Viewing: Crime for Chloe Ashley

Chloe Ashley is a specialist criminal advocate with an impressive reputation.
Her practice is recognised as being pre-eminent amongst those of her call.
She is noted for her keen eye for detail, meticulous preparation, and her proactive, approach.
Chloe acts both as a led junior and junior alone on behalf of the defence.
Recent instructions include: the Arthur Labinjo-Hughes murder in which she defended his father and Operation Monarda, a gang-related Coventry murder which was subject of a one-off BBC documentary, “Forensics: The Real CSI”.
Her defence practice is complemented by a strong prosecution practice, the focus of which is on cases involving serious violence where she is regularly instructed by the CPS’ Complex Case Work Unit.
Upcoming cases include Operation Lanvigator in which Chloe is led by Jonas Hankin QC to prosecute a mother, who was then aged 15, now charged with the historic murder of her then new-born son.
As evidenced above, Chloe has a particular interest in cases involving child abuse and non-accidental injuries, which rely upon complex expert pathological and clinical medical evidence.
Chloe also has expertise in issues relating to mental health and intellectual disability and is often counsel of choice for solicitors defending those who are acutely vulnerable.
Before joining the Bar, Chloe acted as a trustee for women’s rights charities and retains a special interest in the representation of women within the criminal justice system bringing her experience working for these NGOs specialising in these issues to her practice.
Outside of court, Chloe is passionate about issues concerning equality, justice, diversity, and social mobility at the Bar and regularly participates in events encouraging students from state schools to pursue a career in the legal profession. She also mentors students members of the Inner Temple aspiring to a career in criminal law.
Aside from those commitments Chloe is an active member of The Criminal Bar Association Executive (see here) and Midlands Circuit Women’s Forum Committee.
Comments from instructing solicitors:-
“She is a top operator in court. People underestimate her and they do so at their peril”.
“A very intelligent advocate who can master complex expert evidence, distil it and present it effectively to both lay clients and a jury.”
“Her closing speeches are flawless and a joy to watch, jury’s absolutely love her.”
“Her closing speeches are flawless and a joy to watch, jury’s absolutely love her.”
“She is always top of our list when it comes to instructing in complex, serious cases. Chloe is extremely hard working, diligent, and leaves no piece of plausible evidence unexplored. She has an unrivalled commitment to her clients. She genuinely cares for them and their welfare and to that end she will fight hard for the right result for them.”
“Her work is creditworthy of an advocate of 20 years’ call. She is very impressive on her feet.”
“Her cross-examination is extremely good; she gets under a witness’ skin and will preserve until she gets the answer she wants.”
“Chloe is a joy to instruct, she consistently shows our clients a level of care and commitment which surpasses any expectation.”
“Ms Ashley endears herself to clients almost immediately, she exudes warmth, even with the most challenging of clients she will win them over. Her presentation in court is faultless- she quickly masters the evidence in a way that lends itself well to a jury. Judges she appears before value her commitment to her cases and her opponents respect her for it.”
Notable Cases
R v. H & H, Worcester Crown Court
Led by Mark Heywood QC to prosecute a “baby shaking” in which the parents are accused of causing significant injuries to their daughter.
Operation Lanvigator (2022), Worcester Crown Court
Led by Jonas Hankin QC to prosecute a mother, who was then aged 15, now charged with the historic murder of her new-born son. The case is ongoing:
Operation Orbiter (2022), Worcester Crown Court
Instructed as a junior alone to prosecute a fatal RTC, a ‘nearest and dearest case’ in which the defendant and deceased had been lifelong friends.
Operation Abim (2022), Warwick Crown Court
Led by Michelle Heeley QC to prosecute this case, which resolved with a plea to manslaughter (by reason of diminished responsibility), due to the defendant’s psychotic breakdown caused by the digestion of prescribed medication.
Operation Tafias (2022), Birmingham Crown Court
Instructed as a junior alone to represent one of fourteen men alleged to have operated in a lengthy conspiracy as part of an organised crime group, distributing significant quantities of heroin
Operation Kenita (2021), Coventry Crown Court
Instructed alongside Bernard Richmond QC to defend the father of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes in a very complex child homicide case. Their client was acquitted of murder. The case received both national and international press attention. The case is also now the subject of a single, national review:
