Charlie is a senior dispute resolution lawyer with a focus on international arbitration. He also co-founded the firm's Digital Law Group.
Charlie has acted as counsel and advocate in ad hoc and institutional arbitrations in a number of jurisdictions and under various governing laws. He has broad experience of advising on international disputes, particularly in the energy and technology sectors.
Charlie is commended by clients for his “rare ability to both understand the details and provide well considered strategic advice” and his “understanding of the key legal challenges a client faces in bringing or defending an action and ability to explain these concepts clearly to his clients”.
Charlie is recognised as a “strong practitioner” and “key lawyer” in Herbert Smith Freehills’ international arbitration team by Legal 500 (International Arbitration UK). He was also a finalist for the Rising Star in Innovation, Legal Week 2020 Award.
Charlie is a member of the ICCA / IBA Task Force on Data Protection in International Arbitration. He also chairs the Working Group on LegalTech Adoption in International Arbitration.
Charlie's recent experience includes advising and representing:
- a global technology company in relation to contractual claims arising from a cross border and high value digital infrastructure project
- a major oil company in parallel LCIA arbitrations regarding high value force majeure claims arising from the Covid-19 pandemic under agreements for the charter and operation of an FLNG vessel, including emergency arbitration proceedings
- a complex litigation claim before the English High Court, valued in excess of GBP1bn and relating to natural gas transportation technologies
- a major IOC in relation to ICC arbitration proceedings and negotiations with Sonangol following the default of its partner on an Angolan oil block
- global energy majors in relation to a unitisation of participating interests in an oil field involving commercial and treaty arbitration claims and parallel litigation
- a major drilling and seismic service provider in relation to disputes subject to LCIA arbitration, against an African state-owned oil company regarding seismic data licensing and marketing rights
- acting as arbitral tribunal secretary for a three‐member arbitral tribunal appointed under CRCICA rules in relation to an infrastructure dispute in North Africa