Chloe Birch

Call 2018

“Dedicated, organised, fiercely intelligent with brilliant judgment, has a persuasive and engaging style and is an absolute pleasure to work with”

“A credit to the Bar” (HHJ at Kingston Crown Court)


Chloe has a busy general crime practice across the full spectrum of criminal offences as a junior and led junior.

Alongside a varied and diverse general crime practice, Chloe has a vibrant Youth Court practice and is frequently instructed in serious youth cases including robbery, weapon offences, and those of serious violence. She prides herself on ensuring she gets the best for every child she represents, ensuring that they can properly participate in proceedings, understand, and are heard.

Chloe has a great deal of success out-of-Court in written representations and legal argument, through her detailed case preparation, analytical and persuasive written work.

Chloe has completed the Vulnerable Witness Training programme, and the Youth Justice Legal Centre Youth Justice Training.

Notable Crime cases

R v L Chelmsford Youth Court

Successfully challenged prosecution where a youth defendant was charged with perverting the course of justice relating to an offence of murder. Through written legal argument, submitted that the contravention of PACE during the investigation process rendered any evidence obtained therein inadmissible. Following the submission of carefully constructed written representations with regard to the handling of the investigation, in combination with written legal argument on the PACE breaches, the Crown discontinued the case on both offences.

R v J Reading Youth Court

Secured acquittal of youth defendant of previous good character charged with GBH after a full day trial. The complainant had suffered facial and dental injuries. Despite having no injuries himself, the defendant maintained that he had acted in self-defence when attacked by a group led by the complainant. Secured acquittal following cross-examination of 5 youth witnesses.

R v T Isleworth Crown Court

Successfully appealed custodial sentence imposed by the Youth Court for a 15-year-old defendant convicted of an affray during the course of his second Youth Rehabilitation Order. 8-month Detention and Training Order was substituted for a Youth Rehabilitation Order with ISS and youth defendant released. 

R v R Snaresbrook Crown Court

Secured a Youth Rehabilitation Order with ISS for a youth defendant convicted of a multi-handed multi-knife-point robbery committed to the Crown Court for sentence. 

R v B Uxbridge Youth Court

Secured acquittal at half-time for a youth of previous good character charged with one offence of burglary following legal argument that no trespass had in fact taken place. 

R v C Worthing Youth Court

Secured discontinuance of proceedings for youth of previous good character charged with one offence of affray following written representations to the CPS on whether, on the conduct alleged, an affray was made out in law. Case discontinued on review. 

R v D St Albans Youth Court

Acted in multi-handed multi-day youth trial for defendant charged with offences of robbery and attempted robbery. After lengthy review of CCTV footage compilation, persuaded Crown to offer no evidence in respect of 16-year-old youth defendant on first day of trial. 

R v A Medway Youth Court

Secured out of Court disposal for 15-year-old defendant charged with common assault, jointly with adults who were charged with affray. 

R v J Guildford Youth Court

Secured considerable reduction in length of a Criminal Behaviour Order so that youth defendant was eligible to apply to join the Armed Forces.

R v M Reading Youth Court

Secured acquittal of youth defendant jointly charged with attempted robbery of a post office. 

R v N Uxbridge Youth Court

Represented a youth charged with common assault where the Defence instructed a facial mapping expert to confirm that the CCTV identification was incorrect. The Prosecution offered no evidence.

R v N Kingston Crown Court

Successfully diverted Crown Court trial offences for a caution. Represented vulnerable defendant with schizoaffective disorder and significant communication impairments for offences of possession of an offensive weapon and criminal damage at trial. Secured the attendance of an intermediary for the entirety of proceedings and successfully diverted the case away from the Crown Court to alternative resolution, where the defendant received a conditional caution. In providing his observations of the case, the Judge commended both advocates as “a credit to the Bar”.

R v L Snaresbrook Crown Court

Successful in application to dismiss case of possession of an offensive weapon: namely a crowbar. Legal argument successfully submitted that the Crown’s case could not evidence any intention to use the crowbar to cause injury. Accused maintained good character as a result of the case against him being dismissed.

