charkes_quoteBackground

Commercial Litigation at Allen & Overy
Litigation Partner at Eversheds
Director of Legal Data Services company Millnet Limited (2007-14)

Qualification

Solicitor (non-practising)
Accredited Mediator with ADR Chambers
Languages: some French, German and Spanish

Other

Charles is married with four grown up children and currently four grandchildren. He is widely travelled. He also spends time skiing and playing tennis, enjoys the theatre and the ballet as well as reading a wide range of biographies, mysteries, history and good old fashioned novels. What he really enjoys is meeting people and enjoying the company of good friends, old and new, while at the same time sharing good food and wine.

charlesemail to hilary@consensum.org

Charles’s approach

Charles is a passionate supporter of mediation as a means of resolving disputes.

In mediations, he likes to encourage the parties to have a realistic discussion with a view to reaching an early assessment of the risks they face by continuing litigation and/or prolonging the dispute so that he can then assist the parties to find the most beneficial solution to their dispute.

During his legal career he specialised in Dispute Resolution for more than 30 years with Allen & Overy and Eversheds, mainly in the field of commercial disputes and involving various forms of dispute resolution such as arbitration, litigation and mediation. As well as litigation, Charles’s practice included a number of high profile public inquiries including the Bloody Sunday Inquiry and the Harold Shipman Inquiry. This area of work regularly demands a high degree of tact and diplomacy, good listening skills and an awareness of both personal and political sensitivities, qualities which are also useful in mediation.

Examples of his experience

Complex personal injury claim involving substantial damages and including allegations of fraud.

Worked with the partners of a business and their solicitors and insurers to solve issues relating to business practices and allegations of professional negligence.

Helped rival manufacturers resolve allegations of theft of confidential information, poaching of staff, inducements of breaches of contract and intellectual property issues.

Mediated between three parties over issues of adverse possession, easements and rights of way on a city centre site where property investment opportunities were at stake.

Worked with others to resolve a dispute between composite insurers and their policy holder, the architect and loss adjusters following a catastrophic fire with allegations of fraud, negligence and breach of contract involving sums in the region of £1 million.

Helped the parties to a building contract to sort out allegations of poor workmanship, delay and overcharging.

Mediated between two airline companies about liability for landing fees and other related contractual issues.