Charlotte Crocombe

Call: 2020 

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Leicester City Council

Practice Summary

Charlotte joined 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square in October 2021, following successful completion of her pupillage. She is developing a broad practice in public law, focusing on human rights and the intersection between criminal and public law. She is particularly interested in the use of civil orders as a remedy for complex social problems.

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 is formally a Legal Assistant to criminal barristers. In this role she conducted legal research and drafted trial documents in complex cases such as 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.

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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

During her pupillage, Charlotte gained significant experience appearing in the County Court in cases involving anti-social behaviour. These cases include possession proceedings, injunction proceedings, and committal trials.

Judicial Review

Charlotte provided pro bono assistance to a Claimant seeking to judicially review a decision taken by the Chief Constable of Dorset Police that the Claimant was lawfully issued with a caution.

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.

Prior to commencing pupillage Charlotte was a paralegal to the Infected Blood Inquiry, established to examine the circumstances in which men, women and children treated by national Health Services in the United Kingdom were given infected blood and infected blood products.

Education

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.

Criminal

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’.

She looks forward to developing her criminal practice.


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