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Charlotte John

Call:  2008


Charlotte’s practice focuses on Chancery and property litigation.

Prior to joining Chambers, Charlotte lectured in Equity and Trusts and also in Tort at BPP Law School. Charlotte continues to lecture regularly to a professional audience.

Charlotte was graded ‘Outstanding’ on the Bar Vocational Course and graduated with the highest mark awarded that year. She was a Diplock Scholar and also received the Baron Dr Ver Heyden de Lancey Prize for the best performance in the Bar exams by a student of the Middle Temple.

Following pupillage, Charlotte was seconded to the Court of Appeal where she served as Judicial Assistant to Sir Anthony May, President of the Queen's Bench Division. Charlotte assisted in a number of notable cases, including:

  • R. (on the application of Mohamed) v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs [2010] EWCA Civ 65 – concerning the disclosure, in an open judgment, of security information shared between the UK and US intelligence services, relating to the treatment of a suspected terrorist.
  • Bhamra v Dubb (t/a Lucky Caterers) [2010] EWCA Civ 13 – concerning a caterer’s liability for the death of a Sikh wedding Guest, due to an allergic reaction to an egg based dessert (which had been served in contravention of religious custom).
  • Cleveland Bridge UK Ltd v Multiplex Constructions (UK) Ltd [2010] EWCA Civ 139 – concerning the construction of contractual documents and the measure of damages in the long running dispute arising from the construction of the Wembley Stadium.

Practice Areas

Property: Charlotte accepts instructions in all aspects of property litigation and has experience of disputes concerning the sale of land, boundary disputes, mortgage possession claims, residential and commercial landlord and tenant matters (including service charge disputes, dilapidations and forfeiture proceedings).

Chancery: Charlotte is a member of the Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists and is currently undertaking the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners Diploma in Trusts and Estates. She is able to offer expertise across the spectrum of traditional Chancery practice, including cases involving trusts of land and cohabitation disputes, undue influence, restitution, breach of trust, construction of instruments, insolvency, Inheritance Act and probate matters. She regularly represents and advises beneficiaries, executors and trustees in a range of estate and trust disputes.

Matrimonial Finance: Charlotte draws upon her property and Chancery expertise in matters involving trusts and other complex property rights and has acted both for and against intervening parties in cases involving third party interests.

Court of Protection: Charlotte accepts instructions in Court of Protection matters concerning property and affairs. She has advised on associated matters such as the validity and construction of powers of attorney.

General Common Law: Charlotte has experience across the spectrum of common law litigation including tortious disputes, professional negligence and contractual matters.


"I was very impressed with her. I found her to be very confident and self-assured but also realistic." "Her knowledge is encyclopaedic and clients love the thoroughness of her approach." (Chambers and Partners 2018)

"Very clever and very committed to her cases. Very personally involved." (Chambers and Partners 2017)


Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners Diploma (ongoing). Results to date: Distinction in the Administration of Estates paper.
Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists Diploma, College of Law.
Bar Vocational Course, BPP. Outstanding (graduating first in order of merit).
Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP. Distinction (graduating first in order of merit on part-time course).
MA International Relations, Sussex University. Distinction (graduating third in order of merit).
BA (Hons) Archaeology, University of Southampton. First (graduating first in order of merit).

Awards and prizes

Baron Dr Ver Heyden de Lancey Prize (Middle Temple) for best performance by a Middle Temple student in the 2008 Bar exams.
Diplock Scholar (Middle Temple)
John Scott Montague prize for academic achievement (University of Southampton)

Memberships & Professional Associations

Chancery Bar Association
Property Bar Association
Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists
Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (student member)


Family Proceedings: Challenging Consent Orders (Westlaw Insight)
Challenging Wills: Family Provision (Westlaw Insight)

Public Access

Charlotte John accepts work from lay clients in accordance with our Public Access Scheme in the following areas -

Divorce and Finance
Contracts and Debt Recovery
Wills, Probate and Inheritance

Please refer to our Public Access section for further information.

Other information

VAT Registration No:  991 4772 77


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01273 625625

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Charlotte John secures order in significant statutory Will case
Supreme Court Judgment Ilott v The Blue Cross Comment Piece by Charlotte John
Pegah Sharghy in significant case challenging Consent Orders
Charlotte John’s success in the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners Diploma