Charles worked as a solicitor in Exeter for nearly 8 years, before being called to the bar in 2005.
‘He combines commanding attention to detail with astute commercial awareness.’ Legal 500 2018
‘Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic.’ Legal 500 2017
‘Calm and focused under pressure, he delivers practical outcomes and results.’ Legal 500 2016
‘He has a pleasant manner in court and does not waste time on bad points.’ Legal 500 2016
Charles lives in Devon with his wife (a solicitor) and two children.
Charles acts for claimants and respondents of all sizes in a broad range of unfair dismissal, discrimination and TUPE related claims. He appears at tribunals and courts throughout the country and is happy to advise at mediations (both judicial and private). He advises on settlement agreements and is, where appropriate, able to accept instructions without an intermediary.
Recent cases include:
- Successfully arguing at trial that the policy of an NHS trust requiring an employee to use accrued holiday to “fund” a phased return to work was, on the facts, discriminatory.
- Successfully arguing that time spent in early conciliation but prior to resignation should extend the time for bringing a claim for constructive unfair dismissal.
- Acting at trial for a respondent seeking to show that the claimant was neither an employee nor a worker in a “gig economy” case.
- Establishing unfair dismissal in a case where the claimants had all accepted failing a random drugs test in safety critical employment.
- Acting for a teacher subjected to a sustained campaign of discrimination by pupils on the grounds of race.
“Your fine efforts are very much appreciated. I feel that you have captured the essence of a case which appears to be simple but which the Respondent sought to turn into a messy and complex matter by their continuous obfuscation.” – Mr. A.