Charles has a well-established and in demand specialist practice in personal injury law.

He has considerable experience in a wide range of personal injury work, including: employers’ liability, public liability, highways claims, clinical negligence, inquests and road traffic liability (often involving fraud and insurance issues).

He is regularly instructed for both Claimants and Defendants in predominantly multi-track matters and is in court almost every day. As a consequence, he has extensive advocacy experience.

Charles is also regularly instructed to advise on liability, quantum and procedural matters, as well as drafting statements of case and schedules of loss.

He undertakes work on a CFA basis and is willing to consider pro bono work where appropriate.

Personal Injury
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Charles has considerable experience and expertise in a wide range of personal injury work, including:

  • Employers’ liability (particularly accidents on construction sites)
  • Occupiers’ liability
  • Public liability
  • Accidents on the highway
  • RTA claims
  • Fatal Accidents Act claims
  • Psychiatric/Secondary Victim claims

His cases have often involved fatalities and injuries of the utmost severity, brain and spinal damage, pain conditions, and complex psychiatric conditions.

In addition to his court advocacy, Charles is frequently instructed to represent both Claimants and Defendants at mediations and joint settlement meetings and he regularly drafts pleadings, schedules of loss, counter-schedules and interlocutory applications and advises both on paper and in conference.

Clinical Negligence
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Charles has a keen interest in clinical negligence cases and is part of the 12KBW clinical negligence working group.

He has experience of advising in such cases from the very outset of the litigation, including advising as to breach of duty reports and causation reports and providing early indications of quantum.

Recent examples of his work in this area include:

  • Advising on liability and quantum and attending a successful mediation in a claim involving the failure to obtain informed consent from a mother during birth (in this case, a failure to give full details of treatment options), leading to significant neurological damage, pain and incontinence and a consequent loss of a cherished career.
  • Advising on quantum, particularly in relation to a large care claim, in a claim involving a delay in treatment of compartment syndrome. Complexity arose in this case due to (1) the precise length of the negligent delay and its effect on the claimant’s prognosis and (2) the claimant having significant pre-existing mobility issues and care needs.

Charles welcomes opportunities to develop and expand this area of his practice further.

Charles is regularly instructed to act in personal injury claims which involve allegations of fraud, including claims involving allegations of exaggerated injuries, malingering, and fundamental dishonesty.

He has particular experience in dealing with RTA fraud cases which involve Low Velocity Impact (LVI) claims, induced/staged accidents, phantom passengers, and fraudulent credit hire and storage costs.

He regularly drafts defences, advises both on paper and in conference, and he frequently tests the evidence of insureds at the earliest stages of the litigation. He is knowledgeable in associated costs issues (including wasted costs, third-party costs orders, and the disapplication of the qualified one-way costs shifting (QOCS) regime).

Insurance
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Charles is regularly instructed to act in road traffic accident claims involving the MIB and the application of the RTA 1988.

Charles has been regularly instructed to appear for both Claimants and Defendants at costs and case management hearings since their introduction to the multi-track process.

He has also been frequently instructed to advise and appear in cases involving the disapplication of the qualified one-way costs shifting (QOCS) regime.

He is experienced in handling costs disputes, appearing for both parties at summary and detailed assessments, applications for wasted costs and third-party costs orders.

Inquests
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Charles has appeared in inquests on behalf of interested parties, usually where a subsequent civil claim is anticipated. He has experience of inquests involving road traffic accidents, deaths in care, and clinical negligence and he is keen to develop and expand this area of his practice further.

Credit Hire
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Charles has extensive experience in this area and regularly acts in complex and higher value credit hire cases.

Interesting cases

P – Acted for a defendant in a claim pleaded at around £700k arising out of an accident at work which resulted in the amputation of an index finger. Complexity arose in the valuation of the claims for prosthetics, future care and future loss of earnings. Settlement was successfully achieved at JSM.

S – Acted for a claimant in claim who suffered a significant knee injury which affected his ability to pursue a career as a top-level sports conditioning coach for Team GB and Premier League football clubs. The matter involved difficult issues regarding future earning capacity and evidence of likely salaries. The matter was successfully concluded at a JSM.

F – Successfully obtained a settlement of over £300k at JSM for 3 children whose mother was killed in a RTA. The significant issues in the case included the valuation of the gratuitous care for the children provided by their father between the accident and anticipated date of trial.

D – Acted for a claimant who suffered a significant psychiatric injury following witnessing her deceased father’s coffin being buried in the wrong plot at the defendant’s graveyard. The case examined where the boundaries of the class of secondary victims in psychiatric injury claims may lie.

F v MIB – In an action against the MIB, acted successfully for a claimant who had suffered very serious physical injuries in a RTA, including a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

H – Acted for one of four defendants in £100K+ claim by worker who suffered a significant eye injury whilst working on a construction site. The matter was successfully concluded at JSM following resolution of a difficult issue of apportionment between the defendants.

Qualifications & Awards

Imperial College, London BSc (First Class, Hons) in Biological Sciences,
LLB Law (Hons), The College of Law
BVC (Outstanding)
GDL (Distinction)

HR Light Bursary (Middle Temple Scholarship) Winner
College of Law (London) GDL Mooting Competition 2006
Awarded College of Law (London) Advocacy Prize 2007

Memberships

PIBA