Practice Profile


Charlotte is developing a practice across all areas of commercial law, with particular emphasis on insurance and reinsurance, shipping and shipbuilding, commodities, jurisdiction / conflicts of law, civil fraud, professional negligence and international arbitration. Charlotte accepts instructions in all of 7KBW specialist practice areas.

Charlotte’s recent led work includes acting successfully for international private equity funds in an US$80 million ship financing fraud claim and acting for ship owners in an insurance claim worth c.$40m for the total loss of a vessel.

Charlotte also undertakes a range of work as sole counsel, including recently advising on a three-party construction claim, and acting in an international carriage of goods dispute. Further, Charlotte regularly appears in the County Court.

Previously, Charlotte worked as a consultant in the mining industry, advising clients of various sizes on a range of mining exploration projects around the world. She was also the Assistant Editor of an IHS published coal journal for three years. Charlotte has a first-class degree in geology, having studied in the UK and Canada, as well as a postgraduate degree in geography from the University of Cambridge. Charlotte is therefore particularly interested in, and has in-depth industry knowledge of, work associated with natural resources and energy.

Charlotte studied law at BPP University College, gaining a distinction and coming top of her year in the GDL, before going on to gain an outstanding on the BPTC. Whilst undertaking her GDL (part-time), Charlotte worked full-time in the Legal and Business Affairs department of Cambridge University Press, where she advised on technology contracts, foreign corporate structures, and intellectual property protection. Charlotte also has an ICAEW Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business and therefore understands the mechanics of how commercial and accountancy matters interrelate with legal disputes.

  • Acting (led by Peter MacDonald Eggers QC) for ship owners in an insurance claim worth c.US$40 million following the loss of a vessel.
  • Assisted in preparing written submissions for trial in the Supreme Court of a reinsurance mesothelioma dispute (as a pupil).
  • Assisted in advising on a number of matters including scope of cover, a possible contributory negligence claim and quantum in relation to an incident at a data security facility (as a pupil).
  • Assisted in advising on a claim arising out of property damage to two supercars, with a particular focus on the Convention on the Contract for the International Carriage of Goods by Road (CMR) (as a pupil).
  • Assisted in advising in relation to the validity of an insurance securities claim following the committal of fraud and dishonesty by a company director (as a pupil).
  • Assisted in a range of other insurance disputes, including marine insurance.
  • Instructed to advise on the court’s approach to conflicting jurisdictional provisions between two different agreements.
  • Conducted research into the Court’s approach to forum conveniens following the decision in Vedanta Resources Plc v Lungowe [2019] 2 W.L.R. 1051 (SC).
  • Conducted research into the meaning of ‘necessary and proper parties’ under gateway 3.
  • Conducted research into the validity and scope of an exclusive jurisdiction clause in the context of an insurance dispute (as a pupil).
  • Assisted in the preparation of a defence for the disponent owner of a grounded vessel following a claim by cargo owners and cargo insurers (as a pupil).
  • Assisted in the preparation of a particulars of claim for an LMAA arbitration in the context of a breach of contract claim against a ship buyer (as a pupil).
  • Assisted in advising and preparing particulars of claim for breach of duty and/or contract resulting from the commingling of cargo during loading of a vessel (as a pupil).
  • Conducted background research for an arbitration in the context of a professional negligence claim brought by the FRC (as a pupil).
  • Assisted in providing advice in the early stages of another FRC investigation into professional negligence (as a pupil).
  • Instructed to draft an application to set-aside default judgment, witness statements, and a defence to a claim following loss and damage to goods shipped internationally.
  • Assisted with advice on the scope and meaning of consequential losses within the context of an insurance dispute (as a pupil).
  • Assisted with advice and procedure in the Technology and Commercial Court (TCC) (as a pupil).
  • Instructed (led by Richard Waller QC) by international private equity funds in an US$80 million ship financing fraud claim.
  • Assisted with advising on attribution of knowledge following the committal of fraud in the context of an insurance claim (as a pupil).
  • Instructed to advise on liability and quantum in a three-party construction dispute (worth £300,000) concerned with the defective laying of a basement slab.
  • Instructed to advise on liability in a construction dispute involving latent damage to a retaining wall.

Professional Experience

Prior to coming to the Bar, Charlotte gained a range of professional commercial experience, including:

  • Working as a consultant in the mining industry, advising clients of various sizes on a range of mining exploration projects around the world;
  • Working for three years as the Assistant Editor of an IHS published coal journal;
  • Working full-time in the Legal and Business Affairs department of Cambridge University Press for two years (whilst completing the GDL); and
  • Completing an ICAEW Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business, and winning the EY Young Tax Professional of the Year UK competition in 2015.

Additional Information

As a law student, Charlotte represented Gray’s Inn at the XXV Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot and worked pro-bono for the Employment Law Telephone Advice Line. She also held the position of Treasurer and Mooting Representative for the Association of Gray’s Inn Students (AGIS). She is now an ‘Advocate’ pro bono panel member.

Moreover, Charlotte is a former international athlete having rowed for Great Britain and Wales (on four occasions), as well as winning numerous national championships. Further, during her studies in Vancouver, she stroked the First VIII and LW4+, winning a bronze medal at San Diego Crew Classics in the LWT8+ and racing at Head of the Charles. Charlotte now enjoys competing in triathlons in her free time.

  • 2018-2019 – BPTC, BPP University College, Outstanding (ranked 10th in year out of over 600 candidates, 1st in year in the International Trade and Ethics modules)

    2017-2018 – GDL, BPP University College, Distinction (ranked 1st in year)

    2016 – ICAEW Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business, BPP University College

    2013-2014 – MPhil Environment, Society and Development, University of Cambridge

    2011-2012 – Geology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

    2009-2012 – BSc (Hons) Exploration and Resource Geology (International), Cardiff University, First Class

    Scholarships and Awards

    • Academic Scholarship, 2009-2012, Cardiff University
    • Jeston University Scholarship, 2009, Worshipful Company of Haberdashers
    • Thomas Arno Scholarship, 2011, Worshipful Company of Haberdashers
    • Academic All-Canadian Award (for sporting and academic excellence), 2012, University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver
    • EY Young Tax Professional of the Year UK Winner, 2015
    • GDL Award, 2017, Gray’s Inn
    • Hebe Plunkett Award, 2017, Gray’s Inn
    • Lord Justice Holker Award, 2018, Gray’s Inn
    • Hebe Plunkett Award, 2018, Gray’s Inn
    • BPTC Excellence Award, 2018, BPP University College
    • Mould Scholarship, 2019, Gray’s Inn