Charmaine specialises in family law, accepting instructions in public and private law proceedings involving children.
Charmaine is regularly instructed to act for parents, children and other relatives in public law care proceedings. These have included cases of non-accidental injury, infant death, sexual abuse, fabricated or induced illness, emotional abuse and neglect.
Charmaine’s private law work includes disputes relating to child arrangements orders, specific issue and prohibited steps orders. She has successfully represented parents in cases involving sexual abuse, domestic abuse, intractable hostility and alleged parental alienation. Charmaine also undertakes work on behalf of rule 16.4 Guardian’s in complex and intractable disputes.
Charmaine is experienced in cases including domestic violence and injunctions. These include stand-alone injunction applications or instances where they feature in other family proceedings.
Before specialising in family law, Charmaine developed a broad common law practice, with particular expertise in criminal law. Her experience as a criminal advocate brings particular advantage in fact-finding hearings along with an ability to forensically prepare cases of the utmost seriousness. Charmaine is a very effective trial advocate; bringing a calm, yet persuasive approach to the courtroom.
Charmaine is well regarded for her ability to deal with vulnerable clients and witnesses in a sensitive manner and has undertaken vulnerable witness advocacy training.
Outside of work Charmaine enjoys playing netball