Valerie qualified as a barrister in 1992. In addition to her work as a Turnstone Law team barrister, she also practices through Red Lion Chambers. She has extensive experience across a wide range of criminal regulatory laws, including health & safety, food safety and white-collar crime.
Valerie has had several notable successes in the Court of Appeal. She is on the Grade A (top tier) list of Specialist Regulatory Advocates in Health & Safety and Environmental Law. Her health & safety experience includes defending and prosecuting companies, NHS trusts, local authorities and individuals, including directors and trustees.
Examples of her work include gas and chemical explosions, falls from height, electrocution and exposure to asbestos. She has been instructed in cases involving fatalities or serious injury on construction sites, care homes, hospitals, factories and railways. She has recently advised and defended a large high street retailer for food safety offences and health and safety offences. She has also prosecuted for the Office of Rail and Road.
Valerie’s white-collar crime experience includes multi-party trials of corruption and large scale fraud. She is Wellbeing Director for the Criminal Bar Association and represents the Criminal Bar Association on the Bar Council's working party group on wellbeing. She is a part-time Tribunal Judge and an ethics and advocacy trainer for Middle Temple. She was an Ombudsman for the Financial Ombudsman Service between 2010 and 2012 and was a voluntary member of the Bar Standards Board from 2007-2013.
Valerie Charbit "gives clear and understandable advice in complex matters"
Health and Safety Lawyers' Association
Criminal Bar Association
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
Mental Health Lawyers' Association
South Eastern Circuit
1988-1991 Sheffield University LLB Law (Hons) 2:1
1992 Awarded Middle Temple Scholarships Sir Joseph Cantley Prize Ravenscroft Prize
2000-2002 Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and Kings College London MA in Text and Performance Studies- Merit - Distinction for dissertation
Director/Board member of Inclusion London