Charlotte has practised as a civil litigation and public law specialist for over 17 years. She is an experienced trial and appellate advocate in all levels of the Courts as lead or sole counsel, including the Supreme Court, in a number of precedent setting proceedings.
Charlotte has particular expertise in human rights, tort and public law damages claims, prison and parole law, immigration and refugee proceedings in the High Court and on appeal. Charlotte also acts in inquisitorial proceedings, including before the Coroner’s Court and Human Rights Review Tribunal. She has broad experience in sensitive claims involving historic abuse of vulnerable persons, such as prisoners, children in state care and those involved in mental health proceedings. She has advised Ministers and Government officials on all aspects of Crown legal risk, including policy implementation through legislation or tailored litigation strategies. She has acted for and advised private individuals and commercial entities in public law disputes and has been appointed amicus curiae by the Ministry of Justice in High Court proceedings.
Prior to joining the Independent Bar in 2015, Charlotte practised for ten years at the Crown Law Office and earlier in private practice. Charlotte is a mentor for the New Zealand Bar Association for junior women barristers and has been an Instructor of the Advocacy module for the Institute of Professional Legal Studies.
Charlotte was appointed a District Inspector for Mental Health under s94, Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment Act) 1992 in June 2020 for a three-year term.
Qualifications and appointments
LLB, BA (Political Science and English Literature), Victoria University of Wellington, 2001
LLM (Hons, 1st), Victoria University of Wellington, 2003
Admitted as Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, 2003
District Inspector for Mental Health, 2020
Awards and memberships
New Zealand Pegasus Scholarship 2006
Minter Ellison Rudd Watts & Stone Prize in Contract Law 2001
Brookers Limited Prize in the Law of Contract 2001
European Union Prize – First Prize 2000
Member and Mentor, New Zealand Bar Association
Member, Wellington Women Lawyers’ Association
Member, Wellington Medico Legal Society