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Charles Raffin
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A practical and very bright advocate, who is very good with clients and has good attention to detail.”

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Charles specialises in commercial and commercial chancery work and has a wealth of experience in domestic and international arbitration.

He advises regularly on insolvency matters, company and corporate governance issues/disputes, civil fraud and related professional negligence matters. Charles’ broad commercial practice includes acting frequently in cross border sale of goods, agency and franchising disputes, as well as disputes arising out of construction projects.

As well as advising clients in the UK, Charles’ practice has a strong international edge. He acts regularly for instructing firms and/or clients based in mainland Europe, Russia, the Americas, Caribbean (particularly the Turks and Caicos and Bahamas) and the Far East. Charles often acts for parties contemplating or involved in proceedings in England & Wales and other forums.

Much of Charles’ practice involves working with foreign Counsel, expert witnesses of foreign law and with conflicts of laws issues. Further, Charles acts as an expert of English law in foreign proceedings.

At the start of his career, Charles spent three years as an associate in the International Arbitration and Litigation Group of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP. He has great experience working with clients, within a firm team and of advising and working on case management (including electronic data management) in document heavy cases of the highest value.

A contributor to a number of publications, Charles is co-author of Electronic Disclosure Law and Practice, Oxford University Press, 2017.

Civil Fraud & Asset Tracing

A significant proportion of Charles’ practice comprises acting in matters (in multiple jurisdictions) involving matters of “fraud”, including advising and acting on:

  • Claims against trustees, company officers and related third parties in actions for breach of fiduciary, statutory and other duties and associated efforts to pursue personal claims and proprietary claims including asset tracing.
  • Claims against former corporate officers of insolvent concerns (including claims for fraudulent trading).
  • Actions in knowing / unconscionable receipt, dishonest assistance and procuring breaches of contract.
  • Claims connected with document forgery, theft, bribery and deception.
  • Deceit claims.
  • Actions concerning unjust enrichment.
  • Actions in related multi-party liability including economic torts of conspiracy.
  • Domestic and international ancillary relief and litigation strategy.
  • Tracing and following.
  • Proprietary and personal remedies.

Recent work includes:

  • (Offshore) acting for the petitioner in very high value company proceedings including claims of breach of fiduciary duty by variously agents, directors and trustees.
  • (QBD) acting for a defendant in a £million franchising dispute including allegations of inducing breach of contract and unlawful means conspiracy
  • (Offshore) defending corporate directors in claims for deceit and unlawful share-dilution.
  • (Chancery) acting for a claimant shareholder in an action for rectification of the register following the wrongful transfer of shares into another’s name using forged documents.
  • (Chancery) acting for defendant directors in a £multi-million action brought by company liquidators involving allegations of (amongst others) VAT fraud, fraudulent and wrongful trading.
  • (International Arbitration) acting for the successful claimant in USD$1bn+ arbitral proceedings against a lender including multiple claims for breach of fiduciary duty in connection with the disposal of security.
  • (QBD) procuring injunctive relief to restrain inter-alia the illegal on-sale of tickets to international sporting events.

In September 2017, Charles was part of the Bar Council’s delegation of Speakers to the second English-Cypriot Law Day 2017 (Limassol, Cyprus) speaking on “Developments in the Common Law of England and Wales: Backward Tracing”.

Commercial Arbitration

Charles advises on all non-contentious and contentious aspects of domestic arbitration, at all stages in proceedings from initial advisory work on global tactics; through jurisdictional challenges & related domestic proceedings; to options for interim relief both in and out of domestic Courts and before the Tribunal; and, on to the enforcement of awards.

Charles acts in matters under: (1) a number of domestic arbitration regimes including the 1996 Act, those in Switzerland and a number of Caribbean jurisdictions (including the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos and Cayman Islands); and, (2) all leading Institutional Rules (in particular, the AAA, ICC, LCIA, SCC and UNCITRAL Rules) as well as bespoke industry rules.

Many of Charles’ cases have a heavy foreign law element and/or non- England and Wales seat, involve jurisdictional challenges, conflicts of laws disputes and/or significant disputes over document production & other evidential matters.

Co-author of Electronic Disclosure: Law and Practice (OUP, 2017) Charles advises (and speaks) regularly on document production regimes (under the IBA Rules and otherwise) and projects in International Arbitration.

