5 Essex Court

Charlotte Ventham

Call 2001


Charlotte is recognised as a leading junior and specialises in public law, human rights, discrimination, inquests and inquiries, and malfeasance claims. She is regularly instructed by government departments/agencies in a range of courts and tribunals. Her practice includes a number of high profile cases and those involving national security and public interest immunity issues.

Clients find Charlotte ”very easy to deal with” and “Her effort on cases is tireless” (Chambers UK). She is commended for having “a keen analytical mind with a persuasive advocacy” (Legal 500) and considered to be “A great choice for claims which are complex, sensitive or difficult”

Charlotte is appointed to the Attorney General’s B Panel of Counsel.

Notable healthcare related cases include:

C v (1) Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, (2) Dr A, (3) Dr G (Central London County Court)- Civil claim for damages against the police and two doctors who examined the Claimant whilst in custody. Claimant suffered from a rare genetic disorder known as Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (“FOP”) which causes sheets of bone to form in muscles and associated soft tissues resulting in rigid splinting of the trunk and fixation of the large limb joints.

Inquest touching the death of Daniel McMahon (Barnet Coroner’s Court) -Article 2 jury inquest into the death of a psychiatric patient who was hit by a train. Detailed enquiry into the care/treatment plan provided to the deceased, in particular whether he should have been granted day release from hospital (Acted for police)

Reynolds v (1) Chief Constable of Sussex Police (2) Reliance Secure Task Management Ltd (High Court, QBD) - Very high value personal injury claim arising out of a catastrophic brain injury suffered by the Claimant whilst in police custody. Acted for second Defendant (providers of civilian custody staff responsible for carrying out cell checks). Complex issues of factual and legal causation involving the expert evidence of neurosurgeons and neurologists. 

S v Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police (Manchester County Court) - Civil claim arising out of the arrest and forcible restraint of an adult with severe learning difficulties including very limited verbal communication abilities.

Inquest touching the death of Mohammed Malik - Article 2 jury inquest concerning the sudden death of an inmate from an undetected heart condition. The enquiry involved a detailed examination of the care provided to the inmate by prison healthcare staff and whether the same amounted to neglect. (Acted for the prison).

Inquest touching the death of Laurence Preuss - Deceased was a psychiatric patient who managed to abscond from a psychiatric hospital whilst suffering from psychotic delusions and jumped in the River Thames where she drowned.

Various prison inquests - Various prison deaths (including suicides) involving inmates with substance misuse issues, self-harming behaviours and physical and psychiatric ill-health.  

Zarrabi v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis - Personal injury claim involving disputed medical issues re diagnosis and causation in relation to Claimant’s alleged major depressive disorder with post traumatic symptoms. Involved lengthy cross-examination of Claimant’s medical expert (Consultant Psychiatrist) resulting in the Court preferring the Defendant expert’s opinion.