Chloe Barton

Year of Call: 2006
Inn of Court: Inner Temple

Chloé Barton


Chloe is currently an Associate Tenant employed by the Office of Rail and Road. 

Instructed by the Royal College of Nursing and the General Dental Council in challenging case’ – Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law – Leading Juniors (Legal 500 – 2017)

Her practice specialises in professional discipline and crime. She is known for giving robust advice whilst also having particular skill in dealing with nervous or vulnerable clients. She is tenacious in her pursuit of the best results and uses fearless advocacy to achieve this.

Following a secondment with the Nursing and Midwifery Council her professional discipline practice has continued to flourish.  She accepts instructions in all areas of healthcare regulation and has recently appeared at the General Osteopathic Council. She defends and prosecutes in all areas of crime with a particular emphasis on serious violence, drug supply and sexual offences. She has appeared successfully in the Court of Appeal.

Significant Cases

Significant Professional Discipline Cases

  • NMC v. LM – Achieved a caution order for a Registrant who was found to have hugged, kissed and groped a junior colleague after the Panel found that this behaviour was not sexually motivated.
  • NMC v. MN – NMC forced to offer no evidence after a hearsay application was resisted in a case of failing to obtain patient consent.
  • GOsC v. AE – Obtained a Suspension Order in a case involving multiple charges of sexual misconduct, transgression of professional boundaries and sustained dishonesty which, on the guidance, should have resulted in removal.
  • RM v. NMC – Successfully appealed the Registrar’s decision not to readmit RM to the register following her failure to declare a conviction for which she had received a sentence of imprisonment.
  • NMC v. AK – Nurse who drew up controlled drugs for pain relief but failed to give them to patients on numerous occasions – found not impaired.

Significant Sexual Offences Cases

  • R v. Islam – Led junior in a four week serial rape where significant parts of the trial preparation needed to be undertaken alone as the leader was on maternity leave.

Significant Fraud Cases

  • R v. Iqbal – Junior Counsel on a VHCC case involving a large scale Government Individual Learning Account fraud.
  • R v. Ladega – Junior Prosecution Counsel in a £1m benefit fraud) 

Significant Violent Crime Cases

  • R v. KS – Crown agreed to accept a basis of plea different to those submitted by the four co-defendants in a s.18 case where a shopkeeper’s hand was almost completely severed with a machete. The co-defendants received sentences of 5 ½ years each whilst KS received a sentence of 12 months.

Significant Other Cases

  • R v. Seyedi – Possession with intent to supply Class C drugs. Defence of duress successfully run for the period of the drug dealing, 8 months.
  • Oji v. CICA  – Represented Mr Oji, the driver of the tube train on which Jean Charles De Menezes was shot, at his appeal against the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.  Mr Oji had been refused compensation as the Authority found that he was not directly injured as a result of a crime of violence.  This decision was overturned by the Appeals Panel and Mr Oji was awarded compensation for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that he suffered after the incident (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/8080602.stm)
  • R v. DS – As a result of advice an educational psychologist was instructed to assess the young defendant.  The report revealed that the defendant had an IQ of 40 rsulting in the Crown acceding to submissions to offer no evidence on all charges.
  • R v. Chin – Prosecution forced to offer no evidence in a false passport case when, after pressured by the defence for disclosure, information came to light that supported and corroborated the defendant’s case that she had been duped by a fraudulent solicitor into believing that she was entitled to a British passport
  • R v. Hackshaw – Court of Appeal, sentence of 6 months quashed and replaced with a sentence of 6 weeks.
  • LL.B (First Class Hons) – Leicester
  • SFO LPP Counsel
  • SFO Proceeds of Crime C Panel
  • Level 2 CPS Advocate
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Howard League for Penal Reform
  • NSPCC

Areas of Specialism


Professional Discipline

She is instructed to provide written advices, to advise in conference, to appear before investigating committees, conduct and competence committees, health committees and in registration appeals.  She accepts instructions in all areas of healthcare regulation and has recently appeared at the General Osteopathic Council where she successfully maintained the registration of an osteopath who admitted conducting an improper sexual relationship with a patient, deceiving his employer and attempting to mislead his regulator in the course of their investigation.

She has delivered training to the Royal College of Nursing on the Principles of Criminal Law in Regulatory Practice.

Recent feedback from clients has included:

“I felt your guidance was expert and well explained…I’m most grateful.”

“It felt as though you really cared and your professionalism was second to none.”

“You were so friendly and supportive, I felt completely at ease…you totally amaze me in what you do – you are great at it.”

Crime

She has been instructed by the RCPO.  In this capacity she has been involved in drafting a report for the Attorney-General regarding the release of third-party data and was part of the Chambers Review team. This entailed reviewing tobacco evasion cases where the wrong legislation may have been relied upon at first instance and confiscation orders made in error.

She was instructed by the Serious Fraud Office in a significant disclosure review exercise which involved considering over one million pages of material, some of which raised the issue of Legal Professional Privilege.

More recently she was instructed as LPP Counsel for the SFO in a lengthy case involving the review of hundreds of thousands of documents over a three year period.

Criminal Injuries Compensation

She has appeared on behalf appellants at the Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel to challenge financial awards made by the CICA to individuals who have suffered injury as a result of a criminal act (see Oji v CICA in Notable Cases).

Other Details


She has also recently delivered a lecture to a group of Ugandan Prison Officers as part of the African Prisons Project Leadership Development Programme.

Recent published articles include:

In 2015 she provided consultancy services to the Horizon Institute, spending six weeks in Hargeisa, Somaliland, delivering extensive training in advocacy, the law of evidence, case analysis and appeals to Deputy Attorney Generals and defence lawyers as part of the Somaliland Justice Sector Project. She also drafted juvenile sentencing guidelines to be used by newly appointed judges in order to ensure sentences that are passed are lawful.

She has a particular interest in prisons, their history, and how they operate today. She is also a partner in campaigning for the NSPCC and a member of the Howard League for Penal Reform.