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Call: 2017 (Lincoln's Inn)

Areas of Expertise: 


Family, Crime


Charles became a tenant in October 2020 with a mixed practice of crime and family law.


Criminal law

Charles appears regularly for youths and adults at magistrate and crown court level in the South East of England and occasionally North Wales. 


Charles advocates for his clients fiercely and is not afraid to advance procedural and legal arguments at any venue. Charles successfully challenged the Crown’s attempts to avoid calling a Police Officer days before trial and highlighted significant issues concerning the disclosure of edited body worn video (BWV). This subsequently resulted in the Crown offering no evidence at trial.


Charles recently obtained a certificate for a Queens Counsel, Diana Ellis QC of 25 Bedford Row, to lead him in a complex child neglect case resulting in successful dismissal following a pre-trial application.


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.


Ancillary and other prohibitive and restrictive orders 

Charles has experience in resisting ancillary orders that follow the conclusion of proceedings such as restraining orders. Charles has also acted for clients in respect of civil orders applied for in the context of a criminal investigations by a Police force such as forfeiture of seized cash, Stalking Protection Order’s (SPO) and Sexual Risk Order’s (SRO). Charles is available to advise on the law and procedure for applying or resisting applications for civil orders in the criminal context including drafting legal submissions.


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)


 Family law

Charles receives instructions for public law Children Act (CA) care proceedings from Local authorities, parents and guardians including Emergency Protection Order (EPO). Charles was recently instructed as Junior Counsel, led by Kristina Hopper, in a complex Fabricated Induced Illness (FII) case on behalf of a parent findings were sought against.


LA v SE, Guildford Family Court [2021] 12-day fact finding hearing in relation to in excess of 23 allegations.


Charles also acts for parents in private law CA and Family Law Act (FLA) proceedings. This includes applying for and resisting applications for Non-Molestation and Occupation Orders.


NG v NG, East London Family Court [2021] Consolidation of proceedings, opposing a non-molestation order.


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


Other notable cases include:


Magistrates and Youth Court


R v KD, High Wycombe Youth Court [2020] Successfully defended 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] Successfully defended a youth charged with attempted robbery and possession of a bladed article after being identified following a PACE compliant video procedure.


Crown court 


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. 



Criminal Bar Association



BPTC - University of Law

Law LLB - Swansea University



Criminal Bar Association



BPTC - University of Law

Law LLB - Swansea University




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


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