1 Garden Court

Practice Overview

Charles is joint Head of Chambers at 1GC Family Law. His practice centres on legal issues concerning children. He acts in both Public and Private Law and international cases. He has great experience in dealing with complex residence cases and those involving relocation. In the Public Law field, he represents Local Authorities, parents and Guardians. He has particular experience in complex care cases involving fatalities, serious injuries, fabricated illness and sexual and emotional abuse. Charles has a special interest in the presentation and investigation of expert medical evidence, particularly where this evidence is conflicting.

He sits as a Deputy High Court Judge and is a qualified Arbitrator. He appears regularly in the Court of Appeal and has acted in a number of seminal family law cases. In 2010, Charles succeeded in persuading the Supreme Court to bring about a change in the law relating to children giving evidence in family proceedings. In August 2019, Chelsea Football Club published the review led by Charles into historic sexual abuse at the Club.

Charles was recognised as Family Law QC of the Year at the Lexis Nexis Family Law Awards In November 2019. In March 2020, he was featured by The Times as Lawyer of the Week. He appears as selected counsel in the Spears Family Law Index 2020.

Chambers and Partners

Star Individual

2020

Family Law Awards

QC of the Year - Finalist

2019

Chambers and Partners

Top Ranked

2019

Legal 500

Leading Individual

2019

Chambers and Partners

Top Ranked

2018

Legal 500

Leading Individual

2017