Charles Shwenn

Charles Shwenn

Call 2017

Charles is a member of the civil team in Chambers and has a busy civil practice focused on commercial, costs and property law.

Charles also has a particular interest in legal writing. He is the author of ‘A Practical Guide to Non-party Costs Orders’ (2021, Law Brief Publishing) and has contributed to seminars for the Judicial College concerning: developments in public law, modern challenges in treaty-based commercial arbitration and counter-terrorism legislation. He also assisted in editing a major legal textbook on international environmental law for its 7th edition and contributed to an anthology on British contributions to international law.

Before joining, Charles worked as a Researcher in London for organisations including Google, Goldman Sachs and Munch Re. He has also worked with a number of charities in a legal capacity including: Citizens Advice, the Free Representation Unit, the Personal Support Unit at the Royal Courts of Justice and the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law.

Originally from Devon, Charles studied law at the University of Exeter at undergraduate and postgraduate levels before training in London and thereafter returning to the South West. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, running around the Devon countryside and surfing.


Charles accepts instructions in all areas of commercial law. In his early practice he has already advised and represented many types businesses including: sole traders, SMEs and international organisations in the County Court and High Court. His commercial work has recently included high-value B2B contractual disputes, consumer disputes and corporate insolvency matters.


The costs of civil litigation is a part of Charles’ practice which compliments his other areas of work, as well as being a freestanding area of interest. He regularly writes and gives talks on the subject and is instructed to advise and represent clients at all stages of litigation in connection with costs matters. He is the author of ‘A Practical Guide to Non-party Costs Orders’ (2021, Law Brief Publishing) and takes a particular interest in hearings arising under CPR 46.2(1)(b).

Real Property

Charles is regularly instructed on all aspects of property law litigation, commonly: boundary disputes, easements and leasehold disputes. He has assisted corporate and individual clients at all stages of property disputes including: initial advice, drafting pleadings, alternative dispute resolution and hearings. Charles has been specifically praised in this field by his solicitor clients.

Landlord and Tenant

Charles regularly acts for landlords (social and private) and tenants in disputes arising from residential and commercial leases. He is instructed across a full range of housing disputes including in: possession proceedings, injunction applications and committals.

Planning and Environmental

Charles has a growing planning and environmental practice. After completing his planning-focused pupillage under Gavin Collett, Charles has an excellent understanding of section 288 statutory reviews, inquiries, hearings and actions under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. He continues to represent and advise local authorities, developers and interest groups in planning, highways and environmental matters.

Personal Injury

Charles continues to accept instructions in personal injury and non-personal injury negligence claims. He has extensive experience in advising on personal injury actions and has appeared in multi track, fast track and small claims trials.


Teacher of Contract Law (Occasional) – University of Exeter



LLB (Hons) – First Class Honours – University of Exeter
LLM – Distinction (Top of year) – University of Exeter
BPTC – Very Competent – BPP Law School


Dean’s Commendation 2014 – University of Exeter
Dean’s Commendation 2015 – University of Exeter
LLM Excellence Scholarship – University of Exeter
Duke Scholarship – Duke University Corporate Education
Hardwicke Scholarship – Lincoln’s Inn
Lord Denning Scholarship – Lincoln’s Inn
Megarry Scholarship – Lincoln’s Inn