Charles has recently acted for:

  • (ICC) A Caribbean concern in connection with an ultra-high value minority shareholders’ dispute with concurrent litigation in the Far East.
  • (LCIA) A European company in proceedings against various Cypriot concerns in a £multi-million claim under a share purchase agreement.
  • ​(ICC) An English company in £multi-million proceedings against a Scandinavian concern in relation to an exclusive supply agreement.
  • (SCC) A European concern in USD$ multi-million proceedings against a CIS state entity over the supply of hi-tech products.
  • (LCIA) A European concern in USD$ multi-million claims for payment arising from the supply of oil and gas equipment to a site located in a CIS state.
  • (ICC) An English Concern in proceedings brought against it by a German Company, in Swiss seated arbitral proceedings, in a € multi-million over the supply and installation of allegedly defective solar energy equipment.
  • (UNCITRAL) A US IT company in proceedings against US and Hong Kong parties in a dispute over the provision of telecommunications services in the US and Hong Kong.
  • (LCIA) A Russian individual in a series of USD$ multi-billion disputes with a US national over the ownership of substantial Russian and Canadian holdings.
  • (Various Rules) A number of foreign nationals in proceedings and applications under the Bahamian Arbitration Act and the Turks and Caicos Arbitration Ordinance.
  • (Various Rules) Clients in an on-going claim for breach of contract and trust between Canadian, US and South East Asian parties under the Hong Kong Arbitration Ordinance.
  • (AAA) An individual in relation to a USD$ multi-million dispute under a loan agreement, in a matter involving various Caribbean and Far-Eastern jurisdictions.
  • (LCIA) An English company in a dispute with a Belgian concern over the enforcement of an interim award.
  • (ICC) An English company in relation to the interrelationship of domestic limitation provisions and the ICC Rules in a dispute over the construction of a power plant.
  • (LCIA) A US company in a USD$ billion shareholder dispute over a Russian concern.
  • (ICSID) an investor in a USD$ multi-million claim against a former Soviet Block government.
  • (ICC) A state company in connection with a dispute over the supply of equipment to a power plant in a Middle Eastern state.
  • (Domestic Arbitration) Wholesalers and retailers on the incorporation of trade associations’ standard terms and conditions into supply agreements; on the application of the various arbitration rules and appropriate tactics.
  • (Domestic Arbitration) Employers and contractors in disputes across a range of construction related disputes.
  • (Domestic Arbitration) A former partner in a dispute with his former partners in a leading national estate agency business in a matter including wide ranging allegations of fraud.

Commercial Litigation

Commercial and Commercial Chancery work (both contentious and non-contentious) are a core element of Charles’ practice, in litigation and arbitration.

Charles advises and acts at all stages in a wide range of commercial and corporate matters, including Agency, Company and Franchising disputes.

Charles often acts for foreign clients in connection with contemplated or ongoing actions in this jurisdiction (and advises across related matters like conflicts over jurisdiction and governing laws; injunctive relief and asset preservation) frequently as part of a wider cross-border litigation strategy.

Further, Charles often advises clients based in this jurisdiction and elsewhere on English law matters relevant to non-England and Wales domestic court proceedings and arbitration proceedings seated in other jurisdictions.

Recent work includes:

  • Agency disputes: as well as advising across a range of agency related disputes (including actions for breach of fiduciary duty), Charles acts frequently for UK and International clients in claims for compensation under the Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993, and often in matters with a cross-border element.
  • Company Officers: acting for and against current and former company officers in matters including alleged breaches of duty and other ‘fraud’ claims (in connection with solvent and insolvent companies).  Charles advises regularly in connection with the enforcement of interim and final overseas judgments, orders and arbitral awards under, amongst others, the Lugano Convention, AJA 1920, at Common Law and the Arbitration Act 1996.
  • Conflicts of Law / Jurisdiction: as well as the advising across the usual range of matters of governing law and jurisdiction, Charles has recently advised on a series of novel points arising in relation to the recognition and enforcement of (and the scope of challenges to) European protective, provisional measures in England and Wales under the Reg (EU) No 1215/2012 (“Recast Brussels Regulation”) and CPR Part 74.
  • Contract: advising on the drafting, construction and operation of particular contractual provisions like exclusion and time bar clauses, across a range of industry standard and bespoke terms and conditions in disputes in the Banking, Construction and IT sectors.
  • Commodity Disputes arising from the purchase and rejection of commodities (including diamonds and sugar futures).
  • Financial instruments, loan agreements and related security: these actions involve complex questions of conflicts of laws, breach of contract, fiduciary duty and trust, subrogation and/or the pursuit of various equitable remedies.
  • Franchise relationships: see further below.
  • Guarantees: advising in connection with the enforcement of guarantees in financial, insurance and construction related disputes.  Charles advises frequently on the nature and extent of liability under personal guarantees given by directors in the context of corporate insolvency.
  • Injunctions: advising and appearing in connection with urgent mandatory, prohibitory and freezing injunctions.
  • Sale of Goods and Consumer Credit matters.
  • Shareholder disputes, including dilution claims
  • Sports related matters: advising and acting for parties in advising and acting for parties in a range of matters in the sporting sphere (Athletics, Football, Motor Racing and Rugby), including: in disciplinary appeals; in procuring urgent injunctive relief in connection with violation of ticketing policies; and, in connection with the recovery of prize and other contractual payments.Charles’ sports work frequently has a cross-border element.

