Charlie specialises in personal injury
and clinical negligence
, predominantly but not exclusively in high value and catastrophic injury claims. His practice includes all areas of personal injury work including workplace, public liability and road traffic accidents, occupational illness, industrial disease, fatal accident claims, coroner's inquests and applications before the CICA.
He has been ranked by Chambers & Partners
since 2010 where he is described as "a superb advocate with a fantastic success rate"
and as "recognised for his insurance defence practice".
He has been ranked as a leading junior in clinical negligence
by the Legal 500
since 2009 where they observe that he 'grasps medical issues quickly'
Charlie kicked 2012 off with the successful defence of a fully disputed 2 day trial in Cardiff on a HAVS/VWF case.
Acted for a Claimant who suffered a below knee amputation in an accident at work. Claim settled for £512,500 (led by Nigel Cooksley QC
Acted for Defendant in claim for psychiatric injury and chronic pain arising out of a RTA.
Acted for the Claimant in fatal clinical negligence claim.
Acted for the Claimants who suffered injuries when escorting prisoners to Inner London Crown Court. C1 was pistol whipped and C2 was shot when their vehicle was attacked by armed men in order to free two prisoners.
Acted for Claimant cyclist injuries in a RTA suffering a dissection of the vertebral artery as a result of neck flexion injury and leading to right homonymous hemianopia (a loss of visual field in both eyes on the same side). Case settled for in excess of £250,000
Charles also acted for parents who successfully struck out contribution proceedings against them for failing to supervise a 9 year old child cyclist who was seriously injured in a road traffic accident when unaccompanied by an adult.
As well as accident related claims Charlie also undertakes a wide range of industrial disease claims with a particular emphasis on asbestos caused conditions and noise induced deafness claims.
He also continues to work closely with a major chain of fast food restaurants advising and acting for them in public and employers' liability claims.
Charlie's experience of fraudulent claims includes road traffic matters (low velocity impact, staged accidents in which the Claimant and Defendant are known to each other and claims in which Claimants have sought to recover property damage that was either not sustained or was sustained in an earlier accident), employer's liability matters (he has recently acted for a Zurich client fast food restaurant at trial in which it was successfully shown that the Claimants injuries had been sustained in a wholly different manner to that alleged) and general matters (in partiular including claims in which video surveillance evidence calls into question the veracity/extent of a Claimant's injuries). He is currently representing a Local Authority in respect of a tripping claim which is believed to be fraudulently brought.