Charlotte Worsley has been a practitioner in criminal law, for the prosecution or defence, since 2002. Her practice covers the full spectrum of offences with particular specialisms in serious sexual offences and offences relating to children and vulnerable adults (including cases involving child sexual exploitation, abuse of all types and the representation of young defendants.)
Charlotte has particular skill in dealing with vulnerable defendants and witnesses. She is frequently instructed in cases involving the s.28 pre-recorded cross-examination.
She has a clear understanding of issues affecting the crossover between criminal and family jurisdictions. She has often represented clients in both jurisdictions, in cases relating to sexual offences, gross neglect and all types of child abuse.
Charlotte is an effective communicator. She is a robust advocate, yet remains sensitive and approachable to lay and professional clients. She places particular emphasis on client care and focuses on minimising distress for the lay client and their supporters.
Languages & interpreters
Charlotte has experience of cases involving different cultures and/or requiring an interpreter or intermediary.
- R v Haji & others – Led Junior successfully prosecuting multi-defendant child exploitation trial.
- R v Pearson – Gross negligence manslaughter through neglect; a daughter allowed her mother to die, involving complex psychiatric evidence relating to senile squalor disorder.
- R v Asnawi – Representing a vulnerable defendant in a serious gang-rape.
Charlotte regularly delivers seminars and lectures, including advocacy training, to junior solicitors.
Charlotte may accept Public Access work, where she can be instructed directly by a member of the public rather than a solicitor.