OVERVIEW

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.

Expertise 

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.

Clients

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.

Experience