Charles is a litigation lawyer specialising in commercial and regulatory disputes. He has particular expertise within the financial services sector including a period as General Counsel of a FTSE 100 financial services firm.
Charles advises on a broad range of commercial litigation. This includes corporate and shareholder disputes, contractual disputes and fraud claims.
His financial services regulatory experience encompasses FCA investigations and enforcement proceedings, as well as strategic regulatory advice regarding financial products and investment advice. He regularly advises fintechs, payment service providers, investment managers and platforms.
Charles is also key lawyer within Osborne Clarke's highly respected pensions disputes team. He undertakes professional negligence work for both claimants and defendants, including advising one of the leading providers of pension products. He has advised on several high profile recent construction/rectification cases as well as advising the Pension Protection Fund. He also advises platforms and SIPP operators on contentious issues.
Charles' time on secondment as General Counsel of a FTSE 100 financial services firm broadened his experience beyond that of a typical litigator. He is very familiar with the full range of board and ExCo level legal and regulatory issues such as listed company obligations, corporate governance and shareholder management. This experience enables him to view legal issues from a GC perspective and informs how Charles approaches client service, resulting in pragmatic, commercial and contextualised advice.
He is ranked in the Legal 500 2022 for Commercial Litigation, Pensions Litigation, Contentious Financial Services and Professional Negligence. He is ranked in Chambers 2022 for Pensions Litigation.
"He is practical, reasonable and effective."
"Clients know they will get a really good level of attention from him."
Helping you succeed in tomorrow's world
My time spent as GC of a leading investment platform means I have a deep understanding of the digitalisation of the financial services sector. A lot of my work for financial services clients involves the impact of disruptive technological innovation, particularly from a regulatory perspective. ESG is also top of most financial services GC's agendas, particularly the Environmental aspect with the planned changes to the sector in line with the UK's net zero commitment.
Punter Southall Governance Services Limited v Jonathan Hazlett (as a representative defendant)  EWHC 1652 (Ch)
"Ground breaking" case relating to forfeiture and limitation in pension schemes.
UK PSP FCA investigation
Advising a leading UK PSP following the imposition of FCA restrictions and subsequent investigation. The case concluded with the FCA taking no further action against the company or individual directors.
SPA indemnity claim
Acting for a listed stock transfer company on a complex indemnity claim under a Share Purchase Agreement.
£multimillion fraud claim
Instructed by a large financial services institution in a £multimillion fraud claim against a UK private investment company.
Honda Pension Scheme
Acting for a representative beneficiary in a long running £50m+ case concerning the Honda Pension Scheme.
Successfully settled a case for a UK financial institution relating to the alleged miss-selling of a Lehman Brothers-backed investment product.
Judgment in Axminster Carpets offers welcome clarity for any trustee addressing underpayments, including as part of a GMP equalisation project.
The UK Jurisdiction Taskforce (UKJT) has proposed a new, faster and more flexible approach to dispute resolution tailored for disputes...
As more businesses switch from traditional banks to digital services, fintech providers remain duty bound to protect against fraud which...