Charles advises and acts for clients regularly in inter-party negotiations, from round table meetings to formal mediations.  He also has wide experience of expert determination proceedings.

Companies, Joint Ventures & Partnerships

Much of Charles’ work involves advising companies, shareholders and company directors (and other officers, including de-facto and shadow directors) within and outside the jurisdiction.  That work includes advising frequently:

  • In connection with Just and Equitable Windings Up (here and abroad) and Unfair Prejudice proceedings under s. 994-996 of the Companies Act 2006.
  • Shareholder disputes, including proceedings for breaches of shareholders’ agreements, share dilution claims, share sale related disputes and Members’ personal and derivative claims against directors.
  • Disputes over the ownership of shares including proceedings for the rectification of the Register.
  • In relation to the nature of rights and liabilities arising under ‘Joint Venture’ enterprises with linked questions of contract, Partnership Law, Pallant v Morgan and other equitable claims.    

In addition, he advises current and former partners (and third parties) in connection with contentious partnership matters including those under the Partnership Act 1890, the Limited Partnership Act 1907 and the Limited Liability Partnership Act 2000 (including when matters of insolvency are involved).

He has a wealth of experience before the Courts and Tribunals out of England and Wales, and acting in matters before various Caribbean jurisdictions (the Bahamas, Cayman Islands and Turks and Caicos Islands) and the Far East.

Charles also advises regularly in connection with matters of corporate governance, internal regulation and the maintenance of capital and related disputes (such as share buy-backs).

Recent Work

  • (Offshore) acting in a number of high value proceedings for the Just and Equitable Winding Up of offshore companies, for both Petitioners and Respondents, in the West Indies.
  • (Chancery) acting for various Respondents in Unfair Petition Proceedings, advising across all the usual matters including offers, early strike out applications and in connection with share valuations.
  • (Offshore) acting for the petitioner in very high value company proceedings including claims of breach of fiduciary duty by variously agents, directors and trustees.
  • (Offshore) defending corporate directors in claims for deceit and unlawful share-dilution.
  • (Offshore) Acting in a long running shareholder and property owner disputes related to the ownership of signature USD$ multi-million luxury resort complexes. acting in a long running shareholder and property owner disputes related to the ownership of signature USD$ multi-million luxury resort complexes.
  • (Chancery) acting for a number of directors in connection with the full range of alleged breaches of duty in office, in relation to solvent and insolvent concerns.
  • (Chancery) acting for a claimant shareholder in an action for rectification of the register following the wrongful transfer of shares into another’s name using forged documents.
  • (Offshore) acting for defendant shareholders in an action for rectification of the register in connection with the holding company of a major resort complex in the West Indies.
  • Disputes connected with the dissolution of various different family and commercial partnerships including local and nationwide businesses, with the taking of accounts & dissolution accounts.

Franchising

Charles has developed a thriving niche practice in this area, advising both franchisors and franchisees across a broad spectrum of franchising related matters.

Charles acts for individuals and companies, from recent start-ups to well established national and international brands involved in contemplated and active proceedings before the English Courts, in other jurisdictions and in arbitration.

He is often called on to advise franchisors and franchisees (and others involved in franchise related disputes) on a very urgent basis in connection with actual and apprehended breaches of franchise agreements & in connection with procuring, and responding to applications for, urgent injunctive relief.

More generally, Charles advises regularly across usual franchising matters including: the likely enforceability of restrictive covenants; quantum and on the potential for rescission/termination of franchise agreements including on typical grounds including alleged misrepresentation & derogation from grant.

