Dr Charlotte Proudman

Dr Charlotte Proudman


Charlotte is an award-winning barrister at Goldsmith Chambers.

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Dr Charlotte Proudman

Charlotte is an award-winning barrister at Goldsmith Chambers and ranked as Legal 500’s Leading Junior in family law. Charlotte was awarded Rising Star, Women Law Awards 2020 and The True Honour Award, Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation. She was also shortlisted for Family Law Junior Barrister of the Year 2020.

Charlotte is known for her campaign work to change the law to ensure the better treatment of vulnerable women and victims of domestic abuse. Charlotte’s case law record shows that she is not only a campaigner, she is able to bring about legal change which has a significant impact on women’s lives in the cases that she’s instructed in and beyond. She devotes her energies to move the law’s understanding of the pervasive disempowerment of victims or survivors of abuse and the harm it causes to children.

Combining the law and academia, Charlotte is a Junior Research Fellow at Queens' College, Cambridge in law and sociology where she researches FGM law and policy in the UK. Charlotte's book is due to be published by Oxford University Press, ‘FGM: When Culture and Law Clash’. She was awarded a doctorate in FGM law and policy in the UK from King’s College, Cambridge and an MPhil in Criminology from Queens’ College, Cambridge.

Charlotte was instrumental in the introduction of Female Genital Mutilation Protection Orders in 2015. She has been instructed in precedent-setting cases before the Court of Appeal and the High Court. In collaboration with the National Police Chiefs' Council, Charlotte assisted in drafting a new FGM and forced marriage legal directive (Practice Direction 36H FPR).

Charlotte is passionately committed to using the law as a tool to further gender equality and eliminate discrimination against women. Charlotte campaigns for the protection of victims of domestic abuse in the family courts. She is a strong advocate for judicial and professional training in the complex dynamics of domestic abuse and the impact of trauma on victim’s and children’s lives.

In addition, Charlotte is a legal advisor to Our Streets Now and Plan UK, a campaign to criminalise public sexual harassment. She has assisted in drafting a Bill that is compliant with the government’s commitment to ratify the Istanbul Convention. In support of the campaign, Charlotte was interviewed on BBC Politics, Times Radio and LBC Radio. Charlotte is a legal advisor to Girls Not Brides UK which seeks to criminalise child marriage in the UK and she is supporting a campaign to end so-called virginity testing in the UK.