5 Essex Court

Charlotte Ventham

Call 2001

Public / Administrative

Charlotte acts for government departments and other public bodies in a range of public law claims and policy matters. She is particularly well-placed, by virtue of her extensive police law practice, to deal with cases involving overlap between the functions of the police and government agencies.

Examples of recent cases:

R (V and others (service personnel)) v Secretary of State for Defence (High Court, ongoing): challenge concerning the jurisdiction of the service justice system in relation to offences of rape.

R (Henry) v National Probation Service [2020] EWHC 1246 (Admin): challenge to the enforcement of the residence condition on the Claimant’s licence having regard to the risk of COVID-19 transmission in communal premises. 

R (CL) v Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police [2018] EWHC 3333 (Admin): challenge to the retention of a crime report relating to “sexting” by a 14 year old child.

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

R (O’Brien) v Ministry of Justice: challenge to the lawfulness of the claimant prisoner’s removal to a segregation unit.

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