1982 Gray's Inn
Charles has practised on the Northern Circuit for over 30 years and has experience in dealing with all types of criminal work, as single counsel, leading junior and being led for both the defence and the prosecution.
He has appeared frequently in serious sexual cases, drug importation and supply, serious violence including Murder, firearms matters, and has considerable experience in road traffic fatality cases.
His current practice is predominantly defence based.
He rejoined Chambers in April 2022, having previously been a member until late 2009 when he then spent some years as an in house advocate with the Crown Prosecution Service working both in the UK and abroad.
He was seconded to the Office of the Attorney General of Seychelles in 2011 and until 2014 working with international partners civil and military dealing with maritime piracy. He appeared in the Seychelles High Court and the Court of Appeal on cases of Piracy and Murder, represented the Republic of Seychelles at several UN bodies, advised the President in cabinet, drafted legislation, assisted a number of other East African countries, NGO’s and international bodies with counter piracy issues, and arranged prisoner transfers with Somalia.
Subsequently he spent 2 years in Pakistan, attached to the British High Commission and working in Islamabad and Lahore with Pakistani lawyers, prosecutors and police on counter terrorism and human rights issues.
He has experience in a wide range of criminal legal forums, issues and proceedings, and experience in dealing with partner agencies in the UK and overseas.
He undertakes cases in every aspect of criminal law.