Charles is regularly instructed by a wide range of solicitors in serious criminal offences including fraud (mortgage, VAT, PAYE and NI, bankruptcy and disqualified director), sexual offences (child, historic and cases involving mental vulnerability) inquests (Article 2), regulatory (to include food safety) and private/insurance backed fatal road traffic incidents.
He has a particularly empathetic, sensitive approach with a measured yet tenacious style and is trusted to put individuals at their ease and to inspire confidence through-out his cases. Charles is known for his meticulous and forensic case preparation, hard work and personal investment into every case he handles.
“A class act who is on his way to silk.” – Chambers and Partners 2019
“Highly methodical, with a very keen eye for detail.” – Legal 500 2018
“He’s an outstanding advocate who exudes confidence and professionalism.” “He delivers exceptional preparation and research of complicated matters.” – Chambers and Partners 2017
“A talented advocate.” – Legal 500 2017
“A really good practitioner. I have a huge amount of time for him, he’s excellent.” – Chambers and Partners 2017
“He has a very pleasant manner; he is accessible, amiable and really professional when on the other side.” – Chambers and Partners 2016
“Experienced in complex fraud, serious sexual offences and murder trials.” – Legal 500 2016
“He is an incredibly capable barrister, and has a keen eye for the tactics in a case.” – Legal 500 2015
“He is very authoritative and conscientious, never flustered, and respected by judges.” – Chambers and Partners 2015
“He is not showy, but is very effective, and he has a beautiful style of advocacy.” – Chambers and Partners 2014
Other areas of interest
Charles has a keen interest in sailing and all things maritime and has prosecuted for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, involving a reserve Naval Officer racing his yacht at Cowes who came into collision with a tanker making her way into Southampton. The case received some notoriety on Youtube. He has also defended a man accused of destroying an ancient monument in a case brought by English Heritage.
BA (Hons) Business First Class
Common Professional Examination (Distinction)
Bar Finals (Very Competent)
Member of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn
Awarded Thomas More Bursary
Criminal Bar Association
CPS Grade 4 (Rape Panel approved)
RYA Qualifications in Sailing and Navigation
Briefed GDPR Quality Mark for Barristers