Charlotte Bellamy

Call: 2017

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Charlotte has experience in a broad range of criminal defence work in the Magistrates’ Court and Crown Court. She has appeared for the defence in the Crown Court for sentences and successful appeals against sentence and conviction.

Charlotte’s advocacy skills are “impressive” and her client care skills “excellent”. Charlotte is able to come down to the client’s level, inspiring “respect, confidence and trust” amongst those whom she represents.

She is “resourceful, enthusiastic, charming and very able”, with skills “normally achieved after many years of experience”.

Charlotte has “sound judgment, decisiveness and integrity” and an excellent work ethic. Her demeanour is “positive and confident” and she is “articulate, courteous and well-prepared”.

Her commitment as defence counsel is “first class”.

Charlotte’s written work has been commended in open court by the judge as “of the highest quality”.

Notable Cases

R v KN, Woolwich Crown Court (2018) – represented a vulnerable defendant for sentence in a £100,000 benefits fraud committed over 7 years, achieving a result well below what was expected on the sentencing guidelines, a “direct result of her advocacy skills and ability as counsel”. The client reported afterwards, “she fought for me every step of the way”.

R v CL, Kingston Crown Court (2018) – appeal allowed against conviction for assault in a case with strong prosecution evidence, a result achieved through “strong advocacy, hard work and determination”.

R v OM, Bournemouth Crown Court (2018) – assisted her pupil supervisor in drafting an advice and grounds of appeal to the Court of Appeal on a novel point of law, the extent to which lying about being a doctor undermined the complainants’ consent to botox injections resulting in grievous bodily harm.

R v KW, Kingston Crown Court (2018) – sentence for a 23-year-old defendant for perverting the course of justice. 10 weeks’ immediate custody, described by the judge as “kept to the shortest I possibly can, reduced in light of the personal mitigation put forward”

Qualifications

Bar Professional Training Course, Very Competent, City Law School (2017)

 

LLM, Distinction, University College London, (2016). Dissertation on ‘Consent and Deception under the Sexual Offences Act 2003’

 

Graduate Diploma in Law, City Law School (2015)

 

MA, Classics and Philosophy, University of Cambridge (2012)

 

Awards

Winner of OUP-BPP National Mooting Competition (2015)

 

BPTC Exhibition Award, Inner Temple (2016)

 

Runner-up, Blackstones/University of Hertfordshire Criminal Advocacy Competition (2016)

Previous Experience

Prior to joining chambers, Charlotte volunteered with the National Centre for Domestic Violence, interviewing clients and drafting witness statements for without notice non-molestation and occupation orders.

 

Charlotte previously wrote for the UK Human Rights Blog, run by 1 Crown Office Row. She has also delivered workshops in secondary schools on the meaning of consent in sexual offences in the criminal law as part of the lawyer-led initiative the Schools Consent Project.

Publications

Charlotte worked as a research assistant at the British Institute of International Law on their 2014 report, International Access to Justice: Barriers and Solutions, J Beqiraj and L McNamara (Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law Report 02/2014), International Bar Association.

Languages

English

French (working)

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