Charles is well aware of the commercial (and confidentiality related) drivers in the franchising market. He is ideally placed to draw on his expertise in commercial, corporate, cross-border and insolvency matters to provide parties with clear, big picture advice.

Charles is a regular speaker at the Annual Hardwicke Franchising Conferences.

Recent work includes:

  • Advising the franchisor in connection with one of the largest franchise businesses in Asia in a USD$ multi-billion matter.
  • Advising franchisees in the restaurant and hotel sectors involved in attempted appropriations of franchising businesses by franchisors.
  • Advising on recent developments in the law on repudiatory breach in multi-party contracts.
  • Advising on recent developments in the law of derogation from grant and its proper application in a range of alleged breaches of a very high value dispute with a household-name franchisor in the leisure sector.
  • Advising a franchisee on an urgent (and on-going) basis in connection with potential acts of termination under a £GBP multi-million franchise agreement in the leisure industry.
  • Acting for third parties introduced into an action between a franchisor and franchisee in the medical sector.
  • Acting for a franchisor in a dispute with a Swiss franchisee, in a matter involving complex questions of corporate identity at foreign law, in the finance sector.
  • Appearing for a national brand franchisor at trial (in a matter that settled on the Courthouse steps after 3 days of settlement discussions, on very favourable confidential terms) in the food and beverage sector.
  • Advising in connection with related insolvency and corporate matters.

Private International Law

Much of Charles’ work in both courts and in arbitration involves advising and acting in matters where there are multiple governing laws in play; disputes over governing law and/or forum; and, issues concerning the enforcement of awards and judgments in different jurisdictions.

As well as the advising across the usual range of matters of governing law and jurisdiction recent work includes:

  • Advising on a series of novel points arising in relation to the recognition and enforcement of (and the scope of challenges to) European protective, provisional measures in England and Wales under Reg (EU) No 1215/2012 (“Recast Brussels Regulation”) and CPR Part 74.
  • Advising in connection with challenges to the jurisdiction of the English Courts and Arbitral Tribunals.
  • Advising in connection with the enforcement of interim and final overseas judgments, orders and arbitral awards under, amongst others, the Lugano Convention, AJA 1920, at Common Law and the Arbitration Act 1996
  • (ICC Arbitration) acting for a Caribbean concern in connection with an ultra-high value minority shareholders’ dispute with concurrent litigation in the Far East with a large number of conflict of laws questions arising.
  • (AAA Arbitration) acting for the successful claimant in USD$1bn+ arbitral proceedings against a lender including multiple claims for breach of fiduciary duty in connection with the disposal of security, a further case involving multiple conflicts of laws matters.

A speaker at International Events on substantive and procedural legal developments, Charles accepts instructions to act as an expert of English law. He served recently as an expert witness in proceedings before a Russian Court of Appeal.

Construction Litigation

Charles continues to develop a thriving practice in both residential and commercial construction and engineering matters and related professional negligence work.

Charles advises, and acts for parties in, adjudications and adjudication enforcement proceedings in the High Court, frequently in cases where there are questions as to the parties’ solvency.

Charles’ recent work includes advising and acting for:

  • A property developer in a dispute arising from landowners’ repudiatory breach of an option agreement and with claims in unjust enrichment.
  • A consulting engineer in a series of claims for alleged professional negligence arising out of the construction of a sports facility.
  • A major utility provider in a claim arising from damage to underground services during a construction project.
  • A major utility provider in connection with the drafting of its standard form contracts for the provision of works and services.
  • Contractors and their guarantors, as well as policy holders, in claims connected with NHBC Buildmark cover.
  • An employer in a dispute with a design agency in connection with alleged work carried out on a number of USD$ multi-billion developments in the UAE.
  • An employer in connection with disputes arising out of the construction of a community centre (including complex issues arising under the Housing Grants Construction and Regeneration Act 1996).
  • Both employers and contractors in a number of long running, multi-party disputes, involving renovation/development works carried out to high value residential and commercial properties in this jurisdiction.
  • Crane owners in linked actions for the recovery of hire charges under CPA terms.
  • A major utility provider in claims against contractors relating to cable damage.
  • Employers and contractors in connection with claims for defective works across various multi-million pound residential developments in and around London.

Construction Arbitration

Much of Charles’ construction practice concerns disputes that are resolved in domestic and international arbitration proceedings.

Further details can be found in Charles’ other Construction and CDR tabs.

