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Christian Charles

Christian Charles


I am a construction lawyer with particular expertise in the resolution of disputes arising from construction and engineering projects in the UK and internationally.


I help clients to anticipate and resolve problems that arise in the course of construction and engineering projects, including issues such as payment, variations, delays, defects and termination.

My clients come from all corners of the industry, from funders and developers to contractors, sub-contractors and consultants. I advise on issues as they arise in ‘real time’, allowing clients to focus on project delivery with a view to avoiding formal proceedings. Where that is not possible, I advise clients on the prosecution or defence of claims and, more broadly, on dispute resolution strategy and settlement.

I have represented clients in a wide range of dispute resolution proceedings in the UK and overseas, including adjudication, dispute boards, arbitration and litigation. I am also experienced in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) procedures, in particular mediation.

My practice covers a wide range of industry sectors, with a particular focus on PFI / PPP, green energy and offshore construction projects. I am familiar with most of the major forms of contract including JCT, NEC, IChemE and FIDIC.

Away from work, when I am not spending time with my family I am a passionate (and long-suffering) supporter of the Scarlets and Wales rugby teams.


The scale and duration of projects in this sector call for specialist expertise in drafting and negotiating contracts. Our team has extensive experience in contracts for supply, installation, construction and facilities management, appointments, collateral warranties, bonds and parent company guarantee


Our clients trust us to manage and efficiently resolve their construction disputes in their best interests. Our ability to grasp detailed technical issues and market acknowledged reputation for competently handling complex construction disputes are also key strengths.


Working closely with clients to anticipate and deal with their business risks and objectives, we utilise the skills of a team of lawyers who are experienced in all types of dispute resolution. Our multi-national, bi-lingual team enables us to service clients wherever they are in the world while achieving the best results for their business.


We advise secondary and primary-market investors in a range of sectors, PPPs/PFI and asset-backed vehicles we advise investors and contractors on their involvement with PPPs, PFIs and asset-backed vehicles and are experienced in drafting and negotiating appropriate forms of contract (including standard forms) and associated sub-contracts. We also act for a number of investors and contractors on existing renewable energy and battery storage projects, PPPs and PFIs, including advice to investors on the acquisition of portfolios of PFI/ PPP and renewable energy generation assets.


Through our extensive relationships with law firms around the world, our clients gain access to teams of lawyers worldwide with a deep understanding of the legal issues faced by businesses in the energy and resources sectors. We have particular experience of energy-related transactions in Africa and Eastern Europe.


The leisure sector is experiencing a period of accelerated change and expansion in response to new technologies and changing consumer behaviours. Drawing on the expertise of our diverse firm, our team provides advice on a wide range of legal and business challenges.


Our large dedicated construction team provide non-contentious and contentious construction advice on domestic and international matters. We have acted for many of the leading funds and investors into the UK construction industry as well as a number of suppliers.


We are an experienced team representing policyholders and their captives in litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution with insurers. The group also advises on insurance programmes and renewals, on the drafting and interpretation of policies, including Warranty & Indemnity cover for M&A deals, and on properly notifying and presenting claims to insurers.



  • Acting for PFI projects companies in serial adjudication and arbitration proceedings against the main contractor in respect of latent defects in a portfolio of UK PFI projects.
  • Representing a sub-contractor in ICC arbitration proceedings concerning claims for delay and disruption to a port rehabilitation project in the Middle East.
  • Acting for an EPC contractor in connection with upstream and downstream claims arising from the construction of anaerobic digestion (biogas) plants in the UK.
  • Advising an EPC contractor in connection with the settlement of a £25 million final account dispute in relation to a new energy from waste facility.
  • Advising funders and development partners in relation to multiple claims (including insurance and professional negligence claims totalling £12 million) arising from the delayed completion of a mixed-use development in the UK.


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