Call: 2015 (Hong Kong);
1978 (England & Wales)
Inner Bar: 1999 (England & Wales)
Tenancy: Brick Court Chambers, London
Temple Chambers, Hong Kong (since 2015)
Called to the Bar in British Virgin Islands, Cayman (for specific cases), Gibraltar, and Brunei.
Charles practises in London from Brick Court Chambers, but since joining Temple Chambers on his call to the Hong Kong Bar in 2015, he splits his time between London and Hong Kong. He took the Bar exams and became Hong Kong qualified in order to spend more time as an advocate in the courts and arbitration in Hong Kong.
Charles’ practice is predominantly in commercial litigation. He has been involved in many of the major litigations of the day in London and is an advocate who has a hands-on involvement as team leader in any litigation where he is involved.
Charles’ recent work in Hong Kong includes a jurisdiction challenge in a professional negligence action against a US-based firm in China Medical Supplies v Paul Weiss, involvement in the first case before the new Competition Tribunal in Hong Kong Competition Commission v Nutanix, and Mayer BVI v Alliance Financial Intelligence where the Court of Appeal had to consider whether to follow recent English and Australian authority on setting aside judgments for fraud. Elsewhere he has been involved in an HKIAC arbitration involving marine transportation, litigation in Bermuda and the Bahamas, an action for 202,000 plaintiffs arising from the collapse of the Fundao dam in Brazil and a seminal case before the English Court of Appeal as to whether the contribution act had extra-territorial effect.
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