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CHARLOTTE OLIVER

Call: 2017 (Inner Temple)

Areas of Expertise: 

 

Crime

 

Charlotte has a successful criminal practice both prosecuting and defending in the Crown Court, Youth Court and Magistrates’ Court. 

 

Charlotte provides considered and focussed advice at every stage, from pre-charge to the Parole Board. She is regularly instructed to appear in single and multi-handed conspiracy cases, involving serious violence, drug-dealing, weapons, importation (of entrants, drugs, tobacco, and money) and sexual offences. 

 

Charlotte has considerable experience in representing vulnerable youth clients with complex mental health difficulties and handling issues of psychiatric assessments, fitness to plead, and mental health disposals when appearing for both the prosecution and defence. In addition, Charlotte has undertaken the Vulnerable Witness Training with the Inns of Court College of Advocacy.

Charlotte has successfully appeared in contested quasi-criminal and civil matters, including Sexual Harm Prevention Orders, Criminal Behaviour Orders and Closure Orders.

 

Charlotte is currently assisting the Financial Conduct Authority with disclosure and evidence review in a large-scale money laundering investigation.

Recent Cases

Crown Court

Prosecution

 

R v KS and AMD, Wood Green Crown Court [2020] successfully prosecuted AMD, after KS had pleaded guilty, for an offence of robbery where AMD was contending that he was an innocent bystander. 

 

R v SF and HL, Canterbury Crown Court [2020] successfully prosecuted HL, subsequent to SF pleading guilty to offences of cultivating cannabis and possession with intent to supply Class B, in circumstances where HL was denying knowledge of the operation that SF had taken ownership of.

 

Defence

R v SM and others, Canterbury Crown Court [2020] Successfully persuaded the court to impose a sentence of 3 years' 6 months for SM, after challenges to the prosecution expert evidence suggesting Category 1 offending [reported here]

R v CP-L, Blackfriars Crown Court [2019] CP-L was acquitted of assaulting two Emergency Workers and racially aggravated harassment, where the alleged behaviour was captured on Body Worn and custody suite CCTV.

R v KP, Basildon Crown Court [2019] KP was acquitted of multiple breaches of a Restraining Order, and the accompanying assault and criminal damage charges.

R v SB and LB, Chelmsford Crown Court [2019] Successfully persuaded the court to impose a suspended sentence for both defendants convicted of street dealing Class A Drugs.

Appeals

R v PM, Court of Appeal  [2019] EWCA (Crim) 2053 Successfully appealed a sentence imposed at Isleworth Crown Court for importation of Class A drugs.

R v JG, Canterbury Crown Court [2019] Successfully appealed an 8-month Detention and Training Order imposed at Canterbury Youth Court, for a Youth Rehabilitation Order.

Magistrates and Youth Court

R v WP, Uxbridge Magistrates [2020] Successfully defended WP, who denied knowledge of the knife found behind the passenger seat of his car.

R v TF, Staines Magistrates [2019] Successfully defended TF, charged with assaulting a Police Constable.

R v AD, Sevenoaks Magistrates [2019] Successfully defended AD, charged with domestic assault and using violence to secure entry after an application to dismiss.

R v RP, Folkestone Youth Court [2019] Successfully defended RP, charged with handling stolen goods and theft of a motor vehicle.

R v DM, City of London Magistrates [2019] Successfully defended DM, charged with assaulting a Police Constable.

R v MJ, Ealing Magistrates [2019] Successfully defended MJ, charged with domestic violence after a successful submission of no case to answer.

R v DT, Highbury Corner Magistrates [2019] Successfully defended DT, charged with a section 4A Public Order Act offence, where the behaviour complained of by the bus driver was captured on CCTV.

R v GH, Staines Magistrates [2019] Successfully defended GH, charged with sexual assault on a member of the public.

R v PS, Ealing Magistrates [2018] Successfully defended PS, charged with assault by beating and criminal damage in a domestic context.

R v PJ and others, Camberwell Green Magistrates [2018] Successfully defended PJ, the only defendant to be acquitted of assault by beating and NHS Nuisance.

R v AV, Highbury Corner Magistrates [2018] Successfully defended AV, Tenant charged with criminal damage of his Landlords property on the basis of Turnbull Identification.

Testimonials

"Both myself and the client are extremely impressed and happy with the result – a case which was not easy to win but with the right tactics and representation there was always hope."  Instructing Solicitor in R v CP-L

Appointments and Memberships

Grade 2 Prosecutor

ADR-OCR Civil and Commercial Mediator

Criminal Bar Association

Qualifications and Awards

BSc, First Class (University of Bristol, 2015)

GDL, Distinction (BPP University, 2016)

BPTC, Very Competent (BPP University, 2017)

Invited BPP Advocacy Exhibitor

Inner Temple Pupillage Award (2018)

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