Charlotte Bendall


Accepting PhD Students

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Charlotte is happy to supervise doctoral students for projects focusing on family law, especially those concerning adult relationships.


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Charlotte was previously admitted to the roll of solicitors of England and Wales, and she has also worked in publishing, having been employed as the Assistant Editor of ArchboldCriminal Pleading, Evidence and Practice and Criminal Law Week.

Research interests

Charlotte’s doctoral thesis explored how civil partnerships and same-sex marriage can help to challenge social and legal constructions about the gendered nature of roles in relationships.  More specifically, it looked at how legal professionals negotiate gender in their interactions with their lesbian and gay clients in the context of financial relief on relationship breakdown, and whether they have attempted to apply the traditional norms of masculinity and femininity (i.e. breadwinning versus homemaking) to this new scenario.  It additionally examined the conceptions of equality applied, particularly concerning the stress that has been placed on sameness between same- and different-sex relationships, and asked how reflective lesbians and gay clients perceive such claims to be of the way that they conduct their relationships in reality.

Charlotte has more recently been working on a project, funded through the Socio-legal Studies Association’s Research Grant scheme, comparing the legal approach to financial relief against the financial practices of modern day couples ‘on the ground’.  She has also been writing on grandparents’ rights, and conducting research relating to the impact of the pandemic on the gendered division of childcare labour.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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