Commercial litigation forms the core of Charlie’s practice. He is regularly instructed as a team in conjunction with solicitors and leading counsel.
His practice covers a broad spectrum, and includes financial services litigation (particularly motor finance, mortgage, investment, energy or commission mis-selling), commercial fraud, product liability and disputes arising out of negligence, breach of contract and misrepresentation. His insolvency work covers personal and corporate insolvency.
Charlie acts for various business, trusts and private clients on civil and commercial matters, and via solicitors or on a direct access basis. His practice encompasses advisory work, pleadings, applications and trials.
His broad practice enables him to act in various complementary areas within civil law generally. By way of example, he regularly acts for the Ombudsman Service (including the Energy and Communications Ombudsman) in claims brought against it alleging harassment, discrimination, negligence and breach of contract.
He has significant experience of alternative dispute resolution, including mediation.
By way of example, Charlie’s current/recent instructions include:
- Advising on the legal and strategic aspects of claims that are being brought against a marketing company alleged to have fraudulently induced investors into a failed investment scheme;
- Advising a firm of solicitors regarding a litigated dispute over the non-payment of referral fees;
- Advising a teachers’ union as to high-value contractual agreements it has in place with conference centres;
- Acting for the Ombudsman Service in claim for over £200,000 in damages following alleged harassment and discrimination. The claim was struck out and summary judgment entered following a two-day hearing.
- Harlow v Aspect Contracts Ltd  EWHC 1488 (TCC): An action in the High Court (Technology and Construction Court) regarding the failure to safely remove asbestos from an important property.