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Charmaine joined Chambers in 2021 following successful completion of pupillage. She currently practises 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 and Diversity Committee. In 2021, Charmaine was nominated for Young Pro Bono Barrister of the Year at the Bar Pro Bono Awards.

Family Law

Charmaine accepts instructions in respect of public and private law children matters, matrimonial finance disputes and applications under Part IV of the Family Law Act 1996. During pupillage, Charmaine spent three months observing the full spectrum of care work, including infant death, serious neglect and sexual abuse under the supervision of Philip McCormack.

Earlier this year, Charmaine was led on behalf of a local authority in a 20-day composite final hearing involving a constellation of concerns around domestic abuse, substance misuse and mental health. More recently, Charmaine acted for a mother in a three-day fact-finding hearing involving cross-allegations of domestic abuse. The Judge ultimately found that all five of the mother’s allegations of physical abuse and coercive and controlling behaviour were proven, and all five of the respondent’s allegations were unproven.

Areas of Expertise

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  • 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
  • Chambers Equality and Diversity Committee
  • Advocate Young Bar Executive Committee
  • Advocate Panel
  • Bridging the Bar Mentor Panel

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