Charles joined Chambers in 2021 following successful completion of pupillage during which he was supervised by Richard Turney, Alex Goodman, Justin Bates, Jacqueline Lean and Carine Patry.
Charles is developing a practice across all areas of Landmark’s specialisms, with a focus on public, planning and environmental law. He has already appeared in a number of high-profile cases. His recent work includes:
- Acting for the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and Public Health England in an ongoing policy challenge relating to certain decisions around care homes at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic (led by Sir James Eadie QC, Jonathan Auburn QC, Hannah Slarks and Yaaser Vanderman): R (Gardner) v SSHSC & Ors. This has included a hearing on applications for specific disclosure and cross-examination ( EWHC 2422 (Admin)).
- Acting for the claimant in a challenge to the Town and Country Planning (Napier Barracks) Special Development Order 2021 which grants planning permission for use of an army barracks in Kent as asylum accommodation (led by Alex Goodman with Alex Shattock).
- Acting for the intervener, Safer Renting, in Rakusen v Jepsen  EWCA Civ 1150 on rent repayment orders under the Housing and Planning Act 2016 (led by Justin Bates).
Immediately prior to starting at Landmark, Charles was the Legal and Parliamentary Officer at the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA). He provided analysis on all areas of immigration, asylum and nationality law and regularly advocated on behalf of ILPA members in high-level meetings with politicians, the civil service, the judiciary and other NGOs. In particular, he led on ILPA’s work relating to the ending of free movement following Brexit, including with Parliamentary lobbying on the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020, the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Act 2020 and various pieces of secondary legislation.
Before the Bar course, Charles worked as a paralegal at Wesley Gryk Solicitors, a leading immigration firm, where he assisted with cases spanning the full range of immigration, asylum and nationality law. He previously volunteered with the Anti Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit (ATLEU), Stonewall Housing, the Communities Empowerment Network and Citizens Advice. During his studies, he spent a year abroad at the Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) and undertook an internship at the Académie Diplomatique Internationale.
Planning and environmental law
Charles is developing a varied practice across all areas of planning, infrastructure and environmental law.
Charles is currently instructed (led by Alex Goodman with Alex Shattock) in a challenge to the Town and Country Planning (Napier Barracks) Special Development Order 2021 which grants planning permission for use of an army barracks in Kent as asylum accommodation.
During pupillage, Charles assisted with and gained experience in a wide variety of planning matters, including:
- Assisting Russell Harris QC and Richard Turney with the public inquiry in respect of The Tulip, a proposed Foster+Partners 305m-tall building adjacent to the Gherkin in the City of London, raising issues relating to heritage and design.
- Assisting Richard Turney with the Supreme Court hearing in respect of the proposed third runway at Heathrow Airport (R (Friends of the Earth Ltd) v Heathrow Airport Ltd  2 All ER 967), raising issues in respect of government policy and climate change.
- Assisting Richard Turney with a judicial review claim of part of the government’s plans to roll out 5G on consultation and Public Sector Equality Duty grounds.
- Assisting Alex Goodman with a judicial review claim of a grant of planning permission raising issues under the Habitats Directive in relation to the River Wye.
- Assisting Richard Turney with a judicial review claim of a grant of planning permission for a housing development including on grounds relating to the Public Sector Equality Duty: R (Whitehead) v Mid Sussex DC  EWHC 3166 (Admin).
- Assisting Richard Turney with Crest Nicholson Operations Ltd v West Berkshire DC  EWHC 289 (Admin), raising issues relating to the interpretation of the Radiation (Emergency Preparedness and Public Information) Regulations 2019.
- Assisting with advisory work in relation to recent changes to the General Permitted Development Order; changes of use; the planting of trees; section 106 agreements; and Green Belt issues.
- Attending various DCO examinations.
Charles is developing a varied public law practice. He is a member of the Government Legal Department’s “junior junior” scheme.
Charles is currently instructed by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and Public Health England in an ongoing policy challenge relating to the decisions around care homes at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic (led by Sir James Eadie QC, Jonathan Auburn QC, Hannah Slarks and Yaaser Vanderman): R (Gardner) v SSHSC & Ors. This has included a hearing on applications for specific disclosure and cross-examination ( EWHC 2422 (Admin)).
