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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  and Chambers Global for his experience in Commercial Litigation and recommended in The Legal 500 as a legal expert in Energy related matters and International Arbitration. 

Recent cases include;

LCIA Proceedings [2021]
Acting for the Claimant  in a dispute concerning claim for breach of contract and duty of obligations to disclose information under a joint venture agreement with the Defendant’s European subsidiary company. The claim is centred around the Claimant’s purchase of a  multinational oil and gas exploration and production company for $5.5billion in circumstances where the Defendant was pursuing an arbitration claim against the company in question for $8billion.

LCIA Proceedings [2021]
For the Claimant (with Connall Patton QC and Saul Lemer)  in LCIA proceedings for breach of an investment agreement in relation to an investment in a CIS state.

(1)Quartz Assets LLC (2) Quartz Assets Pte ltd v Kestrel Coal Midco Pty Ltd [2021] 
Acting for the Claimant companies in their claim for damages from the Defendant for its breach of what the Claimants contend was an obligation on its part to obtain mezzanine financing, for the purposes of acquitting an Australian coal mine, exclusively from the Claimants.  

Brown-Forman Beverages Europe Ltd. v Bacardi UK LimitedLCIA Proceedings [2021]
For Brown-Forman in a claim against Bacardi UK Limited under a parent company guarantee, raising difficult issues of construction, equitable set-off and the rule in Holme v Brunskill.

LCIA Arbitration [2017 - 2019]
For Claimant, joint-venture contractor, in major, complex and technical arbitration proceedings relating to a construction project in the energy sector. The claim, for $750m, raised, amongst other things, a difficult issue concerning the interpretation of a construction sub-contract viewed in its relevant factual matrix. 

Current directory quotes;

"He is thorough, good to work with, very charming and a good advocate." Chambers UK 2021 - Commercial Dispute Resolution 

"He is fantastic; he has a very engaging personality, and clients really like him." "Charles penetrates the case and very quickly gets his head around it. He is an absolute pleasure to work with, and clients love him." Chambers Global 2021 - Commercial Dispute Resolution

"Charles is a rare combination of affable and supremely bright. He is a joy to work alongside, with a positive approach and a very user-friendly style that belies his intellect." Legal 500 2021/22 - Commercial Litigation

"He is personally delightful, with forensic attention to detail, strong work ethic and outstanding client handling skills. Our clients adore him." Legal 500 2021/22 - International Arbitration 

"Super-sharp and yet thoroughly likeable, he is a great team leader and is able to placate even the most cantankerous judge." Legal 500 2021/22 - Energy