Charlotte Crocombe

Call: 2020 

‘Charlotte has represented Leicester City Council on a number of anti-social behaviour cases. Her understanding, attention to detail and her excellent advocacy skills on our cases has secured a 100% success rate for the Authority. It has and continues to be a pleasure to work with Charlotte.’

Leicester City Council

Practice Summary

Charlotte is a junior barrister specialising in public and criminal law. She has a particular interest in human rights and civil remedies for criminal behaviour. 

Charlotte has a busy civil practice representing local governments and the police in cases involving anti-social and criminal behaviour. This includes cases brought to disrupt gang-activity, the sexual exploitation of women and county lines drug dealing. She also helps vulnerable clients defend against possession claims and injunctions. Charlotte is particularly interested in the legal relationship between individuals and the police and has advised in judicial review claims concerning the appropriate exercise of police powers.

Charlotte also regularly appears in the Crown Court representing clients accused of a wide-range of criminal offences.

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Previous experience

Prior to joining the bar, Charlotte worked as the Judicial Assistant to the Right Honourable Sir Brian Leveson, President of the Queen’s Bench Division and Head of Criminal Justice (as he then was). She assisted on cases considering applications under Part 77 of the Criminal Procedure Rules, the appropriate exercise of police and parole board powers, and the right to die.

Charlotte was formerly an advisor to two criminal barristers. In this role she assisted in the prosecution of cases involving modern slavery and human trafficking, terrorism, joint enterprise murder, and GBH, often involving multiple defendants.

Charlotte’s particular interest in human trafficking results from her work with Mbarara University of Science and Technology to uncover the true extent of trafficking and torture of Eritreans in Sudan and Egypt.

Public & Administrative

Charlotte accepts instructions in all areas of public and administrative law. She is on the Attorney General’s Junior Junior Panel, and the Legal Reference Panel for the Centre for Women’s Justice.

 

Anti-Social Behaviour

Charlotte is an experienced trial advocate. She regularly appears in the County Court representing local governments and vulnerable clients in cases involving anti-social behaviour. This includes bringing and defending possession proceedings, applications for committal, and injunctions.

Recently she has had success in helping local authorities obtain possession of properties being used for county-lines drug dealing, the sexual exploitation of women, and gang related activity. She is presently helping a family with disabled children defend a possession claim involving accusations of serious anti-social behaviour arising from the children’s disabilities.

Charlotte is knowledgeable of and experienced in the range of defences available in cases involving anti-social behaviour. She is able to draw upon this to provide robust representation for her all of her clients in both bringing and defending claims.

 

Actions Against the Police

Charlotte regularly advises on civil claims against the Police. She has a particular interest in the duties of the police towards individuals, and the appropriate exercise of police power. To that end she has advised in claims involving misfeasance in public office and the unlawful issuing of a police caution.

Criminal

Charlotte regularly appears in the Crown Court representing clients accused of drugs offences, GBH, and fraud offences.

Charlotte is a contributing editor to Chapter 25 of Archbold: Criminal Pleading, Evidence and Practice 2022 entitled ‘Terrorism and Other Offences Against the Crown and Government’.

Public Inquiries

Charlotte is currently instructed on the Brook House Inquiry investigating the decisions, actions and circumstances surrounding the mistreatment of individuals detained at Brook House Immigration Removal Centre. Charlotte has been praised for her work identifying relevant issues for inquiry and thereafter drafting targeted rule 9 requests to ensure the full and proper exploration of those issues.

Prior to commencing pupillage Charlotte was a paralegal to the Infected Blood Inquiry examining the circumstances in which men, women and children treated by NHS were given infected blood and infected blood products.

Community Care

Charlotte accepts instructions in school exclusion appeals, admission appeals and judicial reviews, and can act as a clerk/legal advisor to Independent Review Panels. She appears regularly in the First-Tier Tribunal (Special Education Need and Disability) in appeals against Education, Health and Care Plans issued by the local authority

Family

Charlotte represents the Police in family proceedings. She has experience in applying for public interest immunity following an order for police disclosure and seeking the disclosure of statements to inform ongoing criminal investigations.


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