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Introduction

Charmaine specialises in family and employment law, although she has a broad common law background. Charmaine is currently instructed as junior counsel on behalf of the Scottish infected and affected core participants in the Infected Blood Inquiry, the UK’s largest ever public inquiry.

Alongside her busy practice, Charmaine is active in the wider legal community. She is particularly passionate about access to justice and equality and diversity at the Bar. Through Bridging the Bar, Charmaine mentors aspiring barristers from underrepresented groups. She also sits on Advocate’s Young Bar Executive Committee and Chambers’ Equality & Diversity Committee. In 2021, Charmaine was nominated for Young Pro Bono Barrister of the Year at the Bar Pro Bono Awards.

Employment Law

Charmaine represents both claimants and respondents in a variety of employment matters, including discrimination, whistleblowing, breach of contract, redundancy and unfair dismissal. Earlier this year, she was led by Jude Shepherd in Sigismund v Financial Conduct Authority 3200833/2019 (read the judgment here). More recently, she successfully represented the respondent in a breach of contract claim (Watkins v Lloyds Bank plc 2200644/2022).


Areas of Expertise

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Education

  • University of Cambridge (Peterhouse), BA Law

  • BPP Law School, LLM Legal Practice (Barristers)

  • BPP Law School, Bar Professional Training Course

Scholarships & Awards

  • Inner Temple, Exhibition Scholarship
  • Inner Temple, Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • BPP Law School, Advocacy Scholarship
  • BPP Law School, Pro Bono Scholarship

Memberships & Committees

  • The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Human Rights Lawyers Association
  • 42 Bedford Row Equality & Diversity Committee
  • Advocate Young Bar Executive Committee
  • Advocate Panel
  • Bridging the Bar Mentor Panel

Interests

In her spare time, Charmaine enjoys food and wine, yoga, reading and travelling. In a past life, Charmaine played viola and piano at Junior Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music.

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