Charlotte Yarrow

An experienced junior counsel in general crime and serious sexual offences but with a strong track record in handling complex fraud and financial crime including money laundering, insider dealing, tax and VAT fraud, advance fee and banking fraud, both led and conducted alone.

She has a strong commercial awareness gained partly from a sabbatical in a FTSE 100 Hedge fund as legal counsel, where she advised the company on, amongst other things money laundering provisions, the Fraud Act and Proceeds of Crime legislation and general litigation. She has a flare for handling substantial volumes of evidence and complex financial information and distilling it to the “nub of the issue”.

She has a broad experience in defending serious crime, kidnap, blackmail and drugs having been involved in a number of complex multi handed cases where legal argument & tactical decisions have led to acquittals.

Charlotte has had sole conduct of cases ranging from attempted murder, death by dangerous driving, serious sexual and violent offences, armed robbery and numerous drug and fraud offences.

Charlotte also has significant experience in serious sexual cases having successfully defended in over 35 rape cases including allegations of complex historic rape, inter-relationship rape , stranger rape “date rape” involving allegations of drugging, and those involving particularly young or vulnerable witnesses and defendants. She has carried out successful Defence cases under the pilot s28 YJCEA scheme where particularly vulnerable complainants are cross examined months before the commencement of trial.

Charlotte has a keen interest in Coroners Inquests. She has been involved in a number inquests ranging from deaths within NHS and issues of medical care to deaths within the care of a nursing home.

She has a burgeoning interest in the field of corporate manslaughter and the effects upon the NHS, the construction and the Transport Industry.

Charlotte has been instructed since pupillage in regulatory work having been Standing Counsel to 2 London Boroughs on all matters within their remit, including benefit fraud, health & safety and Nuisance. Latterly, she has represented private companies in relation to this and Fire Authority, Death in the work place, Environment and Trademarks. She has been involved in training regulatory investigators and has written papers advising regulatory authorities on the application of the law in practice. She has successfully defended in large scale Environment Agency prosecutions.

She has advised and acted on behalf of the defence in both criminal and civil matters in relation to Trademarks law and was in the landmark case in the Court of Appeal and House of Lords of Johnston which successfully led to the re-definition of the criminal defences under the 1994
Trade Marks Act. She has acted successfully in some of the largest Trademark “hauls” made by
Trading standards.

She is Direct Access qualified.

She is a member of Lincoln’s Inn, South Eastern Circuit and the Criminal Bar Association.