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Call: 2017 (Lincoln's Inn)

Practice areas: Crime and Family


Charles became a tenant in October 2020 specialising in Criminal defence.

Criminal defence

Charles appears for clients at magistrate and crown court level in the South East England and occasionally North Wales. 


Charles advocates for his clients fiercely and is not afraid to advance procedural and legal arguments at any venue. A number of legal challenges have resulted in the Crown offering no evidence owing to issues of disclosure as well as technical legal arguments regarding elements of the offence. 


Charles was led by Dianna Ellis QC of 25 Bedford Row in a complex child neglect case which concluded following a successful application to dismiss at the pre-trial stage.


Charles has experience in advising and resisting Quasi-Criminal orders such as restraining orders, forfeiture and restoration orders, Stalking Protection Order’s (SPO), Sexual Risk Order’s (SRO) and non-molestation orders.


Charles advises in appeals against conviction and sentence, Disclosure Barring Service decisions and applications for restoration of property.


Notable cases

R v SG, Maidstone Crown Court [2022] Successful appeal against conviction for client with ASD following DV assault allegation.


R v PP, Northampton Crown Court [2022] Secured 8 months suspended sentence for being concerned in the production of cannabis. In mitigation highlighted features of exploitation, intimidation, and direction. (Reported here)


R V SD, Woolwich Crown Court [2022] Acquitted of sexual assault. Cross examination identified multiple differing accounts from Crown witnesses. Investigation failed to consider potential CCTV.


R v SZ, Central Criminal Court (Nightingale) [2022] Crown offer no evidence at PTR following extensive legal argument as to the elements of Bigamy.


R v SB, Isleworth Crown Court [2021] Standalone suspended sentence order for perverting the course of justice.


R v LB, Inner London Crown Court [2021] One of three defendants, only defendant successful in dismissal application


R v SM, Inner London Crown Court [2021] Threats with a bladed article, no evidence offered at trial disclosure and witness issues.


Police v BS, Margate Magistrates Court [2021] forfeiture of cash seized from the respondent’s vehicle and home following search under s28 MDA. 


Police v LM, Westminster Magistrates Court [2021] application for interim Stalking Protection Order (SPO).


Police v AW, Maidstone Magistrates Court [2021] application for interim Sexual Risk Order (SRO)


R v KD, High Wycombe Youth Court [2020] Secured the acquittal of a youth charged with ABH against their teacher who suffered life changing injuries from a fall down a flight of stairs. 

R v AM, Croydon Youth Court [2020] Secured the acquittal of a youth charged with attempted robbery and possession of a bladed article after being identified following a PACE compliant video procedure.


R v RM, Guildford Crown Court [2020] (Appeal) Secured a reduction in sentence following conviction for possession of a bladed article.  


R v PD, Maidstone Crown Court [2020] Suspended sentence for Category A,B,C making and possessing IIOC case.  

R v AR, Lewes Crown Court [2020] Appeal against forfeiture of cash order made in the magistrates court. 



Family law

Charles has acted in public law Children Act (CA) care proceedings and private Family Law Act (FLA) proceedings.


Notable cases

LA v SE, Guildford Family Court [2021] led by Kristina Hopper in a complex Fabricated Induced Illness (FII) 12-day fact finding hearing.


NG v NG, East London Family Court [2021] Final hearing involving allegations of DV, rape and controlling and coercive behaviour. 


AM v AD, Kingston Family Court [2021] Obtaining a Non-molestation and Occupation order.





Charles is a contributor to Chambers' blog and has written a number of articles on legal issues.


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Charles predominately specialises in crime, but also has experience with family cases.

To instruct Charles, contact his clerks at or on 070 7936 2613.