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CHARLOTTE OLIVER
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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 2018, Charlotte undertook 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, Stalking Orders, Criminal Behaviour Orders and Closure Orders.

Recent Cases

Operation Fordbridge – Charlotte was instructed by the Financial Conduct Authority as Disclosure Counsel throughout the criminal investigation of NatWest, following the laundering of hundreds of millions of pounds through the Bank [reported here]

Defence

R v GR and others, Canterbury Crown Court [2021] represented the first of the defendants, GR, at trial; GR ultimately being acquitted of Section 18 Wounding and Threatening with a Bladed Article [reported here]

 

R v WG, Canterbury Crown Court [2021] WG was found not guilty of assaulting his ex-partner, on the basis of self-defence.

 

R v BM, Central Criminal Court [2021] BM was acquitted of a joint enterprise assault, BM’s involvement said to have occurred in the moments not captured by the CCTV. The case involved a lengthy legal argument as to the route to verdict; cross-examination having been categorised by the prosecution as ‘impressive’, and detrimental to the way in which the Crown had sought to put their case. 

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 challenging the prosecution expert evidence that this was category 1 offending (which, if accepted, would have led to a starting point of 10 years’ imprisonment)  [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.

Prosecution 

R v RM, Inner London Crown Court [2022] successfully prosecuted RM for fraud by false representation; satisfying the jury that his representations were not true and he did intend to make a gain.

 

R v BB, Aylesbury Crown Court [2021] successfully prosecuted BB for possession with intent to supply; whilst accepting that BB was a drug user, through  cross-examination, Charlotte contradicted the assertion that the 12 wraps on his person were for personal use.

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.

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 - the original sentence of 10 years’ being substituted for a term of 8 years’ imprisonment.

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

Magistrates' and Youth Court

R v JE, Thanet Magistrates’ Court [2021] successfully defended JE, charged with assaulting an Officer and resisting the arrest of two assisting Officers; in respect of the latter, the Bench having found that the Officers were acting outside the execution of their duty.

R v MM, Thanet Magistrates’ Court [2021] successfully defended MM, charged with assault by beating of his ex-partner, witnessed by his adult children.

R v WC, Maidstone Magistrates’ Court [2021] successfully defended WC, who faced an array of charges following the breakdown of his relationship.

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

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

R v AD, Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court [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’ Court [2019] successfully defended DM, charged with assaulting a Police Constable.

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

R v DT, Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court [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’ Court [2019] successfully defended GH, charged with sexual assault on a member of the public.

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

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

R v AV, Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court [2018] successfully defended AV, a tenant charged with criminal damage of his landlord's 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

Commended by the Trial Judge as "a credit to the Bar", Defence Counsel and Charlotte having made significant efforts to secure an out of court disposal for a defendant, prior to calling evidence (R v NG [2021] Kingston Crown Court).

Appointments and Memberships

Grade 2 Prosecutor

ADR-OCR Civil and Commercial Mediator

Criminal Bar Association

Qualifications and Awards

BSc (University of Bristol, 2015) - First Class

GDL (BPP University, 2016) - Distinction

BPTC (BPP University, 2017) - Very Competent

Inner Temple Pupillage Award (2018)

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