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Areas of expertise: Commercial dispute resolution


Charlie is a senior associate in the commercial dispute resolution team and works out of the firm’s Oxford office. He covers a broad range of commercial disputes, with a particular specialism in advising on financial services, shareholder and partnership disputes, and professional negligence claims. 

He has experience advising clients across multiple industries, including financial services disputes, biotechnology, automotive and education. Charlie is well versed in litigation tactics and procedure, having taken a number of claims through the county courts and the High Court. Recognised as a ‘Rising star’ and an ‘Associate to watch’ in The Legal 500 and Chambers UK directories respectively, he has been described as ‘clinically efficient’, ‘plainly very clever’, and a solicitor who ‘engages with the details and merits of the case, and has sound judgement’.

Charlie qualified in 2017 into the financial services disputes team at an international law firm. During his time there he was seconded to Lloyds Bank Plc’s retail and consumer finance litigation team. He joined Penningtons Manches Cooper in 2020 from a global law firm specialising in insurance litigation. 

Recent work highlights

  • Acting for the Consumers’ Association (Which?) as intervener in Philipp v Barclays Bank UK Plc [2022] EWCA Civ 318, an APP fraud case in which the Court of Appeal decided unanimously that the duty of care identified in Barclays Bank Plc v Quincecare Ltd could apply to an individual customer’s instructions and not just an agent’s, including where they are a victim of APP fraud.
  • Acting on a multi-million pound professional negligence claim against a law firm for allegedly negligent advice given to a start-up business providing OTC derivatives valuations data to risk managers and product controllers at market making institutions.
  • Advising a 50% shareholder of a £30 million business in relation to a claim for unfair prejudice against directors of the business.
  • Defending a substantial claim brought against a biotechnology client, by a shareholder, in relation to an alleged breach of an IP licence agreement.
  • Providing advice to the trustee in relation to the targets’ challenge to a financial support direction in ITV Plc and others v The Pensions Regulator and Box Clever Trustees Ltd [2018] UKUT 0164 (TCC).

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