Charlie Peat > One Pump Court > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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Charlie is an experienced family barrister who is passionate about access to justice and ensuring that quality legal representation continues to be provided to all members of society especially the most disadvantaged.

Charlie trained as a “pupil” at One Pump Court prior to being taken on as a “tenant”. He now has a specialist family practice and has gained a great deal of experience in all areas of family law including financial remedy proceedings for divorcing couples, property disputes for cohabiting couples (“TOLATA”), disputes over where children live and the time spent with them and representation of parents and children caught up in care proceedings.

Known for providing frank and sound advice in a down to earth manner Charlie has represented clients from all walks of life at every level of the family justice system except the Supreme Court.

Reported cases include the Court of Appeal case Critchell v Critchell [2015] EWCA Civ 436 where Charlie advised and represented a Wife in her successful Barder appeal described on one website as a “rare beast indeed.”

Charlie’s extensive legal experience prior to being called to the Bar in 2003 includes working as an outdoor clerk for a number of legal aid solicitors and also working for the Refugee Legal Centre, representing refugees at all stages of the asylum process including presenting appeals.

From Direct Access Client:

Charlie was recommended to me by a barrister friend who sadly does not deal with children’s cases any more. I have been using Charlie for a period of over a year now in what is a complex case, that has a few differences from the normal vanilla separation.

I would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Charlie to anyone requiring a direct access barrister. If you are capable of listening, and performing the duties that are required of a litigant in person, he will be a highly cost effective route to excellent legal representation. His recommendations and position statements make perfect sense, his presentation of them is immaculate, and that ensures a sensible outcome with the bare minimum of fuss.

Charlie is affordable, affable and highly effective; a superb addition to the direct access to the bar scheme.


Year of call: 2003

Charlie has worked as an outdoor clerk for a number of legal aid solicitors and as a caseworker at the Refugee Legal Centre (now called Refugee and Migrant Justice) representing asylum seekers at all stages of the asylum process before coming to the Bar.


B.Sc (Econ.)