Charlotte Brewer prosecutes and defends in a wide range of criminal matters including sexual offences, fraud, drugs supply and homicide.
She has appeared at all stages of criminal proceedings including appearances before the Divisional Court, the Court of Appeal and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.
Charlotte is particularly experienced in financial crime and has been instructed in cases involving allegations of market abuse, insider dealing, unlicensed money lending and “boiler room” frauds.
In addition to her traditional criminal practice, Charlotte has extensive experience of advising bodies such as the National Crime Agency, banks and police forces on large-scale and complex issues of disclosure and Legal Professional Privilege.
Charlotte is experienced in Judicial Review proceedings and Public Inquiries. She is currently instructed as junior counsel to the Undercover Policing Inquiry.
Prior to commencing her career at the Bar, Charlotte worked for a busy criminal law firm where she acted on behalf of one of the defendants in the 9 handed Oxford sex exploitation trial, ‘Operation Bullfinch’, heard at the Old Bailey.
Charlotte is public access qualified and is therefore able to accept instructions directly from members of the public.
Charlotte is experienced in appellate work, having appeared to represent Appellants before the Court of Appeal and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.
She recently represented an individual who was convicted of murder in Jamaica, who sought advice as to whether he could appeal against his conviction to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council [JCPC].
Charlotte provided positive advice to her client and successfully obtained permission from the JCPC to appeal against both conviction and sentence. That appeal was heard on 24th October 2016, when Charlotte appeared before the Board, led by Christine Agnew QC.
The prosecution conceded the point taken in relation to the Appellant’s sentence and Christine Agnew and Charlotte successfully argued that the case should be referred back to the Jamaican Court of Appeal which had previously dismissed their client’s appeal against his conviction. The full judgment of the Board can be found here.
Charlotte accepts instructions in a wide variety of Proceeds of Crime Act matters. She is experienced in acting for individuals at the pre-charge restraint stage through to confiscation order enforcement proceedings. She has also acted in civil contempt proceedings arising from alleged breaches of a restraint order.
In addition to confiscation proceedings, Charlotte also has experience of contested forfeiture hearings in the Magistrates’ Court and assisting with a forfeiture appeal to the Crown Court.
Charlotte regularly appears in the Crown Court defending individuals charged with a wide range of criminal offences including drugs supply, burglary, possession of weapons and violent offences.
In the Magistrates’ Court, Charlotte has a particular expertise in road traffic matters and frequently represents individuals charged with drug or alcohol related driving offences, failing to furnish driver details and those seeking to advance exceptional hardship arguments.
As well as defending individuals, Charlotte also has experience of assisting a multi-national company which was being investigated by the Competition and Markets Authority for suspected breaches of competition law in the European Union and potential criminal cartel offences.
Charlotte is a Level 2 CPS prosecutor who accepts instructions on behalf of various prosecution agencies including the Crown Prosecution Service, the Financial Conduct Authority and Transport for London.
She prosecutes across the full range of criminal offences, including allegations of serious violence, money laundering, sexual assault and child cruelty.
Charlotte has recently been instructed to prosecute increasingly serious and complex matters including a three-handed case involving allegations of both civil and criminal contempt arising out of multiple breaches of a Restraint Order.