Charlotte Bennett (Pupil)

Call: 2018

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Charlotte appears daily in the Magistrates’ Court, the Youth Court and the Crown Court. She has developed experience in a wide range of criminal matters including violent offences, drug offences and driving offences. Charlotte has also acted for the requested person in extradition proceedings.

During pupillage Charlotte assisted her supervisor on a multi-handed, cut throat murder trial at the Central Criminal Court and on the high profile Female Genital Mutilation trial.

Charlotte accepts instructions on behalf of members of the Licensed Taxi Drivers Associated and is a member of the Attorney General’s Junior Juniors Scheme.

Prior to commencing pupillage Charlotte was a paralegal in the private client and white collar crime team at a criminal defence solicitors’ firm. Charlotte assisted on multi-million pound confiscation cases and was described by one Junior Counsel as having the ‘skill, fortitude and resilience which could scarcely be expected of anyone, never mind a lawyer of her relative juniority.’ Charlotte also assisted in the defence of a former school teacher accused of multiple historic sexual offences in a case which garnered national media attention.

 

Recent Cases

R v. A, Hendon Magistrates’ Court (2019) – represented EA who was charged with obstructing a police officer. After extensive cross-examination of two police officers, EA was acquitted.

R v. D, Ealing Magistrates’ Court (2019) – represented a London Taxi Driver charged with careless driving. Successful submission of no case to answer at the conclusion of the Crown’s case.

R v. H, Snaresbrook Crown Court (2019) – represented LH at sentence for three offences of benefit fraud. The fraud totalled £43,000 and had spanned a period of 4 years. After extensive mitigation, the Judge was persuaded to sentence LH to a community order.

R v. H, Stratford Youth Court (2019) – represented a 13 year old charged with attempted robbery. After written representations, the Crown agreed to divert the matter for an out of court disposal and withdrew the charge.

R v. M, Basildon Crown Court (2019) – secured a suspended sentence for PM who had pleaded guilty to possessing over 14,000 images of child pornography, including Category A images.

R v. N, Croydon Crown Court (2019) – assisted her supervisor in drafting a skeleton argument to exclude an interview of AN conducted by corporate investigators. The application was successful and this led to a successful submission of no case to answer by her supervisor at the conclusion of the Crown’s evidence.

R v. T, Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court (2019) – represented ET at trial facing two charges of assault on her daughters. After careful cross-examination of the Crown’s witness and a closing speech highlighting the inconsistencies in the Crown’s evidence, ET was acquitted.

R v. Z, Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court (2019) – represented BZ at sentence for driving whilst disqualified and failing to surrender. Secured a sentence of just 14 days’ in custody after a Judge at a previous hearing had indicated the offences warranted a sentence of at least 6 months’ imprisonment.

 

Qualifications

University of Liverpool, LLB (Hons), 2.1 (2016)

Bar Professional Training Course, BPP, Very Competent (2017)

 

Awards

Middle Temple Pupillage Award (2018)

Harmsworth and Blackstone Entrance Exhibition Scholar, Middle Temple (2016)

BPP Director of Programmes Scholar (2016)

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