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Charles is a Partner and Head of our Immigration team

Charles is a UK qualified Solicitor with over 22 years’ experience in immigration law, encompassing Private Client, Corporate, Litigation and International Protection work.

In his current role Charles heads the Immigration Department, leveraging his considerable experience to allow the team to offer a broad range of immigration services across the entire Private Client, Corporate and Litigation spectrum.

Charles began his immigration career in the mid-1990’s when he joined an independent organisation 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 and Court of Appeal cases.

In 2009 Charles established a private and business immigration department at a Central London 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 appeal and litigation work alongside his corporate practice, which focussed on small to medium sized enterprises across a wide range of sectors, such as information technology, property, manufacturing, software design and public relations.

In 2013 Charles joined an international Corporate Immigration law firm where he managed their UK Private Client (General) Team before establishing the Private Client (Litigation) Team.

Specialist areas:

  • Tier 1 Entrepreneur applications
  • Tier 1 Investor applications
  • Representative of Overseas Business applications
  • Family-based applications
  • European applications
  • Naturalisation/Child Registration applications
  • Student applications
  • Re-entry bans
  • Sponsor Licence applications
  • Sponsored skilled worker applications
  • Appeals
  • Administrative/Judicial Review

Charles has received the Immigration Advisor of the Year 2014 at the Invest UK High Value Immigration Awards and also Blackstones Advocacy Award (LPC).

Accreditations

Education

  • Trent Polytechnic (Nottingham Trent University) BA (Hons) law
  • London Metropolitan University: Legal Practice Course (LPC) with commendation

 

Memberships

  • The Law Society
  • Immigration Law Practitioners Association (ILPA)

About Me

My interests: I enjoy most sports (these days sadly more as a spectator than as a participant) and spending time with my family. However, in the case of my two teenage daughters, when I say ‘spending time’ I should say ‘competing’ with social media for their attention – bless them.

My first job: I had the most wonderful of ‘Saturday jobs’ working at the glamorous men’s outfitters Cecil Gee on Shaftsbury Avenue. While my friends were stacking supermarket shelves I would be meeting the big stars of the day like my idol Joe Frazier (former World Heavyweight champion – see below). Great days!

Alternative career choice: A career in professional boxing loomed large at one point following a successful amateur career (regional and national titles and England representative). All things considered though I am happy with the law.

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