Annabel Gough joined Charter in January 2019 after a thrid sixth pupillage. A passionate and driven barrister, Annabel prides herself on her approachable manner and ability to put clients at ease with clear and thorough legal advice.
She utilises her background in science to apply a methodical and forensic approach to case preparation. Annabel has significant experience defending in Magistrates’ Court trials and is regularly instructed in cases involving domestic violence. She is a Grade 1 CPS Panel advocate and conducts appeals in the Crown Court.
Prior to completing pupillage Annabel obtained a degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology specialising in DNA. During her degree she worked in a Biomarker Discovery company where she focused on DNA extraction techniques and limitations. She later worked as a paralegal at Herbert Smith Freehills in the Intellectual Property Disputes team, working on international patent litigation cases.
R v ND  – Basildon Crown Court – Defending charges of possession of a bladed article in a pharmacy and a section 4 Public Order offence for a Defendant with a long history of offending. A Goodyear direction was requested and resulted in a 12 month suspended sentence, rehabilitation requirement and a short curfew.
R v BC  – Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court – Successfully defended a charge of two domestic assaults by beating after a long legal argument about the 999 call and the police body worn video was found not to be admissible under res gestae. The charges were therefore withdrawn.
R v NM  – Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court – Represented a vulnerable woman with an intermediary, charged with harassment of her elderly neighbour over a period of a year.
R v WM  – Wood Green Crown Court – Acting as the CPS respondent in an appeal against conviction for sexual assault on a Prison Custody Officer. After the complainant, an eye witness and the defendant gave evidence the appeal was dismissed and conviction upheld.
R v AR  – Romford Magistrates’ Court – Successfully defended a section 4 Public Order offence in a domestic context. Cross examining the complainant, her mother and her sister followed by evidence from the defendant, his mother, his sister and his new partner.
- Criminal Bar Association Bursary Award for Excellence in Advocacy 2017
- Inner Temple Marshall Hall Trust Scholarship 2017
- Civil and Commercial Mediator
- ADR Group Bar Professional Training Course
- BPP London Graduate Diploma in Law
- University of Law Bristol BSc Molecular and Cellular Biology
- University of Bath
- Grade 1 CPS Panel Advocate
- Criminal Bar Association
Areas of Specialism
Annabel accepts instructions in the Crown Court, Magistrates’ Court and the Youth Court. She deals with all levels of criminal offences with a particular interest in cases with young and vulnerable defendants.