Charles is already regarded as one of the country's leading licensing lawyers. He acts across the full spectrum of licensing matters, including alcohol/ entertainment, taxis, gambling, sexual entertainment, and commercial regulation. He is especially highly regarded for licensing judicial reviews and for cases which involve both licensing and EU law. Recent examples of his work are:
- R (Hemming) v Westminster CC  UKSC 50 (For the successful Defendant in the leading case on the extent of a claimant's entitlement to restitution in public law.)
C-316/15 Hemming v Westminster CC  3 W.L.R. 317 (Compatibility of licensing fees with the Services Directive.)
- R (Delta Merseyside Ltd) v Knowsley MBC  EWHC 757 (Admin) (Successful claim establishing illegality of policy restricting cross-boarder taxi licensing.)
- R (Rostron) v Guildford BC  EWHC 3141 (Admin) (judicial review of approach to setting taxi fairs. Establishes the approach to EU freedom of establishment in this context and its relevance to judicial review of Wednesbury grounds.)
- R (Qin) v Commissioner of Police for Metropolis  EWHC 2750 (Admin) (Successful judicial review overturning refusal of compensation for closing alleged brothels in Soho. Now the leading case on the approach to compensation for Closure Orders.)
- Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers v Tower Hamlets (2017) (Successful Judicial Review of Tower Hamlets decision to adopt the Late Night Levy.)
- Presently instructed by the Traffic Commissioner to resist a claim for judicial review regarding the the application of the "exclusively for non-commercial purposes" exemption to EU road transport regulation.
- Acting for the interested party in a judicial review by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales of the Lord Chancellor's decision to refuse its application to become a regulator and licensing authority for reserved legal services providers.
- Acting in relation to the review of the licences of iconic music venues including Wireless Festival and the nightclub Fabric.
- Obtaining numerous licences at sub-committee hearings for household names such as Itsu, Shell, and Martins Newsagents.
- Acting for police forces across the country in summary reviews and closure order applications in sensitive or high profile cases. Cases include the closure of a Birmingham nightclub the day before international rap star Rick Ross was due to appear, and the revocation of the licences of London nightclubs following shootings/ stabbings at the premises.
- Representing local authorities including Camden, Westminster, and Dudley in appeals before the Magistrates' Court.
- Securing closure orders in both the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts including following protracted trials.
Taxis/PHV/ Other Licensed Vehicles
- R (Delta Merseyside Ltd) v Knowsley MBC  EWHC 757 (Admin) (Successful claim establishing illegality of policy restricting cross-boarder taxi licensing).
- R (Rostron) v Guildford BC  EWHC 3141 (Admin) (judicial review of approach to setting taxi fairs. Establishes the approach to EU freedom of establishment in this context and its relevance to judicial review of Wednesbury grounds).
- Currently advising the Traffic Commissioner in relation to a claim for judicial review of his decision not to hold an inquiry into the compliance of a community transport company with EU law.
- R (Rossendale Taxi Association) v Rossendale BC securing interim relief dissapplying the Council's newly adopted PHV policy. The claim was subsequently settled out of court.
- R (Bristol Blue Taxi Association) v Bristol CC (2017) successfully struck out a judicial review of Bristol's policy on emissions standards on licensed vehicles.
• Advised a gambling startup on licensing requirements in relation to a new online international gambling platform.
• Contributed to Smith and Monkom on the Law of Gambling.
• Advising local authorities on their gambling policies.
• Assisted with a seven figure claim against a major gambling operator following failures in relation to social responsibility requirements.
- Acting for Westminster in the Hemming litigation (see R (Hemming) v Westminster CC  UKSC 50 and C-316/15 Hemming v Westminster CC  3 W.L.R. 317).
- Acted for both the police and the local authority in relation to the review of a high profile SEV in Birmingham.
- Successfully resisted applications for closure orders against a number of purported brothels throughout London's Soho as part of operation LANHYDROCK.