Charlotte Yarrow QC

Charlotte Yarrow a highly sought after in serious violence, organised crime with a particularly strong track record in handling  high profile and complex financial crime including diversion and “phishing” fraud,  money laundering, insider dealing, tax and VAT fraud, advance fee and banking fraud, as leading counsel.

She is regularly instructed in the most serious and high-profile cases. Her criminal practice encompasses murder & manslaughter, money-laundering and complex fraud, organised crime, large scale drug & arms importation & supply conspiracies, inquests and sexual offences.

She has been involved in a large number of complex multi-handed cases where legal argument & tactical decisions have led to acquittals. She is constantly pitched against and co-defending with Queens Counsel, a factor which has not altered her success rate. She represented the only defendant of 10 tried, who was acquitted after a 6 month £25m serious fraud trial at Blackfriars Crown Court which completed earlier this year and her client was acquitted in a £15m 5 month, money laundering fraud at Southwark Crown Court, also this year.

Charlotte has been instructed for 20 years in the regulatory field having begun, instructed as standing Counsel to 2 London Boroughs on all matters within their remit, including health & safety. Latterly, she has represented private companies in relation to this and Fire Authority investigations, death in the work place, Environment Agency 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 developed expertise for advice and litigation in the field of corporate manslaughter and the effects upon the NHS, the construction and transport industries and currently advises on the implications of the impending Online Harms & Regulator Bill.

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 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,  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”.

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

Charlotte also has significant experience in serious sexual cases having successfully defended in over 50 rape cases including the most serious involving children, allegations of complex historic rape. She is particularly sought after in cases involving very young or vulnerable witnesses and defendants. She has taught on the topic of vulnerable witnesses.

Through hard work and tenacity she  unearthed one of the high profile failures of disclosure in rape cases, leading to the CPS nations wide investigations into disclosure failures in rape cases in 2018.

Charlotte’s rare combination of skills means that she regularly wins even the most difficult of cases. She is an advocate with a proven track record of providing exceptional representation to every one of her clients.

She is known to be a first-class advocate with a fierce intelligence, a fine tactician and has a meticulous eye for detail. Her preparation is impeccable and she works tirelessly on behalf of her clients.  She combines this with having an approachable manner and an air of calm confidence that puts clients at ease.

Judges whom she has appeared in front of have described her as outstanding”, highly intelligent” and a formidable advocate”.


Academic Background:

Kings College London 1997:  BA:  Upper second class

BPP Law School: Dip Law: Highly commended, 1998, BVC 1999: Highly competent

Lincoln’s Inn Primary Scholarship

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