Charlotte Steinfeld

Call: 2004

Practice areas

Mediator : Yes


CEDR (Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution) accredited Mediator

LLM International Commercial Law, Distinction (2nd in year)

Bar Vocational Course, Very Competent

LLB (Hons), Upper Second Class Honours


Charlotte is a CEDR accredited Mediator and also has experience acting for parties in mediation. She has a particular interest in commercial and consumer litigation having studied this in depth and practiced in this area of law for the majority of her career.

During her LLM in International Commercial Law at the University of Nottingham, Charlotte came 2nd in the year, attaining a Distinction. This included coming first in the year for insurance law, second for insolvency law and ranking highly in international trade modules including international sale of goods and carriage of goods by sea. Charlotte’s dissertation on commercial insurance law entitled, “Should the Insurance Law Warranty Survive Reform?” was requested by, and submitted to, the Law Commission as part of their ongoing Insurance Contract Law Review in 2007.


Charlotte is a CEDR accredited Mediator and acts on behalf of commercial parties and individuals in mediation.


Charlotte also has a broad commercial-chancery practice and acts on behalf of some of the UK’s largest financial institutions and other commercial organisations, appearing in the High Court, including the Companies Court and the County Court.


She has experience in the following areas:


Commercial, consumer and general contract disputes

Including international trade and risk, consumer credit, hire purchase, insurance, sale of goods, agency, credit hire, the supply of goods and services and disputes involving guarantees.

Charlotte has also acted for various Claimant banks and Defendants in cases involving alleged unfair bank charges and disputes.


Insolvency and bankruptcy

Winding up petitions for various types of creditors/petitioners, including supervisors of failed IVA, judgment creditors and trade creditors, advising on alleged breaches of Insolvency Rules 1986, applications to annul bankruptcy orders, opposing applications for annulments, applications to set aside statutory demands, dealing with issues of notice and obtaining permission to take over carriage of a petition.


Mortgages and security (commercial and residential)

Acting for various banks, building societies and mortgage companies in possession actions, including opposing applications to suspend a warrant of possession/stay an eviction, defending appeals and acting repeatedly for a large clearing bank in several order for sale hearings of both commercial and residential properties.


Wills and probate (both contentious and non-contentious)

Advising executors and beneficiaries in both contentious and non-contentious probate matters, including, for example, advising on replacement of executors, undue influence in the preparation of a will and procedure in propounding a will.


Landlord and tenant (commercial and residential)

Acting mainly for commercial and residential landlords, experienced in, for example: drafting defences and counterclaims in claims for specific performance, damages and injunctions, possession proceedings, disputes in respect of non-payment of rent, multiple breaches of covenant, return of security deposit and forfeiture.


Charlotte also has experience in express and constructive trusts, planning inquiries and enforcement proceedings, including acting for various banks/commercial organisations in numerous return of goods, charging order and other debt enforcement hearings.

Related Cases


  • Successfully represented a large financial and commercial hire company in a multi-party mediation involving a hire purchase and agency dispute over telephony equipment and charges, in which the successful Defendant recovered all sums due to it.



  • Acted on behalf of a large asset finance company in a finance lease dispute relating to the hire of a number of bulldozers utilised at the Olympic 2012 site. Issues included alleged breach of the hire agreement and guarantee.
  • Acted successfully for a London based freight forwarder/shipping agents in a dispute over the risk of alleged stolen goods destined for the Caribbean.


  • Winner of Inns of Court School of Law (“ICSL”) and Blackstone’s Civil Moot, after being awarded the highest marks that the ICSL had ever awarded for mooting
  • Clothworkers’ Foundation Mary Datchelor Trust Award
  • Lawrence Atwell Award
  • Dove Naish Award
  • Kettering Old Grammar School Award


  • British Insurance Law Association (“BILA”)
  • CEDR Exchange


Piano, yoga, theatre and ballet

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Charlotte Steinfeld
10 King's Bench Walk
London EC4Y 7EB
(t) +44 (0)20 7353 7742
(f) +44 (0)20 7583 0579
(DX) 24 LDE

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