Virginia, US

Charles is a Manager in our London office. He is a UK qualified solicitor with over 18 years of experience in immigration law, encompassing private client, corporate, litigation and international protection work. In his current role, Charles manages the UK Private Client Team, leveraging his considerable experience to allow the team to offer a broad range of immigration services across the entire private client and litigation spectrum.

Charles began his immigration career in the mid-1990s when he joined an independent organization in London offering legal advice and general representation to asylum seekers and refugees. In this capacity, he presented in excess of 1,000 appeals before the Immigration Tribunal, with a success rate considerably higher than the sector average. He also managed a team of appeals advocates.

Charles subsequently co-founded a niche immigration and employment law firm, where he represented a broad range of private and corporate clients, including a number of “M4 corridor” IT and technology companies, professional sports clubs, and education providers. Charles also developed a broader litigation practice, successfully pursuing a number of High Court of Justice and Court of Appeal cases.

In 2009, Charles established a private and business immigration department at a commercial firm, where he was made Partner. He continued to develop his corporate and private client practice, with a particular focus on high net worth individuals under the Tier 1 Investor and Entrepreneur categories of the Immigration Rules. Charles also maintained a small, high-profile political asylum practice in which he represented, amongst others: government ministers, diplomats, high-ranking military officers, and leading academics. Charles continued to develop his appeals and litigation work alongside his corporate practice, which focused on small to medium sized enterprises across a wide range of sectors, such as information technology, property, manufacturing, software design, and public relations.

Education


Guildhall University | Legal Practice Course, 2003, with commendation
University of the West of England | Post Graduate Diploma in Law, 2001
Nottingham Trent Polytechnic | B.A. in Law, 1984, honors

Awards

UK Immigration Advisor of the Year, High-Value Immigration Awards, 2014

Blackstones Advocacy Award (LPC), 2003

Professional Accomplishments / Memberships

Legal Qualifications: Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales

Member, Law Society of England and Wales

Member, Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association

Assisted a former high-level Iraqi Cabinet Minister with obtaining political asylum, having successfully resisted exclusion from the UK

Assisted a large education provider in having its Tier 4 Sponsor License reinstated following an earlier unlawful revocation, averting the closure of the institution

Assisted a British couple to overturn an initially unsuccessful and highly complex inter-country adoption

Successfully represented six trafficking victims (sexual exploitation) to obtain indefinite leave to remain, and assisted in the related prosecution and conviction of the criminal party