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Charles was appointed Queens Counsel in 2014. With particular expertise in all aspects of matrimonial finance and Schedule 1 (financial remedies) and private/international children law work. He is regularly instructed in international family disputes, leave to remove and child abduction cases involving private international law, Brussels I and II and HC 1996. In domestic cases, Charles has a reputation for dealing with the most complex cases involving financial disputes as well as intractable and alienated parent cases, and also cases arising out of same sex/alternative family disputes. Charles also conducts private FDR and early neutral evaluation hearings.
Charles has also been instructed on behalf of Cafcass Legal and the Official Solicitor for specialist advice and advocacy.
Charles is a member of the Family Law Bar Association and was a national committee member from 2004-2014. He has previously taught law at Kingston University and regularly lectures to practitioners, including internationally and writes articles in leading journals on the interface between family law and policy. He is also a Contributing Author to Rayden and Jackson – the leading family law text, writing 4 chapters in the latest edition of the work. Charles was a member of the Bar Council of England and Wales from 2004 until 2013 and served as a member of the General Management Committee of the Bar, 3 years.
Member of the Chartered Institute or Arbitrators (MCIarb)
Fellow of the International Association of Matrimonial Lawyers (IAML)
Family Law Bar Association (FLBA)
Association of Lawyers for Children (ALC)