Chloe Ashley is an impressive junior recognised as a dedicated, intelligent and persuasive advocate with experience far beyond her call. Her well-deserved reputation ensures that she is sought after by professional and lay clients alike across the country.
Chloe’s work is defined by her personable, pro-active approach, meticulous preparation and exceptional client care. She prides herself on her fearless commitment to her cases.
In her practice Chloe has focused on specialist criminal defence work. She is typically engaged in complex, sensitive cases involving multiple defendants as a led junior or alone.
Recent instructions include: gang-related homicides; drugs conspiracies; organised crime, including, modern day slavery cases; firearms; child cruelty and ‘baby shakings’; sexual offences (including, offences against children and the vulnerable), serious violence (arson, armed robberies, GBH) and fatal driving offences.
Chloe’s work often involves a high volume of complex evidence including expert analysis, disclosure issues and ‘cut throat’ defences. Her cases also regularly engage other complex issues such as representing young and vulnerable defendants, including those with learning difficulties and mental health issues.
Before joining No5, Chloe worked in the fields of human rights and legal policy working with non-profit organisations, including Reprieve and Texas Defender Service assisting lawyers working on death penalty defence litigation. During her time in the USA Chloe also contributed to various proceedings in the Supreme Court of Criminal Appeals. As a result of those experiences, Chloe has developed a particular interest in issues relating to mental health and intellectual disability, and their application in criminal proceedings.
In addition to her court work, Chloe also has an extensive advisory practice and is regularly instructed to advise at an early stage on evidence, including the CPS at pre-charge. She is often commended for her impressive ability to translate such instructions at speed into a sensible and understandable form both in writing and for juries and lay clients alike.
In the summer of 2020 Chloe was seconded to the Crown Prosecution Service as a Senior Crown Prosecutor. During which time Chloe liaised closely with constabularies regarding the investigation of cases and evidential procedures, including legal implications which arose. The subject matter of these cases was often very sensitive, including grooming rings and murder investigations involving covert surveillance. Chloe is known for her ability to delicately manage such instructions and provide swift, confident and robust advice.
In the spring of 2021 Chloe was awarded a second Inner Temple Pegasus Scholarship; making her a double scholar. She will begin her placement at the European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg this Winter.
Chloe is learning Pashto (slowly). She also speaks conversational French along with some basic Arabic and German.
Comments from instructing solicitors:-
“Her work is creditworthy of an advocate of 20 years’ call. She is very impressive on her feet…and I know few who work as hard as her.”
“Her cross-examination is devastatingly good”.
“Chloe is a joy to instruct…she consistently shows our clients a level of care and commitment which routinely surpasses my expectations”.
“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. Simply, she is a workaholic. 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.”
“Chloe 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.”
“She has a real command of the law and evidence in any case I instruct her in- which can only come from a brilliant mind. Judge’s commend her for her forensic attention to detail.”
“Her preparation is meticulous...I receive nothing but excellent feedback from clients, they all warm to her- especially youths.”
“Her ability to meet and exceed our client’s expectations is second to none. Her relatively, junior status is ignored by clients who see her as personable, intelligent and savvy…she is mature beyond her years.”
Operation Kenita (2021)
Led by Bernard Richmond QC, instructed to defend the lead Defendant accused of causing the death of a six year old child:
Operation Mercantile (2021)
Instructed to defend the lead Defendant charged with the shooting of Murtaza Nazir in Stechford, Birmingham. This case involves one of the largest CCTV and imagery investigation in the West Midlands:
Operation Guy (2021)
Instructed to defend the Lead Defendant in what the Prosecution said was a Post Code disagreement between two groups. Chloe’s client was one of five men who faced trial for murder and robbery. See here for more information:
Operation Monarda (2020)
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”. The program focussed on the complex strands of forensic investigation which was the subject of robust legal argument by the defence team Chloe was a part of; this material was successfully excluded. To find out more about the documentary please go to:
Operation Robotic (2020)
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)
Led Junior, instructed to prosecute the trial of a very sensitive case of a senior nurse accused of wilful neglect arising from the death of an acutely vulnerable care home resident:
Operation Lock (2019)
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 Ambition (2019)
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)
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 Wraithbane (2018)
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.
2020 - Committee Member- Young Bar Committee, CBA
2020 - Pupil & New Practitioners Rep- Midland Circuit (Covid-19 Working Group)
2020 - Grade 3 CPS Advocates Panel
2019 - Secretary - Women in Criminal Law Midlands
2019 - Committee Member- Midland Circuit Women's Forum
2018 – Independent Legal Advisor [ad-hoc] – CPS West Midlands Hate Crime Panel
2018 - Criminal Law Committee Member - Birmingham Law Society
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
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)