Charles’ main expertise is in dealing with high net-worth financial disputes, both following divorce and under Schedule I of the Children Act, disputes often involve trust, insolvency and contractual issues, areas of law that Charles practised in as a junior. As a family law specialist his work covers almost all areas of family law, including, for instance, Inheritance Act/Probate disputes, constructive trust issues, and professional negligence in relation to family law as well as complex private law disputes including cases involving surrogacy and conception by known sperm donors.
Of particular interest are the following cases:
- Soulsbury v Soulsbury  1 FLR 90
- Crossley v Crossley  1 FLR 1467
- Luckwell v Limata  2 FLR 168
- Morgan v Hill  1 FLR 148-
- Juffali v Juffali  1 FLR 729
- Imerman v Tchenguiz  2 FLR 2014
- Whaley v Whaley  1 FLR 735
- Hvorostovsky v Hvorostovsky  2 FLR 157
- Mark v Mark  2 FLR 1193
- A v B  2 FLR 730
- Mubarik v Mubarak (Charles was involved in all the many reported decisions in relation to this case)
A & B v C [lesbian co-parents: role of father]  2 FLR 607
S v B (Abduction: Human Rights)  2 FLR 878
Webster v Norfolk County Council  1FLR 1378
Reputation & Awards
Your submissions throughout were weighty and always meticulously prepared and your cross-examination was devastating’Professional client
‘A first-rate silk, and a fighter when he needs to be.’ – Legal 500, 2022
“Always prepared to put up a tough fight but realistic with clients and very honest about their prospects of success. His clients go into a case with their eyes wide open.” – Chambers & Partners, 2021
“Leaves no stone unturned and gives excellent and clear advice. He is an excellent advocate and is very much a safe pair of hands.” – Legal 500, 2021
One letter from a professional client stated as follows –
‘I should like to take this opportunity to thank you and indeed to congratulate you for the successful outcome of this case. I know that… also is greatly appreciative of your work over the past 3.5 years. Your submissions throughout were weighty and always meticulously prepared and cross-examination of… was devastating’.
The most recent 2018 Chambers Guide described his strengths as ‘A completely class act who is one of these people who can distil the most complicated points into very clear and precise explanation. It is amazing watch, you just feel completely looked after by your counsel when you are using him’.
The 2017 Guide described him as a heavy-hitting family practitioner who demonstrates notable expertise in significant matrimonial finance and complex private children matters; it was stated that he had extensive experience of handling international matters particularly in Gibraltar and Hong Kong. According to the Guide his strengths were that ‘he has a super superlative intellect and is a devastating advocate. You get Rolls-Royce quality with him’.
Charles has been recommended in the Chambers and Partners Guide as a leading practitioner for many years. In 2016 it was stated that he specialised in family law but came from a broad legal background that saw him handling criminal, contract and trust law cases; it was also noted that he was known for fighting his corner and being a resolute defender of his clients’ interests. His strengths were as follows: ‘He is one of the great beasts of family law. He is intellectually very nimble and he has a breadth of knowledge and understanding because he didn’t always do family law. He is very tenacious and dogged and is not afraid of anybody’.
Awards and Scholarships
Charles was Chambers and Partners Family Silk of the Year in 2016 and has been recommended in the Legal 500
- Scholar at St Johns College Cambridge (MA in history)
- St Antony College Oxford (Graduate work in history)
- McMahon studentship awarded by St Johns College Cambridge to fund legal training including pupillage
Working knowledge of French
- Experts in the New Legal World (1999 Expert Witness Institute Conference)
- Encyclopaedia of Financial Provision in Family Matters, Wildblood and Eaton (Sweet and Maxwell)