Charlie helps clients effectively and efficiently resolve complex international disputes across a broad range of jurisdictions. He has particular expertise in the energy, telecommunications and technology sectors.
Charlie has represented clients in jurisdictions including London, Paris, the US, Equatorial Guinea, Benin, Nigeria, Tanzania, Angola, Colombia, Chile and Russia. He advises on ad hoc arbitration and proceedings under the auspices of all the major arbitral institutions. Charlie has also acted for clients in several high profile cases before the High Court in London and before the Supreme Court of England and Wales.
Charlie is a member of the IBA/ICCA task force on data protection in international arbitration, the London Court of International Arbitration Working Groups on data protection and platforming and he also leads a cross-firm collaboration project on ODR tools for international commercial arbitration.
Charlie regularly publishes and speaks on the legal and practical issues in the energy sector and that arise from the adoption of emerging technologies and smart legal contracts in the context of dispute resolution.
Charlie has worked in our London and Paris offices. He speaks English and French fluently, and has a working knowledge of Spanish and basic knowledge of Portuguese.
Charlie's experience includes advising:
- an energy supermajor in a high-value dispute regarding the development and implementation of particular gas transportation technology.
- a major drilling and seismic service provider in relation to disputes against an African state-owned oil company regarding seismic data licensing and marketing rights
- an international upstream oil and gas company in relation to a potential ICC arbitration following a failure by the operator of an oil and gas field in North Africa to drill an exploration well
- an Eastern European telecoms authority in an ICC arbitration regarding development of an air traffic control system.
- a FTSE-listed telecoms company on a termination dispute with a key distributor with a business line in excess of US$100 million annually, in relation to injunctive relief proceedings and a consequent LCIA arbitration.
- a European media company on the investment structure in relation to the foreign ownership of production and distribution of TV programmes and on potential infringement of its rights in the TV programme in question.
- a publicly listed international energy company in relation to a potential arbitration (under French-language contracts) with a state-owned energy company regarding the implementation of a large gas production facility in North Africa
- advising a multinational oil company in a dispute with a sub-Saharan African state, arising from stabilisation provisions in a Production Sharing Contract subject to ICSID AF Rules
- SCF II, a subsidiary of the major African urban land development group, Rendeavour, in an LCIA arbitration in relation to the Tatu City project in Kenya. SCF II succeeded in the arbitration in relation to its claims for fraudulent misrepresentation and breach of contract. We have also assisted SCF II in relation to enforcement of the award in Mauritius
- a major IOC in relation to ICC arbitration proceedings and negotiations with Sonangol following the default of its partner on an Angolan oil block
- a multinational energy consortium in Kazakhstan on contractor disputes arising from the application of import tax and from the completion of complex offshore engineering activities subject to Kazakh law
- acting on an LCIA arbitration in London regarding a major urban development project in Kenya
- an energy supermajor in relation to a potential tax dispute with the Angolan state regarding the allocation of Profit Oil
- an international oil & gas company in relation to claims before the English courts in relation to alleged breaches of human rights in Colombia
- a Beninese infrastructure company regarding its claims before the English courts and under an ICSID arbitration clause in connection with a wide-ranging infrastructure project in West Africa
- a Nigerian Company in an LCIA arbitration concerning a dispute regarding a transfer of a participating interest in a Nigerian oil field development licence and the implications of the Claimant's failure to obtain Ministerial consent to the transfer