Charlotte Brewer

Year of Call: 2012  


Overview


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 public law matters including Judicial Review proceedings and particularly sensitive cases involving issues of national security. She has experience in the field of Public Inquiries, having previously served 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.

Appeals


Charlotte is experienced in appellate work, having appeared to represent Appellants before the Court of Appeal and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

Reported Cases:

  • R v McLeod [2017] UKPC 1 Successfully obtained permission to appeal from the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council on behalf of a client who had been convicted of murder in Jamaica. Appeared before the Board led by Christine Agnew QC and successfully argued that the case should be referred back to the Jamaican Court of Appeal which had previously dismissed the appeal against conviction.
  • R v Gopee [2019] EWCA Crim 601 – Appeared on behalf of the Financial Conduct Authority in an appeal against conviction and two appeals against sentence. All appeals were dismissed and a loss of time order was made against the Appellant.
  • R v Gopee [2019] EWHC 568 (Admin) – Appeared on behalf of the FCA in an application for judicial review arising out of the imposition of a victim surcharge order in civil contempt proceedings. The Court reconstituted itself as the Court of Appeal, the claim having been commenced by the Claimant in the wrong court.

 

Confiscation


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.

Defence


 

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.

Cases

  • R v G and M: Represented M, who stood trial facing allegations of manslaughter and possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.
  • R v K: Instructed to represent K, who stood trial before the Central Criminal Court in respect of an allegation of possessing a controlled drug with intent to supply. K was acquitted.
  • R v S: Defending S who was charged with 7 offences, including possession of a bladed article, breach of a restraining order and common assault. The bladed article charge was dismissed at half-time and S was acquitted of the remaining six offences.
  • R v F: Represented F, who stood trial facing identical allegations of sexual assault made by two females who were unknown to each other and unknown to F. The jury could not agree upon any verdicts.
  • FCA v N: Instructed to represent N in contempt of court proceedings before the Southwark Crown Court. It was alleged by the FCA that N had breached his Restraint Order by failing to disclose assets, by opening and operating new bank accounts of which the FCA were unaware and by dissipating assets valued at over £65,000.
  • R v R: Represented R, who had pleaded guilty to multiple counts of breaching his Sexual Offences Notification Requirements. Charlotte persuaded the Judge to impose a suspended sentence order, despite the fact that this was her client’s nineteenth breach of a Court order, committed whilst subject to a further suspended sentence order.
  • R v V: Instructed to represent V who was accused of stalking her ex-partner, primarily via Twitter. Successfully challenged the jurisdiction of the court to hear the case as the overwhelming majority of the alleged course of conduct had occurred in jurisdictions other than England and Wales. The Crown were therefore unable to proceed with the case.
  • R v B: Defending B, who was alleged to have handled stolen goods valued at many thousands of pounds after the police uncovered what the Crown described as ‘an Aladdin’s cave of stolen goods’. The case against B was dismissed at half time.

Prosecution


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.

Cases

  • R v G: Instructed as junior counsel in the first ever criminal prosecution brought by the FCA in relation to its consumer credit powers. The defendant was an unlicensed money lender who illegally lent in excess of £1m to consumers and received in excess of £2m in loan repayments after his consumer credit licence was revoked by the Office of Fair Trading.
  • R v B and R: Instructed as disclosure counsel in the prosecution of two former Christian Brothers who faced multiple allegations of physical abuse against children in their care. Further details can be found on the BBC Website 
  • R v D: Prosecuted a mother who stood trial facing an allegation of child cruelty against her 6 month old baby.
  • R v C: Prosecuted C, a lodger, who was charged with sexually assaulting one of the female occupants of the property in which he was residing.
  • R v W:  Prosecuted a ‘trial of the facts’ involving allegations of robbery and public disorder.
  • R v J: Instructed as disclosure counsel in the high-profile prosecution of a former Parliamentarian who was accused of numerous historic sexual offences against children.

Qualifications


  • Bar Professional Training Course, BPP Law School
  • Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Scholarship, Inner Temple
  • Exhibition Award, Inner Temple
  • LLB Hons (First Class), University of Kent