Charlotte McNally

Call: 2020

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‘I assess Miss McNally to be a highly competent, professional, skilled, and down-to-earth advocate, who will go far’ (CFJ Solicitors)

Charlotte appears daily in the Crown, Magistrates’, and Youth Courts as defence counsel in a broad range of criminal matters including violent, sexual, drugs, and dishonesty offences. She also undertakes extradition cases and has experience in quasi-criminal civil cases.

Described by a Circuit Judge as giving a performance that he ‘would expect of an advocate of 10+ years’ call’, Charlotte is able to quickly master any case then present it with skill and sophistication.

Solicitors instruct Charlotte for the combination of detailed knowledge of the law, fearless advocacy, and approachable manner that she brings to every case. She is able to advise with clarity and fight tirelessly in Court, as well as to reassure and guide any client. One solicitor described her in the following terms: ‘Charlotte’s knowledge of criminal law is considerable. Her approach with our clients is professional, friendly and re-assuring’ (DMA Solicitors).

Charlotte’s results follow naturally. She secures unlikely victories at all stages of criminal proceedings. Referring to a particular trial, one solicitor commented: ‘the matter proceeded to trial against a highly experienced prosecutor and [the client] was acquitted of all four charges. The client was delighted and called my office to say thank you… This case was frankly a hospital pass and Charlotte did really well to both win over the client and then to win the case.’ (O’Neill, Wright & Nash Solicitors).

Unphased by new challenges, Charlotte takes pride in rapidly developing her practice. Feedback from one solicitor was as follows: ‘I was particularly impressed with Charlotte when she robustly pursued an application to dismiss a matter in the Crown Court. Charlotte was successful in this application. She also displayed excellent communication skills when dealing with a very difficult client in this matter.(Elliott Stern Solicitors).

Charlotte joins Chambers following the successful completion of her 12-month Pupillage.

Notable Cases
R v QCS, Croydon Youth Court – QCS, a Youth, was charged with robbery and CCTV demonstrated that he was part of a group who took a mobile phone from another young person using threats of violence. Charlotte skilfully distanced QCS from the plan devised by the other members of the group and he went on to be acquitted.
Essex LEA v JLM, Chelmsford MC – JLM was being prosecuted by the Local Education Authority for failing to send her children to school during the Covid-19 pandemic. Charlotte ran a defence of duress of circumstances, demonstrating creativity in the context of novel litigation.
R v DD, Milton Keynes MC – DD faced four domestic violence charges against a Complainant with a seemingly highly credible account.  After Charlotte exposed inconsistencies in cross-examination of the Complainant, the Bench acquitted DD of all four charges.
Police v DM, Reading MC – Thames Valley Police sought a Sexual Risk Order against DM in terms that threatened to gravely infringe on his liberty. Following Charlotte’s negotiation, the case settled on terms that protected DM from interference in his normal life.
R v JA, Inner London Crown Court – Charlotte pursued an Application to Dismiss on a charge of Assault Emergency Worker. The Crown eventually conceded and agreed to offer no evidence following Charlotte’s repeated requests to review the prosecution.
R v TK, Stratford MC – Charlotte identified an abuse of process argument where TK had been unlawfully detained during the period of the alleged offending. Following receipt of her skeleton argument, the Crown dropped the case.
Education and Awards

Astbury Scholar – The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple

BPTC LLM – City, University of London

BA Cantab. (Law, Peterhouse)


Grade 1 CPS Prosecutor


Furnival Chambers