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Call: 1999

Charlotte Pitts

Albion Chambers

Broad Street Bristol BS1 1DR

  • Overview

    Charlotte Pitts is a family practitioner, specialising in children law. She practises in both public and private law work, with a particular interest in the public law domain. She acts for local authorities, parents, guardians, children and other members of the extended family.

  • Child Law Public

    Charlotte has been involved in cases concerning the most serious allegations of physical, sexual and emotional abuse and of neglect and has represented vulnerable clients presenting with a variety of personality disorders and learning difficulties.

    Charlotte has been involved in proceedings involving the Official Solicitor and has acted for older children requiring separate representation.

    Her practice has involved representing clients at all stages of proceedings, from initial mediation and directions hearings to complex fact-finding and final hearings.

    Reported Case:

    • Re: L (A Child) and H (A Child) [2007] EWCA Civ 213 – Successful appeal against a decision made at first instance refusing a residential assessment under s.38(6) of the Children Act 1989.

    High Court Cases of particular significance:

    • Re: S – Representing a father opposing the use of his DNA obtained to establish paternity of one child in establishing the paternity in respect of a child involved in separate proceedings.
    • Re: W – Care proceedings involving two sets of grandparents following the incarceration of father and suicide of mother. Guardian sought to judicially review the decision-making process of the Local Authority.
    • Re: W – Representing the Local Authority in a Secure Accommodation application. Significant concerns regarding child’s self-harming and attempted suicide.
    • Re: T – Representation of Local Authority in a Secure Accommodation application involving serious sexual abuse allegations against the father. An application was made to withhold disclosure of case papers from Father and to prohibit him from attending Court hearings.
    • Re: R – Care proceedings following the death of a child in the parents’ care.

    County Court Cases of particular significance:

    • Re: H – Care proceedings involving 12 children placed in seven different family placements.
    • Re: X – Significant cultural issues, concerning domestic violence and inappropriate chastisement of children.
    • Re: B – Mother’s allegations of physical abuse of child by step-mother not evidenced. Expert evidence questions significant emotional abuse by Mother.
    • Re: F – Mother’s application to terminate Father’s parental responsibility following his conviction for GBH against three-month old son.
Charlotte Pitts


  • LLB (Hons) Soton

Professional memberships

  • Western Circuit
  • FLBA
  • CBA