Charlotte is a versatile junior whose practice covers all aspects of commercial litigation and international arbitration together with competition, EU and public law. She has appeared in the Court of Appeal, High Court and County Court, both as part of a team in heavy hearings and as sole counsel. She has also appeared before the Court of Justice and the General Court, and has undertaken substantial arbitrations under each of the UNCITRAL, LCIA, CIArb and ICSID rules.
Significant current and recent instructions include:
Before commencing practice at the Bar, Charlotte spent a year as Judicial Assistant to Lord Clarke and Lord Sumption in the Supreme Court, during which she worked on a wide variety of cases across her current practice areas, covering topics such as penalty clauses, unjust enrichment, contractual damages, illegality, joint tortfeasorship, antisuit injunctions, human rights, data retention, and proportionality.
Before pupillage, she taught contract law at University College London and King’s College London, and worked as a stagiaire at Shearman & Sterling’s International Arbitration Group in Paris, where she worked on a substantial arbitration under the ICSID rules. She read law at Cambridge University, then completed the LLM at Harvard Law School and the BCL at Oxford University, where her studies focused in particular on private international law, contract law and restitution. She was the 2013 Eldon Law Scholar (awarded annually to the most promising Oxford graduate going to the Bar).
Charlotte is fluent in French and German, and has a working knowledge of Spanish. She is called to the Irish Bar and is a member of the Irish Law Library.
Charlotte accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ commercial work, and across a range of industry sectors. She has experience of heavy commercial litigation and arbitration in which she works as part of a team, as well as of appearing as sole counsel in the Commercial Court. She is particularly comfortable with difficult questions of private international law, contract damages and unjust enrichment, owing to her academic background in these subjects. Her experience covers, in particular, banking & finance, civil fraud, energy & natural resources, information technology, insurance, and auditors’ negligence.
Current and recent instructions include:
Charlotte frequently advises and settles pleadings, led or as sole counsel, in relation to a range of commercial issues, including:
Reported pro bono cases include:
Charlotte has acted in a range of cartel damages cases (including concerning the FX, Trucks, cables, air cargo and copper fixings cartels), as well as in abuse of dominance claims (including arising from the Commission’s Google Search decision) and cases concerning substantive breach of competition law (in particular pay-for-delay litigation). She has particular experience of acting and advising in relation to collection action proceedings.
Current and recent instructions include:
Charlotte is qualified as a barrister in Ireland, enabling her to give ongoing advice on EU law matters. She is a member of the Law Library. Her fluent French often comes in useful in EU legal research.
Charlotte has developed a particular expertise in pharmaceutical regulatory issues (including through her involvement in the major competition law pharmaceutical case GlaxoSmithKline v CMA  CAT 4). Major instructions in this area include:
Other EU law instructions include:
Charlotte worked on a wide range of public law cases during her time at the UK Supreme Court. Current and recent public law instructions include:
Charlotte accepts pro bono instructions as appropriate, often in the fields of public, human rights and public international law. Recent pro bono clients include the Human Dignity Trust, Liberty, ClientEarth, the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre, Corruption Watch, and the Children’s Rights Alliance for England.
Scholarships and Prizes
COMBAR, BEG, ALBA, LCLCBA
UK chapter in The Intellectual Property and Antitrust Review (2016-2019) (co-authored with James Flynn QC)