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About Chloe Hartnell

Chloe has great experience in all types of criminal law but specialises in drug, serious violence and sexual offences and working with young and vulnerable people. She defends clients facing serious offences including murder, rape, possession of drugs with intent to supply and arson. She is particularly adept in complex cases involving technical evidence.

She is a regular advocate in the Magistrates’ Court and an experienced trial advocate. She has a long history of dealing with niche areas such as protest and human rights cases. Chloe often acts on behalf of vulnerable clients, whether by way of their age or mental health. She is respectful and sensitive to their needs and is able to explain complex ideas in a way that is understood.


"We are particularly grateful for the outcome result of the trial which Ms Hartnell handled with expertise."

Client Comments

  • “We are particularly grateful for the outcome result of the trial which Ms Hartnell handled with expertise which resulted in a community sentence as opposed to a custodial sentence. Ms Hartnell was always accessible either via email or her telephone. She was always prompt to respond to our email enquiry and her pursuit of legal aid was phenomenal despite two initial rejections. Her presentation of my son’s case was objective, yet touching and filled with insightful but carefully constructive presentation of the case that gave my son the opportunity to go back to university to continue his degree in Mathematics. Ms Hartnell believed my son and believed our story and guided us the best way to proceed.”
  • “Chloe Hartnell thanks for all your help and support throughout my case. I highly recommend her.”
  • chloe was AMAZING so well spoken and factual! anybody would want her defence hopefully i never need a solicitor again but if i do itll be chlo, thanks

"Chloe Hartnell took on my case and I’m very happy with the service she provided. She was attentive and professional at all times, kept me informed on any progress and very reliable. I would highly recommend."

Notable Cases

  • R v DA 2019 – Successfully acted for a vulnerable client found in possession of 1 kg of cocaine and accused of having it with intent to supply. The case involved forensic examination of tens of thousands of pages of phone evidence.
  • R v KM 2019 – Successfully acted for a client accused of rape and stalking. The defendant did not speak English and the allegation spanned over twenty years. There were thousands of pages of evidence said to show bad character of the defendant in multiple languages and child witnesses. The defendant was acquitted of all charges after a lengthy trial.
  • R v SM 2019 – Successfully acted for a man accused of threatening to blow up a petrol station. She conducted the trial involving several witnesses and much CCTV footage.
  • R v SC 2017 – acted for client said to be part of largest cannabis cultivation conspiracy worth £26 million.
  • R v JF 2014 – represented and acted as advocate for a protestor who demonstrated outside the Royal Courts of Justice about Mark Duggen’s death, caused by the police. She was acquitted.
  • R v AST– represented a man accused of attempted murder after someone was shot point bank to the temple. He was acquitted.
  • Fagan and Fergus v. The United Kingdom- 347/13 – Communicated Case [2014] ECHR 322 – challenge of the UK courts allowing evidence to be given by anonymous witnesses in an allegation of kidnapping, false imprisonment and blackmail.
  • R (Fergus) v Southampton Crown Court [2008] EWHC 3273 and R (M) v Inner London Crown Court [2006] EWCA 2497 (Admin) – successfully challenging Crown Court Judges’ unreasonable decision to withdraw bail for my clients by way of Judicial Review.
  • R. v. Taylor [2002] 1 CR App. R. 37, – acted for a man asserting the Rastafari right to consume cannabis under the Human Rights Act.


  • Senior Associate Solicitor, Hodge Jones & Allen – May 2020 to date
  • Associate Solicitor, Hodge Jones & Allen – February 2019 to 2020
  • Member, Amphlett Lissimore Bagshaws LLP – 2012 – 2019
  • Partner, Hartnells Solicitors – 2009 – 2012
  • Solicitor, Hartnells Solicitors – 2004 -2009


  • College of Law PSC 2001-2002
  • The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) LLB 1997-2000


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