• A mature and impressive junior building on her previous career as a highly skilled  communicator.

    Overview 

    Charlotte Godber moved into law following a successful career in communications and public law roles in Central Government. As a lawyer she worked at a leading international law firm before joining QEB Hollis Whiteman where she now works on the full spectrum of QEB Hollis Whiteman’s specialist fields.

    Experience 

    Charlotte became a tenant of QEB Hollis Whiteman in January 2019 following the successful completion of pupillage. During pupillage Charlotte assisted her pupil supervisor, Philip Stott, on a range of matters including: the confiscation hearings for the infamous Hatton Garden jewellery burglary; and the complicated sentencing of Mark Loveridge following a guilty plea to manslaughter by means of diminished responsibility.

    Charlotte regularly assists other members of Chambers with legal research and the preparation of cases on a diverse range of topics from doping in sports to complex sentencing research.

    Prior to joining Chambers, Charlotte worked as a paralegal at WilmerHale on the Investigations and Criminal Litigation Team. Charlotte assisted in the representation of various professional clients and worked on a major international corporation anti-bribery and corruption risk assessment and a global compliance review. Charlotte also worked on a pro-bono Central Criminal Appeals case 'the Fresh water five.'

    In her previous career in central government Charlotte worked on the Iraq Inquiry (the Chilcot Inquiry), legislation for the Cabinet Office, and later represented the Secretary of State for the Home Department in Immigration and Asylum appeals.

    Notable Cases

    R v Chowdhury, Uddin and Rahman
    ​Assisted Philip Stott with the murder trial.

    Hatton Garden Jewellery Heist
    Assisted Philip Stott with confiscation proceedings arising from the trial.

    R v Loveridge (Mark)
    Assisted with the sentencing of Mark Loveridge, following a guilty plea to manslaughter by means of diminished responsibility.

    Appointments 

    • Counsel for the Home Office (Asylum and Immigration Appeals) 
    • Direct Access appointed
    • Government Legal Department Junior Junior counsel list
    • The Nursing and Midwifery Council approved list
    • The Youth Justice Legal Centre approved counsel

    Professional Memberships

    • Association of London Welsh Lawyers
    • Criminal Bar Association
    • Women in Criminal Law
    • Female Fraud Forum
    • FreeBar
    • Middle Temple
    • Young Fraud Lawyers Association

    Publications

    • Credited as a researcher in Sentencing for offences of cheating the revenue (R v Michael Richards and others) for LexisNexis (2017).
    • Contributed to research for – ‘A Practical Guide to INTERPOL and Red Notices (Bloomsbury)' by Christopher David and Nicholas Hearn.

    Education 

    • LLM Law, BPP University
    • BPTC, BPP University (Queen Mother scholar)
    • GDL, City Law School
    • English BA Hons Queen Mary University (& Berkeley, University of California, USA)

     

     

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      Charlotte Godber and Zara Brawley have joined Chambers, following successful pupillages.

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  • Corporate and Financial Crime

    A professional advocate with a calm, confident approach to complex financial crime.

    Overview

    Charlotte defends in forfeiture proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. She has also represented individuals charged with bankruptcy offences in the Crown Court.

    Experience

    Prior to joining Chambers, Charlotte gained experience working on an anti-bribery and corruption risk assessment as part of a global compliance review for a major international corporation.

    Charlotte has assisted in case preparation for individuals facing investigation by the Serious Fraud Office; the Financial Conduct Authority, and; the US Department of Justice.

    Charlotte has been instructed by the Bank of England and HMRC, on separate matters, to provide advice and assistance on ongoing financial investigations.

  • A persuasive and mature advocate, accepting both public and private clients, seamlessly instilling confidence and regularly achieving impressive results.

    Overview

    Charlotte prosecutes and defends individuals charged with the full range of criminal offences.

    Charlotte is developing a practice with particular emphasis on serious crime, having been instructed in various cases including murder, arson, drugs offences and various levels of assault.

    Experience

    Charlotte has quickly developed a wealth of experience in Crown Courts and Magistrates’ Courts across the country. Charlotte has an easy, confident approachable manner and is well regarded by clients both professional clients and the individuals she represents. Her friendly manner belies a fearless advocate in court.

    Charlotte enjoys working on all aspects of criminal litigation, from providing advice to making legal applications, conducting trials and advising on sentencing.  

    When prosecuting Charlotte is conscientious and scrupulously fair. Her meticulous preparation and engagement with the issues early on in a case make her a highly effective prosecutor.

    Charlotte recently successfully defended a woman accused of coercive or controlling behaviour in a family setting. This is a relatively new offence, the trial involved covert recordings and cross-examination via video link to another jurisdiction. At the end of the trial costs were awarded to the defendant. As well as acting as a sole junior, Charlotte enjoys working as part of a team as a led junior, she is currently being led in a multi-handed murder.

    Recent Cases

  • A skilled advocate with a keen interest and aptitude for all aspects of regulatory law.

    Overview

    Charlotte has a family background in medicine and takes an interest in all medical regulatory work. As a keen and accomplished sportswoman Charlotte also has an interest in sports tribunal work.

    Experience

    Charlotte has a broad experience of medical regulatory work. She has been instructed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and has assisted members of chambers on General Optical Council and General Dental Council disciplinary cases.

    She has assisted other members of Chambers on sports regulatory cases and is keen to develop this area of her practice.  Charlotte contributed to a ‘Review of the Criminalisation of Doping in Sport’, she continues to monitor international developments in this area.

  • Building on a solid background in immigration law, accepting instructions from individuals and government bodies.

    Overview

    With a solid background in immigration and human rights law Charlotte is keen to maintain an interest in and an aptitude for public law advocacy. Both working for the Government and for individuals.

    Charlotte takes instructions from the Government Legal Department as a ‘junior junior’.  Charlotte is also instructed by an individual witness to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

    Experience

    Prior to joining Chambers Charlotte spent two years as a Home Office Presenting Officer representing the Secretary of State in Immigration and Asylum appeals. Charlotte maintains an interest in all public law work and continues to take instructions from the Home Office and the Government Legal Department.

    Charlotte has been instructed by the Bank of England and HMRC, on separate matters, to provide advice and assistance on ongoing investigations.

    Charlotte had a previous career in PR and Communications, working for charities and organisations such as Comic Relief, WaterAid and Amnesty International. She then moved to Central Government and worked as a Senior Press Officer in the Cabinet Office and No. 10 Communications Team.

    Immediately prior to joining Chambers, Charlotte worked at WilmerHale, as a paralegal in the Investigations and Criminal Litigation Team.