All three charges dismissed following successful submission of no case to answer.

NMC v NG. Registrant’s fitness to practise allegedly impaired by reason of lack of competence. 34 charges, almost all of which were technical in nature. Seven charges dismissed following successful submission of no case to answer and a further nine dismissed following the conclusion of the evidence.

NMC v MW. Registrant’s fitness to practise allegedly impaired by reason of conviction (serving a suspended sentence for s.20 GBH). Panel persuaded that fitness to practise not currently impaired, notwithstanding the authority of Fleischmann.

GDC v RG. Represented one of two registrants found to have been engaging in verbal and physical altercations in the workplace. RG’s sanction a caution, whereas other registrant suspended from practice.

HCPC v JT. Panel persuaded to depart from their Guidance and impose a Conditions of Practice Order in circumstances when there had been an adverse finding of dishonesty at the facts stage.

GPhC v SB. Impairment by reason of multiple acts of dishonesty, a criminal conviction and a criminal caution. Erasure avoided, with short-term suspension (without a review hearing) imposed instead.

 HCPC v Dr WA. Achieved revocation of Conditions of Practice Order imposed on consultant psychiatrist.

HCPC v RI. Achieved revocation of Interim Suspension Order, with no Interim Conditions of Practice Order substituted.


2010: Bar Vocational Course, City Law School.

Lord Denning Scholarship and Hardwick Entrance Award, Lincoln’s Inn.

2009: Graduate Diploma in Law, City Law School.

2008: BA (Hons) Modern and Medieval Languages, Cambridge University.

Other experience

Prior to commencing pupillage Charles worked as a paralegal at Corker Binning, a leading London firm, where he gained invaluable hands-on experience of Defence work in cases concerning fraud, corruption, cartel activity, cash forfeiture, illegal importations of goods and general crime. He also spent three months working for International Bridges to Justice (Cambodia Programme), during which time he helped draft a ‘Defender Manual’ for local practitioners.