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Charles joined Watson Farley & Williams in 1995 and specialises in commercial, banking and maritime litigation and arbitration.
In the ship finance sector, Charles has acted for a large number of lending banks, bank syndicates and financial institutions in disputes, security enforcements, restructurings and insolvencies. In the maritime and offshore oil and gas sectors, Charles regularly acts for ship owners, charterers, contractors and others in relation to commercial disputes arising from construction contracts, charters and drilling contracts, ship sale and purchase contracts as well as cargo and marine insurance disputes.
Charles has at various times represented most of the leading players in the ship finance lending market, including the main UK, US, Japanese, French, German and Scandinavian banks as well as the leading private equity entrants into the sector.
He also is well known to the ship-owning community throughout Europe, in particular in Greece, Turkey, Italy and Germany.
In 2016, following his return to London from a secondment to the firm’s Athens office, he co-authored the second edition of “The Law of Ship Mortgages”, the industry’s most comprehensive book on English law on the topic.
Charles is recommended in the latest edition of Legal 500 UK, where he is described as “energetic, creative and never gives up in trying to get a result for the client” and as a litigator who “looks at every case from every angle”.