Charlie is a Senior Associate and Solicitor Advocate in our Dispute Resolution practice. He helps clients to resolve a broad range of commercial disputes, with a particular focus on the energy and TMT sectors. He specialises in international arbitration and also has experience of complex cross-border litigation, expert determination and mediation. Charlie has supported clients in a wide range of jurisdictions in relation to disputes under many different governing laws, including particularly in Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe.
Charlie is based in London, having previously spent time in our Paris office and on client secondment in the oil and gas sector.
Fluent in French and with working Spanish and basic Portuguese, Charlie has acted for clients in international disputes arising across a wide range of jurisdictions and subject to many different governing laws, including particularly in Africa, Latin America and the CIS countries.
Charlie acts for clients on ad hoc arbitration and proceedings under the auspices of the major arbitral institutions, in particular the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC), Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and American Arbitration Association (AAA).
Charlie is regularly published on issues relevant to international disputes and arbitration, and he regularly presents on such topics to clients and students.
Charlie's experience includes advising:
- 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
- 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