Charlotte Yarrow

Charlotte Yarrow is a highly sought after leading junior in serious violence, organised crime and serious sexual offences,  with a particularly 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 leading and conducted alone.

She is regularly instructed in the most serious and high-profile cases. Her criminal practice encompasses murder, money-laundering and complex fraud, organised crime, large scale drug & arm importation & supply conspiracies, inquests and sexual offences. She has particular expertise in complex fraud cases and has an exclusive track record of success in this field.

Been involved in a number of complex multi handed cases where legal argument & tactical she has been involved in numerous multi handed cases where her 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 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”.

Charlotte also has significant experience in serious sexual cases having successfully defended in over 50 rape cases including allegations of complex historic rape, inter-relationship rape, stranger rape, “date rape” involving allegations of drugging & other circumstances where expert/forensic evidence is used in favor or challenged on behalf of defence and those involving particularly young or vulnerable witnesses and defendants.

Through hard work and tenacity she unearthed one of the high profile failures of disclosure in rape cases last year, leading to immediate acquittal & release of an innocent defendant. Her client was one of only 2 acquitted in a large multi-hander of multiple arms importations, where all others were represented by Queens Counsel and led the fray in legal argument as a leading junior in a fraud case this year leading to the acquittal of all defendants.

She carried out the first successful Defence case under the pilot s28 YJCEA scheme where particularly vulnerable or very young child complainants are cross examined months before the commencement of trial, now rolled out across the country.

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 was recently acquitted in a £15m 2 month, money laundering fraud at Southwark Crown Court.

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 developed expertise for advice and litigation 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 health & safety. 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 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”. One who recently tried a case in which she appeared for the defence commented that her closing speech to the jury was the “the best I have heard” and “game changing”.

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

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