Charlotte Lees

Teams: Crime & Regulatory (Prison Law), Family (Child Care, Finance, Mental Health & Community Care), Landlord & Tenant and Housing (Commercial, Residential, Social)

Year Called: 2001

Inn: Lincoln's Inn

Qualifications: LL.B (Hons), LL.M (Hons) (McGill, CA), Greenshield Scholar

Memberships: Committee member of the Southampton Civil Litigation Practitioners Group, Western Circuit

Bar Council Registration

Family Law

Charlotte accepts instructions in all areas of family law, including care proceedings, ancillary relief, cohabitee and civil partnership cases, trusts of land claims, and general private law work such as removal from the jurisdiction, contact, residence and injunctive relief. She is regularly instructed to appear on behalf of Local Authorities, private parties and Guardians in all courts including the High Court and on appeal.

She has experience dealing with cases featuring the Official Solicitor, clients with difficulties giving instructions, non-accidental injuries, foreign divorce and competing jurisdictions. She also has experience representing parties in lengthy ancillary relief cases with extensive property portfolios and involving intervening third party interests. Her criminal law experience in confiscation proceedings has equipped her to deal with ancillary relief cases involving criminal conduct and conflicting third party interests in the High Court and simultaneous Crown Court proceedings. (Webber v. Webber & Crown Prosecution Service (Intervenor) [2006] EWHC 2893).

Prison Law

Charlotte practices in all areas of Prison Law and has extensive experience representing all categories of prisoners, particularly those subject to indeterminate sentences (such as Lifers, recalled prisoners, those serving extended sentences and those qualifying under Imprisonment for Public Protection).

She has built a specialised practice conducting hearings before the Parole Board in applications for release, transfer to open conditions, re-release following recall, re-categorisation or general welfare case progression in prisons across the country and is happy to undertake advisory work (written and/or in conference). She is experienced at making applications for Judicial Review and settling all the necessary paperwork for Judicial Review. She also accepts instructions to represent at Adjudications.

Charlotte is familiar with the offending behaviour work available within the prison system and experienced in cross-examination of psychologists and forensic psychiatrists on specialised areas such as static and dynamic risk, the Hare Psychopathy Checklist (HCR-20, PCL-R and SVR-20) RM2000 and Oasys.

Criminal Law

Charlotte receives instructions to prosecute and defend and appears in all courts undertaking all aspects of criminal litigation.

She has defended a wide range of cases including serious assaults, deception, robbery, racially aggravated offences, public order offences and drugs offences. She has particular experience with mental health issues including establishing insanity as a defence under the M’Naghten Rules. She has been involved in some notable cases, including the test case of R v. Goodwin [2006] 1 WLR 546; [2006] 2 All ER 519; [2006] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 432; [2005] 2 CLC 1066; [2006] 1 Cr App R 22; Times, January 4, 2006; Independent, December 9, 2005 (criminal responsibility and navigation of vessels).

Charlotte also undertakes work on behalf of the Prosecution and has prosecuted a wide range of cases, including grievous bodily harm, robbery, racially aggravated offences, drugs offences, harassment and public order offences.

She has experience dealing with ‘Dangerous Offenders’ qualifying for Imprisonment for Public Protection, witness handling via CCTV video link and also Confiscation Proceedings. Her Family Law experience in ancillary relief has equipped her to deal with complicated Crown Court Confiscation Proceedings involving conflicting third party interests with simultaneous ancillary relief proceedings in the High Court before the President of the Family Law Division. (Webber v. Webber & Crown Prosecution Service (Intervenor) [2006] EWHC 2893).

Charlotte completed her undergraduate degree in law at Lancaster University before being awarded a Greenshields Scholarship to go to McGill University in Montreal, Canada where she completed a Masters in International Comparative Law as President of the Postgraduate Law Faculty. In 2001 she was awarded a scholarship from Lincoln's Inn to undertake a death row defence internship at the Public Interest Litigation Clinic in Kansas City, Missouri, USA where she worked upon the appeals of a small number of death row prisoners. Before being called to the Bar, Charlotte also worked as a case noter for the European Human Rights Reports.


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