A former solicitor, Charles transferred to the Bar in England in 1982 and in Hong Kong in 1983. Whilst still appearing in the Hong Kong Courts, he practised in England from 1989 to 1999 at 2 Essex Court (the London chambers now known as Quadrant Chambers).
Charles has a broad commercial and corporate practice, which includes “complex insurance and finance-related disputes” (Chambers Asia 2011), as well as shipping, banking, securities and company litigation and arbitration.
"viewed by solicitors as "one of the best all-round silks in Hong Kong," while peers recognise him as a "tenacious advocate" who "takes on the hard cases" and can be "recommended for turning a losing case into a winning one." Further admired for his impressive ability to master the intricacies of several discrete branches of the law,..."
Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific (2018)
“acclaimed by sources as being "incredibly good in all respects," two key qualities being his "very strong commercial brain" and "formidable" courtroom skills. Notably active in, among others, the financial services, securities and shipping sectors,”
Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific (2017)
"Peers respect Charles Sussex SC of Des Voeux Chambers as a "very well-prepared and very active" barrister, one source characterising him as "one of the quickest thinkers on his feet that I have ever seen." His areas of expertise include shipping, insurance and finance disputes."
Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific (2016)