Judicial and Statutory reviews- Charles has experience drafting pre-action letters, pleadings, and appearing as sole counsel in the High Court in a range of town and country planning matters including:
- R (Newton Longville Parish Council) v Aylesbury Vale District Council  CO/5165/2018, acting on behalf of the Council
- a grant of a planning permission which impinged on a neighbour's private rights and its Article 1 Protocol 1 ECHR implications
- the revocation of a CLOPUD on the grounds of material falsehood in the application
- the grant of planning permission in heritage and undeveloped coastline
- the legality of s.106 agreements which provide for the payment to local authorities of monitoring fees
- the duty on local planning authorities to co-operate
- Parklands, Wokingham (APP/X0360/W/18/3204133), acted (as junior to Morag Ellis QC) for the successful appellant in a four day inquiry arising from the Council’s refusal of permission for up to 55 dwellings.
- Kenton Lane Farm, Harrow (APP/M5450/W/17/3167162), acted on behalf of the Council in this appeal which related to enabling development.
- Appeared as sole counsel on behalf of appellants and Councils in a number of enforcement inquiries
- Prosecuting in Kingston Crown Court an alleged demolition of a building in a conservation area without planning permission
- Acted on behalf of both Councils and Defendants in breach of enforcement notice prosecutions
- Acted on behalf of a Council prosecuting for breach of TPO regulations
Charles has also advised on and has experience of a number of other matters including:
- a range of permitted development issues
- enforcement including enforcement notices, breach of condition notices, s.187B injunctions
- five year housing land supply
- conditions, s.106 obligations and CIL
- advertising consent
- neighbourhood plans
- assets of community value
- calling in planning applications by the Secretary of State (Charles successfully obtained such a call in for a scheme to replace the existing Newcombe House in Notting Hill)
Hornsea Project Three Offshore Windfarm DCO (up to 300 turbines), acting on behalf of Natural England including in a number of issue specific hearings. Key issues include: SPAs, SACs, SSSIs, MCZs, EPS licences, and marine licensing.
Charles has also advised on and has experience of a number of other matters including EIR, EIA, SEA, and the Aarhus Convention
Judicial and Statutory reviews- Charles has experience drafting pre-action letters, pleadings and skeleton arguments in matters including:
- the assessment of the cumulative impact of broiler houses under the EIA and Habitats regimes
- European Protected Species Licences
Highways and Traffic
R (Ramblers Association) v Secretary of State for Environment and Ors  EWHC 716 (Admin), appeared (as junior to Juan Lopez) on behalf of the successful Second Interested Party Network Rail in a case which concerned incapacity to dedicate arising from statutory incompatibility under s.31 Highways Act 1980
Appeared on behalf of the Licensed Tax Drivers’ Association in a four week traffic inquiry in relation to the Torrington Place to Tavistock Place corridor in Camden (The Camden (Torrington Place to Tavistock Place) (Prescribed Routes, Waiting and Loading Restrictions and Loading Places) Traffic Order ). The LTDA and others succeeded in persuading the inspector to recommend making a traffic order in a different form from that proposed by the Council
Charles has also advised on and has experience of:
- s.278 Highways Act 1980 agreements
- s.37 Highways Act 1980 notices
- traffic orders (including temporary orders) and speed limit orders
- abandoned vehicles on the highway
- private street works
- resisting the confirmation of a modification order
Hornsea Project Three Offshore Windfarm DCO (up to 300 turbines), acting on behalf of Natural England including in a number of issue specific hearings
As a first six pupil to Meyric Lewis, Charles assisted with a number of petitions to the House of Commons from residents and businesses directly and specially affected by the construction and operation of High Speed Rail 2. He attended the House of Commons Select Committee hearings on a number of occasions.
Charles has also assisted in advising:
- a major energy company in relation to the replacement under existing planning consents of plant for the purposes of electricity generation
- a public transport body in respect of the legality of its consultation which considered a number of proposed routes
- a business in relation to the heads and quantum of a claim for compensation for land which will be temporarily possessed under a DCO
Compulsory Purchase and Compensation
Charles appeared (as junior to Guy Roots QC) on behalf of a business park landowner in a compensation claim under the Electricity Act 1989, sched. 4, para 7, following the grant of a necessary wayleave.
He has assisted in advising a landowner in relation to advance payments compensating for HS2 and a public body on the means by which the property register of land compulsorily acquired under the London Underground (East London Line Extension) Order 1997 could be discharged.
Local Government including Council Tax and Rating
Council tax and rating experience includes:
- Property on Camberwell Road, appeared on behalf of an appellant in the Valuation Tribunal for England
- advising a Council in relation to student disregards, single person discounts and discretionary reductions
- advising an individual in relation to council tax premiums in Wales
Other local government experience includes:
- advising a Council in relation to policies aimed at tackling anti-Semitism
- advising a Council in relation to letting properties without granting any interests or rights including right to buy
- advising a Council in relation to the transfer of land from a maintained school to an academy trust in preparation of the conversion of that school into an academy
- he has acted as a legal clerk to a Standards Committee in relation to breaches of the code of conduct by Parish Councillors
Licensing, Police and Anti-social Behaviour
Cases on behalf of the Police include:
R (Khala) v Kingston Crown Court, Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis  CO/15/2019, acted on behalf of the successful Commissioner in a challenge relating to the application for and grant of a closure order
R (Hitchens) v Thames Magistrates’ Court, Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis  CO/4077/2017, acted on behalf of the successful Commissioner in a challenge relating to the legality of a Community Protection Notice
acting in the Crown, County and Magistrates’ Courts in respect of proceeds of crime, committal, closure order, community protection notice, sexual civil order, Part 1 injunction, gang injunction, shotgun certificate appeal and return of property proceedings.
Licensing experience includes:
- appearing frequently before the Magistrates' Court and Licensing Sub-Committees on behalf of licence holders, Councils, and the Police in relation to e.g. alcohol, late night refreshment, regulated entertainment, taxi and shotgun licensing
- advising on street trading and also how it interacts with the planning and advertising control regimes
Charles is eager to broaden his practice areas and his previous work includes:
- Ecclesiastical- appeared (as junior to Gregory Jones QC) in Consistory Court proceedings concerning a substantial extension of a church in the Diocese of Chester, which raised issues in relation to the relationship between the planning and faculty jurisdictions and of lawful consultation requirements.
- Occupiers' liability - assisted in advising a local authority in respect of liability for disused mines within their ownership but of unknown location.
- Immigration- has drafted pleadings on behalf of the Secretary of State for the Home Department resisting applications for judicial review.