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Chloe Gardner Called 2005

Chloe Gardner

Called 2005

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Areas of Expertise:
Criminal, Family Law, Immigration and Nationality

Chloe specialises as a criminal defence barrister.  She has extensive experience in Crown Court trials dealing with all offences – including sexual offences, drugs, fraud, robbery, firearms/weapons, serious driving offences and assault.  Chloe is known particularly for her second to none client care and is often instructed in cases where the client is considered vulnerable or where there are challenging circumstances.

From the very start of her career at the Criminal Bar, Chloe was instructed on Crown Court matters and became known for her fearless defence of those she represented.

Chloe has particular expertise in cases concerning sexual offences – ranging from sexual assaults to historic sexual offences and rape.

Chloe is also instructed on asylum and immigration cases (as well as extradition).  She was an asylum and immigration caseworker and advocate at the Home Office for three years – where she also headed a sex trafficking casework team.  In addition, Chloe is instructed on family matters – largely involving care proceedings.

Notable cases:

Sexual Offences

R v R – Maidstone Crown Court – successfully represented adult with learning difficulties facing rape allegation; abuse of process application made; case discontinued

R v B – Woolwich Crown Court – successfully represented vulnerable adult facing rape allegation;  repeated applications for disclosure resulted in critical evidence being placed before the court; successful section 41 application made; defendant unanimously acquitted of allegation

R v G – Kingston Crown Court – defendant acquitted of historic sexual assault charges (dating back to the 1960’s) against one complainant; convicted of two (out of three) indecent assault charges against second complainant

R v G – Woolwich Crown Court – successfully represented defendant on rape charges; acquitted unanimously; numerous issues dealt with including (lack of) disclosure

R v R – Maidstone Crown Court – defendant acquitted of majority of charges; jury discharged on further two charges; convicted of two (least) serious charges; case involved cross-examination of very young child

R v K – Central Criminal Court – successfully represented defendant on charges of sexual assault; successful section 41 application made; unanimously acquitted after 48 minutes jury deliberation

R v K – Court of Appeal – successfully represented appellant in appeal against sentence (rape and sexual assault charges) – Chloe did not represent at lower level court

Fraud 

R v B – Central Criminal Court – represented defendant in multi-million money laundering/conspiracy case; defendant pleaded guilty

Cases involving vulnerable complainants

R v T – Maidstone Crown Court – successfully represented defendant on neglect of those lacking capacity; disclosure issues; counsel successfully argued prosecution could not meet charge; trial discontinued

R v A – Woolwich Crown Court – successfully represented defendant on neglect of child; expert evidence successfully challenged; defence counsel successfully made submission of no case to answer after close of prosecution case

R v T – Croydon Crown Court – successfully represented defendant on child assault charge; critical disclosure obtained as result of defence application; expert evidence successfully challenged; acquitted unanimously following 28 minutes of jury deliberation

R v O – Blackfriars Crown Court – successfully represented defendant on ill-treatment of person lacking mental capacity; disclosure issues; case discontinued following submission by defence counsel at close of prosecution case

Miscellaneous

R v W – Central Criminal Court – successful abuse of process argument made in case involving offensive weapon; defendant had originally pleaded guilty at lower court when unrepresented – following counsel’s advice the plea was vacated; at crown court proceedings were stayed

R v K – Appeal at Southwark Crown Court – found not guilty on appeal at the crown court; difficult case involving employer facing charges of being unfit through drugs

R v B – Croydon Magistrates’ Court – defendant acquitted of failure to provide specimen; case involved off duty bus driver; counsel fought for disclosure of CCTV which exonerated client

R v P – Aylesbury Crown Court (sitting at Amersham) – successfully represented client on charges of domestic burglary; jury unanimously acquitted following 26 minutes jury deliberation

R v L – Chatham Magistrates’ Court – vulnerable defendant charged with offences against (five) police officers; acquitted of all charges

Extradition – Immigration

Judicial Authority v P – successfully fought extradition to Poland in respect of mother and father

Judicial Authority v B – successfully fought extradition to Poland

Home Office v O – successfully fought deportation order