Dip L.P. University of Edinburgh

LL.B. (accelerated) University of Edinburgh

B.A. University of York

Special interests


Charles specialises in reparation and medical negligence. He acts for both pursuers and defenders in Court of Session and Sheriff Court cases. He is regularly instructed in fatal and catastrophic claims. His main areas of focus include health and safety prosecutions, fraudulent claims, industrial disease, employers’ liability and occupiers’ liability claims.

His recent cases include successfully defending an employer at proof in a bullying at work claim brought under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 (Andrea McCabe v James Turnbull & Co 2017), obtaining decree of absolvitor in a case involving a nurse being attacked by a psychiatric patient (Louise Stark v Lothian Health Board [2018] 2 WLUK 312) and defending a publican in an environmental health prosecution (PF v Keith Jamieson 2015). He was instructed for the defenders in the civil claims resulting from the Clutha disaster. 


Louise Stark v Lothian Health Board [2018] 2 WLUK 312; 2018 G.W.D. 7-94

Peter Allan v Plexus Corp UK Limited [2016] SC EDIN 59; 2016 G.W.D. 28-502