Since taking silk in 2012, Charlie’s resourceful and powerful tactical expertise, together with a dedicated hands-on preparation and management of cases, has been recognised by continual instruction in a series of high profile complex fraud and murder cases. Whether it is Financial/Regulatory Crime or General Crime, Charlie is deservedly ranked in Chambers & Partners and regarded by others as “the complete advocate” [Chambers & Partners : Financial Crime Ranking 2015]. Others have remarked how he “Wins plaudits for being a highly switched-on silk whose criminal defence practice spans the range of privately funded and legal aid work. Tax and boiler room frauds feature in his key caseload.”
In a highly competitive field, Charlie has bucked the trend by being continuously busy and constantly in demand, so much so that he has been a regular go-to expert for LBC News Radio in the last few years as well as contributing to legal issues in The Sun as seen following the ‘Ched Evans’ re trial. He gained significant credit and media coverage for his unstinting and powerful defence of Kweku Adoboli [aka The UBS Rogue Trader] when taking on the might of the Swiss Bank and securing unexpected acquittals on all false accounting counts despite the seemingly overwhelming evidence. The sentence for the abuse of trust fraud was significantly lower than expected given that $3.2bn was the largest ever to come before a UK court. Another notable client, unpopular with many, but successfully acquitted of a large scale income tax fraud, was Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, better known as Tommy Robinson [ex leader of the EDL]. In early 2015, Charles secured the acquittal of Stuart Jones, son to Sir David Jones, in the fraud and feud arising out of the capital raising by the board of JD Sports in 2009. Similar success in the white collar field has been achieved in Carousel Frauds in Liverpool [Operation Forbear] securing the only acquittal in the whole operation, and not guilty verdicts for a solicitor said to be at the heart of a fraud on the Olympic Development Authority [Operation Cavalcade] in a long running fraud trial at Southwark. Other notable and high profile fraud cases have seen Charles represent other professionals, this time an accountant, at the heart of a massive property fraud [R-v-Entwistle & others] and a banking consultant in Operation Amazon.
In the last few years, Charlie has been instructed on behalf of a number of regulatory clients seeing him retained as Counsel by a leading international firm of private investigators in addition to a firm of liquadators and tennis coaches appearing before the LTA. His advice has covered such diverse areas as cyber crime, sports law and an increasing number of private prosecutions.
Heavyweight general crime has seen Charlie become the go-to-brief in recent Turkish community based murders. The trial of R-v-Coskun, at the Old Bailey, received regular press coverage since it involved the execution and body disposal of a former Turkish hitman during which Charles was repeatedly commended by The Common Sergeant for his tenacity and cut-throat skills in a particularly serious, complex and challenging case.
2016-17 has seen Charlie secure successive acquittals in gangland murders including R-v-Afrah, R-v-Lonergan and another Turkish murder trial R-v-Alparslan.
The remainder of 2017-18 will see Charlie engaged in defending R-v-Ratner in the HMP Pentonville murder followed by 3 other London gang murder trials.
Research into Charlie’s case history will show his involvement in a long line of high profile cases such as The Millenium Dome Heist, Victoria Station Murder, The Michael Michael drug conspiracies, PKK terrorist, John Clifton Davies trials, Asnat Akram, Mohammed Din, Riaz Mohammed, Sylvia Allpress [benchmark confiscation case] and UBS Rogue Trader cases. Charlie’s services have been and remain much sought after.