Charley practises in all of 12KBW’s core areas. She specialises in clinical negligence, abuse and international work.

Charley is regularly instructed in trials, PTRs, CCMCs, interim applications and approval hearings. Charley’s paperwork practice includes drafting statements of case and advising on both liability and quantum.

Charley is a member Advocate (formerly the Bar Pro Bono Unit) and is willing to act in a pro-bono capacity, where appropriate.

Away from chambers Charley plays football for Camden Town FC and enjoys hiking in locations ranging from the Lake District to the Atlas Mountains. She recently summited Kilimanjaro.

Personal Injury
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Charley’s practice encompasses all areas of personal injury, including employers’ liability, public liability and road traffic accidents.

She is instructed by both claimants and defendants to attend trials, CCMCs and interims applications in fast track and multi-track matters.

Charley has delivered talks and seminars on topics including fundamental dishonesty, contributory negligence and complex causation.

Charley has a general interest in claims involving post-traumatic stress disorder and specifically claims brought by military personnel.

Clinical Negligence
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Charley has a particular interest in clinical negligence and is knowledgeable on issues of consent, having produced a research paper on this topic during her legal studies.

Charley accepts instructions in all aspects of clinical negligence litigation, including drafting statements of case and advising on liability. Charley acts for both claimants and defendants.

Recent and ongoing instructions include claims arising from:

  • Negligent aftercare following a laparoscopic pan-proctocolectomy, leading to the need for a permanent stoma.
  • Failure to remove retained products of conception following a Caesarean section.
  • Failure to identify and treat a macular hole.
  • Serious dental negligence.

Charley sits on the 12KBW clinical negligence group committee and has recently become co-editor of the 12KBW clinical negligence blog: https://clinicalnegligence.blog

She has also been published in the Personal Injury Law Journal (please see ‘Publications’ below).

Inquests
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Charley accepts instructions to represent parties at inquests, including on a pro bono basis.

She recently represented the family of a young man who took his own life following treatment of severe body dysmorphic disorder and depression. Charley is keen to develop her practice in this area.

Charley represents individuals bringing civil claims arising from sexual abuse. Her recent and ongoing instructions include claims against institutions, including Premier League football clubs.

Charley also has experience of claims brought under the Human Rights Act 1998 based on delay in issuing care proceedings and failure to remove post CN v Poole.

International & Travel
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Charley accepts instructions in cases relating to illness and injury abroad, including under the Package Travel Regulations.

Charley was one of a team of counsel instructed to plead one of the highest value mass tort cases being litigated in Europe.

She is able to advise on jurisdiction and applicable law and is experienced in handling Rome I, Rome II and the Brussels Regulations. She previously spoke on the topic of ‘Proving Foreign Law’ at the 12KBW International & Travel Seminar in Leeds.

Employment & Discrimination
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Charley accepts instructions in employment and discrimination cases and is keen to develop her practice in this area.

Charley assisted Carolyn D’Souza in co-authoring the chapter on ‘Transfer of Undertakings and Related Issues’ in Occupational Illness Litigation, published by Sweet & Maxwell. The chapter guides practitioners through the legislation and authorities relevant to the frequently encountered, and often complex, question of who to sue where there has been a transfer of an undertaking.

Insurance
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Charley has a particular interest in motor insurance. She advises both claimants and insurers on policy and coverage disputes.

Recently Charley has been instructed to advise on issues including:

  • Whether various types of vehicle use fall within the terms of a policy, including the act of a passenger opening a car door into an oncoming cyclist.
  • Whether an insured’s failure to disclose a part-time occupation can be considered a qualifying misrepresentation under the Consumer Insurance (Disclosure and Representations) Act 2012 and, if so, its effect on the policy of insurance.
Credit Hire
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Charley frequently acts for both claimants and defendants in credit hire trials.

She has significant experience cross-examining on and dealing with arguments relating to need, period, impecuniosity, rate, intervention and rate.

Qualifications & Awards

Bar Professional Training Course (Outstanding), BPP University

Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction), BPP University

BA, English Language and Literature, University of Oxford

 

Lord Justice Holker Award, Gray’s Inn

GDL Scholarship, Gray’s Inn

Baroness Cohen Scholarship, BPP University

Memberships

Personal Injury Bar Association

Employment Law Bar Association

Publications

‘The difficulty in establishing negligence when an unrecognised complication arises: Collyer v Mid Essex Hospitals NHS Trust [2019] EWHC 3577 (QB)’, 12KBW Clinical Negligence Law, January 2020

‘Transfer of Undertakings and Related Issues’ in Occupational Illness Litigation, published by Sweet & Maxwell.

‘Recoverability of the costs of surrogacy: XX v Whittington Hospital’, 12KBW Clinical Negligence Law, January 2019

Case Report: Ellis v Kelly [2018] EWHC 2031 (QB), Personal Injury Law Journal, October 2018

Divisibility of Psychiatric Injury: BAE Systems (Operations) Ltd v M Konczak [2017] EWCA Civ 1188, Personal Injury Law Journal, February 2018‘The demise of doctor-knows-best’Gray’s Inn Student Law Journal, 2016