Charlotte Johnson

Charlotte Johnson - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Email: clerk@stjohnsbuildings.co.uk

Phone: 0161 214 1500

Year of call: 2013

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Charlotte graduated from Chester University with a first class in LLB Law (Hons) before undertaking the Bar Professional Training Course at Manchester Metropolitan University, where she achieved a “very competent” grade.

Charlotte undertook pupillage at Lamb Building in Temple, London under the supervision of Mr. Bernard Richmond QC. Charlotte assisted Mr. Richmond on a number of murder trials, coroner’s inquests and cases involving sexual offences against children.

Charlotte accepted tenancy at St. John’s Buildings in August 2016.

Expertise

  • Crime

    In crime, Charlotte receives instructions in the Magistrates and Crown Court and has developed a reputation as an advocate who can engage with clients from all walks of life. Charlotte is motivated by her strong belief that everybody should have access to the best representation. Charlotte’s warm yet robust approach has led to her repeated instructions representing young and vulnerable clients.

    Charlotte also represents clients who face Proceeds of Crime and Trading Standards prosecutions, as well as accepting private instructions which include road traffic cases, such as Exceptional Hardship and Special Reasons applications.

    Prison Law

    Charlotte has a busy prison law practice in which she represents prisoners with a variety of prisoner statuses in adjudications, parole hearings and Judicial Review. Charlotte represents clients who have been imprisoned for the most serious offences, including murder, manslaughter and sexual offences against children. Charlotte has gained experience in representing clients who have complex emotional and mental health needs and whose hearings often requires robust questioning of experts in psychiatry and psychology.

    Notable Cases

    R v PR (2018): Charlotte represented a client who was known as the most “heavily convicted person in the UK”, and was able to persuade the court to impose a term of 12 months imprisonment. This case was reported in the ITV News.

    R v SD (2018): Charlotte represented a client who had been charged with assault against his 7 year old son. The Crown offered no evidence against the defendant and a not guilty verdict was returned.

    R v GM (2018): Charlotte represented this client who pleaded guilty to a third strike drugs matter and was able to persuade the court to impose the minimum custodial term. This case was reported in the ITV News.

    R v JH (2017): Charlotte secured the acquittal of a 20 year old client who was accused of stabbing a man repeatedly in his home. The defendant’s case was self-defence in that she admitted to the stabbing because the complainant had tried to rape her.

    R v HS (2017): The client was charged with Fraud by False Representation in the amount of £16,000.00. Charlotte persuaded the court to sentence the defendant to a conditional discharge.

    R v HS (2017): The client was charged with Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm of a 2 year old. After advice and a number of pieces of evidence disclosed upon defence request, the Crown offered no evidence against the defendant and a not guilty verdict was returned.

    R v DM/RW (2017): Charlotte was able to persuade the court to impose a suspended term of imprisonment on her client, who had pleaded guilty to violent disorder. This case was reported in the Stoke Sentinel.

    R v SA (2017): Charlotte represented a defendant with schizophrenic personality disorder, who had pleaded guilty to reckless arson after setting on fire her room in supported accommodation. Charlotte persuaded the court to impose a 3 year custodial term.

    R v DF (2017): The client was charged with Causing Serious Injury by Dangerous Driving. Charlotte successfully persuaded the court to suspend the sentence of imprisonment. This case was reported in the Halifax Courier.

    R v AA (2017): Charlotte was able to persuade the court to impose a suspended sentence for her client, who had been found guilty of dangerous driving and possession of a knuckle duster. This was the client’s fifth conviction for possession of the same weapon.

    R v PL (2017): Led junior counsel for the prosecution in which the defendant was charged with attempted murder. This case was reported in The Mirror.

    R v IE (2017): Charlotte represented this client who had been charged with public indecency. This case involved the cross examination of a child complainant. This case was reported in the Liverpool Echo.

    R v MH (2017): Charlotte secured the acquittal of the defendant who had been charged with dangerous driving. This case was reported in the Macclesfield Express.

    R v LM (2016): Charlotte persuaded the court to impose a suspended sentence on her client, who had pleaded guilty to affray and Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm. This case was reported in The Sun.

    R v AS (2016): Charlotte represented this client who had been charged with Wounding with intent and firearms offences. After a successful defence objection to Crown adjournment application, the Crown offered no evidence and a not guilty verdict was returned.

    R v DB (2016): Successful appeal to the Crown Court at Minshull Street whereby the youth’s original sentence of 18 months Detention and Training Order for the offence of knife point robbery was revoked, the youth was released and resentenced to a Youth Rehabilitation Order.

    R v KG (2016): Successful appeal to the Crown Court at Minshull Street, whereby the youth’s original DTO was revoked, the youth was released and given a 12 month Conditional Discharge.

    R v IM (2016): Charlotte was instructed to represent a youth who suffers from schizophrenia and whom faced a charge of arson with intent to endanger life.

    R v MG (2016): Led Junior Counsel. The case involved rape and sexual activity with children. The defendant was acquitted of all charges of rape. This case was reported in Get Reading.

    R v VC (2016): Proceeds of Crime hearing which involved the amount of £177,000.00 being returned to the client.

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