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    Charles joined Chambers in 2021 following the successful completion of his pupillage. As a pupil, he gained a broad range of experience in the commercial chancery sphere and now welcomes instructions across all of Chambers’ core practice areas, including insolvency, commercial disputes, civil fraud, company law, trusts, and probate litigation.

    Prior to commencing pupillage, Charles spent a year at the Court of Appeal as the Judicial Assistant to The Rt.Hon Sir David Richards. There, he worked on various commercial chancery matters involving, amongst other things, breach of directors’ duties, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of trust.

    Charles has also provided research for the editors of the upcoming 20th edition of Underhill and Hayton: Law of Trusts and Trustees and tutored undergraduate trust law at University College London.

    During pupillage, Charles assisted in:

    • an appeal to the Privy Council concerning the beneficial ownership of shares in a BVI company (Pleshakov v Sky Stream[2021] UKPC 15);
    • defending a number of claims against a financial services provider alleging various breaches of duties;
    • an application for further information in the DIFC Court of First Instance; and
    • an application for summary judgment in respect of a debt owed by an individual to a bank.

    Areas of experience

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    • Arbitration

      During pupillage, Charles has carried out research on:

      • the use of anti-suit injunctions to prevent challenges to an arbitral award; and
      • the approach under English law to conflicting jurisdiction clauses, one in favour of the English courts and the other an arbitral tribunal.
    • Aviation

      During pupillage, Charles gained experience of various contractual disputes between companies operating in the aircraft industry.

    • Banking and Financial Services

      During pupillage, Charles gained experience of:

      • claims arising from spread betting contracts;
      • claims to recover sums loaned by banks to individual customers; and
      • claims against financial services providers alleging various failures relating to the provision of information regarding investment products.
    • Civil Fraud, Asset Tracing & Recovery

      During pupillage, Charles gained experience of claims against financial services providers relating to the misrepresentation of information regarding investment products.

    • Commercial Litigation

      During pupillage, Charles gained experience of:

      • claims for failure to deliver goods with a market value of c.US$896 million under a contract for sale;
      • claims for breach of the terms of share options agreements;
      • claims against warehousemen for failure to ensure safekeeping of goods; and
      • claims for breach of contract involving conflicting jurisdiction clauses.
    • Company

      During pupillage, Charles gained experience of an appeal to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in respect of a winding up order made in the BVI on the “just and equitable” ground (Chu v Lau [2020] UKPC 24).

      He has also experienced a range of claims brought by and against companies.

    • Insolvency

      During pupillage, Charles gained experience of:

      • bankruptcy petitions; and
      • applications for administration orders.
    • International & Offshore

      During pupillage, Charles gained experience of:

      • an appeal to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council concerning the beneficial ownership of shares in a BVI company (Pleshakov v Sky Stream [2021] UKPC 15); and
      • litigation before the Bermuda Supreme Court concerning various trusts matters in the context of what is said to be the largest tax fraud in U.S. history.
    • Partnership and Joint Ventures

      During pupillage, Charles gained experience of:

      • claims relating to the valuation of partnership shares; and
      • an application for pre-action disclosure in a case of an alleged partnership.
    • Professional Negligence

      During pupillage, Charles gained experience of claims against financial services providers relating to the negligent provision of information regarding investment products.

    • Trusts, Probate & Estates

      During pupillage, Charles gained experience of:

      • various claims for breach of trust;
      • applications to collapse trusts under the rule in Saunders v Vautier;
      • claims to rescind equitable dispositions on the basis of mistake;
      • challenges to the validity of a Will on the bases of lack of capacity, undue influence and fraudulent calumny; and
      • applications for the construction of Wills.

    Other information

    • Academic History
      • BA (Jurisprudence), Jesus College, Oxford (Exhibition)
      • LLM, International Commercial Law, University College London (Distinction)
      • BPTC, BPP (Holborn)
    • Publications

      “Whither the ‘illusory trust’?” [2021] Law Quarterly Review, 206-212.