Charlene Sumnall


"approachable and responsive, and has a wealth of experience of dealing with consumer law"

- Chambers UK (2014)

Chambers and Partners 2014 says:

A barrister whose user-friendly manner and experience of consumer and regulatory law are greatly appreciated by the many bodies, both prosecution and defence, that instruct her. She is "approachable and responsive, and has a wealth of experience of dealing with consumer law."

Chambers and Partners 2013 says:

Charlene has a "wide knowledge of regulatory matters and general criminal law," and is praised by clients for being "especially useful in those cases involving a mix of consumer protection and fraud charges".

Charlene has a wide range of experience in defending and prosecuting all aspects of criminal cases, ranging from murder, serious sexual offences, and large scale drug importations to complex fraud, both as sole advocate or as a led junior. She is directly instructed by BTP Economic Crime division in matters of Cash forfeiture, restraint and confiscation. In the regulatory and consumer law fields she has particular expertise in Trade Marks, Copyright, Product Safety and Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulation offences and is regularly instructed by companies, local authorities and defendants in all aspects of this type of work. Charlene is able to accept instructions on a direct access basis.

Recent Experience: Defence

Charlene has been instructed as sole advocate in numerous cases of serious violence, kidnapping, blackmail, firearms, serious fraud, robbery, importation and also supply of all classes of drugs (both commercial and as a result of TPO operations).
Charlene has recently been led in the case of R v Stephen Sleaford, a murder case that had national press attention (see notable cases). She also represented one of 14 youths charged with rioting at Feltham YOI on the day of the “London riots”.

She is currently instructed as sole advocate in a series of linked cases involving the rape and sexual assault of a number of children, both historic and recent. This is due for trial in July 2013. She has successfully defended a number of individuals charged with the new offence of possession of extreme pornography.

Charlene is well placed to deal with cases involving vulnerable witnesses and defendants having conducted a number of trials using the intermediary provisions. She also has a growing reputation in dealing with cases where the evidence is complex and technical in nature such as those cases involving cell site, computer recovery or where complex biological evidence is relied upon.

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Recent Experience - Prosecution

Regulatory, Consumer and Product Liability


Seminars and Training

Notable Cases