Charles has particular expertise in the field of immigration, asylum and nationality law owing to his previous roles at ILPA and Wesley Gryk Solicitors. Since starting at Landmark he has presented at the ILPA EU Free Movement Conference and has acted pro bono in immigration bail hearings for Bail for Immigration Detainees.
Charles takes a particular interest in public law cases involving discrimination issues, especially those affecting the LGBTQ+ community. He previously volunteered with Stonewall Housing where he assisted LGBT individuals facing discrimination issues in housing. At Wesley Gryk Solicitors many of his cases involved same-gender couples or asylum claims on the grounds of sexuality and gender identity. He has been both a finalist and judge of the LSE-Featherstone Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Moot Competition.
Prior to pupillage, Charles provided research assistance in relation to a wide variety of public law cases, including R (Miller) v College of Policing  4 All ER 31 (concerning the compatibility of the College of Policing guidance on non-crime hate incidents with Article 10 ECHR) and advisory work including the law of consultation, common law rights, ultra vires contracts, care home charges, the jurisdiction of an ombudsman and the jurisdiction of a tribunal.
During pupillage, Charles assisted with and gained experience in a wide variety of public law matters, including:
- Assisting Alex Goodman in R (ST and VW) v SSHD  EWHC 1085 (Admin), in which the Divisional Court found that the No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) scheme was unlawful on grounds it fails to comply with the duty to treat the best interests of children as a primary consideration.
- Assisting Alex Goodman in Antonio v SSHD (unreported, Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber), 20 May 2021, DA/01472/2013), an appeal in an immigration “limbo” case.
- Assisting Alex Goodman with research on Article 3 ECHR in preparation for the Brook House Inquiry.
- Assisting Alex Goodman with submissions to the Supreme Court in R (Day) v Shropshire Council  EWCA Civ 1751, relating to a statutory trust for public recreation.
- Assisting with various advisory work including on: a civil claim following an unlawful deportation; a housing allocation scheme; and the legality of certain public expenditure.
Charles regularly acts in housing matters on behalf of both claimants and defendants. He has experience of a broad variety of possession claims and various related public law issues in the homelessness context.
Charles is also experienced in rent repayment orders. He was instructed as junior counsel to the intervener (Safer Renting) in Rakusen v Jepsen  EWCA Civ 1150, on rent repayment orders under the Housing and Planning Act 2016. During pupillage, Charles also assisted Brooke Lyne in Kowalek v Hassanein Ltd (Housing – Rent Repayment Order)  UKUT 143 (LC).
University of Law – BPTC (Very Competent) (2019).
London School of Economics and Political Science – LLM (Distinction) (2017).
University of Oxford (Wadham College) – BA Law with French Law (2.1) (2016).
Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) – Certificat supérieur de droit français (2015).
2019: Baron Dr Ver Hayden de Lancey Prize – best performance of a Middle Temple student on the BPTC at the University of Law.
2019: Opinion Writing Prize – University of Law.
2019: Best Advocate Overall and Runner-up Team – LSE-Featherstone Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Moot Competition.
2017: Blackstone Chambers Prize for best overall performance in public international law – London School of Economics and Political Science
2017: Astbury Scholarship – major scholarship awarded by Middle Temple to fund the BPTC.
2017: Best Orator in the Preliminary Round and Quarter-Finalist Team – European Human Rights Moot Court Competition, Strasbourg.
2016: First Place – Leicester Medical Law Moot Competition.
Administrative Law Bar Association
Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association
Planning and Environmental Bar Association
“Article 14 ECHR in the Supreme Court”, Judicial Review, forthcoming.
“MS (Pakistan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Case Comment)”, Sep 2020, Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law Issue 34(3).
“Patel v Secretary of State for the Home Department; Shah v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Case Comment)”, Jun 2020, Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law Issue 34(2).
“Secretary of State for the Home Department v Vomero (Case Comment)”, Dec 2019, Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law Issue 33(4).
Author, Bloomsbury Immigration Law Briefing, Aug 2019 – Dec 2019.
Editor, ILPA Monthly, Aug 2019 – Jul 2020.