Charlotte is a specialist family practitioner, whose work includes high net worth financial remedies applications, private and international children cases, and jurisdiction disputes.

Charlotte practises in all areas of family finance, including applications for financial remedies following the dissolution of a marriage or civil partnership, applications pursuant to Schedule One of the Children Act 1989 and applications pursuant to TOLATA 1996. She has experience acting as junior counsel in cases concerning high-level assets.

Charlotte also acts and advises in matters connected to financial proceedings, including interim remedies and freezing orders, pre- and post-nuptial agreements and nuptial trusts, and issues pertaining to enforcement.

Charlotte co-authored practice notes for the Practical Law Company on topics including the operation of international nuptial agreements and enforcement of foreign maintenance orders pursuant to the European Maintenance regulation (Council Regulation (EC) No 4/2009). She is currently contributing to two further publications, one concerning financial provision for children and the other on trusts in family litigation.

Charlotte also acts in cases involving a challenge to marital status, usually following a foreign marriage ceremony of disputed validity. She has experience of the procedure and practice in this technical and increasingly common area of work.

Reported Finance cases

  • Galloway v Goldstein [2012] EWHC 60 (Fam); [2012] (Fam). 129; [2012] 2 W.L.R. 1003; [2012] 1 F.L.R. 1254; [2012] Fam. Law 521 – concerning the validity of a foreign marriage ceremony.
  • Barnett v Barnett [2014] EWHC 2678 (Fam) – concerning a Part III MFPA 1984 application for financial remedy after overseas divorce.
  • S v S (Application to Prevent Solicitor Acting) [2017] EWHC 2660 (Fam) – an application for an injunction preventing a solicitor from acting for a party in family proceedings.

Charlotte represents parents in disputes concerning all issues of parental responsibility including child arrangements, schooling, health and welfare. She has experience of cases with an international element, including applications to remove children permanently from the jurisdiction.

Charlotte has experience dealing with cases with complex safeguarding issues, including allegations of international child trafficking, sexual, physical and emotional abuse, domestic violence, severe neglect and the causation of non-accidental injuries to a child.

Reported Private Law Children cases:

  • Re B (Child Evidence) [2014] EWCA Civ 1015 – concerning the evidence of a child within private law proceedings.
  •  Re A (A Patient) [2016] EWCOP 38
  • Re A (A Patient) (No 2) [2016] EWCOP 39


Charlotte is able to provide private FDRs to parties with a financial family dispute, either before or during proceedings.

Reputation & Awards

"She's got that extra spark of magic that you want counsel to have, and is absolutely outstanding." "An exceptional barrister whose skill belies her relatively recent call. She ticks all the boxes; she's intelligent, great with clients and technically sound."

Chambers and Partners 2019

Chambers and Partners 2018
 Hartley is fast earning a reputation as a rising star.” Strengths: “She is a superb junior with a sophisticated grasp of both finance and children cases which belies her years.”

Chambers and Partners 2017
…noted ability in complex international financial remedy cases. She additionally possesses a growing practice relating to alternative family structures, including those concerning same-sex parentage.” Strengths: “She is a very good advocate who is thorough and is gaining an enviable reputation.”


Awards and Scholarships

  • Prince of Wales Scholarship (Gray’s Inn, Bar Vocational Course)
  • David Karmel Scholarship (Gray’s Inn, Graduate Diploma in Law)
  • 2nd place in Lee Essay Prize (Gray’s Inn)
  • Clare College Award (Final examinations)


  • Clare College, University of Cambridge: BA (Hons) Social and Political Sciences (Politics) First Class
  • City University: Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction)
  • Inns of Court School of Law: Bar Vocational Course (Very Competent).

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn
  • Member of the Family Law Bar Association
  • Member of the Criminal Bar Association
  • Member of the Child Abduction Lawyers Association


Co-author of 1KBW on Trusts in Matrimonial Finance Proceedings

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