Charlotte Oliver

Year of Call: 2017

Charlotte is a criminal barrister with a successful practice both prosecuting and defending

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Overview

Charlotte is a criminal barrister who accepts instructions to prosecute and defend.

Instructing Solicitors have said:

"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." 

Additional Information

Professional Panel Appointments

  • CPS General Crime Advocate Panel: Level 2.
  • ADR-OCR Civil and Commercial Mediator.

Awards

  • Inner Temple Pupillage Award (2018).

Education

  • BSc (University of Bristol, 2015): First Class.
  • GDL (BPP University, 2016): Distinction.
  • BPTC (BPP University, 2017): Very Competent.

Criminal Defence

Charlotte is regularly instructed to defend in single and multi-handed cases involving serious violence, drug supply, weapons, and importation offences. 

Charlotte has particular experience in representing youth clients with complex mental health difficulties. She completed the Vulnerable Witness Training in 2018.

Charlotte continues to accept instructions in the Magistrates’ Court; most successfully representing defendants charged with offences involving the police. She has considerable experience in representing respondents at contested applications for Stalking Orders, Sexual Risk Orders, Criminal Behaviour Orders and Restoration Orders.

Criminal Prosecutions - Private & Public

Charlotte is a CPS Grade 2 prosecutor, with experience in all areas of general crime, both in the Crown Court and the Youth Court.

She was recently praised as being ‘a credit to the Bar’ by a Judge sitting at Kingston Crown Court, for the efforts she made to secure a conditional caution for a vulnerable defendant on the day of trial.

Business Crime

Charlotte accepts instructions in relation to Business Crime and Financial Crime cases. 

​Charlotte was instructed as Disclosure Counsel throughout the Financial Conduct Authority’s criminal investigation into NatWest, following the laundering of hundreds of millions of pounds through the Bank. See FCA press release here.

Professional Memberships

  • Criminal Bar Association (CBA)
  • Women in Criminal Law (WICL)

Cases of Note

R v DD, Canterbury Crown Court [2022]

Represented DD, acquitted of section 18 GBH

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R v RM, Inner London Crown Court [2022]

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 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]

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R v BB, Aylesbury Crown Court [2021]

Whilst accepting that BB was a drug user, successfully prosecuted BB for possession with intent to supply.

R v WG, Canterbury Crown Court [2021]

Successfully represented WG, found not guilty of assaulting his ex-partner on the basis of self-defence.

R v BM and another, Central Criminal Court [2021]

Represented BM, alleged to have been jointly involved in an assault.

R v SF and HL, Canterbury Crown Court [2020]

Prosecuted HL, SF having pleaded guilty to offences of cultivating cannabis and possession with intent to supply, satisfying the jury that HL was involved in the operation SF had taken ownership of.

R v KS and AMD, Wood Green Crown Court [2020]

Successfully prosecuted AMD for robbery, notwithstanding his contentions that he was an innocent bystander.

R v PM, Court of Appeal [2019] EWCA (Crim) 2053

Successfully appealed a sentence imposed at Isleworth Crown Court for the importation of Class A drugs - the original sentence of 10 years’ being substituted for a term of 8 years’ imprisonment.