Charles is an experienced commercial litigator, specialising in disputes involving contractual and shareholder disputes, as well as company, partnership and LLP law and claims against professionals.
Charles’ broad litigation practice covers most areas of the law normally litigated in the Queen's Bench and Chancery Division, including:
- Company litigation
- Corporate and individual insolvency
- Breach of contract
Charles advises companies, directors, shareholders, the buyers and sellers of business in all commercial transactions in respect of:
- Directors’ duties;
- Partnership agreements;
- Preparing standard terms and conditions;
- Exclusivity agreements;
- Franchise agreements.
Recent and reported cases:
In the matter of Sinton European Logistics Ltd (2019)  2 WLUK 327
Charles successfully represented the liquidator of Sinton European Logistics in a claim brought against the former director of the company that had gone into creditors' voluntary liquidation. The director was liable to pay £20,360 to the liquidator in respect of various payments made, before the company had gone into liquidation, in breach of his fiduciary duty as director. (LTL 22/2/2019 EXTEMPORE :  2 WLUK 327)
Bayerische Motoren Werke AG v Technosport London Ltd & Agyeton  EWHC 797 (IPEC)
High Court trial concerning passing off and trade mark infringement of the BMW word mark and roundel logo.
Doctor Associates Inc v Hussain  EWHC 3384 (IPEC)
High Court application to set aside default judgment on terms in a passing off case.
GHML v Maroo 
Led by David Berkley QC of 3PB for permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal on the fiduciary duties owed by directors.
Advising a large group of companies on their standard terms and conditions and updating the same in light of the Consumer Rights Act 2015.
Banking and Finance
Charles advises on and appears for SMEs on a significant number of interest rate hedging product (IRHP) mis-selling cases, with David Berkley QC of 3PB, raising Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 breaches and raising limitation and Suremine issues.
Regularly instructed on behalf of lenders in a range of contractual and enforcement of security proceedings.
Junior counsel to David Berkley QC of 3PB in a SME mis-selling claim against a large banking group, which settled and was reported in the Sunday Times (2 August 2015).