Charlotte Watts

Charlotte Watts

Year of call: 2012
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Charlotte’s practice covers all areas of chambers’ work and her specialisms lie in professional discipline and regulation, Government inquiries and criminal defence.

Charlotte is currently instructed as Junior Counsel to the Inquiry Into Child Sex Abuse (IICSA). During 2018 she was instructed as Junior Counsel representing one of the corporate Core Participants in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

Charlotte’s regulatory and professional discipline practice involves being 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.

In 2017 Charlotte spent six months presenting cases before the Health and Care Professions Council, one of the UK’s largest regulators, at Fitness to Practice hearings. She presented a number of complex cases against a range of Registrants, including Social Workers, Paramedics, Biomedical Scientists, Forensic Psychologists and Clinical Scientists around the UK.

In 2015, 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.

Charlotte’s criminal practice covers all areas of general crime and she has prosecuted and defended in cases across the spectrum of criminal law. She is experienced in making written and oral legal arguments including abuse of process and applications to dismiss charges and exclude evidence. 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.

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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