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Charlotte Edge

Call to Bar:2006

Chambers UK 2017 Chancery Traditional

Good at fee structuring and working in the interests of the client, she is fast on her feet, very clear and concise, and very good in the courtroom.

Charlotte specialises in traditional Chancery and Court of Protection matters with a strong emphasis on litigation and dispute resolution. She is recommended in both fields in Chambers & Partners and is also recommended for her traditional Chancery work in the Chambers & Partners “High Net Worth” guide.

In the traditional Chancery field Charlotte’s practice encompasses trusts, wills and probate matters, and family provision claims. She is frequently instructed in relation to large estates and complex disputes between family members.

Charlotte’s Court of Protection practice focuses on property and affairs with a particular emphasis on statutory wills, lifetime gifting applications and contested applications concerning deputies and attorneys. She is regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor.

Charlotte is an accredited mediator and regularly mediates disputes in all of her practice areas.

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Chambers UK 2017 Chancery Traditional

Fast on her feet, very clear and concise and very good in the courtroom."

Chambers High Net Worth 2017 Chancery Traditional

Clients feel they can have confidence in her."

Chambers UK 2016 Chancery Traditional

Clever but also very easy to talk to about quite complex issues."

About Charlotte Edge

Professional Reputation

“A rising star among juniors at the Chancery Bar, with particular expertise in contentious work including will contests and claims involving executors and trustees…Good at fee structuring and working in the interests of the client she is fast on her feet, very clear and concise and very good in the courtroom.”

Chambers UK 2017 – Chancery: Traditional

“She’s very confident, she’s very well prepared, she knows the law, and from the point of view of opposing barristers she’s very reasonable”. “I was very reassured by her judgment and she was reassuring, calm and got the job done”.

Chambers UK 2017 – Court of Protection: Property and Affairs

“She is a junior but she has a fire in her belly. She is very good at taking in a lot of info and providing robust advice. She’ll take an approach that might not be the easiest, and give an opinion even if it isn’t what you want to hear. Clients feel they can have confidence in her. I think the clients love working with her and are happy to take her advice”.

Chambers High Net Worth 2017 – Chancery: Traditional

“She is clever but also very easy to talk to about quite complex issues. She presents her ideas in a very clear way and clients really like that.” 

Chambers UK 2016 – Chancery Traditional

“She’s responsive, she’s clear, and her advocacy is way beyond what one would expect of someone of her call. She’s good with clients, she’s extremely hard-working and her drafting is good. She really is the rising star of the junior end.”

Chambers UK 2016 – Court of Protection

“A steel fist in a velvet glove. She’s very good on strategy, extremely personable and a real fighter for her client.” “She reads the dynamics of a tricky situation very well, and is very good at communicating her client’s point of view to the court.”

Chambers UK 2015

“A confident and impressive advocate, who is easy to work with and quickly grasps the issues. Her advice is sensible, thorough and pragmatic.”

Chambers UK 2014

“A rising star.”

Legal 500 2013

“A busy up-and-coming junior.”

Legal 500 2012

Traditional Chancery

Charlotte’s primary specialism is traditional Chancery work. Her practice has an emphasis on litigation and she is recommended for the strength of her advocacy in Court.

Charlotte is regularly instructed in contentious probate claims and has considerable experience in issues of testamentary capacity, undue influence and want of knowledge and approval. She was instructed with Penelope Reed QC at all stages until trial in Burgess v Hawes [2011] EWCA Civ 74 an unusual successful challenge to a professionally drawn will (instructed by Withers LLP). Charlotte also acts in relation to disputed lifetime gifts and is currently instructed with Tracey Angus QC in relation to a series of disputed lifetime transactions concerning a valuable townhouse in Notting Hill, London (instructed by Mishcon de Reya). Charlotte is frequently instructed in claims for provision under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 the overwhelming majority of which settle before trial.

Charlotte is frequently involved in disputes with and claims for the removal of personal representatives and trustees advising both trustees and unhappy beneficiaries. She appeared with Penelope Reed QC in Green v Astor [2013] WTLR 1489, a dispute over the blessing of a personal representative’s decision and the costs of trust litigation (instructed by Veale Wasbrough Vizards).

Charlotte advises on the construction and rectification on wills and trusts and for applications to vary trusts under the Variation of Trusts Act 1958. She appeared in Rainbird v Smith [2013] WTLR 1609 in a claim for construction and rectification of a will where the application of s.33 Wills Act 1837 was in question (instructed by Dyne Drewett) and Tamlin v Edgar, The Times, 23 February 2012 where she acted for three of the adult beneficiaries of two family trusts in an application for the court’s approval of a decision of the trustees (instructed by Trowers & Hamlins). She acted in Re King [2010] EWHC 3939 (Ch) for the adult beneficiary of a divorce settlement in an application to vary the settlement under the Variation of Trusts Act 1958 (instructed by Edwin Coe LLP).

Although Charlotte’s practice focuses on litigation she also accepts instructions to advise on and draft trusts and related instruments in a non-contentious context.

Court of Protection

Charlotte is recommended in band 2 junior for her Court of Protection work by Chambers and Partners. She is often instructed by the Official Solicitor and is recommended for her expertise in relation to statutory wills, lifetime gifting applications and claims for the removal of deputies and attorneys.

Charlotte appeared for a number of national charities in Re M [2011] 1 WLR 344, one of the earliest cases on statutory wills under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and still a leading decision (instructed by Withers LLP). She has been instructed in a number of urgent applications for statutory wills where P’s life expectancy has been extremely short. In the context of lifetime gifting applications she appeared for the successful applicant in Re A [2015] COPLR 297, a successful and highly contested application for the payment out of A’s funds of her younger brother’s school fees.

Mediation

Charlotte qualified as a mediator in 2013. Since then she has been regularly instructed as a mediator in relation both to traditional Chancery disputes and Court of Protection matters (where she was appointed as a panel mediator for the Office of the Public Guardian’s pilot programme evaluating the benefits of mediation in Court of Protection disputes).

Charlotte is a hard-working and effective mediator. Her practice at the Bar has given her a strong belief in mediation as a method of resolving disputes in the areas in which she practises where the disputes which arise are often highly complex and deeply personal to the individuals involved.

Education and Qualifications

Before coming to the Bar Charlotte read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford where she was made a Scholar of Brasenose College on the basis of academic achievement.

Professional Memberships

Chancery Bar Association

Publications and Lecturing

Charlotte regularly speaks and writes on all areas of her practice.