Operations Mopaine, Bionta and Dynamite (2021), Worcester Crown Court
Led by Siobhan Collins, instructed prosecute 3 interlinked multi-handed high value conspiracies to burgle 100s of vehicles in the Worcestershire area.
Operation Mercantile (2021), Birmingham Crown Court
Instructed to defend one of two defendants charged with the fatal shooting of Murtaza Nazir in Stechford, Birmingham. Chloe was led by Jo Sidhu QC. This case involved one of the largest CCTV and imagery investigations in West Midlands Police history:
Operation Monarda (2020), Warwick Crown Court
Led by Caroline Carberry QC, Chloe was instructed to represent one of three teenage defendants charged with the murder of another fifteen-year-old boy in Coventry. The case formed the subject of a one-off documentary shown in February 2021, “Forensics: The Real CSI”, which focussed on the complex strands of forensic investigation which was the subject of robust legal argument by the legal team Chloe was a part of and successfully excluded by the defence:
Operation Robotic (2020), Birmingham Crown Court
Instructed to represent a man of good character facing allegations concerning the alleged exploitation and recruitment of vulnerable individuals from Slovakia, alongside his family members, over a seven-year period.
R v Ferchiu (2020), Warwick Crown Court
Led Junior, instructed to prosecute both the trial and re-trial in a very sensitive case of a senior nurse accused of wilful neglect arising from the death of an acutely vulnerable care home resident:
Operation Ambition (2019), Wolverhampton Crown Court
Represented one of eight defendants accused of conspiracy to supply cannabis. Following a trial defendant was convicted in the alternative of cultivation of a cannabis plant. He received a conditional discharge.
Operation Loft (2019), Sheffield Crown Court
Represented one of seven defendants in complex, case relating to the falsification of earnings on behalf of visa sponsors to enable them to meet Home Office criteria in relation to marriage visas. Chloe’s client was acquitted following a 6-week trial in which his daughter turned ‘Queens Evidence’:
Operation Lock (2019), Worcester Crown Court
Led by Phil Bradley QC, instructed in the notorious Worcester ‘acid attack’ case. It was alleged that their client, the lead defendant ‘Z’ aged, 40 conspired to throw sulphuric acid on his three-year-old son. He was jointly charged alongside 6 others. The case involved the youngest victim of such an attack to be prosecuted and attracted significant media coverage:
Operation Wraithbane (2018), Birmingham Crown Court
Represented one of thirty-six men (a lead defendant) charged with public nuisance. The defendants allegedly formed part of an organised crime ring who converged on Birmingham as an unauthorized gathering involving hundreds of motorcyclists. Following a 4-week trial Chloe’s client was acquitted.
R v G (2018), Stoke Crown Court
Led by Earl Pinnock, represented a former England youth international footballer accused of stalking his ex-girlfriend.
2022 - Executive Committee - Criminal Bar Association
2021 - Committee Member - The Young CBA Committee
2020 - Senior Crown Prosecuter Secondee - West Midlands, CPS
2020 - Committee Member- Young Bar Committee, CBA
2020 - Grade 3 CPS Advocates Panel
2019 - CPS West Midlands Hate Crime Panel
2019 - Committee Member- Midland Circuit Women’s Forum
2018 - Criminal Law Committee Member - Birmingham Law Society
2022 - Nominated for ‘Barrister of the Year’ Birmingham Law Society Awards
2021- Inner Temple Pegasus Award, placement at the European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg
2019 - Nominated for the First 100 Years, Inspirational Women in Law Awards (under 35 category)
2017 - Inner Temple Rachel Lawrence Scholarship
2015 - Inner Temple Sir Joseph Priestley Scholarship
2013 - Inner Temple Major Exhibition Award (BPTC Award)
2013 - Inner Temple Duke of Edinburgh Award
2011 - The University of Sheffield Graduate Award
Association of Women Barristers
Criminal Bar Association
Human Rights Lawyers Association
Midlands Circuit
Women in Criminal Law
Young Legal Aid Lawyers
2015 - University of the West of England, BPTC
2015 - Accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator Certified by ADR Group London
2013 - College of Law, Law Conversion
2011 - The University of Sheffield, BA (Hons)

Latest News & Publications

Chloe Ashley, who acted as junior Counsel in the trial of Thomas Hughes last year appeared together with leading counsel, Bernard Richmond QC at the Special Court this week as directed by the Lord Chief Justice....

Date: Fri, 06 May 2022
Chloe Ashley has been awarded a prestigious outgoing Pegasus Scholarships for 2021 by Inner Temple....

Date: Thu, 04 Mar 2021
A care home nurse in Rugby is the first in Warwickshire to be convicted of wilful neglect....

Date: Wed, 14 Oct 2020