Charlotte Bendall

Charlotte Bendall

Birmingham Law School
Postgraduate Teaching Associate

Contact details

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0121 414 3585
Birmingham Law School
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Title of thesis: Gender in Intimate Relationships: A Socio-Legal Study

Supervisor: Dr Rosie Harding


  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • MSc Socio-Legal Studies, University of Bristol
  • MA Jurisprudence, University of Oxford (Corpus Christi College)


I have been admitted to the roll of solicitors of England and Wales. I have also previously worked in publishing, having been employed as the Assistant Editor of Archbold: Criminal Pleading, Evidence and Practice and Criminal Law Week.


  • Public Law

Doctoral research

PhD title Gender in intimate relationships: a socio-legal study.
Supervisor Professor Rosie Harding
Course Law PhD / PhD by Distance Learning / MPhil / MJur


I am conducting doctoral research exploring how civil partnerships and same sex marriage can help to challenge social and legal constructions about the gendered nature of roles in intimate relationships. My research is looking at how legal professionals negotiate gender in their interactions with their lesbian and gay clients in the ancillary relief context, and whether they have attempted to apply the traditional norms of masculinity and femininity (i.e breadwinning versus homemaking) to this new scenario. It is additionally examining whether civil partners feel obliged, when going to the 'law', to claim that their relationships are like heterosexual ones, and asking how reflective they perceive such a claim to be of the way that they conduct their relationships in reality.

Other activities

I am the Socio-legal Studies Association’s Postgraduate Representative.

I am a tutor for Access to Birmingham, a fair access scheme for local students from families and communities who have little or no experience of Higher Education.

I was additionally awarded a £1,500 bursary from the Universitas 21 doctoral scholarships scheme for a research visit to the law schools at McGill University, Montreal, and the University of British Columbia in September-October 2014.


Written publications

  • C. Bendall (2015) ‘‘Vulnerability: reflections on a new ethical foundation for law and politics’, by M. Fineman and A. Grear (eds)’, The Law Teacher (book review, forthcoming).
  • C. Bendall (2014) 'Some are more 'equal' than others: heteronormativity in the post-White era of financial remedies', Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law (forthcoming).
  • C. Bendall (2013) 'A break away from the (hetero)norm?: Lawrence v Gallagher [2012] 1 FCR 557; [2012] EWCA Civ 394', Feminist Legal Studies, 21(3): 303-310.
  • C. Bendall (2010) 'Myerson: The impact of the credit crunch on preexisting divorce settlements', Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 32(3): 299-307.
  • C. Bendall (2009) 'The demise of the enhanced standard of proof in child protection cases: Re B [2008] UKHL 35', Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 31(2): 185-191.

Conference papers

  • C. Bendall (2015) ‘“You sit at this side of the desk and you so easily just get into the script. You just throw it at them”: accounts of assimilation (and transformation) in civil partnership dissolution matters”, PECANS workshop ‘Sexual rights, social justice: What’s law got to do with it?’, Brighton.
  • C. Bendall (2014) ‘The making and breaking of UK civil partnerships: narratives on dissolution’, Centre for Feminist Legal Studies lunchtime lecture series, University of British Columbia.
  • C. Bendall (2014) ‘Domestic labour in same sex households: shifting conceptual understandings of gender in marriage’, Roles sexuality and gender conference, University of Birmingham.
  • C. Bendall (2014) ‘Rethinking familial ‘equality’: a study of domestic division in same sex relationships’, Socio-Legal Studies Association annual conference, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.
  • C. Bendall (2013) 'Ancillary relief and the construction of vulnerability', PECANS workshop 'Encounters with vulnerability', University of Newcastle.