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Charlotte Mackenzie

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Telephone 020 7831 0222
Email charlotte.mackenzie@42br.com

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Introduction

Following a mixed early practice in criminal, family and immigration, Charlotte now specialises exclusively in family law.  She is instructed in both public and private children law matters and has extensive experience in non-molestation order and occupation order proceedings.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Charlotte worked in Malawi with a human rights NGO focused on access to justice and penal reform.  Her work in Malawi led Charlotte to found the Malawi Bail Project, an access to justice charity empowering those arrested for minor criminal offences to exercise their right to bail - www.malawibailproject.com.

Family

Children public law

Charlotte established her practice in public law children proceedings through representing parents with drug and alcohol misuse issues in the Family Drug and Alcohol Court.  She predominately acts on behalf of parents, but also other family members and the children, and has appeared in the High Court.

Children private law

Charlotte undertakes all forms of private law children work across all stages of proceedings including disputes relating to contact, residence, specific issues, such as schooling and removal from the jurisdiction, and enforcement.  She is regularly instructed in complex matters involving allegations of domestic abuse and parental alienation.

Domestic Abuse

Charlotte frequently represents clients who are involved in Family Law Act 1996 proceedings. She has extensive experience in applications for non-molestation orders and occupation orders, from without notice hearings through to final hearing, including where those applications are linked to Children Act 1989 proceedings.

Reported cases

  • C v D and another [2018] EWHC 3312 (Fam).  The very few reported cases that have involved termination of parental responsibility have involved the perpetration of serious physical abuse against the child or other members of their family. This case involved a unique set of circumstances which justified the removal of parental responsibility as a result of the father’s campaign of harassment against the mother and the child.  Charlotte appeared on behalf of the mother in her successful application to remove the father’s parental responsibility and to change the child’s surname - https://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Fam/2018/3312.html

Qualifications and Appointments

  • LLB Law: University of Exeter (2010)
  • BPTC: The College of Law (Very Competent) (2011)
  • LLM International Human Rights: University of London, Birkbeck (2015)

Awards

  • Inner Temple Pegasus Trust Scholar (2019)
  • University of Westminster, Centre for Capital Punishment Studies Scholarship (2012)
  • Inner Temple Sir Joseph Priestly Scholar (2011)

Memberships

  • The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
  • Family Law Bar Association

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