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Practice Summary

Charles is a hugely experienced advocate and adviser in litigation and arbitration, with particular expertise in handling large-scale international arbitration concerning issues of contractual interpretation, energy disputes, construction projects, sale of goods, share purchase agreements, and breach of warranty claims. He has a wide experience of accounting issues, civil fraud and banking claims and many other aspects of commercial law. Charles is recommended in Chambers UK for his experience in Commercial Litigation and Professional Negligence and recommended in The Legal 500 as a legal expert in Energy related matters and International Arbitration.  Recent work has included for a major group of Korean construction contractors in a substantial LCIA arbitration dispute; for a major Russian engineering company in an ICC arbitration in relation to a gas pipeline from Russia into Europe; and advising on contractual construction in respect of substantial costs associated with the repair of an oil drilling rig.

"Has a fantastic eye for detail, a near-photographic memory and an extremely down-to-earth approach to his work." "Clients benefit from his expertise and his passionate approach."  Chambers UK 2020 - Commercial Dispute Resolution 

"A first-class silk for a complex and difficult case"  Legal 500 2019 - Commercial Litigation

"A smart cross-examiner with expertise in oil and gas contracts."  Legal 500 2019 - Energy 

"He was born for arbitration work – his advocacy and cross-examination skills are second to none."  Legal 500 2019 - International Arbitration (Counsel) 

"Possesses very broad experience, is incredibly hard-working and collaborative, and has an almost photographic memory." "He is brilliant, charming and tenacious." Chambers UK 2019 - Commercial Dispute Resolution

"A first-rate silk for big, complex and delicate cases." Legal 500 2018 - Commercial Litigation

"Great at getting stuck in, he's a very subtle and powerful advocate." "He's smart, friendly, thoughtful and adaptable advocate." Chambers UK 2018 - Commercial Dispute Resolution

"Extremely hard-working and personable." "He's the kind of silk you want for very difficult cases when the client is in real trouble." Chambers UK 2017- Commercial Dispute Resolution