5 Essex Court

Charlotte Ventham

Call 2001

Police Law

Charlotte’s practice embraces all areas of civil and public law relevant to policing. She has extensive experience as a trial advocate, defending civil actions for false imprisonment, assault, malicious prosecution, negligence, discrimination and misfeasance in both jury and non-jury actions. She also has particular expertise in handling judicial review claims for the police and the IPCC.

Charlotte’s cases have included challenges to the retention and/or disclosure of police information; promotion policies; police cautions; disciplinary outcomes; and the handling of complaints against the police. Charlotte has acted for the police in a number of sensitive inquests including firearms incidents, unlawful killing following domestic violence and deaths in custody. She is experienced in dealing with cases involving public interest immunity and national security issues. Charlotte is regularly asked to advise on non-contentious matters including policy, procedure, police powers and operational issues. Charlotte has also represented the police in numerous employment law claims (particularly in relation to discrimination) and disciplinary matters (including related judicial review claims).

Notable cases include:

R (CL) v Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police (Admin Court, ongoing): challenge to the retention of a crime report relating to “sexting” by a 14 year old child.

Brown v Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police (High Court, ongoing): appeal concerning the interpretation of the CPR44.16(2)(b) exception to QOCS.

Rees & others v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2017] EWHC 273 (QB): substantial damages claims for malicious prosecution and misfeasance in public office arising out of the murder of Daniel Morgan in 1987 (led by Jeremy Johnson QC).

R (Pitts) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2017] EWHC 646 (Admin): judicial review challenging the interpretation and application of the Home Office Counting Rules on Recorded Crimes in relation to an allegation of rape.

Breeze & Wilson v Chief Constable of Norfolk Constabulary (High Court, ongoing): very high value claim for damages including for loss of share value arising out of the discontinued prosecution of the claimants for conspiracy to defraud various NHS Trusts (led by Jason Beer QC).

McPherson v Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire Police (Court of Appeal, 2016): appeal concerning the admissibility of the Claimant’s previous offending history in a jury action for false imprisonment, assault and malicious prosecution; and when the reasonableness of force used by a police officer may be decided by the judge as a question of law without recourse to the jury.

Brown v (1) Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police (2) Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (Central London County Court, 2016): claim for misuse of private information, breach of the Data Protection Act and misfeasance in public office arising out of disclosures made between two policing bodies of private travel information relating to the Claimant.

R (XX) v Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police [2014] EWHC 4106 (Admin): judicial review brought by a convicted sex offender challenging the legality of a scheme providing for the collection, retention and disclosure of information relating to his offending history (led by Jeremy Johnson QC).

R (Simpson & ors) v Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police [2013] EWHC 1858 (Admin): judicial review concerning the claimants’ legitimate expectation as to the application of a promotion selection policy in light of an ongoing promotion freeze.