Year of Call
- Law LLB, University of Birmingham 2016-2019
- Very Competent – Bar Practice Training Course, BPP 2020-2021
Attained the second highest mark for criminal advocacy at BPP countrywide (2020)
Areas of Work
Prior to starting pupillage, Charlie worked as a paralegal at Blackfords (crime). He was directly involved in the preparation of serious criminal cases. In addition to his own case load of general crime matters, Charlie spent many months assisting with the preparation of materials and argument on behalf of a number of clients represented by the firm in the Grenfell Inquiry. He also drafted several letters of representation regarding data deletion requests and private TFL prosecutions. They have all resulted in out-of-court disposals.
As a pupil, Charlie prosecutes and defends in cases involving sexual offences, drugs, offensive weapons and other criminal matters. He is currently instructed in the Crown Court, Magistrates’ Court and Youth Court. He is instructed in a wide variety of criminal cases including contested trials, appeals, sentences and bail applications.
R v M – Charlie represented a Defendant charged with theft at Snaresbrook Crown Court. After discussions with the Crown, the prosecution were persuaded to drop the charge. No evidence was offered.
R v W – Appeared at Southwark Crown Court on behalf of a client charged with burglary of £8000.
R v C – At Woolwich Crown Court, Charlie represented a Defendant for sentence. He was charged with domestic abuse related offences. The Judge was minded not to impose immediate custody.
R v G – Charlie appeared on behalf of the Defendant for sentence at Maidstone Crown Court. The Defendant was charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
NPS v W – Represented the Probation Service at Isleworth Crown Court. The Defendant had breached a court order. The Prosecution sought to make several amendments to that order. The Court granted the application in full.
R v D – Represented a Defendant charged with possession of a bladed article in the Magistrates’ Court. After a contested trial, he was found not guilty.
R v M – Prosecuted a ‘snatch and grab’ theft of mobile telephones in the Magistrates’ Court. It was a case that turned on the cross-examination of the Defendant. After cross-examination, the Court found him guilty.
R v E – Argued special reasons to avoid revocation of a driving licence on behalf of the Defendant. The Court agreed not to revoke the licence.
Mr Charles Austin-Groome is regulated by the Bar Standards Board, holds a current practising certificate and his details can be found on the BSB’s Barrister Register https://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/regulatory-requirements/the-barristers'-register/
Mr Charles Austin-Groome holds insurance cover for all legal services supplied through professional indemnity insurance with the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund (BMIF) The coverage is worldwide subject to their terms which are available on their website https://www.barmutual.co.uk/
Mr Charles Austin-Groome is registered with the Information Commissioners office under the Data Protection Act https://ico.org.uk/
If you are not satisfied with the service that Mr Charles Austin-Groome provides you can make a complaint to Chambers. Information on Chambers Complaints Procedure is available on Chambers website www.9kbw.com/about-us/complaints-procedure
If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from Chambers you may complain to the Legal Ombudsman (This must be done within the time limits set out) The contact details can be found on the Legal Ombudsman’s website http://www.legalombudsman.org.uk/