• Building on her previous career in Central Government, Charlotte has experience of assisting on cases across all of Chambers’ practice areas often involving the most serious offences.

    Overview 

    Charlotte Godber moved into law following a successful career in communications and public law roles within Central Government. As a lawyer she worked at a leading international law firm before joining QEB Hollis Whiteman. Since joining Chambers she has worked 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 her eighteen-month pupillage. During the first six months of pupillage Charlotte assisted her pupil supervisor, Philip Stott, on a range of matters including: a murder trial of four defendants following a stabbing in East London; the confiscation hearings for the Hatton Garden jewellery burglary; and the sentencing of Mark Loveridge following a guilty plea to manslaughter by means of diminished responsibility. Charlotte also undertook a document review in an international fraud investigation.

    Charlotte regularly assists other members of Chambers with legal research and the preparation of cases on a diverse range of topics, including criminal and regulatory matters. Of particular note, Charlotte has contributed to a review concerning the criminalisation of doping in sport.

    Prior to joining Chambers, Charlotte spent a year as a paralegal at WilmerHale on the Investigations and Criminal Litigation Team. During this time Charlotte assisted on an anti-bribery and corruption risk assessment and a global compliance review for a major international corporation. Charlotte was also involved in the representation of clients facing investigation by the Serious Fraud Office, the Financial Conduct Authority, the US Department of Justice and the CPS. Charlotte also worked on a pro-bono Central Criminal Appeals case 'the Fresh water five.'

    Charlotte previously worked in Central Government in public law roles. Charlotte represented the Secretary of State for the Home Department in Immigration and Asylum appeals. Charlotte also worked on legislation for the Cabinet Office. Most notably Charlotte worked on the Iraq Inquiry (the Chilcot Inquiry) into the UK’s involvement in Iraq.

    During her legal studies, Charlotte volunteered as a Mackenzie friend for victims of domestic violence and undertook training with the National Centre for Domestic Violence

    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 appoitned
    • 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
    • Female Fraud Forum
    • FreeBar
    • Middle Temple
    • Young Fraud Lawyers Association

    Publications

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

    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.

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

    Charlotte is also regularly instructed to prosecute and defend in appeals from the Magistrates’ courts to the Crown Court.

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    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.

    As a keen and accomplished sportswoman Charlotte has an interest in sports tribunal work. 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.

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    Prior to joining Chambers Charlotte represented the Secretary of State for the Home Office on 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.

    Experience

    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.

    Charlotte is particularly proud of the work she did on the first UK televised public inquiry:  the Iraq Inquiry led by Sir John Chilcot. In 2012, while studying, Charlotte was recruited to work on the Central London Communications Team for the London Olympics.

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