R v X Birmingham Crown Court

Led junior in complex trial involving numerous allegations of cruelty to three children spanning a total period of 16 years. Led by Ben Hargreaves.

R v Z Harrow Crown Court

Successfully challenged prosecution of a vulnerable 17 year old defendant, who turned 18 during the course of proceedings, charged with possession of an offensive weapon. Successfully prepared written representations challenging both the identification evidence and the appropriateness of pursuing prosecution in light of his learning difficulties.

R v M Stafford Crown Court

Secured suspended sentence for 18-year-old defendant who had pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs.

R v T Willesden Magistrates’ Court

Secured acquittal for defendant charged with assault of an emergency worker, in a case where he was alleged to have spat at a police officer whilst claiming to have the Coronavirus during the first 2020 lockdown. Cross-examined officer on the content of his contemporaneous body-worn footage and the extent to which that accorded with his evidence.

R v G Guildford Magistrate Court

Secured Suspended Sentence following extensive mitigation for female defendant who had pleaded guilty to taking phones and drugs into prison.

R v A Birmingham Crown Court

Secured a Community Order for a defendant charged with production/cultivation of a cannabis farm. The defendant had been confirmed as a victim of modern slavery by the Single Competent Authority and avoided deportation as a result of the sentence secured.

R v D Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court

Represented vulnerable defendant, in a case with two vulnerable complainants, all living within supported accommodation. Careful cross-examination was required of both complainants in line with the Vulnerable Witness Training. Secured acquittal of two offences of assault by beating at half time and acquittal one further assault by beating after full trial.

R v C Winchester Crown Court

Successfully mitigated to obtain a Community Order for a young adult defendant of previous good character for possession with intent to supply class B drugs.

R v M Wood Green Crown Court

Secured a Community Order for defendant charged with one offence of possession of an imitation firearm, one offence of possession of a noxious liquid and one offence of possession of an offensive weapon. The defendant had been found in his car with an imitation firearm, a baton, a mace pepper spray and handcuffs.

R v G Kingston Crown Court

Secured a Suspended Sentence for a bus driver who had crashed a red double decker bus into a railway bridge during his working hours, causing irreparable damage to the bus and damage to the railway line.

R v G St Albans Magistrates’ Court

Secured an absolute discharge and avoided disqualification by virtue of special reasons for a client in an extremely vulnerable medical category for Covid-19, who was convicted of having failed to provide a specimen of blood, but whilst he was below the prescribed limit for drink driving.

R v T Stratford Magistrates’ Court

Successfully argued exceptional hardship to avoid disqualification for vulnerable defendant with autism spectrum disorder who had driven whilst only holding a provisional license due to a mental-health breakdown during the Covid-19 lockdown.

R v G Stevenage Magistrates’ Court

Defendant acquitted after full trial for the offence of being drunk in charge of a vehicle – where an off-duty police officer claimed to have seen the vehicle being driven.

Chloe is regularly instructed by Thames Valley Police in account forfeiture proceedings.

Notable Asset Forfeiture & Civil Recovery cases

The Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police v D (Crawley Magistrates’ Court) – successfully represented the applicant, obtaining the forfeiture of over £300,000 cash, which had links to the suspected trafficking of people across Europe.

Chloe has an interest in professional regulatory work. She has represented individuals in front of the Nursing & Midwifery Council.

Notable Professional Regulation cases


Successfully opposed an Interim Suspension Order for a nurse proven to have been taking unprescribed medication from their place of work.


Successfully opposed an Interim Suspension Order for a nurse alleged to have made sexual advances to a colleague.

  • Middle Temple, Reader’s Scholarship – 2017
  • Nominated/Shortlisted and Finalist (Final 5) – “Inspirational Woman of the Year, Under 35 Lawyer of the Year” Award at the First 100 Years Project Inspirational Women In Law Awards 2020

  • Women in Criminal Law (Vice-Chair)
  • Youth Practitioners’ Association

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