Corporate Insolvency

Charles has built a stand-out domestic and cross-border insolvency practice and has been recognised for a number of years in the Legal 500 for this work.   Notably, much of his work touches on, or is in, offshore jurisdictions.

Charles’ practice incorporates advising and acting across the usual range of procedural and contentious aspects of corporate insolvency, in disputes before the High & County Courts in England and Wales, and in equivalent proceedings before domestic (including Appellate) courts in other jurisdictions (and in arbitration).

Thanks to his considerable experience in company and partnership related work, Charles is ideally placed to advise insolvency professionals, creditors and company officers in connection with insolvent concerns.  Charles’ Corporate Insolvency work includes acting regularly:

  • In connection with interim applications, including applications for injunctive relief to restrain the presentation of winding up petitions and validation orders.
  • For and against former company directors and officers in connection with claims for director’s misfeasance, including claims based on alleged complex Tax / VAT evasion and ‘fraud’ schemes.
  • For and against liquidators, company administrators and receivers and other insolvency practitioners in connection with the discharge of their role and duties.
  • In connection with disputes over the: (i) proper legal and beneficial ownership of assets (by reason of trust, contractual reservations of title or otherwise); and, (ii) the enforcement of security.
  • In costs proceedings arising from interim and final hearings in insolvency proceedings.
  • In Just and Equitable Winding Up proceedings in this and other jurisdictions and with that acting for provisional liquidators.
  • In connection with insolvency matters arising in relation to matters regulated and/or affected by potential or on-going arbitration proceedings.

Selected recent work includes, further:

  • (Offshore) Acting in heavyweight, long running, Just and Equitable Winding Up proceedings of offshore holding companies in the West Indies. acting in heavyweight, long running, Just and Equitable Winding Up proceedings of various offshore holding companies in the West Indies.
  • (Chancery) acting for a defendant administrative receiver in claims brought by a subrogated creditor in connection with the sale of company assets.
  • (Chancery) acting for defendant directors in a £multi-million action brought by company liquidators involving allegations of (amongst others) VAT fraud, fraudulent and wrongful trading.

Charles also acts for Claimant and Defendant parties in professional negligence proceedings brought against insolvency practitioners.

Personal Insolvency

Personal Insolvency work forms a key aspect of Charles’ Insolvency practice, for which he has been recognised in the Legal 500 for a number of years.  Charles’ commercial and chancery commercial practice places him ideally to advise creditors and debtors in personal insolvency matters.

In addition to representing both Petitioning Creditors and Debtors in the usual matters, Charles has recently:

  • (Various) advised a number of company shareholders and officers in connection with potential liability under personal guarantees supplied in connection with corporate borrowing or lines of credit.
  • (Various) acted in connection with a number of applications to set aside statutory demands, where liability was said to arise under various types of guarantee (including issues of debt vs damages).
  • (Chancery) advised and acted in the successful set aside of a statutory demand served in connection with a multi-million pound property transaction. The statutory demand was withdrawn with costs prior to hearing. The case raised novel questions as to the construction and enforceability of promissory notes and penalty clauses.
  • In a growing number of costs proceedings arising from interim and final hearings in insolvency proceedings.

Charles also acts for Claimant and Defendant parties in professional negligence proceedings brought against insolvency practitioners.

Directors’ Disqualification

Charles acts regularly for and against current and former company officers in connection with alleged misfeasance. Please see further the Companies, Joint Ventures & Partnerships tab.

Construction Insurance

Many of Charles’ construction cases involve questions of insurance and, in particular, Construction All Risks Insurance (please see also his Construction profile).

Charles is a contributor to both Paul Reed QC’s Construction All Risks Insurance, (Sweet & Maxwell, 2nd Ed) and Construction Professional Indemnity Insurance, Sweet & Maxwell, (Sweet & Maxwell, 1st Ed) and lectures on Insurance related topics.

Professional Indemnity Insurance

A contributor to both Paul Reed QC’s Construction Professional Indemnity Insurance (Sweet & Maxwell, 1st Ed) and Insurance Brokers as part of his professional negligence practice, Charles often advises on professional indemnity related matters.

Insurance Coverage

Charles advises regularly on questions of coverage and technical issues of liability under relevant policies of insurance, including public liability.

Trusts including TOLATA

Charles’ domestic and international chancery commercial work often raises issues of the existence/breach of trusts/fiduciary relationships (including claims under constructive/resulting trusts and in relation to tracing).

In addition, Charles has advised, with Caribbean and Liechtenstein Counsel, on litigation risks arising out of various proposed off-shore holding structures.

