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Valerie Charbit

Valerie Charbit

Call: 1992

T: 0207 520 6000    E: chambers@18rlc.co.uk

Valerie has experience of a broad range of complex cases and her practice involves prosecuting and defending in equal measure. She has a particular specialism in cross-examining experts across a broad spectrum of areas of law.

Valerie is appointed to the CPS Grade 4 (top tier) list for prosecution advocates and she is also part of the specialist rape and serious crime group panels. She is appointed to the Grade A (top tier) list for specialist regulatory advocates in Health & Safety.

Since 2004 Valerie has sat as a part-time judge for the First Tier Tribunal (Mental Health). She is a panel member of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) on the Mental Health Tribunal and represents health authorities in mental health tribunals where patients are detained in high and medium secure hospitals.

She has been appointed to act as a legal adviser/legal assessor for The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the General Osteopathic Council and the General Pharmaceutical Council.

Valerie is accredited to undertake public access work.

Crime

Murder & ManslaughterSerious Sexual OffencesFraud

Valerie is frequently instructed to defend juveniles or youths and those with mental health issues who are charged with murder and manslaughter.

Her cases include ones where defendants have suffered from mental illness or various mental disorders including Asperger’s Syndrome, Alcohol Dependency Syndrome, Battered Wife Syndrome and psychosis. She has over 13 years of experience of questioning mental health professionals on the most serious forensic cases in the Crown Court and in high security hospitals.

She assisted in drafting the response to the Government’s consultation on unfitness to plead on behalf of the Criminal Bar Association and the Bar Council.

Valerie is frequently instructed to defend juveniles or youths and those with mental health issues who are charged with murder and manslaughter.
Her cases include ones where defendants have suffered from mental illness or various mental disorders including Asperger’s Syndrome, Alcohol Dependency Syndrome, Battered Wife Syndrome and psychosis. She has over 13 years of experience of questioning mental health professionals on the most serious forensic cases in the Crown Court and in high security hospitals.

She assisted in drafting the response to the Government’s consultation on unfitness to plead on behalf of the Criminal Bar Association and the Bar Council.

Valerie frequently prosecutes and defends in very high cost cases of fraud and corruption. The majority of the cases involve a large number of defendants and last several months.

She has been instructed as a leading junior, led junior and junior alone in numerous cases of white collar crime.
She has defended and prosecuted cases involving company directors, solicitors, accountants, bankers and management accountants.

She is very experienced in cases involving vast amounts of prosecution evidence and unused material. Her strategy in a recent high-profile fraud case resulted in the prosecution offering no evidence against her client. She has experience of defending a challenge to a terminating ruling in the Court of Appeal.

Regulatory & Professional Discipline

Health & SafetyProfessional Discipline

Valerie is appointed to the A list of special regulatory advocates in Health and Safety and Environmental Law. She has prosecuted and defended large and small organisations who are alleged to have breached health and safety law.

She has extensive experience in Health and Safety cases, having both prosecuted and defended companies and individuals including directors and trustees. She has worked on cases involving gas and chemical explosions, falls from height, electrocution and exposure to asbestos. Her experience includes cases involving NHS trusts, local authorities and the energy sector. She has been instructed in cases involving fatalities or serious injury on construction sites, care homes, hospitals, factories and railways. She has recently advised and defended a large high street retailer for food safety offences and health and safety offences. She has also prosecuted for the HSE and Office of Rail and Road.

In criminal cases, she has dealt with the most serious cases which rely largely on expert evidence.  Many of the cases she has acted in include vulnerable witnesses and high-profile media coverage. In her role as Recorder of the Circuit she organised the roll-out of training across the South Eastern Circuit of the Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Training and as a lead facilitator she is training other facilitators.

She has been instructed in cases which involve large scale disclosure exercises, considering thousands of items of unused material and advising on disclosure which needs to be more carefully considered and/or disclosed.

Valerie’s interest in professional disciplinary work began in 2007 when she was appointed as a voluntary member to the Professional Complaints Committee of the Bar Standards Board and the General Social Care Council; a year later she started her role as chair for the Taxation Disciplinary Board. Both roles were held for the maximum term of seven years.

She is appointed to act as a legal adviser/legal assessor for The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the General Osteopathic Council and the General Pharmaceutical Council.

Her work as a legal adviser and recently as an advocate for dentists and teachers means she has a wealth of experience with disciplinary committees.


Memberships

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Criminal Bar Association

Health & Safety Lawyers Association

Mental Health Lawyers Association

Recorder (South East Circuit)

Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers

Panel member of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).