About me - Charlotte Pope-Williams
CALL: July 2011 - The Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn
I am a fully qualified barrister with full rights of audience practising from chambers in London, 3 Hare Court. You can see my chambers profile here: https://www.3harecourt.com/barrister/charlotte-pope-williams/banking-and-financial-services=legal-service/. I previously worked at leading multinational firm Pinsent Masons LLP ("Pinsents") in the contentious financial services team albeit that I regularly worked on non-contentious matters too. Before working at Pinsents I worked for the UK's central bank, the Bank of England for just under half a decade, having completed pupillage in a chambers specialising in commercial, common law and criminal regulatory law. To date my work experience has taken me from an internship (known as a stage) in DG COMP in the European Commission to commercial litigation in Canada and the Caribbean.
I specialise in financial services disputes. I am particularly interested in the intersection between financial services commercial litigation, contentious financial services regulatory matters and public law.
I am Employed Barrister of the Year in a Law Firm 2022/2023 having won this accolade at the Employed Bar Awards 2022 (see Winners (barcouncil.org.uk))
As at 1 September 2021 I was appointed as an Independent Governor of the University of Aberdeen for a three year term. Independent Governors sit on the University's Court which is similar to a board of directors and which is the governing body of the university.
As at summer 2021 I completed the Bar Council's inaugural Leadership Programme. The Programme provided an opportunity for 36 Barristers selected through a competitive process to develop their leadership skills. The Programme aims to facilitate a powerful network of new leaders of the Bar of England and Wales now and in the future.
EXPERTISE: Commercial and Chancery, Regulatory and Professional Discipline, Public and Administrative.
RECENT EXPERIENCE: My most recent experience includes but is not limited to:
Acting for a leading energy supplier in a contractual dispute with an agent worth over £2M
Acting for leading insurers and banks in relation to how to construe the Equality Act 2010 when designing and providing financial services.
Acting for a financial services firm in a compensation scheme worth over c. £200 million relating to the alleged misselling of financial products to certain consumers.
Acting for a public authority in a multi-jurisdictional civil fraud claim worth over c. £1.5 billion.
Acting for a financial services firm with over £20 billion assets under management in a breach of contract and professional negligence claim.
Conducting an investigation for and on behalf of an FCA regulated firm which had the potential to impact almost 1 million consumer accounts.
LANGUAGES: English (Native Speaker), French (Proficient)