Examples of recent work include:

  • A number of claims for alleged breach of trust by trustees, with concurrent allegations for dishonest assistance and knowing receipt.
  • Claims over the ownership of the proceeds of a life insurance policy that had been paid into Court.
  • Fiduciary duties and trustee liabilities in connection with a range of financial transactions, including the incidence of Quistclose trusts.
  • Complex claims concerning the ownership of sums held in joint bank accounts.
  • Claims for undue influence in relation to the sale of a house by a terminally ill individual to an associate.
  • Advising as to the enforceability of certain pre-emption rights granted prior to the coming into force of the Land Registration Act 2002.
  • Advising as to the construction of historic real property deeds and in relation to adverse possession in both registered and unregistered land.

Please see further the section on Fraud and Asset Tracing.

Construction Professionals

A key aspect of Charles’ construction practice is advising in relation to proposed and pending claims against construction professionals.

He acts for both claimants, defendants and insurers in this regard and has wide experience of advising and acting for not only global professional service providers but also domestic and local concerns.

Charles advises regularly on questions of coverage and technical issues of liability under relevant policies of insurance.

See also the Professional Liability – Legal Professionals section of his profile.

Recent work includes acting for:

  • Defendant consulting engineers and their insurers in a claim over allegedly defective engineering and construction works at a sports facility.
  • The claimant in claims against a specialist sub-contractor (with their insurers) in relation to works at a £multi-million property in Surrey.

Financial Professionals, Insolvency Professionals, Directors & Officers

Charles’ commercial expertise makes him ideally suited to handling professional negligence claims relating to financial institutions, insolvency practitioners, directors and shareholders.

Please see further entries under Civil Fraud & Asset Tracing and Companies, Joint Ventures and Partnerships for further details of Charles’ work acting for an against company directors and officers.

See also the Professional Liability – Legal Professionals section of his profile.

Recent work

  • Acted for a defendant administrative receiver in claims brought by a subrogated creditor in connection with the sale of company assets.
  • Advising in connection with a professional negligence claim against a Jersey based trust management company.
  • Acting for a global bank in relation to potential liability arising out of a fairness opinion provided in relation to a US$ multi-billion merger.
  • Acting for the buyers of a tech company against the company’s auditors for the negligent preparation of the company’s accounts.

Development

Recent work includes acting for:

  • A property developer in a dispute with a site owner in a claim arising from the alleged repudiatory breach of a property option agreement and claims in unjust enrichment.
  • (Offshore) In a dispute over the ownership of key property within another luxury beachfront condo development. These proceedings will culminate in a landmark decision on the operation of “Strata Corporations” which will have repercussions across Australia and other common law jurisdiction.

International

Charles has significant experience of international arbitration and litigation across all his practice areas.

He acts regularly for instructing firms and/or clients based in mainland Europe, Russia, the Americas, Caribbean (particularly the Turks and Caicos and Bahamas) and the Far East.

Much of Charles’ practice involves working with foreign Counsel, expert witnesses of foreign law and with conflicts of laws issues. Further, Charles acts as an expert of English law in foreign proceedings.

A contributor to a number of publications, Charles is co-author of Electronic Disclosure Law and Practice, Oxford University Press, 2017.

Directory recommendations

Charles is recommended in Legal 500 for Insolvency.

  • A practical and very bright advocate, who is very good with clients and has good attention to detail. Legal 500
  • A safe pair of hands. Legal 500
  • He grasps the core issues and explains them well to clients. Legal 500
  • An extremely good eye for detail and a sharp mind”.  Legal 500
  • Legal Week identified Charles as one of the 10 ‘”most acclaimed young barristers making their mark’ at the Chancery Commercial Bar”.
  • Patient and affable. Legal 500

Professional associations

  • CFLA
  • Chancery Bar Association
  • COMBAR
  • LCLCBA
  • MCIArb, YIAG and IBA Arbitration Committee
  • TECBAR

Publications

Charles is a frequent contributor to a number of publications including the Journal of International Banking and Financial Law as well as providing materials for Lexis Nexis and Practical Law.

Speaking engagements

Recent engagements include:

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Oxford
  • Queen Mother and Lord Justice Sachs Scholar of the Middle Temple

CSR

A Bar Pro-Bono Unit Panel member, Charles is a committed supporter of pro-bono work. He speaks regularly to students of different ages and backgrounds about pursuing careers in the law and the realities of working as a solicitor and barrister.

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