Charlotte Watts

Charlotte Watts

Year of call: 2012
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Charlotte joined Chambers as a tenant in October 2016 following her completion of pupillage.

Charlotte accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ work on behalf of the prosecution and defence.

Charlotte’s practice covers all areas of general crime and she has prosecuted and defended in the Magistrates’ Court, the Youth Court and the Crown Court. Charlotte has also been instructed in areas of quasi-crime including extradition, parole hearings, prison adjudications, health and safety prosecutions and proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Alongside her criminal practice, Charlotte accepts instructions in regulatory and professional discipline cases. She is regularly instructed by the Royal Collage of Nursing to represent nurses against the Nursing and Midwifery Council before the Competence and Conduct committee and registration appeal panels. Charlotte has been instructed at all stages of the regulatory process, from interim order hearings through to substantive order review hearings.

Charlotte has a particular expertise in defending road traffic matters and has recently secured acquittals for clients charged with failing to provide information, speeding, drink driving and careless driving.

Prior to joining 2 Hare Court, Charlotte was seconded to the Association of Optometrists where she gained experience in regulatory defence and clinical negligence claims. Having worked on two cases brought by the Financial Reporting Council, Charlotte has gained considerable experience in regulatory prosecutions and has a good grasp of the regulatory framework that applies to accountants and actuaries.

Prior to commencing a career at the Bar, Charlotte worked in the Criminal Litigation department of Kingsley Napley LLP and the Business Crime team at Slater & Gordon. At Kingsley Napley, she acted as part of the team who successfully defended two company directors facing allegations of fraudulent trading by the Ministry of Defence and assisted in the preparation of the Davis Inquiry, in which Kingsley Napley were representing individuals at the FCA. At Slater & Gordon Charlotte worked primarily on a complex corruption case involving vast amounts of third party disclosure being provided by the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development.

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