Areas of Expertise

Charmian is the Deputy Head of the Court of Protection Group. She regularly appears in the Court of Protection in applications relating to both financial and welfare matters. Charmian has a particular interest in applications relating to Property and Affairs, and has appeared for Deputies, family members and Local Authorities in a wide variety of applications relating to management of protected parties’ financial affairs.

Her cases have included issues relating to the appointment and removal of Deputies and Lasting Power of Attorneys, the imposition of statutory wills and the recovery and sale of properties.

Charmian is known for quickly identifying the most important aspects of a case, and for taking a command of matters in Court. She is also adept at swiftly building a rapport with clients, to ensure that they feel at ease and have confidence in her representation. Charmian seeks to work collaboratively with the client and solicitor to achieve the best possible outcome.


Charmian is an experienced and tenacious advocate who regularly appears at all stages of private law disputes in the Family Court. The cases she undertakes often include those involving serious allegations of sexual, physical and emotional abuse, including parental alienation.  Charmian also has experience of applications involving the interplay between differing jurisdictions and issues of internal and external relocation.

Charmian is instructed by parents, grandparents and Guardians and is known for her caring and sensitive approach to those clients with particular vulnerabilities.

Charmian is known for quickly identifying the most important aspects of a case, and for taking a command of matters in Court. She is also adept at swiftly building a rapport with clients, to ensure that they feel at ease and have confidence in her representation. Charmian seeks to work collaboratively with the client and solicitor to achieve the best possible outcome.

Recommendations

Chambers & Partners 2018: “She is a seriously excellent advocate who shows experience well beyond her year of qualification – a rising star.”

Chambers & Partners 2016: “She is brilliant; always has a good grasp of the papers, she is good in court and great with the clients.” “She is calm as anything – a very safe pair of hands, well prepared, and puts the client at ease.”


Charmian regularly appears for applicants, respondents and interveners at all stages of proceedings, including multi-day final hearings, under the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 and the Civil Partnership Act 2004. She also represents parties in applications pursuant to the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 and applications under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989.

Charmian excels in cases involving children and parents with disabilities or mental health issues and those with debt and state benefits considerations. The cases in which she is instructed also frequently involve debt and bankruptcy issues, public and private sector pension provision, business assets, the alleged concealment of wealth, inherited wealth and significant pre- or post-relationship acquired assets. Charmian has a particular interest in cases where there is an overlap between the Family Court and the Court of Protection.

Charmian is known for quickly identifying the most important aspects of a case, and for taking a command of matters in Court. She is also known for her personable approach, particularly with vulnerable clients, and is adept at swiftly building a rapport with clients, to ensure that they feel at ease and have confidence in her representation. Charmian seeks to work collaboratively with the client and solicitor to achieve the best possible outcome.

Recommendations

Chambers & Partners 2018: “She is a seriously excellent advocate who shows experience well beyond her year of qualification – a rising star.” “A great barrister. Very able when it comes to family finance.”

Chambers & Partners 2016: “She is brilliant; always has a good grasp of the papers, she is good in court and great with the clients.” “She is calm as anything – a very safe pair of hands, well prepared, and puts the client at ease.”


Qualifications

Bar Vocational Course – Nottingham Law School

Bachelor of Laws (Hons) – University of Nottingham

Public Access accredited

Memberships

Resolution

Family Law Bar Association

Treasurer – Young Resolution West Midlands Committee

St Ives Chambers Management Committee and Complaints Panel

Deputy Head of St Ives Chambers’ Court of Protection Group


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