Charles focuses mainly on competition damages litigation, including collective actions. He trained and qualified at Hausfeld in 2017 after completing a six-month secondment in the area of banking litigation.
Charles has been a pivotal part of the legal teams dealing with price-fixing and bid-rigging cartels in the automotive industry on behalf of car manufacturing groups. He has also acted for claimants in some of the most well-known competition damages actions in recent years including the air cargo claims against British Airways in the High Court, and now in a claim brought in the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) on behalf of millions of rail passengers against the operators of the South Western and Southeastern rail franchises. He also acts for claimants in connection with the trucks cartel.
Charles also has commercial litigation experience, having worked on a number of matters on behalf of SMEs based in the UK, including notably a lead case for legal actions brought against banks that had allegedly artificially distressed small business customers, driving them into administration in the wake of the 2007-2008 financial crisis.
Since joining Hausfeld in September 2013, Charles has acted for claimants in a wide range of sectors and industries – SMEs as well as household names – in connection with the auto-parts, trucks and feed phosphates cartels. Of note, he currently acts for 7 car manufacturing groups all based in Europe.
Charles is bilingual in French and English, having lived and worked in the United Kingdom, United States and France.
Charles has been part of the legal teams working with car manufacturers on recovering damages as the result of the following cartels:
- Car Glass
- Wire Harnesses
- Alternators & Starters
- Maritime Car Carriers
- Thermal Systems
- Occupant Safety Systems
- Spark Plugs & Oxygen/Fuel Sensors
Ongoing cases in which Charles is acting include:
- Stand-alone collection actions against the operators of the South Western and Southeastern rail franchises in the Competition Appeal Tribunal.
- Follow-on damages claims against the trucks cartel in the Competition Appeal Tribunal.
What Others Say
Legal Business Awards 2019
Hausfeld was nominated as 'Competition Team of the Year' for its innovative work with Peugeot-Citroën (PSA Group) against two European and four Japanese manufacturers of automotive bearings, found guilty of price-fixing in 2014.
In 2019, The Lawyer nominated the Trucks cartel case as one of their Top 20 Cases for 2019. In the UK, Hausfeld represents Wolseley UK Ltd & Ors, Suez Groupe SAS & Ors and Veolia Environnement S.A. & Ors. “The trucks litigation is one of the most significant follow-on damages cases being heard in the English courts”, said The Lawyer, “Lining up to defend the manufacturers from further damages are some of biggest names in litigation.”
In 2018, the aforementioned Peugeot-Citroën claim against the bearings cartel was pinpointed by The Lawyer as one of their Top 20 Cases to watch. The case ultimately settled before trial.
Legal Practice Course, College of Law
Graduate Diploma in Law, College of Law
BA (Hons) Politics and Modern History, University of Manchester
Solicitor, England & Wales, 2017
Charles regularly authors opinion pieces on key judgments or legal developments, accessible via the ‘Articles’ and ‘Perspectives’ sections below, and co-authored numerous articles on the private enforcement of competition law for PLC, the Global Competition Law Review and the Journal of Law & European Affairs.
“The rise of ‘hot-tubbing’: the beginning of the end for expert cross-examination?” - July 2018, IBA Litigation Newsletter, co-authored with Tom Bolster
“Legal update on Microsoft Mobile Oy (Ltd) v Sony Europe Limited & Others  EWHC 374 (Ch)” - April 2017, Global Competition Law Review, co-authored with Lianne Craig and Tom Bolster
“Guide to funding competition damages claims in England” - Law & European Affairs, 2016/1, co-authored with Laurent Geelhand and Stella Gartagani
“Google's abuse of dominance” - Global Competition Litigation Review, September 2015, co-authored with Wessen Jazrawi
“Private enforcement of competition law: proposed reforms within the UK and EU” - Practical Law Company (PLC), March 2014, co-authored with Anthony Maton and Simon Latham