- Clerk Name: Patrick Steptoe
- Clerk Telephone: 01865 793736
- Clerk Email: [email protected]
Charlotte Steer is a family law pupil barrister who is finishing her final month of pupillage during September 2023 at 3PB, having already completed 11-months of her pupillage with a specialist family chambers. She remains under the supervision of experienced family barrister Andrew Duncan.
During Charlotte's first six months of pupillage, she has been exposed to a wide variety of family work. This has included exposure to multiple trials, both fact find and welfare hearings, she has prepared lengthy schedules of inconsistencies, complex position statements, advice on appeal and skeleton arguments.
Charlotte has had exposure to forensic cross examination, complex non-accidental injury and sexual abuse hearings. She prepares incredibly thoroughly and helpful attendance notes that are designed to assist her professional client. Charlotte's ability to assimilate complex information and to distil salient facts and arguments into detailed position statements that have both gravitas and authority is far beyond her year of call.
Since commencing her second six, Charlotte has successfully made the transition from observer to a talented junior advocate who puts her client's case fearlessly, with both authority and compassion. Charlotte has represented local authorities, parents and children since April 2023. Charlotte has already successfully appealed a magistrate’s decision to a Circuit Judge. She has dealt with final hearings, non-molestation orders, private law FHDRA and DRAs.
Prior to joining chambers, Charlotte worked as a paralegal in the childcare department of a well-respected Family team at a Northampton law firm. Charlotte worked predominantly on care proceedings, both before and after issue, in addition to rule 16.4 cases and applications for Special Guardianship Orders.
After completion of the BPTC, Charlotte worked at a law firm in London and assisted with private family law cases, such as applications under Section 8 of the Children Act 1989 and Divorce and Ancillary relief proceedings, in addition to civil litigation disputes.
Outside of work, Charlotte enjoys playing badminton having previously played for her county, going to the gym and spending time with friends. Charlotte enjoys travelling, having undertaken an around the world trip during her gap year and is always keen to explore new places and experience different cultures.
"I was with Charlotte yesterday, she was representing the LA on a fairly difficult ICO and removal hearing. She was very well prepared - knew her case fully. She is a confident opponent but also respectful. Her advocacy was advanced well beyond her years. I really liked her and look forward to working with her in the future."
Partner, family law firm
"Your pupil Ms Steer appeared before me in Luton this week. She was well prepared, articulate and pursued her points well in submissions. I believe she has a bright future ahead of her and she certainly presented as more senior than her call. She had a very good grasp of the issues in the case."
Recorder, London & South Eastern Circuit
"Miss Steer had prepared a very full and comprehensive skeleton for this appeal (effectively against a Lay IT's decision not to order a fact find)."
Judge, Family Court